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May, 2013

From space-saving designs to the latest in sophisticated style, our design tips are made with you and your dream kitchen in mind.

Loft Living

Loft Living

Today's loft owners are looking for more than a converted commercial space. They are demanding amenities and décor that have the scale and size to match the space, while not competing with the downtown city backdrop. Whether you live in a loft, or just want to emulate the look of one, here are a few simple tips to make your space luxuriously lofty.

The first step in decorating a loft is to determine the function of the space. You've got all that open area; now what are you going to do with it? Walk around your loft and decide on the best spots for working, relaxing and entertaining, using natural light and built-in features, such as open ductwork, built-in shelving, levels and windows, as guides. Once the functional areas have been mapped out, it's easy to divide the open space into "rooms" through the placement of partitions, large pieces of furniture or area rugs. Who needs walls, anyway?

If you're like most loft owners, your space is likely characterized by rough materials and surfaces - exposed brick walls and pipes, with cement or worn wood floors. Because of the industrial look and feel of lofts, they are usually decorated in a contrasting sleek contemporary style, incorporating clean lines and smooth surfaces. Contemporary loft décor combines fabrics with wood, glass, chrome and stainless steel to create a visually stimulating look. Utilize these materials in your kitchen by incorporating the Level™ kitchen collection from Moen. Level features single-hole, single-mount faucets in both standard and pulldown models. The clean lines and high-arcing spouts give a modern kitchen an additional touch of sophistication.

Even though it may be the only room in your space with walls, your loft décor should extend into the bathroom. The Level™ bathroom faucet collection stands apart with its clean, geometric lines and a beautiful laminar stream that creates a clear and quiet water flow to accentuate the look of any modern bath. Available in a Chrome and LifeShine® Brushed Nickel finish, the faucets make a bold statement in a single-handle, single-hole mount for a traditional application, as well as a single-handle, single-hole vessel faucet and a two-handle widespread style.

For loft furnishings that will help you to achieve a contemporary look and feel without breaking the bank, look to retailers like Target and Ikea. The Karlstad sofa-bed from Ikea features a clean, geometric design, plus the functionality of a pull-out bed and extra storage - all key to maintaining the uncluttered loft look.

When considering your overall décor, go for a color scheme that is bold and simple to enhance the architectural features of your home. Sherwin-Williams color consultant Donna Schroeder recommends mixing strong, dramatic colors with pale hues to achieve a linear, structured look in your space. Hot new hues that will help achieve a visually interesting and modern space include Dried Thyme, Sullen Mist, Rocket Red, Founding Father, Guess Hue, Laguna Blue, Pumpkin Stem and Empire State, all from Sherwin Williams.

To balance the industrial edge that characterizes most lofts, try softening your space with long, soft drapes and plush, textured rugs. You may also want to consider crystal or shiny finishes for lamps and accent pieces to add some shimmer to your décor.

When you feel you have made your mark on your lofty urban space, relax and enjoy the openness of your new modern marvel.

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