Tips to improve your loft life

Lofts have a certain appeal. High ceilings, walls of windows and an industrial feel are just a few of the details that make these spaces special. Often, lofts have open, spacious floor plans that for some may pose distinct challenges. Love loft-style living but need some design tips? Here are some ideas to help get you started.



a living room filled with furniture and a large window: An oversized rug adds a sense of spaciousness in this loft-style space.


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An oversized rug adds a sense of spaciousness in this loft-style space.

Embrace the “bones” of a space. Instead of trying to hide industrial details, add even more  to help make the space feel cohesive.



a view of a living room: A shag rug adds warmth to this urban loft.


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A shag rug adds warmth to this urban loft.

Add texture such as faux fur or shag. Lofts often feel cavernous — adding texture will help add warmth to a space.

Highlight tall windows by adding drapery.

Consider a neutral color scheme. Black, white and gray are great colors that can be used either as a neutral combination or foundation, which can serve as a springboard for a color palette.

Use a large-scale rug. Larger rugs will help make large spaces feel open and spacious.

Incorporate lighting that helps frame furniture vignettes and layouts. Arc floor lamps tend to work

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