23 March 2012
Jane Kubiessa shows us how to achieve this chic finish in 1/12th scale, mixing industrial finishes with designer accessories for a modern dolls house. ...
For a foray into the fashionable style of the typical New Yorker, New York loft design offers a crucial mix of industrial seating, combined with designer touches.
The essence of the New York loft style is in creating an uber-stylish living space with an urban edge. The idea is to embody the spirit of the Big Apple indoors. Lofts are usually apartments in converted factories, mixing the industrial in finishes and materials, together with the high-fashion, designer elements that New York is famous for. These fashionable touches appear in the quirky finishes and individual styling aimed at bringing the arty buzz of the streets into the home.
Walls and Floors
The industrial origins of a building are at the heart of a true New York loft. Flooring in your miniature loft should be in the form of a stone finish paper, topped off with some brightly coloured and patterned rugs. Other alternatives include parquet flooring tiles with a distressed and worn finish to show age, or a painted floor finish to resemble concrete.
Walls should also have an industrial feel, so using brick paper or brick slips to cover your internal walls is perfect for this look. If having an all brick finish isn't for you, adding sections of white painted walls can help to create a mix and match feel. Painting walls a pristine white and picking out a feature wall in a bright paint colour is also a popular finish.
Turned Acrylic Vases from Al'Turnative Proportions
Art is central to this look, as many lofts have high ceilings and lots of wall space to fill. Paintings, posters, murals and sculptures abount in a loft space and clever New Yorkers even use their walls as a convenient storage space, so bicycles, spare chairs, and CD collections can all be turned into wall art.
Lighting is also used as a continuation of the eclectic theme with metal lamps, easle lights, modern wall lights and designer chandeliers working perfectly.
Brass Easle with Light from Peter Tucker
The furniture for this style is pared down and minimalist. Items tend to be ultra-modern in design and each is a feature piece. Designer furniture is combined with kitchen units with metallic finishes, soft furnishings in striking patterns and smaller items in glass, perspex and chrome.
Lips Sofa from SP Miniatures & Leopard Chaise from 1 Inch Minis
New York Loft Essentials
- Key Colours: Red White & Black
- Key Features: Brick, stone, metals, designer furniture
Acrylic Bathroom Fixtures from Elf Miniatures
How to customise
- Mix sand with emulsion to create a textured paint for walls and floors to mimic concrete.
- Raid the building section of your favourite miniatures supplier for drain pipes, taps and hardware to make pipes, vents and extractor fans for the ceiling of your new industrical space. Spray painting them white, black or silver with give a cohesive look.
- Make an unusual chandelier by combining an odd number of different ceiling lights. The wires of these can be threaded through a square piece of wood to form the base of the chandelier and if each light is at a different height, this looks even more realistic.
- Add a contemporary touch to wooden furniture by painting it with metallic silver paint to achieve a chrome-like end result.
Metal & Wood Shelving from Elf Miniatures
Where to find inspiration
Take a look at the designer style of a New York loft by viewing the ones available for sale or to rent. Specialist loft agents are a sound starting point or a US property website is also a good choice.
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