Loft is considered to be the most free style, as it allows mixing a variety of directions. This is a great platform for bold experiments and unusual design solutions.
This style in the interior is rightfully called an American phenomenon. So, initially, a loft meant an open-plan apartment in an industrial building (factory, warehouse, etc.). The history of the emergence of this style deserves special attention. We can say that the loft owes its appearance to the economic recession that was observed in America in the mid-40s. During this period, one could observe the general ruin of companies. In order to avoid the fate of their competitors, some of them took their production out of town. Thus, it was possible to save on renting premises. The result is a large number of empty factory shops, warehouses and factories. In order not to lose profits, the owners of the premises began to rent them out for specialized exhibitions, galleries, studios, as well as living space for creative persons – artists, poets, musicians. This is how the loft style appeared in the interior.. The main rule of this style is the presence of an imprint of the industrial past – cast iron radiators, rough plaster, concrete, brickwork, pipes and various structures. A loft in an apartment is possible only if there are high ceilings and large windows. Otherwise, such an interior will lose its charm. The ideal option are technical floors in new buildings or attics in pre-war buildings.
Signs. You don’t have to have any deep knowledge of interior design to determine whether or not a loft is in front of you. Anyone can cope with this task. To do this, it is enough to know its three main features. So, loft-style home interior is:
- open plan, high ceilings, large windows;
- rough finish (brick or concrete walls without further finishing);
- open technical and industrial elements (pipes, ventilation systems, beams, fasteners).
Material. We have already determined that loft design these are post-industrial premises, which means that the material must be appropriate. A key feature of this style is the unplastered brick walls. If initially there are none, then such walls are created artificially. In addition, in some areas (of course, if the building is built of monolithic concrete), rough concrete walls or floors may be left on purpose. And even if at first glance it may seem somewhat rude, but in terms of reliability and practicality, such material is in the first place. Plus, a competent combination with furniture and decor elements, this “roughness” is somewhat smoothed out, creating a rather interesting effect. The second most important material is metal.
It is customary to display all ventilation and water pipes. Elements that have survived from factory times are considered to be especially chic. These include cast iron or concrete columns, beams, old wood floors, and remnants of manufacturing equipment. The latter are designed as art objects. The third obligatory material is glass: panoramic windows, furniture, and partitions made of glass blocks. Often loft living room interiors have a skylight and skylights.