What is a loft (58 photos): functional and stylish accommodation with industrial charm

Loft style originated by the use of abandoned industrial buildings

Loft style originated by the use of abandoned industrial buildings

How to style, loft was formed in the United States, when in the mid-forties of the 20th century on land prices, especially in the city center, turned the factory Manhattan in almost a desert island - breeders forced transferred production of the city, the suburbs, and the factory (production) facilities, warehouses and workshops They remained free.


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  • Designed in the style loft: characteristics
  • Loft: variations in style
Large factory premises have become a great place for everything like art workshops, and housing

Loft style originated by the use of abandoned industrial buildings

How to style, loft was formed in the United States, when in the mid-forties of the 20th century on land prices, especially in the city center, turned the factory Manhattan in almost a desert island - breeders forced transferred production of the city, the suburbs, and the factory (production) facilities, warehouses and workshops They remained free.


Content

  • Designed in the style loft: characteristics
  • Loft: variations in style

Large factory premises have become a great place for everything like art workshops, and housing

However, the vacated space empty for long - they eagerly began to explore the people of creative professions. Since living conditions leave much to be desired, the fee for the lease was significantly lower than for ordinary apartments, plus artists attracted by good lighting, large area and high ceilings.

Interior decoration of large industrial spaces in nature and was a loft style

Interior decoration of large industrial spaces in nature and was a loft style

Loft took shape as style attributes such as a large amount of space, light and space elements of the industrial past

Interior decoration of large industrial spaces in nature and was a loft style

Loft took shape as style attributes such as a large amount of space, light and space elements of the industrial past

Former industrial premises turned into a studio and gallery, where artists also lived at the same time. Less than a decade, the loft was extremely fashionable in the studios, apartments became fashionable and courtly artistic life in New York. A textbook example of classic loft - "Factory", where Endi Uorhol lived and worked with his students. But by the mid-60s the situation changed dramatically - shoot loft-style apartment with huge areas in the heart of the city in buildings of historical and architectural value, could afford held and wealthy people.

Old building with new furniture and various fixtures

Old building with new furniture and various fixtures

So apartment loft again transformed their status, moving from the budget segment in the premium class. Almost simultaneously loft style in the interior is becoming popular in Europe, from industrial centers (Manchester, London, Amsterdam) gradually spread throughout the Old World.

Concrete ceiling with piles and brick wall in an apartment in the loft

Old building with new furniture and various fixtures

So apartment loft again transformed their status, moving from the budget segment in the premium class. Almost simultaneously loft style in the interior is becoming popular in Europe, from industrial centers (Manchester, London, Amsterdam) gradually spread throughout the Old World.

Concrete ceiling with piles and brick wall

A small former factory premises is decorated in the style of a loft

A small former factory premises is decorated in the style of a loft

Designed in the style loft: characteristics

Townhouse - is, first of all - the spirit of freedom, originality and originality of thinking, for creativity and self-expression, the neglect of the generally accepted norms, bold combination of new and advanced with the old. But at the same time people who choose loft - disciplined and organized, because this style is not compatible with the disorder and randomness.

An excellent combination of naked slabs of concrete, wood and metal ladder turquoise

A small former factory premises is decorated in the style of a loft

Designed in the style loft: characteristics

Townhouse - is, first of all - the spirit of freedom, originality and originality of thinking, for creativity and self-expression, the neglect of the generally accepted norms, bold combination of new and advanced with the old. But at the same time people who choose loft - disciplined and organized, because this style is not compatible with the disorder and randomness.

An excellent combination of naked slabs of concrete, wood and metal ladder turquoise

Interior of the apartment in the loft-style - a lot of air, space and light, it is open plan with a complete rejection of separate premises (a natural exception - bathroom, sometimes - separation zone bedrooms), The lack of partitions. The division of space into functional zones is due to the color and texture of the floor finishing materials (eg, Zone food - tiles, a dining room - laminate), walls (living room - brick walls, and has a bedroom - stucco), the ceiling, the installation of lighting or mobile partitions - shelves, screens etc. Very often to refer to the kitchen area boundaries used the bar.

The zoning of the space used by a different design of the walls and the floor

The zoning of the space used by a different design of the walls and floor

Another architectural feature inherent in this style - the creation of the second floor (level), which is quite justified, based on the height of ceilings. Often the bedroom is located in the industrial style right there - on the one hand, this arrangement provides the owners a certain level of intimacy and privacy, on the other - fully meets the concept of style.

