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Loft Apartments: The Interior Designs of Higher Living Space

Loft apartments with mezzanine floors are not common in Singapore, but if you do live in one, here are some tips on how you can style such a space of a higher ceiling height, starting with some living room ideas for lofts.

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Loft Interior Designs: Apartments That Speak Double The Volume

High ceilings, double the living spaces, lofty stairs leading the way up and down, open-style kitchens and the sense of openness looking up to the mezzanine floors and down from up there to the living spaces below, are all characteristics of a loft-style apartment and the beauty of living in one.

Having double the volumes also means double the vastness, double the height, and for most loft apartments, double the height of the windows and hence double the exterior views, whether they are faced by lush greenery, the city streetscape, or the skyline. These further translates to double the ventilation, and double the amount of natural light that can be let into the loft space.

What all these means is that you have to start thinking of how to design and decorate this space vertically, in terms of its altitude, from its lowest to its highest points, in an upright manner, and not just considering the depth of the space and its floor area.

Loft Interior Design Ideas

Dressing the Heart of Loft Living Space

You have that vertical span of space in lofts, but what about the space in midair? The emptiness of this airspace is evident in the living room; it is almost like a courtyard where skylight penetrates in the most with nothingness in the void, except where, in a courtyard it opens to the sky. But in loft apartments, this section of air is a vacuum. If you do not have something to hover around that space, a loft living room can look and feel empty. It can even sound empty when the space echoes against the high ceiling and the floor. It is akin to having a loft bed, but with a void below that serves no purpose. It’ll make more sense to have a loft bed with a desk or a wardrobe below, so that the pockets serve as interactive spaces to one another.

Have something to fill in that middle void, i.e. get something in suspension like a pendant light or a chandelier hung from the top. If suspended features are not your thing, you can have a standing lamp that arches its way to this space. Come night time, you can imagine how cold and dark a place with a high ceiling can be. So it is always a good idea to have some candlelit glow to set a cozy evening mood.

A Modern Industrial Loft Gallery Style Interior

Lofts tend to always be associated with the hip, bachelor-like, SoHo lifestyle. As such, the approach to decorating it as far as interior designs are concerned are gravitated towards the artistic, industrial and modern loft interior design look.

Loft apartments have double the volumes, hence double the wall spaces as well. This means you have ample vertical surfaces to be dressed up. The lengthy walls can be dry brushed and hatched for a cold ‘cemented’ look, or they can be excellent for tall murals of, say, pop art or abstract paintings to be hung. Tall windows are perfect for a more dramatic look since they have the heights; for example, you may dress the windows with draperies for that thespian feel for those who love some arts and cultural elements in their home designs. Whether it is creating that modern edgy texture to walls, introducing those long silky curtain folds to the windows, or adding that splash of colors from Mondrian’s inspired works to the interiors, accent touches like these can impact the whole loft interior by bringing out the character of a loft living style immensely,

The Art of Tapestry for Privacy

You want to show off the altitude of your living space but you also need to have that sense of depth without showing too much of privacy.

Introducing elements into the air space create a feature or features that bring forth additional dimensions to the living hall space as you come in through your main door. By creating that subtle barrier,any direct glances into less ‘guest-friendly’ spaces such as your open kitchen, can be delicately masked.

Apart from lighting fixtures, you can do with other interior decorative ideas including a tall floral arrangement, artifacts or sculptures that could also achieve some screening effect to a certain extent.

The Loft Staircase Design

Taking a cue from the existing loft staircase design is always a good start to developing more loft interior design ideas. Often, when you buy over a loft unit, the staircase has already been built with all the  handrails, railings, parapets or barricades on site.

Depending on the type of loft apartment you live in, the designs of the staircase can be of wood structures comprising of wooden steps, timber handrails and balustrades, with or without intricate wood moldings and trimmings, in colonial or contemporary styles; or it can be of glass railing, steel handrail and stone treads and risers in the name of modern, minimalist interior designs.You may echo the timber steps with a warm hardwood floor, or the dark marble slabs of the treads with your marble flooring. If the railing is glass with steel bolts, you may get a glass dining table with chrome legs to compliment the stairs as part of the dining area interior design idea.

The core of loft interiors lies in the stairwell as it is the central feature that leads one’s vision from the bottom up through the whole vertical span of the interior aesthetics. So it can be necessary to tie in the loft staircase design and color scheme with that of the rest of the surrounding spaces so that things pan smoother as your vision takes in its entirety.

 

Dining Room Interior Design Ideas

Dining Hall Area Interior Design Ideas Singapore

Dining Room Interior is an Area for Interactive Designs

The dining room interiors are areas where most interactions are, therefore the designs have to be cohesive and functional. At the same time the right ambiance (very often warm and cosy) must be set in order to encourage conversations and palatable dining experiences.

Seamless and transitional spaces around the dining space are instrumental to having not just a functional dining area but a dining room that is well facilitated for its purpose. The most important thing for any dining room interior to work is not so much of the pleasing aesthetics but the sense of space in which those who host are able to work around it and for those who dine there to settle in comfortably.

Dining Hall Area Designs

A well designed dining hall can be a living paradox. It can be created with contradicting designs, intent and elements that somehow work seamlessly together.

