One of our favourite things about Loft Living is the incredible amount of open space and light that pours through what seems like endless windows! We love the idea of no walls separating rooms, and experiencing the synchronicity and flow from each space within the loft. However, it can also sometimes be awkward when people are around, as there is very little room for privacy in a very large open space! So we came up with a list of 10 of our favourite décor and privacy ideas for loft lovers that won’t break the bank, and won’t force you to start erecting walls and ruining the ambiance of abundant space:
- Work out your colour scheme:
This is important as you really want the loft colours to flow and match! We are by no means stating that EVERY area of the loft should be different shades of grey, but you can get seriously creative, by taking your guests on a colourful and sensory journey through your beloved space!
2. Choose your furniture to match the space:
With wide open spaces, your furniture should really work to pull the space together. We would recommend choosing a style of furniture you really love, and buying pieces that complement one another.
3. Define your “spaces:
This can be done in a number of ways – from drapery ideas, folding glass doors (so that the theme of light and space is never lost), using beautiful room dividers (that can be folded up to allow more light in during the day), to erecting temporary floor to ceiling wooden beams, or using large open-backed shelving cabinets to separate spaces. Another idea is to use rugs or pot plants to definite space.
4. Create Storage ideas:
Most lofts will come with very little storage space, so this gives you a great opportunity to get creative. Floor to ceiling bookshelves can be custom-made for books and ornaments. Moveable furniture is also a fantastic idea – anything can work with wheels, and so storage units such as a bookshelf and or wardrobe can be wheeled anywhere so you are constantly creating moveable space. Imagine a home that you can quite literally re-create every month with wheels!
5. Invest in good quality lighting:
Make sure you have lighting at various heights in your loft space. Low hung lights over your dinner table or above your bed really creates a more intimate and soft space. Whereas in the larger entertainment areas, you could play around with ceiling lights or floor lights. The key is to have a lot of lighting options for every mood!
An excellent quality floor makes a space a home, so make sure you don’t skimp on this. Cheap flooring can make any incredible space look dull. So an essential investment for Loft Living 101 is to ensure you get excellent quality flooring put in. We would recommend our Meister-engineered-wooden flooring for a loft.
7. Combine your entertainment space with your kitchen area:
We all know that the kitchen is the heart of any home. So this should definitely be a masterpiece within your loft. This should also be a spacious area with ample room to walk around, so it is important here to ensure that the furniture chosen allows for movement. A great idea is to create the illusion of a separate living space by having the kitchen on a raised platform for example.
8. Create a sanctuary:
Your bedroom should be your haven so make sure you spend time creating the perfect Feng Shui space for yourself. As mentioned above, lighting is important here, so get creative with low hanging lights and serene colours to ensure you drift off into lala-land easily every night.
9. Elevated Loft Beds:
If you have children or you often entertain and have overnight guests, another idea is to create raised/elevated loft beds. Not only are you maximising your vertical space but you are creating privacy for guests. And any child would LOVE their own private “treehouse” in their home! Do remember though that elevated loft beds means they can only be accessed via ladders… so here is hoping your guests are not afraid of heights! Ladders that can be stowed away when the loft beds are not being used is also a very clever idea!
10. Use your walls to tell your story:
Be your own Picasso at home by creating wall galleries. You don’t need to fill every inch of every wall, but for example you could have family photos on one wall that starts in the centre of the wall and you keep adding around that! Loft space is perfect for an Art Collector too!
So there you have it! Our 10 favourite ideas for creating the perfect loft! We do hope that our ideas have filled your mind with inspiration! You can spend as little or as much as you need, and the great thing about loft living is that your space can be a continuous flow of creative work in progress!