Loft Style (LOFT) – let’s figure out what this term means, its main features and how to choose the appropriate “loft-style” lighting. The term loft is in itself an architectural style of the 20th-21st centuries, representing the upper part of an industrial building, which was converted into a residential area, office or workshop. The style originated in the United States around the 40-50-ies, in large industrial cities when prices for land in the city increased sharply and the owners of enterprises had nothing else to do but to leave the premises and move production to the outskirts. This led to the emergence of many empty buildings of factories. These production premises have certain functional features – they have high ceilings, large windows, large spaces, bare brick walls, and minimal decoration. Since the prices for the abandoned premises were much cheaper than the usual residences and they had interesting architectural features, they became very popular among aristocrats, musicians, artists and other bohemians who gladly began to arrange studios, galleries and living quarters in them.
What is Different About the Loft Style / What are the Main Features:
– large open windows (without curtains, tulle, etc.), which let natural light through
– high ceilings
– maximum open space (without division into rooms)
– textured walls –such as concrete, brick, plaster (Sometimes the walls are decorated with plywood, metal sheets)
– floors are often wooden or stone (artificial or natural)
– the presence of beams, trusses, stairs – all the elements that could be in an industrial room. Pipes, ventilation systems are not hidden in the ceiling space, but are left out in the open as an important element of the style.
– the color scheme of the premises from several harmonious cold colors, imitating the situation of old factories (the color of brick, concrete, light white-gray shades, the color of dark metal)
– furniture is selected either with a “touch of antiquity”, imitating the old situation or ultra modern and functional
Lighting in the Loft Style: Features, Variety and Options
1 – Special attention should be paid to the lighting. In open interiors, they zonate space while performing a decorative function. Since the ceilings in the factory premises are high, the loft-style fixtures usually have a chain or long wires, depending on the characteristics of the fixture. If you illuminate the room with a ceiling light from a height of several meters, then it will be of little use. Therefore, the light source should be lowered closer to the zone it should illuminate, for example, a dining table or a sofa set.
2 – It is very convenient to use floor lamps. Local lighting is a necessary thing. They can be moved to the right zone: for reading or chatting. By design, they can resemble spotlights, which are used by photographers in the studio; With fabric shades and wooden base; Or something functional in the style of constructivism. The main idea is the creation of a harmonious atmosphere of the entire interior and elements.
3 – In addition to pendant lamps,to provide additional lighting, rotary recessed lighting is used, installing the systems on the ceiling, directly on the beams, or stringing them between the walls.
4 – Pendant lamps with wire-hangers look very nice. Usually they are installed in a group to get the necessary amount of lighting while assembling them into a spectacular composition.lightin
5 – If you prefer a chandelier with crystal elements or a lamp that is more reminiscent of an art object, without hesitation, go ahead and place them in the interior. Undoubtedly, they will become the central element of the interior, attracting attention. But the lamp must complement other lighting in the space, otherwise they will “argue” with each other and draw attention from one another. In open space, you need to place accents, and allocate important areas of meaning.
Authored by Casa Di Luce Lighting Interiors.
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