The Loft Chapter 1: Floor and Walls

I hope you had a great weekend! On Friday, I mentioned that I was going to spend the latter part of my weekend designing my loft space. Well I don't know what it was like where you were, but here it was sunny and warm! So you will have to forgive me, but enjoying the warm weather took precedence over designing the entire space. BUT, I did make some decisions. Starting with...

Should I Paint? 

The back wall of the loft is connected to the staircase. The staircase walls are connected to the foyer walls. I would love to paint the space, but doing so would require me paint the staircase and the foyer. So I will stick to what I have to avoid painting the foyer and the staircase. Like I said, this is going to be a simple and quick makeover.

Color Scheme?

Since I am not going to paint, then I thought of colors that would compliment the wall color. Black, cream, brown, and gold came to mind. I like the idea of using a black and cream rug as my base, like this one from Walmart. Don't you love when you find good stuff at Walmart?? This one is only $79! Love it.

I also thought about going with something a little more wild like this zebra rug from Target.

I think I will be able to decide which one to use once I make a decision about my wall space...

Wall Space?

Before I design any space, I always turn to design magazines and blogs for inspiration. Over the weekend, I ran across my new favorite blog, Room Remix. Earlier this month, PK did a series on how to accessorize walls. She had some great ideas about how to style bookcases...

Canadian House and Home
I have tons of books and their colors make them great accessories. But I think the space is too small to integrate a full-scale bookcase. So my second idea was to do a photo wall. If you are like me, you have a ton of pictures that need to be framed. I already have a small collection of frames, so I think this is the perfect option.

Photo walls are very warm, personal, and versatile. I love the simplicity of this photo wall I found via House Beautiful. The simple black frames with white mats would really pop on the wall.

Since this is a more simplistic look, I would use the zebra rug to add more style and contrast.

The second option would be to use a mixture of black, brown and gold frames, as seen in this photo I found via Pottery Barn.

Since the color contrast is on the walls, I would use the Walmart rug to keep the space from being too busy and overwhelming.  

Decisions, decisions! TODAY, I am leaning more towards the black, brown, and gold frames and the simple Walmart rug- but that is subject to change. What are your thoughts? Your input would be greatly appreciated! I hope to make a final decision this week so that I can move on to furniture and accessories next week.

Oh and speaking of black and gold, what did you think of January Jones's Carolina Herrera dress last night? I'm still pondering...

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  1. I love the zebra rug/black frames option. I do think either option will work beautifully, though! And not feelin' January's dress..

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  3. I think the zebra rug could be fun, and I like the idea of a gallery wall. Thanks so much for the shout out! What a pleasant surprise. :-)

  4. so many ideas... cant wait to see what you decide on.

  5. Don't you love having a space with endless possibllities to decorate? You have some great inspiration going here. You will have to share the result!
    :) Anna

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