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Contemporary Loft Furniture Ideas for the Living Room

Friday, March 4th, 2011

In terms of a décor design project, a loft apartment is a blank page – it is a large, open space, often with cement or brick walls, cement floors, ductwork, bare pipes and exposed beams made of wood or steel. A loft space is like no other type of home: don’t treat it like it is. The appeal of a loft is its edgy modernity. Get creative; be inventive; take “expressing yourself” to a whole new level. In the second part of this series, I will be discussing contemporary loft living room furniture ideas and decorating tips for the living room.

Pick a Spot

In a house or a condo, the living room is typically the main room for relaxing, personal downtime and entertaining; it’s no different in a loft apartment. Because a loft design floor plan is essentially open concept, you will have to choose a location for your living area. Pick a spot that makes sense and reflects your lifestyle. If you like to, for example, have people over to watch game, for cocktails or just hang out, it would be good to have your living room closer to the kitchen rather than at the opposite end of the loft.

Take advantage of any architectural features in the loft that would enhance your living area such as a skylight, the view from a specific window or support beams and/or pillars that can define the living room from the other areas in the apartment. If there is an accent or freestanding wall, you want to reserve that for your entertainment center. Don’t forget to identify all of the other areas you will require. In addition to needing a bedroom, and living and dining areas, would you like a pair of contemporary club chairs by your favorite window or a home office?

Create the Illusion of Walls

The main challenge that you will have when decorating a loft apartment, is that you will have only four walls. The option of putting the large pieces of furniture against the walls of each zone like the bed in the sleeping area or the sofa and the entertainment center in the living area will be limited. You will have to give some careful consideration to the actual placement of your living room furniture, taking power sources into account. To create the illusion of walls and to define the separate zones of your living room area from the rest of the apartment use living room furniture pieces like an entertainment center or modular bookshelf. When considering using a certain piece of furniture as a screen, boundary or “wall” take into account whether or not the back is finished (can be seen) or unfinished (can’t) – some manufacturers leave the backs of case goods unfinished if they are not meant to be viewed from all angles.

Loft Living Room Furniture

Because of its edgy, industrial origins, loft living room furniture should reflect its environs. For a minimalist feel select modern style furniture with geometric lines and angular or asymmetrical profiles. These living room furniture pieces would have absolutely no decorative detail and are typically made from space-age materials.

If modern is too “stark” for you, contemporary style shares some of the same design principles as modern, but lines are less angular, profiles less uniform.

Another way to define the living room from the rest of the loft apartment is to choose a sectional as your sofa and position it so that it functions as a partition.

Since you are living in a loft space and storage will be at a premium, pick specific living room furniture pieces like a coffee table or end tables that include plenty of hidden storage.

Come back next Friday for Contemporary Loft Furniture Ideas series pt 3 when I will be discussing how to design a contemporary dining area for your open concept apartment.

Urban Sprawl – Urban Style for Smaller Living Spaces

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010


Urban style is ideal for smaller living spaces like apartments and condominiums because furniture pieces are specifically designed in scale for an upbeat, metropolitan lifestyle. This style can have an edgy, minimalist feel that borders on modern but still has some decorative detail and tapered or more relaxed lines and profiles. For a contemporary urban style living space, think darker finishes; furniture pieces with metal accents, glass tops or ceramic inlays; and at least a leather recliner if not a sofa or a loveseat.

Urban Living Room

Determine if you want a deep or lighter color palette for the walls, window treatments, any area rugs and fabrics, but definitely keep it neutral or earth toned. Select a coffee table, end tables and an entertainment center that has a dark, smooth finish, either ebony, java or espresso. In this urban living room interior design, the Tema Atlas Entertainment Center is the definitive focal point. But in an urban style living room you don’t necessarily have to stick to just one. Even though the living space might be smaller, urban style welcomes those conversational groupings that often require one or more focal points in the same room. Choose a type of couch that will be a space saver, like a convertible sofa or a sleeper sofa. That’s another thing about urban style; it’s highly functional and multi-purpose.

