Set the full-on New York loft experience in your kitchen

It’s been said that you must call the Big Apple “home” for at least 10 years to be considered a true-blue “New Yorker”. But what if you have Manhattan running through your veins, but your home (and life) is miles away? Bring New York to your kitchen! The industrial sensibilities of the quintessential New York style loft kitchen holds a variety of hip design cues that you can incorporate into virtually any space.

Exposed
Not shy to express themselves, the most obvious hallmark of a New Yorker (and a New York style loft kitchen) is full exposure. In the kitchen this is achieved by showcasing key building materials or structural supports that would typically be hidden behind walls. If you’re in a more traditional home, add an exposed brick accent wall. If your kitchen is in a modern home, install wooden beams in the ceiling. If you happen to live in a real-deal loft, keep your ductwork exposed. There’s no clearer way of showcasing your NYC-cool cred!

The most obvious hallmark of a New York style loft kitchen is full exposure as seen with these brick walls. (c) Barbara Corsico

The most obvious hallmark of a New York style loft kitchen is full exposure as seen with these brick walls. (c) Barbara Corsico

Groovy
Groovy New Yorker style runs straight through to their kitchen décor. It’s why the New York loft includes a wealth of cool kid furniture: low slung and generously sized modern pieces, with a distinctly retro feel. Not only do they look cool, but these pieces also provide the highly useful function of dividing an open concept loft space. To increase the chill of your New York style loft kitchen, position a 60s-era couch facing your kitchen island, so that you and your friends can chat while you prepare dinner.

Low slung and generously sized modern pieces exudes the New York kitchen loft look.

Low slung and generously sized modern pieces exudes the New York kitchen loft look.

Hardcore
When you want to emulate the kitchens (and people) of America’s ultimate “Concrete Jungle” why not use the ultimate industrial material for your kitchen surfaces? Concrete! With it’s slightly polished and subtly textured surface, concrete flooring and countertops are a sturdy and fashionable alternative to more traditional kitchen materials. Plus, they’re a must-have in the New York loft.

Opening the kitchen space to the outdoors is a perfect way to maximise the sometimes scant square footage of the Manhattan loft.

Opening the kitchen space to the outdoors is a perfect way to maximise the sometimes scant square footage of the Manhattan loft.

Open
A real New Yorker has seen everything, which is why their open-mindedness runs straight through to their kitchen design. Opening the kitchen space to the outdoors is a perfect way to maximise the sometimes scant square footage of the Manhattan loft. To bring the indoors outside, outfit your terrace with furniture that mimics the style of your kitchen, like a modern couch and chair coupled with potted perennials in unembellished concrete planters.

Welcome to your New York (loft) state of mind.