This Modern SoHo Loft Is A Millennial’s Dream Space
Along with its coveted SoHo address, this space has everything a millennial lusts for in a modern loft: white-painted brick walls, crisp white floors, and black-framed windows that let in a ton of natural light. Add Scandi-style finishes, industrial lighting and trend-led furnishings, and you’ve got a sleek, monochromatic space that any twenty-something would love to live in. Step inside the dreamy loft, designed by Jennifer Wagner Schmidt in collaboration with Elevate Design Collective, and you’ll see why it’s every millennials’ dream address.
When deciding on the loft’s aesthetic, Jennifer opted for an open, urban feel. “I’ve noticed a trend toward a ‘less is more’ approach when it comes to design,” she says.
Jennifer chose to cover the entire wall above the stove in a clean white subway tile and opted out of installing cabinets on the same wall. “Upper cabinets would have made the kitchen appear too heavy,” she says. “Open shelves flanking either side of the hood keep the look open and still provide necessary storage space.”
In a similar move, Jennifer chose glass fronts for the kitchen’s upper cabinets so that the dark finish wouldn’t overwhelm the design. For a unique accent, the back of each cabinet was outfitted in subway tile (not shown).
This industrial-style Delta faucet showcases the convenience of touch technology and simplifies cooking in the kitchen. A decorative spout swivel finished in the loft’s signature Pantone color, Single Malt, adds a dash of personality to an otherwise utilitarian object.
Black matte has become increasingly trendy in design, and its finish on this fridge allowed Jennifer to preserve the loft’s decor scheme. “It’s functional, aesthetically pleasing and cohesive with the rest of the kitchen design,” she says.
The original pantry had a bi-fold door to divide it from the rest of the kitchen. To update the look, Jennifer installed a custom three-panel barn door from Jeld-Wen. A stripe painted in Single Malt shows attention to detail and adds a unifying touch.
At 25 feet long, the living room — opposite the kitchen — features a stunning wall of windows. Given the size of the space, Jennifer chose to create two symmetrical seating areas that would maximize functionality and prevent the space from feeling cold.
Identical shag rugs and twin faux-leather sofas in a caramel tone balance the space and enhance the design theme. A large brick fireplace painted in a crisp white mimics the aesthetic of the kitchen’s subway-tiled wall and adds texture.
On each of the living room’s two ceiling fans, Hunter cages — finished in Single Malt — are distinct add-ons.
“The bedroom design is simple, clean and minimal,” says Jennifer. She layered blankets and pillows to warm up the spare aesthetic. The door handle also features the loft’s signature color, and a butterfly chair in a similar caramel hue carries the aesthetic throughout the space.