Loft Style: 5 Ways to Delineate Space with Steel and Glass
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
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
Image: 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
Image: Lonny Magazine
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
Image: 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
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.
Image: 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?