It is one thing to create a home from scratch, placing every wall and window exactly where you want it to be. But when a designer is tasked with creating a beautiful home from what was once a desolate industrial warehouse it is quite another thing. More and more as we realize that the space on our earth is finite and that it does not always make sense to tear down a perfectly good building, we are seeing these types of warm industrial conversions or at least imaginings of them. In this post, we are features four industrial-inspired apartments that take some harsh elements like exposed brick and concrete and create homes that are not just liveable but amazing.

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The first space has turned its supports into design elements, using a column style that speaks to elegance rather than industry. The vaulted ceiling and oversized windows make the space feel wide open while a brick ceiling and concrete floor ensure plenty of extravagant echoes. The division between spaces in this particular design are very fluid and barely perceptible, but carefully placed rugs and furniture does give some semblance of separate rooms.

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The next home is not nearly so spacious with ceilings that are more aligned with a standard home. The exposed brick is the main industrial element here, left behind from the building’s last life. An open floorplan and some dreamy accents like a fairytale chandelier and plush purple sofa give this apartment a more feminine feel.

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Perhaps even more spectacular than the first apartment we saw, this loft is seriously lofted. An upper level library overlooks (and we mean really overlooks from that height) an open living area that is dotted with plenty of fire engine red. The mod color scheme and sleek furnishings give this space an posh retro feel.

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The final apartment comes to us in the form of a visualization of an apartment in Moscow. The ceiling beams and standard loft track lighting is practical if not imaginative. But deeper in the home’s interior we get some really creative ideas. In particular, the office space enclosed in glass is notable, offering a modicum of privacy but that’s really just an illusion.

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