Have you ever wondered just how to achieve that ever-fashionable New York loft vibe in your home?
If so, you’ve come to the right place! The New York loft style is effortless, cool, and always on trend. If you’re looking to transform your home or apartment and inject an edgy, urban feel, read on for our top tips here at I Want Wallpaper.
Look at lighting
New York vibes and industrial style go hand in hand. If your home doesn’t have industrial features to work with, why not create your own with lighting?
There are many lighting options that can help bring an edgy, industrial feel to your room. Experiment with factory style lights, exposed bulbs and hanging cords for a quick and effective industrial loft effect.
Work with what you have
The New York loft vibe is minimal, with a stripped back aesthetic. Therefore it is important to take things back to basics and work with what you already have. If you have original flooring, for example, showcase this instead of laying a carpet. Original fireplaces or decorative features should also be accentuated to help create that laid-back, original vibe.
Following on from the ‘stripped’ back vibe, an exposed brick wall is the ideal way to nail the New York loft effect. However, we all know stripping a wall back to brick can be costly, time-consuming, and, in the case of rental properties, often not allowed!
To achieve the look with none of the effort of changing the structure of your property, opt for a faux effect wallpaper. From faux brick effect wallpapers for the classic downtown loft vibe through to faux slate effect wallpaper for a warehouse feel, there are a whole host of options to bring a fashion-forward edge to your walls.
Art is a must-have if you’re looking to showcase an effortlessly cool New York loft style. Opt for one of two big, statement pieces to bring personality and a creative atmosphere into your home.
Don’t be afraid of the dark
While it is true that white walls brighten up a smaller home or apartment, this shouldn’t mean avoiding dark colours completely. Dark hues such as navy or a deep grey are perfect for bringing depth and an edgy mood that goes hand in hand with the New York loft style.
Bring darker colours to your space in the form of furniture, for example, a dark grey bookcase, or as a feature wall. A deep navy feature wallpaper in your living room or bedroom will bring class, sophistication and style, adding intrigue to the room without overpowering it.