We’ll be honest, a New York-style warehouse apartment like the one above from MyHouseIdea is one of our dream properties. The fantasy goes something like this: Humphrey Bogart is leaning against the stone island bench with a martini chatting to Andy Warhol while Audrey Hepburn lounges on oversized blue velvet armchair (I know, sounds gross but check it out below). We are surveying our very stylish and in vogue company from the mezzanine, which we’ve turned into a mini-art studio.
Clearly there are lots of reasons this is a fantasy (not least the fact that we can’t paint). But owning our own converted warehouse in Canberra is not one. Stay tuned for an exciting announcement about a spectacular warehouse opportunity coming soon. In the meantime, check out what makes this particular brand of living absolute perfection.
There’s one aspect of warehouse living that sets it apart from every other type of home, its lofty ceilings that create a sense of light and space. Leave this beautiful feature raw and striking, or highlight it through intricate ceiling moulds to create an old-world feel.
Raw materials – brick, wood, concrete
Converted warehouses maximise the use of existing raw materials, creating an industrial feel that can be softened by furnishings. Embrace the old brick, concrete, steel and wood, and use it to create a space that belongs on everyone’s Pintrest board.
Sky-high ceilings give you plenty of room to double up your space with a thoughtfully planned mezzanine. Whether it’s creating a private bedroom oasis or a secluded study space, a mezzanine gives you the sense of truly getting away from it all.
Warehouse living means big open spaces—which in turn means big furniture, big lights and big statement artwork. There’s rarely an opportunity to hang artwork like this is in a regular home. Despite the industrial feel of warehouse spaces, it’s the art and furnishing that will determine the style. Whether you go contemporary or classic, as long as it holds its own on a massive wall, it’s perfect.
Continuing on with our ‘big’ theme, think long tables and desks, large comfy lounges suites, king-sized beds and massive floor rugs. Sure we can use these in a smaller space, but they won’t have the same impact. Large pieces need the correct proportions of a large space.
- Loloi Rugs
- Diego Enrique
In a regular home, lighting can be an afterthought. But in warehouse living, this is something you’re going to want a lighting designer to give you a hand with. You’ll need a combination of floor and ceiling lights to meet your needs.
Bring nature inside
Warehouses were never designed to be welcoming, relaxing places. Without proper interior design, they can look cold and uninviting. Bringing plants inside is one way to soften the space, plus it’s good for your mental health.
Add your own style
An empty shell of a warehouse gives you maximum opportunity to develop your personal style and to create a completely unique home.
If this has given you your own warehouse fantasy, contact Independent Projects at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about a new upcoming development.