When it comes to city living, apartments have long since been a popular option. They make the cost of living a whole lot more affordable, especially if you’re looking at the trendy and hip places in the city.
In St. Paul, MN, apartment living is huge, and lately one of the trendiest requests is for loft style living. These open floorplans create a sense of space, even if there isn’t a ton of it, and just have a hip vibe to them.
With that said, once you move into that loft, the placement of furniture and how you divide the open plan into various areas that offer privacy and purpose can be a bit tricky. Many of these lofts that do have partition walls don’t always have walls that run up to the ceiling, which can also create a new dilemma.
So here are some tips you can use that will help you to create designated spaces in your new loft, while not taking away from the whole loft vibe from these Saint Paul apartments.
Start with a Floorplan
Rather than moving things about many different times and trying to figure out how it will all work, it’s a good idea to create a floorplan. If you have a truly open floorplan, then you’re going to have to lay out a space for everything – the kitchen, eating area, living room, and bedroom.
The idea with a loft is that you have a blank space to work with, but this blank space can also seem a bit overwhelming.
Look into Partition Walls
As your floorplan starts to take shape, you may find that it’s necessary to have some sort of partition walls installed. These can be as simple and flexible as a screen that you place in the room, or you may want to have something like sliding doors installed on a track. Keep in mind that if you’re going to be installing sliding doors, you will likely need permission from the landlord if you are renting.
Use Furniture Pieces to Create Zones
Outside of partition walls, your furniture can also help to create different zones in the loft. For example, you can create a living room area by using the furniture to create the “walls” in the room. Things such as area rugs and bookcases can also help to create a designated zone.
Use Various Color Schemes
While you may not want to be painting each wall in the loft a different color, you can use different color schemes in the various areas or zones. The color schemes can be used in the decor and furniture so then you can keep your walls one color to ensure flow.
Getting Creative with the Space
A loft is one of those things that can seem really cool in theory, but then when you get into the space it can become a whole lot more challenging to decorate and set up. This is where creativity and a well thought out floorplan can come in really handy.