We love the food at Sky Castle Gastro Lounge, but we’re equally obsessed with its style. It specializes in making midcentury ideas feel contemporary and in making a wide open space house clear “rooms.” All of which got us thinking about how to make the most of loft-style spaces and entertain in them like a pro. Read on for our lessons learned.
Match your utilities to your ceiling:
Sky Castle’s exposed plumbing pipes and electrical conduits boast the same matte black as its ceiling, giving the texture of an industrial look without the same high contrast. It makes the raw function of the space another feature, not THE feature. And it doesn’t have to be a dark ceiling. There’s no reason a clean white wouldn’t work just as well. Proof: this Houzz portfolio photo from Minneapolis.
Keep laptop tables handy:
You know guests need places for their drinks and snacks. A traditional setup of coffee table and side tables is one way to get the job done, but it’s not necessarily the best way, especially when there’s food involved. The solution? Sky Castle uses sleek laptop tables (like this one from World Market). The added height keeps hearty nibbles at hand and off your couch.
Use couches in multiples:
An easy way to create an intimate conversation area (or a cozy place for screening sports and films) is to use multiple couches. It’s a statement that’s both cosier and stronger than a couch and chairs. Just remember to keep the furniture profile relatively low if you’re following this advice. It creates the lounge you’re looking for without sacrificing the sight lines of open space.
Entertainment and lighting get a smooth new look when they’re flush with your walls and ceiling, as in Sky Castle’s striking tiger wood veneer installation. The full pro version is not for the faint of heart — or budget — since you’ll either need a very fancy TV cabinet or custom veneer. For the adventurous DIY-er, we found adaptable instructions here. For a more achievable look, try this idea (via this blog), which uses artful shelving in place of standard media storage.