Tips for Creating a Serene Loft

Posted on 17 January 2017

Lofts typically have an open and flowing quality about them. Quite often, they also boast industrial elements, such as brick walls, exposed pipes, rafters, and even pillars. These elements look fabulous in a contemporary or retro theme, but they can be a challenge to overshadow with décor. Maybe you don't want these architectural features to be a center of attention in your home. If this is the case, you can use these decorative tips to soften the look and draw attention away from the loft's structure.


Soft Color Palette

If your loft is full of architectural detail, painting the walls a bold color will likely accent these details. You want a softer, neutral palette, so everything becomes harmonious. You do not have to stick with beige tones either. A neutral palette can include earthy greens and soft blues. Even lilac can work.

Wall Mounted Water Features


You need a focal point in your space for the eyes to come to rest upon entering. This is not always easy to do in a loft, especially if you have both an open floorplan and architectural detail. The focal point has to be really dynamic to be able to draw the eye in such a space. Wall-mounted water features are perfect. Your eyes and ears are immediately drawn to the sound and visual display, which attracts attention away from the elements you do not want to focus on.


Playing with texture will ensure that the room has a lot of soft layers. Many lofts have wood or painted concrete floors, so soft rugs can go a long way in creating the look you're after. You can even layer rugs of different textures. Add long flowing sheers to windows, and make sure your decorative pillows are made of a variety of materials.   Round Elements A harsh space can be quickly softened with the introduction of round elements. Bean bag chairs are great seating options, and round end tables or an oval coffee table will help. When you shop for rugs and pillows, consider getting a few round ones.

Rustic Décor

Rustic woods and accent pieces offer a charming appeal. Don't be afraid to mix-and-match wood types and finishes. Ceramic pots, preferably those that look handmade, can help, too.


Most lofts have oversized windows that welcome an abundance of natural light. It is almost a crime not to fill the space with lush greenery. Leafy plants create softness, especially whimsical ferns.

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