INTERIOR DESIGN | 5 Easy Ways to Achieve Industrial Loft Look in the Modern Home​

5 Easy Ways to Achieve Industrial Loft Look in the Modern Home

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The industrial style emerged in the 50s from New York lofts, and it’s a common design expression in restored industrial spaces, factories, and warehouses. However, the urban vibe and a budget-friendly character turned this interior style into one of the favourites in modern homes around the globe. The main characteristic of Loft living is the open space and the possibility to bring together different areas within a single space.

#1 When striping it down to the bone is not an option

One of the staples of industrial decorating style is exposing raw architectural elements and fixtures: striping it to the bone is the most recognisable characteristic of the style. However, this is easy to do if you live in a renovated factory where seasoned brick or raw concrete decorate the walls. When exposing your walls is not an option, wallpaper is the next best thing. Thanks to advanced technology that we have today, wallcoverings or murals that imitate brick or concrete, can hardly be distinguished from the real thing.

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#2 The Working Kitchen

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When it comes to kitchens, the industrial design allows freedom of creativity like no other style. Playing with salvaged materials and textures always generates a unique result. Industrial kitchens are reduced to bare function and remind of workstations. Using miss-matched vintage pieces and open shelving will increase the performance and create a robust looking kitchen that bursts with personality. In an open space, a kitchen naturally comes to the fore and sets the tone for the rest of the area.

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#3 Naked Lighting

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Lighting is a vital element in the industrial design. Captivating yet straightforward, lighting fixtures have become symbols of the style. Lighting design in the industrial ambiance magnifies the essence and the sheer beauty of the function.

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#4 Design has to work; Art doesn’t.

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Using various wall art will enhance the cool, urban, vibe: from gallery walls featuring vintage posters and interesting frames to bold murals and oversized clocks; wall art will give content to the space.

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#5 Details make the design

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Last, but not least, the details are fundamental to the overall impression. Robust pipe shelving, vintage accessories and statement pieces of furniture will get the message out.

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The Subtle Gleam of Gold

The warming nature of gold is alluring and adds gleaming yet soft tone to the room. Gold details make great accents in living rooms and bedrooms, where paired with rich textures enhance the sense of warmth and comfort. When decorating with gold, keep it simple for a clean and refined look. Infuse gold accents subtly throughout the space, allowing a few key details to steal the spotlight

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Over the last few years, Denmark positioned itself as one of the happiest countries in the world. To the people of Denmark, there is a strong link between happiness and the single word that communicates so much -“Hygge”.

According to Meik Wiking from the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen whose book “The Little Book of Hygee; The Danish Way to Live Well”, was among 2017’s world bestsellers.

“Danes are the happiest people in Europe according to the European Social Survey, but they are also the ones who meet most often with their friends and family and feel the calmest and most peaceful. Therefore, it is with good reason that we see a growing interest in hygge. Journalists are touring Denmark searching for Hygge; in the UK, a college is now teaching Danish Hygge; and around the world hygge bakeries, shops and cafes are popping up”’.

Hygge (hoo-ga) doesn’t directly translate to English, but it can be explained as comfort, togetherness, warmth. Hygge is particularly practised during the winter season when deprived of sun rays, and natural daylight Danes turn to the cosiness of their homes in the company of family and friends. They invest in the atmosphere rather than in things and celebrate simple pleasures in life; like having hot cocoa by the candlelight or a relaxing movie night with friends.

Although the winter season naturally provides the most hyggelig (hygge-like) moments, Danes enjoy hygge all year round. Backyard dinner parties, bonfires on the beach or outdoor movie nights are just some hyggelig summer activities.

Outdoor Bliss   

In contrast to cold Scandinavia, Australia enjoys plenty of sunshine and it is, home to most amazing landscapes. Australian lifestyle is free-spirited and easy going, and Australians don’t take their home for granted and consider themselves extremly lucky.  Like Danes, Aussies, as well, love spending time in the company of friends and family, they enjoy the humour, relaxed conversations and friendly atmosphere. And like in Denmark, the best things in life in Australia are free, too.

With Sydney and Melbourne who year after year are battling over the title of the world’s most liveable city, Australia is persistently scoring high in international quality of life and happiness surveys. Furthermore, Australia was named the world’s happiest nation by the OECD for three years in a row, starting 2013. So, it looks like Danes are not that much happier than Australians. The only difference is that Australians don’t have the word to describe it (yet).

But what could be Australian equal for Hygge?

One thing is certain if we were to go looking for those special moments of happiness in Australia, the indoors are not a place to start. It’s more likely that the path would take us to the backyards or by the pools; it would take us along the beaches, to the lakes and river shores. We could hear loud murmurs of joy in the shades of trees in the parks, under the gazebos at the beaches and in the hypnotising sound of the ocean.