Building & Renovating

7 Style Ideas For Your Loft-Type Unit

Add a bit of whimsy, a dash of style, and your own personal touch to complete your dream haven

Photography: Miguel Nacianceno and Paolo Feliciano (Main Photos)

Many fancy owning a loft as it gives the owner an area to entertain guests and a private nook where he or she can sleep and enjoy some downtime. If you’ve recently acquired your own unit, you can take advantage of this newfound independence by being creative with your space.

Depending on your lifestyle and personality, bring in pieces you collect, accessories you like, and furniture that go with the theme you have in mind. Here are seven looks to inspire you to improve your space—might come in handy too if you're decorating a studio or even a one-bedroom home:

Rustic Industrial

If you love the warmth of wood and you still want to maintain a clean and edgy look on the side, check out this 38sqm space designed by interior designer Jean Suzanne Sy. A gray-and-white palette serves as the backdrop for the chosen details.

Replacing the dry wall with glass panels made the unit look bigger, while the big windows let natural light into the space.

All throughout the unit are wooden pieces that stand out in the predominantly neutral space. When decorating your own home, you can start with rustic-inspired storage pieces first. A wooden plank can hold decor and photos, while little trinkets can be part of your vignette.

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For a cozy, charming, and inviting feel, you can also go country! In this condo, the owners showcased light colors, a play of fabrics, and classic furniture.

Work with upholstered pieces and feel free to upcycle flea market finds! The owner of this home purchased this armchair at a flea market and gave it new life with fabric from Larry’s. To keep the home from looking overdecorated with colors and prints, choose one print and use it in the different areas.

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Modern Industrial

When the owner acquired this unit, he wanted a home with elements inspired by the places he lived in like New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. Interior designer Wilan Dayrit’s solution? A modern industrial look complete with small space solutions.

From the tables and chairs, to the bed and accessories—the unit follows a clean and streamlined look with industrial elements here and there as well as pops of color that serve as accents.

To get started, you can follow the look of the bedroom above. Use subway tiles as backdrop then temper the industrial feel with a framed artwork or print.

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Shabby Chic

If you love colors, prints, and the idea of coming home to your own personal wonderland—you can take inspiration from editor Maggie Adan’s whimsical space. To open up the unit, powder blue was chosen for the walls.

Playful patterns were used carefully—as seen in the soft furnishings and even in the seating pieces. One might think that it’s quite a risk to put together different colors in a space but the owner was able to achieve a sweet balance.

To maintain the theme, the wall in the bedroom is covered with wood-themed wallpaper in lime and white. It perfectly complements the powder blue walls and the bright accessories in the area.

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Classic Contemporary

If you’re leaning toward the simple and homey look, this condo unit designed by architect Allen Oblena is the best reference. A home in the city for a couple who lives in Baguio, the space features a no-frills and welcoming ambiance.

To achieve something similar in your home, follow Allen’s lead by keeping the look streamlined and opting for a neutral color palette. Consider working with colors like light gray, beige, and cream to achieve a spacious feel.

Feel free to pair classic elements like vintage prints with modern pieces to achieve the classic contemporary look. The bedroom is kept modest with minimal furnishings—giving the owners the perfect escape after a long day outside.

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Those who love lively hues, patterns, and thrift store finds can take their cue from the owners of this space. Shared by sisters, this 75sqm unit showcases a mix of secondhand pieces, upcycled furniture, vintage picks, and touches of blue and pink. 

One might think all these can be overwhelming but with white used on the walls, it makes for a balanced look that’s full of personality.

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Luxurious and Hotel-Inspired

Whether you love the ambiance of five-star hotels or you simply enjoy rewarding yourself with the occasional staycation, you can dress up your condo unit with elegant touches that can rival that of your favorite hotel. 

Designer Mica Aquino completed this plush space with sophisticated pieces and elements like a custom-made leather sofa a cowhide rug, and other top-of-the-line furnishings.

To help you create the hotel-like feel in the master bedroom, you may also choose dramatic lighting to set the mood then complete the look with earthy tones like brown and taupe as seen in the drapes and sheets. Invest in an area rug and you’ll feel like royalty each time you step into the space.

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