How to Make the Most of Your Attic Space
A well-decorated attic might just become your family's new favorite space. Take a look at the following ideas.
Having a large attic can be a huge bonus. However, if you don’t know how to decorate it properly, it can also cause a whole load of problems. Needless to say, we want to make sure your attic is the former, rather than the latter. Today, we’ll show you some amazing ideas to help you make the most of your attic space.
In the past, attics were really only meant to be used as handy storage spaces for junk. But today, they have become a favorite amongst interior design fans. With their sloping ceilings, exposed wood beams and skylights, they offer an incredible sense of intimacy and charm.
There are so many different options when it comes to decorating attics. Whether you decide to turn it into a children’s playroom, an office where you can work from home, or even your dream bedroom, the possibilities are endless.
If you want to visually increase the amount of space in your attic, we would recommend painting the walls and ceiling in white, or another light color. That way, if your attic is a little on the small side, it’ll feel much less claustrophobic. We advise opting for neutral tones so as not to saturate the environment.
Custom-made furniture for your attic space
One of the best ways to make the most of your attic space is to invest in custom-made furniture, although built-in furniture can also work well. For example, a built-in closet might allow you to make the most of the space under your sloping ceilings.
If you’re really short on space, you could install custom-made shelving in the lowest and most inaccessible areas of your room.
One of the main attractions of attic spaces is that you can install a window in your ceiling. If you place a bed or couch underneath, you’ll have the perfect spot to lie back and look up at the stars.
Here, we would advise you to invest in good quality windows to avoid any problems later on. Opt for windows with a built-in air chamber to improve insulation, low emissivity so that your attic won’t lose heat in winter, and solar control to protect you from the sun in the summer. Although this can be rather expensive, it’ll be worth it in the long run.
Lighting your attic space
In the highest part of your ceiling, you’ll often find a flat horizontal area where you can install recessed halogen bulbs. For a more decorative touch, you could add large, striking pendant lamps. If you want to create extra light and warmth, opt for LED strips along the floor, or built into your furniture.
Attic ideas – decorating your walls
When it comes to attics, the walls are often one of the most difficult areas to decorate, as the asymmetrical shape can make it hard to hang paintings.
We recommend hanging wallpaper or even wainscoting on the wall with the highest ceiling. You don’t need wall decorations to create a beautiful space: between the colors, lampshades, and textures, you can create the attic of your dreams.
Attics with exposed beams
Exposed beams have so much potential when it comes to interior decor, and can completely change the look of your space. By playing around with the different finishes, you can create a whole different style, whether it’s rustic, industrial, or something more modern.
How to deal with sharply sloped ceilings
A sharply sloped ceiling can seem overwhelming. However, if you know how to decorate properly, you can create a cozy and romantic space. You could even incorporate a reading corner where you can look up and watch the night sky.
If your attic is too small, you could always leave it as a storage room or an extra dressing room. Fill your space with shelves and organizers, and look for modular furniture that can be stacked to fit the slope of your ceiling.
With the right decor, attics can be beautiful and charming spaces. So, are you ready to start transforming your attic?