Loft apartments represent the epitome of urban living. While they range in size, lofts are often equipped with built in character like exposed brick walls, a statement staircase and big windows.

In Atlanta, a number of historic buildings have been converted from factories, schools or even churches into loft apartments.

Many of them are concentrated in the neighborhoods surrounding the Eastside Beltline Trail, a section of the city that was once home to a large number of factories. That includes the former Ford Factory along Ponce de Leon Avenue and of course its iconic neighbor, Ponce City Market, which was once home to a Sears, Roebuck & Co. warehouse and store and now includes retail and residential space.

If you have your heart set on a loft apartment, allow this week’s Private Quarters to serve as your inspiration. We’ve dug through the archives to bring you some of the most dream-worthy loft spaces in Atlanta that we’ve featured throughout the years. As you enjoy your daydreaming, here are some loft-specific design tips to keep in mind.

How to make your loft feel like home

Since lofts tend to include colder design touches like exposed ductwork and cement flooring, it can help to counter some of those elements with warmth.

“Balance out the cold, industrial feel of your urban loft by using plenty of soft, cozy materials such as long, sheer flowing curtains, giant area rugs and sectional sofas piled with plush throw pillows,” the folks at the interior design and architectural blog, Decoist, recommend.

Another way to make your space feel cozy is to focus on your lighting options, like embracing the natural light during the day and using soft lighting in the evenings.

Make the most of the space

A potential downside to a loft’s open layout can be less storage options. The interior design website, Freshome, advises thinking through your furniture purchases strategically in order to optimize your storage options.

“Take advantage of multifunctional ottomans, storage benches and furniture that doubles as display and storage,” the site suggests on its list of tips for decorating urban lofts.

Keep the design coherent throughout

Since visitors will be able to see most of your space all at once, it can help the flow of the space if you pick a design theme to apply throughout your loft.

Designer Michelle Lord told HGTV that midcentury modern designs can often pair well with an open loft. Since vintage furniture can come with a hefty price tag, Lord says she’s mindful of money-saving options.

“I like to shop for midcentury furniture and accessories at garage sales and at Salvation Army stores,” she told HGTV. “Then, to pull the look together I use pops of midcentury colors like lime green and orange.”

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