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Urban Chic: Getting the Industrial Look in your Loft Conversion

02.04.15

Turn the pages of any fancy interiors magazine and you’ll see page after page of exposed brick, steel girders and industrial style fixtures and fittings.   And what better place to exercise this look than in a brand new loft conversion? The industrial feel works particularly well in an attic space, as it adds a little bit of urban chic and ‘Manhattan’ style living to a space, especially if the conversion is being made into a self-contained annex. 

Not sure where to start? Here are our favourite industrial loft conversion ideas:  

Exposed Brick and Stone


Exposed brick has been in fashion for some time, and can either add an industrial edge or a traditional cottage feel to a home.

You might think that exposed brick or stone will be an easy look to achieve when you’re converting your loft: just leave the bricks of a wall exposed, right? But actually you’d be wrong. Any new loft conversion needs to be insulated to a high standard, and this means that it is unlikely that an exposed brick wall which backs directly onto the elements will be approved by building control.

However, it’s easy to get around this problem either with good quality brick effect wallpaper, or, if you want something a little more effective, brick or stone slips can be applied. These are effectively tiles made from a small portion of brick or stone, and will give an authentic exposed brick look.

Rustic Wood Flooring

OK, in an ideal world you’d want concrete flooring to finish off an industrial style room, but obviously the weight of concrete just wouldn't work in a loft conversion.

We would therefore suggest distressed wooden or wooden-effect flooring as an alternative. If you do have your heart set on concrete, there are several convincing linoleum options which might work for you.

Beams and Pillars


You may have steel beams and ceiling joists in place to make your home structurally sound, but just like concrete floors they can have weight impacts. 

If you are adding beams just to give your room the industrial edge, why not use wooden beams and wall mounted pillars? Just be sure not to restrict the space in your room; there is no point in adding a design element which will be unworkable in real life.

Whatever ideas you have to make your space more industrial-feeling, talk to Bespoke Lofts. We’ll be able to help you to recreate your ideas into your dream space, and will help you to work round any potential problems. Call today for a free quote.


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