Urban Dining Room

An urban style dining room is trendy, yet with an air of timeless sophistication. Furniture designs are compact; the profiles of accent pieces like sideboards, servers or china cabinets are crisp and clean; and lines are relaxed, slightly curved or gently tapered. The back of a dining chair might be curved while the legs of the dining table are elegantly shaped. Choose warm earth toned upholstered chairs like the ones that make up the Hillsdale Verona 5-Piece Square Dining Set and put them against a backdrop of rich color. In this way, even though the urban style dining furniture possesses a relatively simple design, the color works with the lighting and the furniture to create a unique look that grab’s your attention, while being inviting and warm.

Urban Bedroom

Urban style bedroom furniture is beautiful to look at. While it has origins in contemporary design it goes one step further by being adaptable and flexible in specific urban environments such the condo or the apartment. The Modus Mondrian Leather Panel Platform Bed 4 Piece Bedroom Set has a casual, understated elegance that is typical of urban style. The lines are soothingly simple; the hardware displays a high-polished chic; and the leather panels of the bed give the room’s overall design a sense of cosmopolitan luxury. This is a bed you will want to ply with plenty of pillows in different textures and colors. Choosing to decorate your bedroom with an urban design will give it a contemporary urban flair that is unique to you.

Living Room Urban Style

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Urban style is a popular contemporary sub style that is particularly suited to apartment living because of its compact designs; clean, uncluttered lines; and trendy, cosmopolitan accents. Lines are crisp, wood finishes are typically dark brown or black with a smooth, low to high sheen. Furnishings are often “textured” with brushed metal highlights or accents made of glass or ceramic. It can have a modern minimalist feel while still appearing warm and approachable. Urban style furniture has a unique look and feel that grab’s your attention, while being, above all casual, comfortable and inviting.

The living room is where it all happens – kicking back in the recliner to see your favorite TV program or read a magazine; watching a Harry Potter movie marathon with the kids; or entertaining friends you haven’t seen for awhile. Because urban style furnishings are somewhat smaller in scale, they’ll be enough room for everything you will need to express yourself and revitalize your body and mind.

The Coaster Furniture Roma Black Leather Sectional with Ottoman has plenty of urban style. The lines of the sofa are clean and compact; the pillow backrest adds plush support; and the chaise type seating is comfort itself. Sectionals can work well in smaller sized rooms because they maximize floor space by using corners. Or if placed away from the wall, they will define one area from another in an open concept apartment or condo.

If a sectional doesn’t appeal to you, the Kathy Ireland Home by Omnia Furniture Leather Delmar Three Seat Leather Sofa (multiple finishes) has an understated chic that is emphasized by the gently rounded arms and tapered, metal legs.

An armchair, club chair or an accent chair offers a stylish yet comfortable place to sit, other than the sofa or couch. By grouping one or two armchairs or club chairs like the Klaussner Furniture Hero Chair around a focal point like a flat screen TV or an electric fireplace, you will create a cozy and casual place to hang out with family and friends.

The Homelegance Espresso Ottoman Coffee Table plugs into a hot decorating trend of using an ottoman as a coffee table. It also has that extra something much needed in apartment furniture – hidden storage, which makes this ottoman as multifunctional as it is smart looking.

The more compact design of the Jofran Miniature Rectangular Wood Top Cocktail Table is ideal for apartment or condominium living. The three different storage options (enclosed shelf, cubby and two drawers) make this coffee table a practical addition to any living room, family room or den.

“Solid” pieces of furniture in smaller spaces like an apartment can make a room feel cramped. However, the open design of the Southern Enterprises Contemporary Black Cocktail Table gives it a lighter, less solid appearance.

The way in which the Lexington Black Ice Flint Rectangular Coffee Table in Carbon Black pairs wood with metal is visually stunning. It has a sophisticated urban style that will make a living room’s décor “pop.”

Merging modern design principles with an upbeat, contemporary look, the Modus Hudson Solid Wood 72 Inch Media Console and Back Panel has an urban style that is adaptable. The frosted glass shelves are a great place to display collectibles while the satin nickel hardware and glass doors add to the overall stylish, finished appearance of this entertainment center.

The Winsome Linea Solid Wood TV Stand in Espresso has a simple design; lines are clean while its profile is uncomplicated. What gives it its urban style is the stand’s top, separated from the body of the cabinet by polished metal accents and door handles.

Urban style furniture is functional furniture that is beautiful to look at. While it has origins in contemporary design it goes one step further by being adaptable and flexible in specific urban environments. Choosing to decorate your apartment or condominium will give your home a contemporary urban flair that is unique to you.

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