How to Get the NYC Loft Look in Your Home

NYC Loft Look Interior
Sheep + Stone, photography by Nicole Franzen

Sitting at the core of industrial interior design is the highly sought-after, relaxed and effortless NYC loft look. Synonymous with open plan living, the NYC loft look favours a stripped back approach to interior design and shines a light on the bare bones of the building; think exposed brickwork and bare concrete finishes. Whilst it is most often seen in city lofts and open plan apartments, this rough-around-the-edges interior style can be applied to most homes with a few thoughtful touches. We spoke to New York interior design studio, Sheep + Stone, who shared their top tips for giving your home an industrial edge no matter where you live…

Loft Look Dining Room

Adopt a High-Contrast Neutral Palette

Black and white is classic but if that’s too stark for you, softer tones like mid-dark greys and rich taupes can work just as well as long as the contrast level is on high.

Paint Your Window Trims Black

Keep your walls white or light grey and create some architectural drama. This is typically a quick, easy and cost effective way to have a high impact and make your space feel more masculine, industrial and loft-like.

Loft Look Living Room
Sheep + Stone, photography by Nicole Franzen

Create the Feeling of High Ceilings

Ideally your space will have high ceilings, but if not, make sure your ceilings are always painted white and consider hanging full length curtains to create the optical illusion of height.

Maximise Natural Light

If you hang curtains, be sure to mount them either side of the window rather than in front of it so you don’t block out any light when the curtains are open.

Loft Look Bedroom
Sheep + Stone, photography by Nicole Franzen

Mix Periods & Materials

Don’t be afraid to mix and pair unexpected materials, shapes and finishes. Just ensure your palette remains restrained so things still feel harmonious.

Embrace the More Industrial Elements in Your Home

Keep exposed pipes, ductwork, brick + concrete on display but pare this approach back in the bedrooms for a slightly softer feeling.

Loft Look Home Office
Sheep + Stone, photography by Nicole Franzen

Use Statement Lighting

Considering lighting is always an important part of the design process, both from an illumination + from standpoint. Chose something more sculptural to add interest to your space but ensure you can dim the lights for a more moody loft vibe.