High ceilings allow, without prejudice to the overall composition to issue the second floor

The zoning of the space used by a different design of the walls and floor

Another architectural feature inherent in this style - the creation of the second floor (level), which is quite justified, based on the height of ceilings. Often the bedroom is located in the industrial style right there - on the one hand, this arrangement provides the owners a certain level of intimacy and privacy, on the other - fully meets the concept of style.

High ceilings allow, without prejudice to the overall composition to issue the second floor

Other characteristic stylistic features loft:

  • Walls is open brickwork (or its imitation), exposed concrete, natural stone, rusted metal or untreated wood. "Severe" industrial history imposes restrictions on colors - Loft prevail natural, natural colors with bright accents minimum.
Concrete ceiling and dark blue walls

Concrete ceiling and dark blue walls

Ventilation ducts, old pipes for various purposes, fixtures - all this remains open, they do not close in a box, plasterboard sutured or hiding under a thick layer of plaster. To give the interior an exclusive and bohemian, the walls can be decorated with stylish graffiti.

Several paintings on the brick wall with graffiti

Concrete ceiling and dark blue walls

Ventilation ducts, old pipes for various purposes, fixtures - all this remains open, they do not close in a box, plasterboard sutured or hiding under a thick layer of plaster. To give the interior an exclusive and bohemian, the walls can be decorated with stylish graffiti.

Several paintings on the brick wall with graffiti

  • ceiling - high, very high. In the vast case - pure white, just painted. It will only add space and light in the room. It can decorate wood, coarse and massive, undisguised beams, as well as a variety of cable, wiring, pipes and ducts. Very seldom ceilings or stacked drywall construction, but it is - an exception to the rules of classical
The high ceiling in the backup - a metal pole

The high ceiling in the backup - a metal pole

  • floor - floorboard ottsiklevannaya (restored) and lacquered. But there may be more advanced options - laminated or Self-leveling floors, they are fully consistent with the concept of loft and look good
The floor of the old wooden planks

The high ceiling in the backup - a metal pole

  • floor - floorboard ottsiklevannaya (restored) and lacquered. But there may be more advanced options - laminated or Self-leveling floors, they are fully consistent with the concept of loft and look good

The floor of the old wooden planks

  • windows - large and wide as possible - from the floor. In this case, the light must enter quietly into the room, no Curtains, tulle or curtains, or anything that may block the light a little bit. An exception - jalousie, horizontal or vertical, for shading windows at night
Length windows from floor to ceiling, using shading - Roman blinds

Length windows from floor to ceiling, using shading - Roman blinds

  • light - it should be a lot. In this case, lamps have a dual function - on the one hand, the room lighting, on the other hand - its zoning, a properly selected light helps to structure the space. Therefore, using multiple different types of luminaires.
The use of different types of lamps to illuminate the room, decorated in the style of a loft

Length windows from floor to ceiling, using shading - Roman blinds

  • light - it should be a lot. In this case, lamps have a dual function - on the one hand, the room lighting, on the other hand - its zoning, a properly selected light helps to structure the space. Therefore, using multiple different types of luminaires.

The use of different types of wall lights and not just for lighting the room, decorated in the style of a loft

For general lighting applications involve large chandeliers, lamps, stylized headlamps, which can be found at the old factory. They are characterized by a minimum of design. For each functional area selected your type of lamps, for example, the kitchen in the loft additionally illuminated by hanging lamps with adjustable cord length, while the recreation area - floor lamps or wall lights.

Lamp stylized spotlights are used to light the dining table

Lamp stylized spotlights are used to light the dining table

Tip! A characteristic feature of the loft - bus lamps, capable as a fill light large areas and to concentrate the light flux on the individual elements. An additional plus - in track lighting systems are not static, they can be moved and grouped across the length of the bus.

An example of using the bus fixtures in the interior in the style of a loft

Lamp stylized spotlights are used to light the dining table

Tip! A characteristic feature of the loft - bus lamps, capable as a fill light large areas and to concentrate the light flux on the individual elements. An additional plus - in track lighting systems are not static, they can be moved and grouped across the length of the bus.

Example of the tire in the interior fixtures

  • appliances - as befits a modern style, living in a loft just full of it. Widescreen plasma TV, computer (laptop or a candy bar), modern audio center with large speakers, home theater, video, etc.
With an abundance of space and openness of the loft style in the interior of any appropriate appliances

With an abundance of space and openness of the loft style in the interior of any appropriate appliances

The kitchen in the loft (pictured below are proof of that) in its technical equipment does not concede many either high tech analog, but the choice of technology is much more, because in the loft kitchen are perfectly combined gas "retro" fibreboard and chipboard and ultra-large

With an abundance of space and openness of the loft style in the interior of any appropriate appliances

The kitchen in the loft (pictured below are proof of that) in its technical equipment does not concede many either high tech analog, but the choice of technology is much more, because in the loft kitchen are perfectly combined gas "retro">fridge.

