In modern urban living, lofts and studios present an attractive alternative to traditional room-divided apartments. The openness of these layouts offers a high-level of flexibility which allows its inhabitants to explore design possibilities that wouldn’t be possible otherwise.
A de-structured living space tends to appeal to those looking for more creative freedom in decorating their home and therefore encourages some slightly different techniques for the designer.
The trends in interior design can usually be divided into two main camps. There are those that aim for improvement through addition, whether it is furniture or accent accessories, and then there are those who prefer to remove everything which is not essential and focus on the core elements of a living space.
Minimalist approaches to interior design usually try to accentuate a handful of key features by removing potential distractions. In a loft, the kitchen tends to serve as a focal or anchor point with the rest of the room revolving around it.
For a passionate reader maybe this focal point would be a bookshelf and sitting area – the selection of these focal points is a great starting point in designing an open space.
While warmth and coziness are not words frequently used to describe the minimalist design philosophy, there are several techniques utilized to create those feelings in a loft-style space. Natural light has always been an excellent way to “warm up” a room.
This is why lofts commonly employ large carefully placed windows to bring light into the main living areas. Window treatments and attention to the daily east to west path of the sun can really do a lot to improve the feelings of a room.
Textures and colors
In addition to great light, wall texture and color represent two additional techniques which can be used to subtly enhance a room. Exposed brick and dark wood impart rustic accents act to soften any sterile feelings that can be a byproduct of a minimalist design.
When choosing wall colors, its important to keep in mind the effects that warmer reds, oranges and yellows can have versus cooler blues, greens and purples. While reds and oranges tend to add excitement and interest and can be great for a living room, blues and greens are often used in studies or offices or where a more relaxed mood is desired.