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The attractions of a loft residence include high ceilings, uncovered brick walls, architectural details and large space. In addition, there are no outdoor gardens to till, no lawns to mow and no snow to shovel.

Residential living styles have immensely diversified throughout the decades. In the same manner, lofts have gone through extreme transformations in functions as well. These buildings have evolved from being industrial structures, to abandoned concrete giants, into the trendiest habitats of free-spirited and stylish suburbanites, skilled home entrepreneurs, artists, or just about any individual or family desiring for a bigger space

Suburban families now compete for residential spaces in attractively renovated old building structures. Because of the increasing demand for loft spaces, building contractors and real estate investors cash in on this trend with new ones, too. The attractions of a loft residence include high ceilings, uncovered brick walls, architectural details and large space. In addition, there are no outdoor gardens to till, no lawns to mow and no snow to shovel.

Many of the beautiful residential lofts seen today were once old factories. Nowadays, the first impressions of lofts are of brightness, space, and comfort.

Loft space allows for a mix of diverse furniture styles. A trendy, overstuffed, single-color sofa and seat can blend with a lacquered coffee table, an antique drawer, chaise lounge and an old sailor's chest on legs. A wooden armoire can substitute as a hall closet. Concrete floors are given life and warmth with grass or hemp mats, which also defines the lounge and dining spaces. On the ceiling, metal pipes can remain exposed to accentuate the modern industrial look; this industrial theme can be extended to the kitchen area with the use of stainless steel and brushed aluminum on sinks, appliances and as accents on furniture and kitchen accessories.

Loft buyers are often attracted to the concept of having no walls and no doors (except for the bathrooms!) living. Some would only have the original ornate antique door to divide the entryway to the living areas. Pieces of furniture can be massive, cozy pieces to complement the some dramatic modern art pieces.

Rent a loft if you wish to try out loft living. If not, you can create a lofty look in your own home or apartment. Here are some tips:

• Only use window treatments that are simple and useful. Wooden horizontal blinds, bamboo blinds, or tailored Roman blinds work well for this purpose.

• Open kitchen shelving is an effortless yet innovative way to display your china collection and favorite pieces.

• Install a large shower stall to replace your bathtub area to add an illusion of more floor space. Instead of using a shower curtain, have a two-thirds wall of glass installed to divide the shower from the rest of the bathroom to maintain the visually open look of the bath area.

• Aim light upwards using torch lamps. Lighting the ceiling draws the eye movement upward, creating the illusion of a taller ceiling. Also, consider reflected light from the ceiling, which is really flattering.

• An open-concept living/dining area renders a modern look. To define the spaces, simply use area rugs.

© 2011 Athena Goodlight

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