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"Living zones are a key element of loft interior design."

Creating a loft interior design plan that embraces your sense of interior style can be fun. Take advantage of the open architecture of your space to define specific living zones.

When you consider your loft’s basic architectural features, what are the elements that stand out?

Green Loft Interior Design

Because a loft is often created from a previously commercial or industrial space, some architectural elements you might notice include exposed beams, ductwork, water pipes and a minimum of interior walls. Structural materials tend to be a combination of concrete, metal, brick and wood. Large windows or skylights are not uncommon.

A loft takes the idea of an open floor plan to the max and is one of the reasons for its appeal. With your choice and placement of interior elements you can create distinct living zones in your loft to build a greater sense of cohesiveness.

Some methods you can use to create living zones within your loft interior design plan include:

• Color

• Area Rugs

• Furniture Positioning

• Visual Cues

For example, you might define a lounge area by painting an accent wall that is the focal point for a U-shaped or parallel arrangement of seating anchored by an area rug. Even though it is not a separate room surrounded by physical walls, the grouping visually indicates a living zone.

White Loft Interior Design

Placing a sofa with its back to the dining zone effectively separates the spaces visually without disrupting the overall openness of the loft. Positioning the sofa this way also provides the perfect backdrop for a sofa table or sideboard which can help you further maximize the function of the space.

Incorporating a long bookcase that is partitioned into square niches creates a non-permanent divider between a lounging zone and an adjacent bedroom zone. The front side of the book case might serve as a display feature in the lounging zone while the solid backside of the bookcase could be painted to create a sophisticated gallery wall in the bedroom zone.

If privacy isn’t a big concern you could choose a bookcase without a back so the display niches are available on both sides and the openness of the space flows through.

A loft’s edgy and often industrial atmosphere lends itself nicely to interior design elements that have a modern or contemporary feel. This doesn’t mean your furnishings need all be ultra modern…unless of course that is the look you are specifically going for.

Brick Loft Interior Design

If you prefer to take the edge off your interior style try incorporating cleaned-lined versions of classic forms and mix in some touches of the contemporary.

Instead of hiding your loft's exposed beams and brick surfaces, embrace the texture it brings to your interior. If you prefer, you can make exposed elements like plumbing and ductwork blend more with the rest of your décor by painting them to match the wall or ceiling color. In this way they play a more supportive role and less of a starring one.

If your loft is not blessed with a great view from its big windows try layering them with sheer panels. This provides a light, ethereal effect that still speaks to the simple lines of the surrounding architecture.

As with any living environment proper lighting is important. Be sure to include stylish ambient, task and decorative lighting fixtures. Track lighting looks great in a loft environment and is one option to consider among many others as you put the final touches on your very own loft interior design plan.

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