Decorating a loft is a bit different than decorating a regular house. The high ceilings and lack of dividing walls typically found in lofts give a great feeling of space and light . . .

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. . . but to prevent the space from feeling cavernous, it’s important to divide it into zones. In this West Oakland loft, above, we anchored the living room space with a large rug, then created a separate office set-up along the staircase wall.

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This next loft near Piedmont Avenue had a much smaller designated living room space, so the scale of the furniture was extremely important. Since our client already had a custom-sized sectional, we supplemented it with smaller round chairs that don’t take up much visual space. Again we carved out an office area along the wall between the living area and dining area.

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Large windows are also usually found in lofts, which can present a challenge in terms of placing furniture. There are different ways we could have laid out this downtown Oakland loft, and after experimenting we chose to place the sofa against the wall and build the conversation area out into the middle of the room, still allowing room for traffic flow. Again, we used a rug to define the space.

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Sometimes the best choice is to place the sofa in front of the windows, as we did in this West Berkeley loft. When you do so be sure to leave a few inches between the window and the sofa so you don’t block the light.

Another thing to consider when decorating a loft is artwork placement. As you can see in these photos, art helps define each zone (entryway, living room, stairwell, etc.). It also helps “ground” the room by keeping the focus mid-wall.

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