5 Essential Design Tips for Loft Living

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Lofts have become extremely popular in the last few years. Though they are often associated with artists living a bohemian lifestyle in the heart of New York City, developers have implemented loft designs in many of today’s urban apartment settings. However, loft spaces come with challenges when it comes to interior design. Here are five essential tips that will help you turn your loft space into a designer masterpiece.

Plan Your Space

Similar to working with an open floor plan, one of the first steps to designing your loft space is to designate specific living areas. Consider your needs and lifestyle. Do you work from home or love entertaining? Understanding your lifestyle requirements will help allot space to the various zones of the space. Rugs, as well as furniture pieces such as bookshelves, consoles, and even oversized plants, are perfect for defining room areas and adding warmth and personality to the overall design scheme.

Choose a Color Scheme

Choosing your color pallet will depend on the style of your loft. Since most authentic loft spaces are characterized by one large open space, neutral hues in furniture and décor are preferred to ensure a visual flow. Add bold splashes of color with pillows, throws, and oversized pieces of artwork and accessories.

However, if vibrancy is your thing, consider designing a color scheme around one dramatic piece.

Furniture and Décor

Not too big or too small. Before you begin your design process, make sure the furniture you are considering is scaled to fit the space. Small pieces will look disproportionate, so find larger, substantial pieces that define your living area but still support the classic airiness of the loft space. Lofts love a contemporary feel, so consider pieces with sleek lines and smooth surfaces.

If you are going for an authentic industrial feel, think modern abstract art, and metallic accents, such as end tables and nightstands to complement the natural brick and wood elements of the loft.


One of the main issues with loft living is the lack of storage. This is where you need to get creative. When choosing furniture, consider pieces that can double up on the storage meter, like buffets, bureaus, and wardrobes. A divider with shelving is a great idea to partition an area and add some much-needed storage for books and décor.


Lofts are known for their dramatic windowing, which affords lots of natural light during the day. Assuming the presence of high ceilings, choose your lighting per your living zones. As an example, hanging pendant lighting is perfect for above the dining area, while an array of floor and table lamps can be used to accent interior elements and work areas of the loft.

Love the look? Why not rent it!

Designing a loft but feel you need some advice, Arc can help. We can curate a complete rental furniture package explicitly designed to meet your design requirements.

Renting furniture or staging could not be easier or more affordable with Arc Furnished Solutions. No need to make several phone calls relaying the same information and sorting through different terms, furniture selections, and prices. Arc will procure up to 3 competitive furniture rental or staging quotes in 1-2 days after a quick call to get a clear understanding of your needs.

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Written by Robin


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