The use of the overhead panels works to designate the area and give the illusion of natural light.
Using a large open area creatively isn't as easy as it sounds. In making a loft into a home clever use of space, appropriate materials and light is a bigger challenge than it is in a "normal," house or apartment. Careful planning and innovative problem solving are key. Don't be afraid to use materials and applications you wouldn't ever turn to in a typical design. Take a chance. In loft renovation fortune really does favor the bold.
It's great that these old, often abandoned, structures are being given a new role. Loft living isn't for everybody, but many wouldn't think of exchanging our cozy nests in old factories and warehouses for a conventional home. Long live these great old buildings in their new role as shelter and security.