Q. I just purchased a loft, which I love, but it still has a cold, industrial feel to it. What kind of decor works best to cozy up my new home?
A. Use velvet or chenille textile fabrics to achieve the “snuggle” factor with your sofa, chairs and drapery treatments. When it comes to furniture, rather than using glass and chrome furniture, choose items made from recycled wood to soften the edges of your tables and chairs. You can also anchor your living space by using an area rug, which will help with sound reduction. And incorporate texture and some industrial sheen into your kitchen and bathrooms by using metallic glass tile for the backsplash or shower stall.
In regard to lighting, create pools of it to warm your home by using up-lights, floor lamps and pendant lights positioned over the kitchen island. There are many contemporary-style lights that set the tone for a loft: Japanese lanterns, clear Lucite lamps with funky shades and floor lamps with sweeping arms.
For bare walls, use pieces of oversized artwork to add a touch of whimsy to your eclectic home. You can also purchase large ceramic pots with oxygen-producing plants.
Patricia Paulk Interiors
1173 St. Louis Place
Atlanta, GA 30306