For “Urban Loft” and Contemporary styling, consider cabinet door styles with a sleek, minimalistic design. Both ends of the color spectrum are popular including neutral colors and natural wood grains, as well as dark cabinet finishes and monochromatic color schemes. Materials can also include sleek laminates, textured foils and glossy acrylics. Also consider Dura Supreme’s collection of exotic veneers for cutting-edge contemporary kitchen design.
No longer the exclusive refuge of artists and college students, the loft has become a popular, edgy abode in metros across the globe. Originating in Paris in the 1800s, artists established studios in old buildings with high ceilings and open spaces to accommodate the oversize paintings popular at that time. Loft living really caught on in the 1940s in New York’s SoHo district, when struggling artists moved into abandoned warehouses, and began to idealize the multi-use space that accommodated both work and home.
Today, fashionable loft environments offer an attractive alternative to suburbia, for those who appreciate the culture and diversity of these downtown digs. Contemporary loft environments champion the characteristic features of their early bohemian counterparts; soaring ceilings with exposed ductwork and support beams, open, airy spaces with minimal walls, vintage flooring or brickwork and floor-to-ceiling windows that frame dramatic city skylines. Within this framework, loft style was born and has developed into its own notable design theme with clean, minimalistic lines, industrial influences, neutral or monochromatic colors and natural materials.