When it comes to melding functionality with a cool-factor, it’s hard to beat lofts. Perfectly sized for couples or singles, the apartment style is coveted for its high ceilings, open layout, and unique industrial style. In most cases, they feature a small second floor overlooking an open-concept lower floor.
Lofts first rose in popularity as people converted warehouses and other commercial buildings into residential spaces (especially in cities like New York and Boston). Architectural features from the original builds — like exposed brick, pipes, and support beams — are often highlighted as a result. Despite their signature aesthetic, there are plenty of options when it comes to styling lofts. Curious about how to decorate one? Check out these 20 decor ideas to make your loft feel like home.
This contemporary loft is set in a brown and black color palette for a clean look. Classic industrial features, like a concrete wall and metal-framed windows, provide character. Meanwhile, luxurious touches like a chandelier and wooden wall balance it out with glamour.
There’s nothing like floor-to-ceiling windows to pour in light and provide a stellar view. This dreamy loft is bathed in golden-hour sun rays, with minimalist decor to highlight the architectural features and vantage point. A mix of woods and metals offer welcomed contrast, while plants add vibrancy and life.
Another luxe loft, this one really plays into the industrial look with exposed pipes and decorative lighting to match. Exposed brick walls throughout are coated in white to lighten up the space and make it feel more open. Meanwhile, materials like velvet keep things soft and sumptuous.
This mini take on a loft features a mounted bed tucked in an oaky frame, with sunset-hued sheets for a splash of color. Ample room is left below for a sofa and desk — set in modern, masculine finishes. An exposed brick wall adds an extra dose of warmth.
Who said a loft can’t be festive? This one is decked out in holly, ornaments, and holiday pillows to keep things feeling merry. The base palette of cream and chestnut offers the perfect backdrop for these seasonal changes, easily layered with different hues and accessories without looking over the top.
On the flip side, playful palettes with more maximalist undertones work great in a loft, too. This one features that Instagram-famous wavy mirror along with curvy seats, vibrant houseplants, and abstract artwork. Note how the slatted windows by the ceiling scatter pretty light throughout, too.
Melding vintage artistry with classic industrial features, this loft is the perfect playful haven. There’s enough room for a pool table, loveseat, and two leather chairs. Plus, the artwork offers a trick of the eye, as the pieces are oversized and lanky to provide the illusion of even more height in the space. A mix of pattern and color brings it all to life.
Sometimes, it’s best to work with the bare bones. This loft plays off the warm palette of the walls, getting deep with purple, blue, and oaky finishes for a dark yet homey feel. Pops of pink and green in the plants and pillows offer a relief of contrast.
With wall-to-wall windows and a breezy open layout, this loft puts you right at ease. Pale brown floors are reflected in the ceiling and furniture for a cohesive color scheme. And big plants help mirror the nature outside, making the whole space feel like a breath of fresh air.
You can’t go wrong with black and white. This loft embraces the tuxedo palette with a statement black accent wall at the rear, broken up with big white panels and walls on the sides and floors. A bold B&W gallery wall leads up the stairs, but the highlight might be the lighting: a glowy pendant drips from the ceiling and twinkly lights string across the living room.
A loft doesn’t just have to be a living space. This office setup feels cool and consolidated, with wood-paneled desks to match the walls and black seating to match the metal accents and pendants throughout. To break up the heavy textures, wall-to-wall windows upstairs pour in abundant light.
This open loft embraces the industrial spirit with exposed piping and cylinders on the ceiling, as well as an exposed brick rear wall and black metallic accents. Pops of red and blue help balance out the dark hues, along with an airy window spanning the first and second floors. Large artwork and shelving help make the space feel even roomier.
Like a scene from a storybook, this plant-filled abode takes advantage of its height with towering fiddle-leaf figs and breezy French doors. The tropical feel is complemented by the bohemian-style decor — seen in the pillows, droopy seats, and fringe rug. The warm hues and natural textures help soften the stuffiness of the concrete walls.
If you’re lucky to have a loft with this much room, why not make the most of it? The lower floor of this space is used as a work area, with a lengthy dining table set atop an even lengthier patterned rug for softness underfoot. Still, it leaves enough room for a studio in the back. Noguchi-style rice paper lamps adorn the shelves and ceiling to top off the ambiance.
A futuristic feel imbues this loft, with milky soft seating, bulbous floor decor, and wirey geometric shapes. The palette is kept simple, with accents of yellow and blue popping through for relief. Skylights above let in light while a statement surrealist painting decorates the sole non-brick wall to further hone in the look.
Picking a theme is always a fun way to decorate. This space takes on the jungle look, with lush plants, animal portraits, and warm woods scattered throughout. The coffee tables are especially creative—they double as storage because they’re actually chests. Natural materials, as seen in the jute rug and basket, also help round out the jungle theme.
For a moody treatment, this loft is swathed in dark hues from head to toe. Note that all the cushions are set in grey — from the bed to the chairs to the sofa — for a sense of cohesion. Wood accents help break up the cool tones, imbued in the tables, counters, bed frame, and even the paneled ceiling — which always helps draw the eye up and create a statement surface.
Keep things light and breezy. This bohemian-style loft veers away from its industrial bones, instead opting for lighter tones and pops of color. The mix and match of dining chairs is an easy way to get playful: check out the metallic one at the head juxtaposed with candy-colored red ones and leather ones alongside it. Plus, a classic Moroccan-style rug acts as a statement piece at the center of the living room.
This loft has a dreamy atmosphere, thanks to sheer drapes, pretty arched windows, and a low-profile linen sofa. The gentle textures offer up lots of romance. Plus, curvy furnishings — like the mushroom-style floor lamp and angular coffee table — allow for further softness to come through visually. Playful artwork keeps things colorful, as well as lively houseplants.
A loft doesn’t need an open layout per se. After all, sometimes boundaries can be helpful. This loft still retains some air of openness with the dining room flowing into the kitchen. However, a concrete wall blocks off part of it to minimize visual clutter and create a sense of privacy. Grey and neutral colors work best here — playing off the neutral bones and concrete elements for a warm yet modern look.