Country kitchen in a loft interior

Country kitchen in a loft interior

Modern kitchen in the loft interior

Country kitchen in a loft interior

modern kitchen

If we talk about the accessories, then one must meet the main requirement - to be sustained in urban style. No classical vases, textiles or nice little panels - walls can be decorated with bright flashy posters, billboards, road signs or marks, black-and-white photographs. Modern paintings look particularly attractive and impressive, if they just leaned against the wall, on the floor - a large vase made of natural stone or concrete. The interior objects can be combined a variety of finishing materials - metal and glass (especially a lot of them), stone, leather and textiles.

Bright picture looks good in the interior in the style of a loft

Bright picture looks good in the interior in the style of a loft

Black-and-white picture loft interior

Bright picture looks good in the interior in the style of a loft

Black-and-white picture loft interior

Relaxed and free arrangement of furniture makes the loft interiors moving and alive. The furniture in the loft-style - a bizarre combination of different styles of items when in the interior antique chair peacefully coexist "with ears" with chrome chairs, and upholstered furniture is decorated like a simple textiles and expensive skin. Design feature - a lot of seats, which is why living center usually takes the king-bed - big, bright, massive.

Two large sofas in a recreation area

Two large sofas in a recreation area

Tip! Furniture - a great opportunity to spend a visual zoning of urban interior.

Loft: variations in style

Modern loft interiors can be subdivided into 2 main types:

hard loft - a traditional loft, when used for the decoration of a former industrial building

Loft style is traditional, for him, the room

Two large sofas in a recreation area

Tip! Furniture - a great opportunity to spend a visual zoning of urban interior.

Loft: variations in style

Modern loft interiors can be subdivided into 2 main types:

hard loft - a traditional loft, when used for the decoration of a former industrial building

Loft style in a traditional room for him

soft loft - to build apartments using the new facilities, which gives the main characteristics and features of the industrial buildings of the old buildings.

A small room, decorated in the loft style

A small room, decorated in the loft style

For example, only the ground floor is usually made country house in loft, which is a living-studio / dining / kitchen, soaked in an appropriate style. But the second floor - a private area (bedroom, children's bedroom, study) can be decorated differently, often - or minimalist Scandinavian style.

The visual distinction of the first and second floors can combine several styles

A small room, decorated in the loft style

For example, only the ground floor is usually made country house in loft, which is a living-studio / dining / kitchen, soaked in an appropriate style. But the second floor - a private area (bedroom, children's bedroom, study) can be decorated differently, often - or minimalist Scandinavian style.

The visual distinction of the first and second floors can combine several styles

Another quite popular and promising direction that transforms the established notions about the style - a small apartment in a loft style. Although traditional loft - is a studio apartment with an area of ​​hundreds or even thousands of square meters, decorate a small apartment in the loft-style - a task feasible. Although here it is not so much about the exact stylistic conformity, and to transfer the spirit and concept of style, in which the involvement of skilled help and design elements strokes style loft:

An example of a small room, decorated in the style of a loft

An example of a small room, decorated in the style of a loft

  • redevelopment - remove (if possible) all the partitions to give the total living space
  • wall - rough texture, masonry (it imitiatsiya), raw concrete, no wallpaper
  • furniture - the minimum number of simple, multi-functional, compact. Instead of cabinets - built-in niches, where it is possible to remove a maximum of things, freeing up space
  • light - lots of windows standard apartment hardly handle it, so you should set the various levels and spotlights. The brighter the room, the more spacious it will seem visually
  • accents - the important things that define the spirit of giving and industrial charm.
By good design, you can build in the style of a loft virtually any room

An example of a small room, decorated in the style of a loft

  • redevelopment - remove (if possible) all the partitions to give the total living space
  • wall - rough texture, masonry (it imitiatsiya), raw concrete, no wallpaper
  • furniture - the minimum number of simple, multi-functional, compact. Instead of cabinets - built-in niches, where it is possible to remove a maximum of things, freeing up space
  • light - lots of windows standard apartment hardly handle it, so you should set the various levels and spotlights. The brighter the room, the more spacious it will seem visually
  • accents - the important things that define the spirit of giving and industrial charm.

By good design, you can build in the style of a loft virtually any room

Tip! A small room in the loft-style - it is rather a refuge for a bachelor or housing for families without children.

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