Industrial Loft Meets Modern Luxe

Add a Little Va-Va-Voom to That Uber-Chic Loft Space, Will You?

Honestly, if I see one more too-cool-for-school ironic hipster loft featured with an unmade bed and a bunch of stuff made out of rusty pipes and oilcans, styled with carefully placed, never-used Catherine Holm enamelware and overflowing with messily stacked books, I might have to throw my computer out the window. Maybe it’s because I look at design all day long, but I am over it.

That being said (apologies to Jerry Seinfeld, who hates when people say that), I still love industrial style; I still think Jennifer Beals had the best pad of all time in Flashdance; I still am able to appreciate concrete and exposed brick; and I still love a well-worn patina. I even have some carefully placed Catherine Holm pieces myself. I just want a little more va-va-voom, a bit more shine, maybe a few crystals or some new, un-cracked tiles. Is that so wrong?

A lofty space complete with rough ceiling and cement structural pillars meets glamorous wallpaper, polished metal and luxuriously soft fabrics.
This shot is from an upcoming Houzz Tour, in which New York City meets Savannah. Exposed brick, meet white paint. And a large panel of wallpaper. High ceilings meet a crystal chandelier, a mid-century modern Wassily chair meets a cushy yet tailored upholstered sofa, and a sleek lucite coffee table meets eclectic throw pillows.
An industrial color palette of black, white and gray meets a luxe texture palette of crystals, a marble-like Corian countertop, and bottle of bubbly.
Exposed brick and an industrial style ceiling complete with track lights meets a thick pile rug, rich chocolate upholstery and a crisp white contemporary sofa. The result is warm and contemporary.
Stripped down glamor and a strict color palette.
A rustic-chic wood plank roof gets cozy with a Bling chandelier; lots of open space and floor-to-ceiling glass meet a pair of clean-lined sofas fashioned with velvet bolster pillows.
A canopy-less canopy bed with a structure resembling pipes is paired with the finest linens.
Half of the island resembles an old work table, and the stools recall factory seating, while the crisp white and sophisticated farmhouse touches keep this kitchen bright, open and light.
Stainless steel counters borrow style from a commercial kitchen, while the tiny scale of the shiny metal backsplash tiles add sophistication. The sculptural piece recalls the found-object type of work one might spy in a Brooklyn Modern style home.
If you saw all of the pieces in this room in a piled in a warehouse, you’d think it was wacky. However, the way they are arranged — keeping the color palette to almost all black and white and paired with sophisticated furniture — adds glamor. Especially that furry pillow and that sheepskin throw! This is not easy to pull off.
This room has an overall luxe look, but when you look more closely, you realize the desk’s wood looks a bit rough, and that there is a primitive metal industrial lamp atop it. The mix keeps things from becoming too-too mirrored and gilded.
This wide-open space looks like it might have had a past life as a loading dock, but floating built-ins, beautiful wood panels, and tubular chairs and finishes give it a rich look.

Honestly, if I see one more too-cool-for-school ironic hipster loft featured with an unmade bed and a bunch of stuff made out of rusty pipes and oilcans, styled with carefully placed, never-used Catherine Holm enamelware and overflowing with messily stacked books, I might have to throw my computer out the window. Maybe it’s because I look at design all day long, but I am over it.

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