Aas opposed to some of the ultra-chic interiors I like to post here, I am also drawn to the old-industrial vibe as seen in all those beautifully renovated old lofts. The nonchalant, innately cool mix-and-match, arty blend really speaks to me. Also, the visible ductworks and bare brick walls really add to the charm factor. These are places where real living goes on, spaces for creative minds, long diners with intellectual conversation and wild parties. If you are thinking of moving to a loft, let me point out some pro’s and con’s:

Pro’s of Loft Living:

  • HIGH CEILINGS as lofts are usually former commercial/industrial buildings
  • LOTS OF NATURAL LIGHT due to the large and high windows
  • OPEN AND FLEXIBLE LAYOUT as former industrial buildings spaces has to be large and open

Con’s of Loft Living:

  • BAD ACOUSTICS due to the open layout, sounds travel far and loudly
  • LIMITED STORAGE due to the lack of walls, built-in closets are not an option
  • EXPENSIVE HEATING or cooling, due to the large spaces and old-fashioned construction (bad insulation)

I think the pro’s far outweigh the con’s, what are your thoughts?

Iin tegenstelling tot de ultra-chicque interieurs die ik op mijn blog post, neig ik ook naar het vintage industriële sfeertje dat je vaak ziet in al die prachtig gerenoveerde oude lofts. De nonchalante, unieke mix-en-match, artistieke mix spreekt mij heel erg aan. Ook de zichtbare grote stalen afvoerbuizen en oude bakstenen muren verhogen de charme. Hier wordt echt geleefd, het zijn ruimte’s voor creatieve geesten, lange diners met intellectuele conversatie en wilde feesten. Als jij er over zit te denken om naar een loft te verhuizen, zijn hier een paar pro’s en contra’s:

Pro’s van Loft Living:

  • HOGE PLAFONDS doordat lofts meestal voormalige industriële gebouwen zijn
  • HEEL VEEL DAGLICHT door de hoge, grote ramen
  • FLEXIBELE INDELING omdat deze ruimte’s van oorsprong groot en open moesten zijn

Contra’s van Loft Living:

  • SLECHTE AKOUSTIEK door de open indeling reikt ieder geluid ver
  • BEPERKTE OPSLAG door het gebrek aan muren zijn ingebouwde kasten geen optie
  • HOGE VERWARMINGSKOSTEN of airco, door de grote ruimtes en ouderwetse bouwmethode (slechte isolatie)

Ik vind dat de pro’s zwaar opwegen tegen de contra’s, wat vind jij?

Loft Living by VKV Visuals

Light-flooded black and white theme, loving the library – via Anna Gillar

Loft Living by VKV Visuals

Clean white loft, lots of light through the roofwindows illuminating the beautiful Foscarini chandelier – via Atvraxi

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LA Studio of model and model and fashion designer Anine Bing – via Vogue

Loft Living by VKV Visuals

from Desire to Inpire via Greige Design

Loft Living by VKV Visuals

Renovated loft with custom fit black steel windows, love the olive Eames chairs – via PazzionPits

Loft Living by VKV Visuals

Uberhip bachelor pad, masculine palette of black leather, chrome, glass, dark green velvet and bare materials – via LuxuryLifestyle

Loft Living by VKV Visuals

Clustered and messy nonchalance, this is a place where people actually live – via Greige Design

Loft Living by VKV Visuals

Another well lived-in loft, perfect imperfection – via Colourful Rebel

Paris loft owned by artists Virginie Denny and Alfonso Valles - via Automatism

Paris loft owned by artists Virginie Denny and Alfonso Valles – via Automatism

Great space in a Brooklyn NY loft, the workspace of artist Alina Preciado, I spy a typical Dutch bycicle - via 79 Ideas

Great space in a Brooklyn NY loft, the workspace of artist Alina Preciado, I spy a typical Dutch bycicle – via 79 Ideas

Loft Living by VKV Visuals

Typical loft materials, concrete, steel, bare old bricks combined with vintage industrial designs – Via Tumblr

Loft Living by VKV Visuals

Unusual Muuto sofa in blue in this loft with beautiful steel industrial construction beams – via Coco Lapine

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