Are you dreaming of an austere, light-filled interior with lots of metal, wood and glass?
Therefore, you will definitely like the original and modern loft-style living room. What are the features of this style? Which industrial furniture and accessories to choose?
How was the loft style created?
A similar style originated in the United States as early as the 1940s. When abandoned and closed workshops and factories after the Great Depression, they began to be sold and offered as premises for home improvement.
Such tall and long workshops usually had brick walls, concrete floors, and floor-to-floor muntines. Open electrical wiring, various ventilation pipes, and elements of former units. They let in a lot of daylight (there was often no electricity in these buildings at the time).
What kind of furniture should be put in such a living room? The loft is characterized by spaciousness. Often in such apartments the living room is organically combined with the kitchen. For this reason, furniture should correctly separate the recreation area from the “working” one.
A bet on a small amount of furniture. Instead of a small sofa and a few armchairs, opt for a long sofa. You should not put benches and coffee tables in such a living room. Match the loft-style furniture to your space. The smaller they are, the better, and the space will appear optically larger.
Choose simplicity, no decorative elements, bright colors, calm lines and solid wood, which will acquire even more character with age. It is good if your industrial furniture has a clear texture (visible rings, knot marks, sticky boards) and metal legs, handles or other elements. Wood products with the addition of metal will add lightness to such interiors. It can be any metal painted black, as well as copper, nickel and brass. Storing books, newspapers, and other small items requires sturdy solid wood shelves and wire baskets.
If you like these styles, then know that in such a living room there should not be too many decorations – after all, they were not in the old workshops and factories. In principle, these should have been typically functional rooms. Therefore, the design of an industrial showroom should be very thoughtful and not random.
Here you will be inspired by the steampunk style, which, like the lofts, has its roots in the 19th century – the era of steam engines. Steampunk relies on technological developments of those years, and its aesthetics refers to heavy machines and mechanisms. Modern writers, sculptors and inventors loved progress, machines and predicted the future of technology.
t is best if they are made of glass, metal, aluminum or plastic. You can find figurines of prototypes of cars, parts with gears. The wall can be decorated with vintage, abstract and fantastic graphics.
An expressive decoration will be a clock in the style of the 19th century or a round one, similar to a classic train station. Remember to be moderate in design. Up to five decorative accessories are enough.
If you are planning an industrial living room in an apartment building, make sure there is enough light. Mirrors hung on the wall perpendicular to or in front of a window will reflect it. This will make the room brighter and optically larger. Two mirrors are enough in the living room. More can overload the interior.
During the day, light in the loft living room will be provided by large, necessarily protruding windows without curtains and mirrors on the walls. If you want more privacy, install wooden blinds.
It is not difficult to choose lamps for the living room. In the former workshops and factories, lighting was made from materials that were durable and resistant to mechanical damage. The shades were quite large, so that the light from one lamp illuminated a large area. In addition to pendant lights, there were also spot patterns that provided intense lighting. Tripod floor lamps were also popular. You can use all of these shapes in your living room. Their combination will give an interesting effect, especially when combined with brick walls.
As you can see, an industrial living room doesn’t have to be inaccessible or repulsive. Combined with the right accessories and wood furnishings for a cozy feel, it will contribute to a quality relaxation.