Moving comes with many emotions and thoughts. Excitement, joy, a little nervousness, and the overwhelming realization that you have so. much. stuff. While moving into a new loft is certainly the trend, it can also prove to be a challenge when it comes to storage and décor, especially for those who are downsizing. Below is a list of the top 5 “go-to” tips for decorating your loft- style apartment that you’ll be able to call home in no time.
Here we see alternating stripes of flat and gloss paint in an eye-catching colour. Image c/o Apartment Therapy.
Most lofts feature the same characteristic colour scheme, often featuring neutral tones including beige, crème and taupe. Although avoiding a 24/7 headache from an apartment filled with neon orange is a healthy necessity, don’t be afraid of colour! Painting a room with a soft blue, green or yellow is a great alternative to help you avoid both extremes.
Playing with different paint effects can assist in creating depth and can give the illusion of more space in your trendy new loft. Painting a single wall of stripes, alternating between gloss and flat paint in the same hue, or making a statement with a deep grey wall amidst a minty green room are just three simple solutions to creating unexpected space.
Here we see a bed with lots of storage underneath, perfect for loft living. Image c/o homes.ninemsn.com.au
When it comes to choosing furniture for your loft, it is important to think of how you’re going to use it, and how much space it is going to take up. Does that new bed come with drawers underneath, or foldout storage behind the headrest? Choosing a dining room table with adjustable sizing is always beneficial for those who enjoy hosting dinner parties or need to work on larger projects. Furniture pieces with wheels also prove to be more versatile, for instance allowing a roll able desk to transform into a makeshift TV dinner table on a lazy evening.
Make use of any nooks
Look at the brightly painted closet workspace in this photo. Who wouldn’t want something like this? Image c/o houzz.com
When living in a small space, it’s essential to use all the nooks and crannies that it features. Turning an extra closet into a simple workstation is an easy way to transform an unused space. Build the desk into the wall and add a few shelves above your workstation to make it complete! Changing the doors to a curtain or accordion style creates a more open and welcoming feel, but also allows for a quick clean up.
Installing sheer curtains or making use of a room divider is another solution to creating a nook. This is a great way to store some unsightly items in an otherwise open area. Is there not enough room to store your laundry hamper in the closet? Place it behind your makeshift nook along with installing a shelf or two to store your laundry detergent and drying rack, and you’ve made yourself a mini (hidden) laundry room!
Handy built-in shelving can help clear your washroom of clutter. Image c/o shelving-ideas.com
For many people living in lofts, the biggest complaint is storage, or in other words, there seems to be nowhere to hide your clutter, which may include embarrassing fashion choices that you still can’t seem to part with (parachute pants will come back in style). Choosing furniture with storage makes a huge difference, along with choosing a piece that you’ll enjoy looking at, but which serves an equally functional purpose, such as storing away your old receipts. To save a few pennies, making your own shelving is a feasible option. This can be a great option for the bathroom, where a narrow built-in shelving unit could be the answer to all your problems. Investing in stylish canisters and small wicker baskets can also be a foolproof way to hide your cotton balls and q-tips.
Keep the natural light in
Sheer curtains allow plenty of natural light to filter in. Image c/o houzz.com
Now that you’ve secured your stylishly chic condo in the city, don’t become a hobbit and cover up your windows with heavy, dark drapery. One of the perks of living in a loft is all the natural light it provides. So instead of heavy drapery we suggest opting for sheer panels or shutters that will allow you to control the incoming light as you prefer.
Adding mirrors into your loft is also a foolproof way to allow more light to dance around your space. Not only will this keep the natural light in, but it is also a staple designer trick used to visually expand a smaller space.