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How to turn an apartment into a cozy loft: an example from Moscow

How to stylize an apartment for a loft, but at the same timekeep the comfort and warmth of the interior? As an example, we show you a cool project, where there are not only brick walls and a fireplace, but also a huge number of unusual solutions. Which ones? Now you know When a young couple plans to settle in their first large apartment after a removable odnushki, they, of course, want to do everything perfectly. Customers of this project wanted to create a comfortable place where you can place a children's room for the future, find space for your book collection, sit together in front of a cozy fireplace with a glass of wine or in the company of close friends. And in order to translate all their ideas about the ideal home into life, they turned to Smolenskayadesign for help, and that's what happened. Ekaterina Smolenskaya, designer Co-owner and chief designer of Smolenskayadesign. She graduated from the Saratov Art College named after. Bogolyubov (design environment), as well as fashion school Alexander Vasilyev. Catherine has more than 10 years in the field of design, for about 7 years, she was engaged in textile interior decoration in her own studio ArtAccent, but gradually began to feel that within the textiles she was already close and moved to interior design. A few years ago she joined forces with Andrey Menzhulin, as a result of which the former studio was reorganized into the company Smolenskayadesign with a full cycle of interior design and design. Andrey Menzhulin, project manager Co-owner and project manager of Smolenskayadesign. He graduated from MADI (GTU), the department "Bridges and transport tunnels". He began to work as a construction superintendent of a construction team, where he became interested in designing apartments and houses. As Andrey himself says, he was inspired by design to repair his own apartment, it all started with make-up and ended with re-planning and global repair. So, actually, and there was a desire to create.

Dreams of customers and features of redevelopment

The apartment was sold with an open plan. There was only one load-bearing wall separating the corridor, so everything was done from scratch, of course, taking into account the wet zones. Designers decided to make functional zoning for three main premises, taking as a basis the wishes of customers. The young couple wanted to see their interior warm, with vintage notes. The layout was requested to allocate a bedroom and a future nursery to isolated rooms, and leave the living-dining room-kitchen space open. It was also quite unusual for our time to wish not to make a TV in the living room, but to leave it only in the bedroom, and that is not particularly focusing on "this black spot". And yet the couple was asked for a library - also, unfortunately, a rarity for today.

Loft with all shades of blue

Together with customers was chosen, henumber was dictated by the house itself - this is a former administrative building of Stalinist construction, now reconstructed and externally finished with a light touch of loft style. The color solution is partly due to the chosen style -, natural wood, concrete color tiles. The designers slightly diluted and refreshed the typical loft finish with a blue interspersing, which was so close to the couple. They used a different saturation of this color, moving from one room to another: a rich blue in the bedroom, a heavenly blue air in the nursery and a unifying tone in the living room. Andrei Menzhulin, project manager: - The ceiling was made as simple as possible, because according to the wishes and the project there were not supposed to be any decorations, it was simply painted. The walls are partially made in the technique of decorative plaster, and in some places are tiled with brick. Unfortunately, there was no way to scrape the walls to the brick on this project due to the complete absence of these walls. In the living room-dining room-kitchen + corridor as a floor covering decided to use porcelain stoneware. Firstly, this is the area most prone to deterioration, and customers have expressed the desire to make the coating as resistant to outdoor footwear as they do not plan to "take off" the guests at the entrance (even if the guests are not so frequent and numerous). In the bedroom and the nursery was chosen a "warm" and cozy cover - a parquet board.

Cozy living area with fireplace

The center of the living room area was a fireplace, as well as walls witheffect of red brick. Despite the fact that this is just a bio fireplace, it looks very worthy both from an aesthetic point of view, and from the unique fascinating atmosphere of fire. The fireplace is framed by an impressive bookcase that takes up all the space from floor to ceiling, but so that it does not seem too unwieldy, it was decided to drown it in. Ekaterina Smolenskaya, designer: - Our customers are very fond of reading real paper books, so the space of bookshelves will not be empty. The cabinet is made to order according to our sketch, including forged elements in the corners of the shelves. The book, hot mulled wine, extraordinarily soft sofa, upholstered with shabby skin, a winter evening - I hope, we managed to fully realize the wishes of customers regarding the recreation area. The blue kitchen fromAn array of wood, supplemented by metal elements. Unusual in the performance of the working surface - it is made of cement with a special coating. Extremely impressive looks hood from sheet steel, which perfectly supported the spirit of the loft. Despite the vintage appearance, the technical characteristics of the headset correspond to modern needs. Ekaterina Smolenskaya, designer: - The kitchen set is made by the company Marchi Group, which specializes in vintage models. I just fell in love with this copy when I saw it at last year's iSaloni show. It's nice that the customers shared my delight, and now this kitchen will decorate their interior.

