Sarah asks: Hi Mr Kate! My boyfriend and I are currently moving into an apartment building that used to be an old mill. The apartment is full of brick walls and floor to ceiling industrial windows which really drew me towards the apartment. Do you have any advice on how to decorate with brick or industrial windows? Thank you so much!
My answer: Hi Sarah! Lucky you! It is rare to find a space with character, especially old brick walls and floor to ceiling windows! It sounds like you have great bones but the trick is now accentuating those bones and making it feel homey and inviting and not too industrial. I’ve compiled a board above with some of my favorite industrial loft styling tips (hover your mouse over each photo to see the caption or click through to see the photo larger). I also made a list below with some key tips to maximizing your industrial space.
- Textiles! Textiles as in anything fabric/cloth/rug related are your friend. These are the items that will bring a much needed softness and coziness to your industrial space. Get giant white curtain panels to hang on your floor to ceiling windows (Ikea makes really long ones) or just go to the fabric store and get enough yardage to make your own. Curtains will do wonders as well as area rugs to anchor conversation areas (since it’s probably just one big open room) and add softness underfoot. Get sumptuous linens for your bed, lots of throw pillows and when possible, use upholstered furniture instead of hard wood or metal.
- Designating spaces: I mentioned area rugs above as key for use to designate areas like the living room, dining room, bedroom, etc. but also think about getting creative with bookshelves or other furniture items used in the middle of the room to partition areas. Beware of the Perimeter Disease (as I call it) where you line all the walls with furniture and don’t use any in the middle of the room.
- Art up your brick! You can get creative with hanging art over areas of the brick wall. It’s easy to drill into the morter lines of brick with a concrete drill bit to get a screw to support your artwork. It will do wonders to draw the eye up and accentuate the height of your ceilings as well as bring some much needed style to your brick walls.
- Get organized: Just because you live in a loft doesn’t mean you can’t bring in things like floating shelves and large armoires or dressers to add homey looking elements and accessorize. Furniture items that we’re used to seeing in homes will help make your industrial space look more like a home.
Good luck and send us pics when you’re done! Info@mrkate.com
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