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Well-designed Loft Living Room

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

This room shows that loft living can move beyond the traditional industrial modern look into something classically elegant.

The soaring brick wall and window in similar large proportions let you know that this is loft space. These dramatic architectural details elevate the space beyond the standard.

The stained concrete flooring is a fairly common choice in a loft, but the ceiling is unusual. Instead of a collection of vents and pipes disappearing into a dark high space, this designer chose to cover that with wood flooring.

Choosing wood warms up the entire room and brings the ceiling height down while covering the more industrial elements of the space. Dark wood tones echo in the coffee and corner tables, furthering the connection.

Accessories and art add glamour, with an old-fashioned mirror displayed vertically and a large oil painting standing alone on the cream-colored plaster wall. The generously-stuffed sofa and chair do a lot to make the room feel comfortable and inviting.

Colors are natural and arise out of the architecture. The throw pillows echo the rich dark shades from the wall and ceiling as well as the painting. The one pop of black – on the border of the area rug – brings the room into focus and emphasizes the soft colors in the rest of the space.

Altogether, this loft design melds the advantages of loft living with all the comforts of home.

Take Time to Reflect on Mirrors

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

If you’ve visited some mountainous countries, you’ve probably run across mirrors like this one. The goal is to provide an early view of oncoming traffic to make it easier to navigate switchback roads.

This mirror was carefully positioned to make the most of its view. In your home, there is a value to taking the time to position your own mirrors to make the most of them.

Mirrors can be functional in a number of ways. They can reflect light, serve as a chance to check your appearance, and expand the feel of a space. When you buy a mirror, think about whether it can be more than decorative.

A mirror can grab light from a nearby window to brighten a dark corner. To take full advantage of the mirror, experiment with placement to maximize the light reflected.

If you would like a mirror near your normal home exit door to do a final check of your appearance, be sure to get a large enough mirror and position it well for everyone in the family. Many times there’s a tendency to hang a mirror too high so that shorter family members can only see from the nose up. Once again, experiment with size and placement to ensure that the mirror is as useful as you planned.

Don’t limit your reflection attention to actual mirrors. Many other elements in your home may be reflective. Some flooring has a natural shine such as natural woods and various tiles. Metallic accessories also have a natural reflective quality. Add sparkle to your room by considering reflections when you decorate.