So you’ve just bought a loft in Downtown Boston and want to highlight its industrial characteristics, but don’t know where to start. Well, achieving a polished warehouse look isn’t hard at all. Here are 5 simple tips to decorate and design your loft to give it that modern industrial look you’re gunning for.

1. Expose Ducts and Pipes

By exposing your ducts and pipes, you instantly give your loft an industrial feel. The exposed metal gives the room a raw edge and shiny metal offers a sharp contrast to white or light colored walls.

2. Accessorize with Metal

Whether a table, bar stools, staircase, or chair, a variety of shiny metal elements will transform even a non-traditional loft. When in doubt, always buy metallic accessories. Ceiling fans, kitchen appliances, picture frames, and pans hanging over a counter all will emphasize the room’s industrial mood through steely accents. Don’t be afraid to mix and match metals, either.

3. Go with Wood

Wood juxtaposed against metal will add warmth while preserving the industrial integrity of your new space. The key to success is utilizing long, sleek wood elements such as rich hardwood floors, a polished French Country table (with metal chairs), or a heavy oak sideboard. No need to be matchy matchy–use a variety of wood shades and a variety of finishings.

4. Add Antique Touches

Vintage leather furniture and antique light fixtures or other accessories will take the old factory motif one step further. Add a row of oversized functional metal and glass lighting, or repeat identical light fixtures throughout a room. If possible, leave the mechanical elements exposed.

5. Choose Color Accents

Large sections of white or grey unifies your new Leather District condo and keeps the interior modern looking. Countertops, kitchen cabinets or a brick fireplace painted in a light color will give the loft an airy feel. Take it one step further with white sheets, towels and linens. White accents offer a nice contrast to the wood and metal and compliment the room. Grey concrete countertops and floors are also a functional, sleek and beautiful option.

Still looking for your ideal loft? For more information or to find out what listings just hit the market, call us and make an appointment with an experienced Downtown Boston real estate agent. We specialize in Downtown properties and look forward to helping you find the home of your dreams.

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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John Ford and his staff can be reached at 617-595-3712 or 617-720-5454. Please feel free to stop by John's Boston Beacon Hill office located at 137 Charles Street.

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