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This loft apartment by Shelton, Mindel and Associates is just so sleek. The first thing we noticed was the unexpected gray-blue and red-orange color scheme. And then we saw the living room...


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The contrasting gray finish on these walls makes this space really sing, and the use of such a bold accent color in the lighting fixtures is another unexpected twist that really works. Although this is a posh living room in an unbelievable loft, it's full of little details like the lamps that we'd definitely use in a smaller space.

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Another idea to steal: instead of dividing the space with screens or a tall room divider, the two conversation areas are sectioned off by this long, low bench. It's an innovative way to break up the area without interrupting its flow.

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We like how the curtains are hung from the ceiling rather than from the windows. It allows for floor-length sheers in spite of the ledge, and it gives the curtains the feeling of floating.

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This idea works well on a budget. Instead of using a sideboard in the kitchen, use a floating shelf in a bold accent color that matches your dishes.

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All photos by Lee F. Mindel. To view Shelton, Mindel, & Associates entire portfolio, click here.