An unused loft provides numerous opportunities for home improvement and increase in house value. Measure your loft space before you decide how to use it. A livable loft space requires at least 7.5 feet in order to provide enough headroom. Install permanent stairs rather than a ladder or other temporary method, so that when it comes time to sell, the loft will count as living space.

Loft space allows for a mix of diverse furniture styles. A trendy, overstuffed, single-color sofa and seat can blend with a lacquered coffee table, an antique drawer, chaise lounge and an old sailor’s chest on legs. A wooden armoire can substitute as a hall closet. Concrete floors are given life and warmth with grass or hemp mats, which also defines the lounge and dining spaces. On the ceiling, metal pipes can remain exposed to accentuate the modern industrial look; this industrial theme can be extended to the kitchen area with the use of stainless steel and brushed aluminum on sinks, appliances and as accents on furniture and kitchen accessories.

Loft decorating ideas may center on bringing seemingly contrasting looks or pieces together. An old leather chair may have an accent pillow in a contemporary print, or a sleek mid-century coffee table may sit next to a curvy Victorian chair. This style emphasizes a found item or vintage shop feel where pieces have been re-purposed and made over to balance a warm, cozy feeling with a bold and rich contemporary quality.