The Dining Room Floor & Ceiling Light Fixtures

Where the dining floor is an extension of the living hall, the same type of floor finish for both spaces creates a more open and cohesive space. In this case you can differentiate the dining hall from the rest of the living room by having a pendant lighting as a focal point to the dinging hall area. A dining room light like the one featured in the photo is a fixture designed with an adjustable cable length for the lighting to be lowered for a cosy glow if need be.

The Sense of Openness and Belonging

Where possible, have your dining hall near to a window where natural day light can penetrate through. Not only does a window offer a view to your dining experience, the ray of sunlight sets a warm, beckoning mood at your breakfast table.

We should not look at a dining space as just a set of table and chairs. It is more than that. The optimal use of a dining area can only come full circle if your consideration stretches beyond just the dining set. A well-planned dining area should be ergonomically-friendly. Daily activities such as laying out the dining table, food serving and cleaning must be fuss-free and free from obstacles during the process in which they are carried out. Considerations such as proximity to the kitchen servery and access to the fridge and water are preferably catered for.

The dining space is a place for family and friends to gather for a meal or a game; so it is best to have the table placed at the center of the dining space that you’ve demarcated, so members can gather around from all directions. Island concept like this not only makes serving and cleaning much easier, it optimizes the seating capacity and encourages conversations with members seated across each other.

Dining Table Designs – Key Considerations

Wood, Stone or Glass

The interior style of our living today is very much influenced by how civilization progresses; with the advancement of tools and technology, custom made furniture is no longer just comfortable with woodworks. There’d been rising numbers of home owners preferring stone dining table tops such as marble and granite and even glass. However contemporary dining table designs are still primarily of wood not just because of the price point but that timber sets an invaluable tone to a family area that sometimes stones and glass cannot.

Whether we’re talking about how creatively wood grains run, or how much warmth wood can exude in a room, but one thing for sure is that wood gives us a more amiable and yet sturdy quality. This does not even include the fact that wood furniture are great sound absorbers. When varnished, wooden dining tables give a glaze of elegance that is strikingly different from that of polished marble. Stones on the other hand, are exquisite and robust; nice to look at but we weren’t necessarily looking for a working top when we eat with our loved ones.

Colour Scheme & Forms

It is more interesting to see a dining table that sets itself apart from its chair counterparts than being in the same ‘type’ and family as they are. Playing with contrast in both colors and designs can do just that. In the above photo, a darker toned wood dining table of a linear design is paired with white dining chairs that are sleek but more fluid in forms.

We talked about the importance of a dining room interior design being coherent. A dining table can be intricately designed and crafted but if it looks out of place, it wouldn’t come across as being part of the house. By echoing its color with the kitchen cabinets, display cabinets, custom wardrobes or bookshelf designs around it, the dining table integrates not only itself but the dining entity with the neighboring living room interior design as well.

 

Bedroom Interior Design Color Ideas: Gray on Grey Schemes

It is amazing how using only one family of colors can create a variety of textures, depth and tones to a room. In this blog, I shall talk about gray-on-grey.

We don’t have to always go back to its black and white parentage if you’d asked me. Think of some of the colors with grey overlay. What do you get? With green, it gives emerald and jade. With red, it gives clay, brick and terracotta. With yellow come khakis, beige and browns. With purples and blues you have beautiful lavender and Mediterranean blue.

Grey has the ability to mute out colors that tend to be a little too energetic for a space but from which the warmth is still desired.

Gray Thinking with Bedroom Interior Design Ideas

Bedroom Interior Design Color Scheme - Grey

Grey is no doubt the perfect color and shade to set the mood for a bedroom. And please don’t think it the wrong way.50 Shades of Grey happened years ago, so let’s just move on.

The shade of gray is often related with modernism, minimalism and even a little mysticism especially from the cooler tones. As such this is a highly sought after color for bachelor (or bachelorette) pads, or among couples with no kids, as well as the chic and hippy singletons who mostly settle for smaller spaces such as loft apartments or studio apartments where the living room and bedroom designs for smaller spaces are openly and seamlessly integrated.

Grey has a mystical aura about it, but when paired right, it marries the other colors well, taming them down to a calming state, ideal for a room for relaxation and rest.

Grey for Bedroom Interior Styles – Just Cool, Not Cold.

When you have warm and cool hues to play with a certain color, you can break the monotony of a visual effect. Likewise, by introducing different textures, you create different facets to a space, hence different functions within a room without having too many colours to distinguish the pockets of interior spaces therein.

Far from depicting solemness, the shades of grey can, at the very least, appears cool, but not cold. Just as clay versus cement. Just as pottery versus stone. Who is to say they exude the same degree of ardor or solitude? The layering of the different shades and the styling of the room soften its magnitude and nourish its barren state at the same time. This is how amazing grey is.

Grey Matters for Ultimate Living

The colour grey offers character to the surface it executes on and stands through the age of time. Grey has been present from the primeval raw and organic nature of rocks, coal and earth right through the modern industrial revolution of concrete and steel, before finally making it into the chips, chrome casings and hardware satin finish of our devices in the digital age today.

It really is an intelligent color. Grey matter is there for a reason.