You don't have to go to New York to live in a loft. From the Brooklyn studios to your two-room apartment, it's a short step from here. Furniture layout, choice of materials, tones to adopt, we tell you everything.
1- Bringing down the wallsIn1919, the United States experienced an unparalleled growth peak. Here and there, factories grew like mushrooms. Years later, new Brooklyn residents converted these huge workshops into spacious apartments. In industrial decoration, large volumes reign supreme. A simple way to adopt this mindset is to open the kitchen into the living room.
In 10 seconds, your living room will seem brighter. If you don't want to make a cross on your wall, you can replace it with a glass roof.
2- Use sturdy materialsWhosays factory, says solid construction. No foreman wants his roof to collapse or his floor to crack under the jerky footsteps of the workers. The industrial style has strong traces of it: brick walls rub shoulders with solid wood beams. A guarantee of durability and a real pleasure for the eyes.
3- Use functional furnitureTostore their personal belongings, the workers very often only had a metal locker and a wooden crate. With a little bit of common sense, it is possible to deploy the full potential of these two objects.Adopting the industrial style means rethinking professional objects. From simple utilitarian objects, they become true works of art.
And they're not the only ones: minimalist, no-frills furniture is the darling of this trend. In the living room, the XXL leather sofa stands proudly next to fold-away stools and a glass coffee table. Simple. Efficient. Without fuss.
4- Familiarising yourself with suspension unitsCloseyour eyes. Try to imagine the office of an engineer working in Brooklyn in 1921Once night falls, how does it light up? Have you seen him leaning over his files under a hanging lamp? For 70 of you, the answer is yes. The industrialist and the hanging lamp is a never-ending love story.
As easy to install as clip-on floors, they give an irresistible "factory" feel to the room. For even more effect, choose black or metallic grey.
5- Playing the neutrality cardInthe 20th century, the colourful atmosphere of Google's offices was not welcome in factories... A workshop was made to work and nothing else... Not surprisingly, the colors were quite neutral. There was mainly black, grey and a little brown. The red bricks and copper pipes added a few touches of colour, and to brighten up your living room, you could add a chick yellow lamp or a duck blue cushion. Don't be afraid.
This fluorescent touch will not destroy your decoration. On the contrary, it is with finesse that it will sublimate it.