Loft spaces are interesting because they are glamorous, but they can easily go wrong.

Our Perspective Atlanta Loft is wide open and a great example of the challenges many people face with an open floor plan.

Downstairs our kitchen is its own room, but the dining room, living room and nook under the stairs all flow into each other. And our master bedroom upstairs isn’t secluded; it is wide open, with only a wire railing and 15 feet of air separating it from the living area. Right outside the floor-to-ceiling windows are two outdoor spaces, an extension of the living areas.

In the loft, Alex has a lot to consider. As you watch him overcome these challenges, there is plenty to learn for your next home design project.

Where do you begin?

Measure your space in order to know your parameters and determine what you’re up against. Just as Alex faces in the loft, not every room is a perfect rectangle. If you have an interesting wall angle or a niche, don’t fight against it. Make an odd shaped space feel considered in the context of the larger space. If it feels purposeful and like everything fits, then you’ve hit your mark.

You also have to consider the way people move through a room. Spatial planning is a huge part of design, so check it three or four times throughout the process to make sure your plans are correct and the sofa you just fell in love with will indeed fit. No matter how fantastic it looks, if walking through a space requires a detour around furniture, your plan needs revision.

If you have a room that lacks defined walls or has an industrial feel to it like our master bedroom does, choose furnishings and fabrics that make it feel softer. We all need some privacy and solace and most of us want our bedroom to be an oasis from the rest of our living space.

Best of luck with your design challenges, and stay tuned to see how Alex overcomes ours.

Do you have a design question for Alex? Ask them via the comments or Twitter – #perspectiveATL @Sunbrella.