Loft Style: 5 Ways to Delineate Space with Steel and Glass

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Image: Ellenberg Fraser via Yellow Trace

Loft living may not be for everyone, but it does yield some great design tricks that work in any home. Inspired by old factories, steel windows have become a signature feature of loft apartments and a growing trend for those who love the look. From entire walls of glass to interior doors, here are five ways to work this popular trend:

1. Enclose a Room

Loft Style- 5 Ways to Delineate Space with Steel and Glass on the Interior CollectiveImage: Fancy

The first two images demonstrate how steel and glass can be used to wall off entire rooms. This design solution is especially useful when sound control, not privacy, is the ultimate goal. Both examples use interior, steel windows to enclose workspaces.

2. Create a Partition

Loft Style- 5 Ways to Delineate Space with Steel and Glass on the Interior CollectiveImage: Morten Koldby

If a room needs partial separation, steel windows work well in defining space while remaining visually unobtrusive. In the home above, interior windows frame a doorway leading from the living room to the hallway and dining area.

3. Add to Doorways

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Use steel and glass interior doors to keep light flowing between spaces. As with our second example, this design option may help with noise reduction, but isn’t the best choice where privacy is a priority.

4. Maintain Privacy

Loft Style- 5 Ways to Delineate Space with Steel and Glass on the Interior CollectiveImage: Seventeen Doors

If you’d like to maintain a room’s privacy and also let in light, try pairing steel windows with a half wall. For maximum privacy, use a taller wall while incorporating interior windows along the top for a transom-like effect.

5. Define Sleeping Quarters

Loft Style- 5 Ways to Delineate Space with Steel and Glass on the Interior CollectiveImage: Elle Decoration UK via Turbulences Déco

Although an open concept may work well for living, dining, and kitchen spaces, most would prefer that private areas, such as the bedroom, be more clearly defined. These two bedrooms show the potential of steel windows to delineate rooms but maintain an open feel.

Loft Style- 5 Ways to Delineate Space with Steel and Glass on the Interior CollectiveImage: Planete Deco

Thanks to modern manufacturing, steel windows can be installed just about anywhere. Other uses include shower stalls, and of course, exterior windows.

What are some of your favorite examples?

1 Comment

  1. Beautiful! Are the partitions shown in the images all custom-made? Can you tell me who fabricated?

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Desiré is a designer, blogger, and lover of all things glamorous. Though primarily a self-taught decorator, Desiré studied at The Art Institute, where she honed a distinct aesthetic largely influenced by the Modern Glamour movement, the theme of her popular design blog, Sukio. Not only is she considered a "closet fashionista," discreetly stashing handbags and shoes whenever possible, but, as an MIT graduate, she’s also an undercover nerd. Fashion, nerdom, and several years as a Washingtonian have combined to shape her unique perspective on interior design.