Cobalt Bedroom

According to the layout, the room turned out quiteelongated, but it's no accident: the door was specially made in the center, so she visually divided the room into two parts - the bedroom itself and the dressing area with a large mirror and dressing table. The wall of the dressing room is decorated with an unusual decor, made up of miniature old mirrors, made according to the sketch of Catherine Smolenskaya. Nearby there was a place for a small bookcase (it is recessed into the wall) - for the most beloved and dear to the heart of books. Andrey Menzhulin, Project Manager: - The sleeping area is at the window, and so that you can get enough sleep on the weekends without worrying about the rays of the sun pouring into the room, the curtains are provided with a special opaque lining. The head of the bed was decided to be made to order from a similar sofa leather upholstery. At the head of the bed - sconces, supporting the form of a mirror dressing wardrobe. Since the clients asked not to focus much attention on the TV, the following decision was invented for him - the simulation of the window. In the open state of the curtains, you can watch TV, and if you close them, then visually we see just a curtained window.

With thoughts of the future

After some discussion, it was decidedTo combine the children's room with the common style of the apartment by means of brickwork, but it was softened with white color. Pomio this, in the lower part of the wall covered with furniture, so that in the future the child, playing near the walls, was not injured (after all, the brick is not a perfectly smooth surface). Designers decided not to litter the room at this stage, because the future owner certainly will have his own preferences. Also in the future, a small teaching moment is added in the form of an alphabet on the wall, which is also a decor at the same time. Ekaterina Smolenskaya, designer: - As the children's room is made for the future, we did not make clear signs of the "boy-girl", but tried to make it as neutral as possible, allocated two windows for this room so that the child had a lot of daytime Sveta.

Lighting Scenarios

All rooms have ceilinglamps, the option "chandelier in the center" was chosen only for children. In the living room and kitchen, the ceiling lighting is divided into separate zones: a sofa group, a dining table, a kitchen area, a work area; above the bed and in the zone of the dressing table in the bedroom. In the living room in each of the four described zones there is additional lighting - working in the kitchen and at the desk, soft lighting as a fireplace and candles in the sofa and dining areas. In the bedroom there is also a sconce above the bed for reading. In the nursery there will be additional sockets for re-planning in a more adult children's room, but for now this room is "for the future", so we decided not to make it up with lighting.

Materials, Brands and Finishing

Living room-kitchen-dining room:

  • kitchen set - MarchiGroup;
  • sofa - company Libero;
  • bookcase is made to order according to the designer's sketch;
  • dining table - brand Eichholtz;
  • textiles - company Alhambra;
  • ceiling lights - Buster + Punch.


  • chest, bedside table - brand Eichholtz;
  • textiles - company Alhambra;
  • head of the bed made to order according to the designer's sketch;
  • ceiling lamp - German manufacturer Favorite;
  • dressing table - Tonin Casa factory.


  • bed - company Feretti;
  • sofa - company Gramercy Home;
  • cabinets - the company Gramercy Home;
  • chest of drawers is made to order according to designer's sketch;
  • textiles - company Alhambra;
  • ceiling light - brand Normann Copenhagen.

5 tips from Ekaterina Smolenskaya for those who want to stylize an apartment for loft:

The loft itself is eclectic enough,since initially his people were creative and unusual. Premises that are exempted by factories and plants were very cheap, and they were mainly occupied by artists - combining an apartment and a workshop. At all times, the artists were not rich, but they had imagination and ingenuity, so in these interiors were combined completely different at first glance things - an old sofa (which could well be found in the trash) and pipes of factory communications. Here are some tips that you should take into service if you want to turn your apartment into a loft:

  • Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is untreated surfaces reminiscent of the industrial past of this style. These are concrete floors and walls, an open brick, possibly metal surfaces.
  • Close to the loft in the interior, you will also benefit from large high windows and high ceilings, so if you are only planning to buy a home, then you should pay attention to it.
  • One of the main features of the loft is an open layout, a minimum of walls (the role of partitions is played by screens, shelves, cabinets), so try not to break up space into many small rooms.
  • Another element of this space is openCommunications, which are mainly located on the ceiling, but can "flow" and on the walls. All kinds of pipes, beams, wires - for a loft this is not a hindrance, but, on the contrary, a sign of style. Alternatively, you can choose a retrofit.
  • Do not be afraid to combine incongruous, loft - it's eclectic!