Urban Design

Decorating a Minimalist Modern Atlanta Loft

How do you make a 3,000-square-foot concrete-and-glass loft in Atlanta feel urban? Get designer secrets to achieve this modern high-rise style.

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As far as what urban living-related design elements were requested for decorating the loft's spacious interiors, Jeremy and Amanda asked for the following: a lounge setup just below their staircase, allowing guests to take in the Atlanta skyline over cocktails, an edgy yet elegant dining room that incorporated modern architecture with the modern farmhouse style Atlanta's design scene is known for, a guest room that looked both masculine and industrial, an uncluttered home office, a tailored yet minimal master bedroom, complete with a colorful place to work on a laptop, a walk-in master closet that was both dark and colorful, and a bold, graphic living room, complete with graphic art that would ground the space.

To add small, isolated areas of color to break up the otherwise all-white interiors, the second-floor landing was painted a cool robin's egg blue, which would allow an original abstract wood sculpture by Atlanta artist Robert DeLoach to stand out. Next, to give Jeremy and Amanda the dramatic and edgy flair they wanted to see in their farmhouse-meets-modern-penthouse-style dining room, the back wall of the area was painted black.

The last splash of color, a calming blue-gray, was added to the back wall of the guest bedroom. And although the other colors truly added new depth to their respective areas, the blue-gray of the guest bedroom became completely washed out by the ample sunlight streaming in through its half-wall that opens up to the first-floor living room. In a last-ditch effort to enhance the blue undertones of the paint, we decided to dress the bed in navy blue, then flank it with a glossy black midcentury modern Paul McCobb side table. With no luck in our conquest to add color behind the bed, we instead made our way into the guest bathroom, covering an accent wall in a springy celery green. Having learned our lesson about going too muted in the guest bedroom, we ensured the green would shine through by choosing a color two shades darker than our original choice.

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