Where an industrial building meets a cosy living space, you will normally find a loft. You can usually happen upon these open, remodelled apartments in converted warehouses and factories, where the rough edges have been softened and decorated away to give old world design a new, homely face. It’s time to take a look at the many benefits of loft apartments and loft living.
A blank canvas
Carefully planned, residential houses can sometimes prescribe a way of living, limiting residents with their rigid layouts and single-use spaces. Loft apartments, however, are blank canvases in more ways than one.
An empty shell in terms of both design and layout, one of the major benefits of loft apartments is that the owner can give the space their own unique and idiosyncratic style, and alter it time and time again. The aesthetic possibilities are endless: loft apartments adapt equally well to both more traditional and more contemporary interior design.
Unless you decide to erect dividing walls inside your apartment, an open space loft represents a great opportunity to use and embrace the full size of your home. Even loft apartments with a relatively humble square footage can feel larger due to their colossal high ceilings and over-sized windows and doorways.
Plenty of natural light
Loft living usually comes with the added benefit of plentiful natural light, whatever the season. Loft apartments typically come fitted with huge, industrial windows, and with a lack of intervening walls in the way, the light is allowed to fall freely throughout the apartment.
With spacious living areas comes another creative liberty: now you can really go to town with your furnishings. High ceilings and ample floor space mean that there’s no limitation on scale: you can fill the room with shelves of books and pieces of art to suit your tastes. From oversized spotlights to life-size statues, loft living allows you to experiment with one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture and grand, classic interior design that just wouldn’t work in more conventional apartments.
Properties designed for residential living tend to have little variation in their building materials. Walls are often plastered, whilst the functional circuitry and inner workings of the building are hidden away. However, lofts expose these raw and industrial properties and bring texture to your apartment, with brick walls, large water pipes and even extraction vents on full display. These industrial details of loft space can be polished up or even painted to lend your home yet more character, texture and individuality.
Vast wall spaces
High ceilings and large, bare walls are a dream come true for lovers of art and design. With such vast wall space to play with, there’s no end to the fun you can have curating and arranging your loft to create a dramatic impression on your guests. One of the real benefits of loft apartments comes from the creativity to be unleashed on this bare and impressionable space.
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