Boston Loft Soothes With Eclectic, Earthy Elements

When a client with synesthesia asked Barbara Vail to decorate his new loft, the Boston designer knew she needed to create a soothing space that didn't overstimulate. Thus, Vail layered the apartment with neutral colors, soft textures and earthy elements that together make a serene retreat and inspire her client's creative side.

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October 05, 2016

Photo By: Joyelle West

Photo By: Joyelle West

Photo By: Joyelle West

Photo By: Joyelle West

Photo By: Joyelle West

Photo By: Joyelle West

Photo By: Joyelle West

Photo By: Joyelle West

Photo By: Joyelle West

Photo By: Joyelle West

Photo By: Joyelle West

Soothing Entry With Soft Textures

Stepping inside this loft apartment easily elicits a sigh of relief, as soft throws and area rugs cushion each foot forward. By the door, a bench and round mirror create a makeshift foyer where guests can remove shoes and jackets.

Wood-Infused Dining Space

Around the corner, a modern white table pairs with four wooden chairs to create an intimate dining space. Faux-fur throws provide snug seating, while a corkscrew willow centerpiece brings natural texture to the space. Overhead, an abstract painting by the owner adds a touch of color.

Table With Natural Colors + Textures

Soothing colors and natural textures extend to the white tabletop, where sage-colored placemats and wooden serving trays balance the smooth background. A sprig of lavendar uplifts the design.

Cozy, Contemporary Living Room

Woven area rugs, plush furniture and cozy throws envelop the living room in soft texture, evoking thoughts of a nest. Around the room, potted plants both complement the wooden coffee table and bring organic color to the setting.

White Area Rugs + Accents

To create different zones within the loft, designer Barbara Vail used accents as visual borders. Here, a large area rug separates the living room from the dining nook, while a white buffet provides essential storage space.

Wooden Art Installation

Against the wall, a wooden art installation substitutes a traditional TV to ensure that the room feels entirely stress-free. Vintage jars and a tall orchid further the zen feeling.

Soaring Factory Windows

Floor-to-ceiling steel grid windows fill the living room with natural light, making the loft feel airy and open. A plush, cream-colored sofa invites comfortable lounging, while a custom-made coffee table draws the outside in.

Built-In Bookshelf, Corner Keyboard

To give her client an outlet for his creativity, Barbara Vail introduced a small library and piano against the far wall. Here, stacks of books and jars evoke visual interest, while the piano encourages the client to embrace his inner artist.

Wall With Wood-Trimmed Accents

A large wood-trimmed mirror both enlivens the white walls and makes the narrow hall-space feel larger and more open. Stacked books and potted plants further the warm aesthetic.

Bright + Airy Bedroom

With cream-colored linens and rich textures, the bedroom becomes a serene space to unwind. Low furniture accentuates the room's height, making it feel more airy and bright, while a wooden divider hides a separate workspace.

Carved Side Table

Next to the bed, a side table carved from a teak tree offers storage space and naturally grounds the setting. A modern lamp on top balances the wood and illuminates the space for late-night reading.

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