The living room in the Loft style is the embodiment of the most daring ideas of designers. It is multifunctional, combines modernity and antiquity. Competent work with space is a very important point that must be taken into account, taking into account the specific features of the style:
Living rooms combined with kitchens are becoming more common: spacious rooms require a special approach and a suitable design style. The design of the kitchen-living room in the loft style is one of the most spectacular options that can be used.
Loft (loft) is conditionally divided into several variations:
To implement the loft-style, you first need to understand what it is. To do this, let’s go a little deeper into history: the industrial style was born in the United States during the Great Depression (the 30s of the XX century). Many factories went bankrupt, buildings were emptied, and rental prices collapsed.
It turned out to be cheaper to rent an industrial building than a residential apartment: at the same time, tenants received high ceilings, huge windows, and spacious open areas for a penny.
It is easy to guess that the poor, but creative intelligentsia rented this housing: the lack of money for classic finishes, combined with a design approach, led to the birth of a new style. The knowledge of history justifies all the characteristic features of the loft:
Since the kitchen-living room is still the main living room of the house, in which all family members spend most of their time, its design in the loft style should be thought out to the smallest detail.
Most people have the misconception that industrial-style kitchens and living rooms are necessarily dark. No, no, and no again!
If you look closely at the photos of completed projects, you will notice: in most cases, the walls will be light (often white). Black and gray are used only as small additions — furniture, appliances, decor.
The white kitchen-living room in the loft style is also a classic version.
Are the walls in your kitchen-living room made of brick? Great! Feel free to remove the plaster and leave the surfaces without decorative coating (in the cooking area, you can cover with varnish to simplify cleaning).
Residents of concrete houses should not be upset: the brick can be imitated, or use another technique-bare concrete. Rough walls of gray tones are gaining popularity. If the house is made of wood, leave the floors and beams visible.
The most popular way to divide the room into 2 halves and not make the kitchen-living room visually smaller is the bar counter. The main advantage is the minimal impact on the visual perception of space. The second plus is that the dining table can not be made at all or taken out of the kitchen.
Modern racks are also called “peninsulas” — a tabletop
level with the rest of the headset is more practical than a high one. Behind it, you can not only eat but also prepare food: cut, serve.
The second, no less popular in combined rooms, option-a sofa, with a back to the kitchen area. The classic approach can be supplemented with a console, an island, or the same bar counter, standing strictly behind the sofa.
In the photo below, you can see the glass partition: black metal, transparent glass, and brick walls are perfectly combined with each other, creating the right atmosphere.
One last design tip-leave it as it is! The “natural” beauty of the open kitchen-living room will do its job: you get a stylish space with minimal costs.
The industrial style does not put forward strict requirements for the appearance of cabinets: facades can be made of burnt natural wood, painted or covered with chipboard film, glass in metal frames.
The upper modules also choose to your liking: classic single-row drawers, cabinets up to the ceiling, open shelves or the absence of anything at all.
There are no restrictions on the countertop: wood, stone, metal-preferably dark neutral shades.
In the kitchen-living room, it is permissible to use even non-kitchen furniture for storage: for example, the black metal shelves in the photo below support the loft-style and look appropriate.
Since the loft still has eclectic roots and the furniture came to the interior from wherever it is necessary, there are no restrictions on the shape, size, and even color. Any model is suitable: from classics, like Chester, to trendy modular frameless designs.
Stairs — the first thing to consider when arranging a cottage. In any other direction, you’d have to figure out how to disguise it, but in the loft, it’s the opposite. The staircase can be made the main architectural accent, emphasizing the black railing to the ceiling or installing a dining table in front of it.
You should also highlight the fireplace or stove, along with the chimney pipe — in fact, this element is considered a classic for industrial, because in factory pavilions it was the main method of eco-heating.
And the last thing — the exit to the street. Doors will not argue with the design of the room if you choose black frames and transparent glass for them. You can support the theme with glass partitions or other accessories (bus lights, black metal shelves).
Do you still think that there is no loft without bricks? Still, as it happens: concrete walls, smoothly passing into the ceiling-what is not the embodiment of industrial design?
For those who do not want to have a dark kitchen-living room and therefore refuse this style — examples of bright and bright interiors. They look completely different, but both belong to the loft style.
And finally — white headsets! The epitome of glamorous industrial — white gloss, red brick, and, of course, a leather sofa in a screed capito.
The last thing you need to adjust to the loft-style in the kitchen is the complete set of the headset. The color and material of the facades, finishing, filling with accessories-you can, experiments with furniture-no.
Practicality comes first, so I strongly recommend reading my 3 materials, where the issues of kitchen planning in terms of convenience, fittings, and maintaining order are analyzed:
That is, we make standard built-in corner furniture up to the ceiling. The appearance is already more interesting.
Facades are almost either with a uniform surface (mat or gloss) or with an imitation of wood. Most of the latter are garbage because they do not even remotely resemble real wood.
The more the color and texture are similar to solid facades, the better. Choose a contrasting pattern of veins, cuts, and knots. Imitations presented on the market often have a faded uniform pattern. This does not happen with naturally treated wood.
An example of a good one: Egger Oak Nebraska Natural and Halifax Oak. Dark wood, by the way, is not necessary. The loft can also be with a light one. The main thing is to make it look realistic.
From the point of view of the design of the loft-style kitchen, there are 2 options for suitable upper cabinets:
Without upper cabinets — in theory, the norms are beautiful in the picture, in practice, there are a lot of problems. In short, here are photos of loft-style kitchens with open shelves, where there is visually light chaos with perfect order.
All the cans are the same and stand at an equal distance, all 1 color, no 1 product in its native packaging. To support such a thing is hard labor. At the slightest disorder, the interior will turn into a mess. For a factory — it will do, for an apartment — no.
I described in detail other nuances of this design (connection of the hood, drying for dishes, border, and lighting of the apron, etc.) in an article about kitchens without upper cabinets.
For a modern loft — upper cabinets to the ceiling. Stylish, comfortable, no disadvantages. If you like this idea, read my article about high-tech cuisine.
Lighting. A lot of attention is paid to light in the loft interiors: firstly, the wiring itself is usually done outside. Secondly, the lamps are designed not only to illuminate but also to attract attention: therefore, choose something unusual — bright lampshades, stylish shapes, a web of wires. Mandatory light points: a work area, a bar counter or a table, a recreation area. In the latter, it is not necessary to use ceiling chandeliers: place the lighting on the floor (floor lamps) or walls (sconces).
The loft-style interior will appeal to young people, married couples with and without children. Creative people who keep up with the times will rightfully appreciate the numerous advantages of the design. First of all, these are the minimum costs for the purchase of building materials and the development of a layout. You can successfully upgrade yourself, taking into account the following tips.