Sometimes when you’re running out of space in your home, the only way is up. Up in the loft that is! As a child you may have been wondering what monsters lurk in the attic, but that doesn’t mean your loft can’t become the new room of your dreams. Brush off the dust and remove all of that collected clutter; it’s time to overhaul the space that you’ve forgotten. Here you’ll find some tips and tricks to make the most of your space.
Maximise space and light with white
Even if you would ordinarily shy away from using pure white on the ceiling, walls and floor, in a loft it can be just the thing to open up the space. Upstairs rooms get less foot fall traffic and less dirt tracked in, thanks to their being located further from the home’s entrance, so it’s not as difficult to keep white loft floors clean as you might think. And being surrounded by white is like being inside a big, puffy cloud… a far cry from the stereotypical cramped, dark loft.
Try pint-sized furniture
What could be cosier than a child’s bed tucked under the eaves in a loft bedroom? Kids tend to love small spaces, so converting a loft into a child’s room is a natural choice. Children’s play tables, chairs and shelving can be tucked into tight spaces where full-size furniture would never work. Finish off a loft playroom with a daybed beneath the window, where grown-ups can hang out while the little ones play.
Make a focal point
Every room needs a focal point, an eye-catching spot that establishes a hierarchy so you don’t see just a jumble. Many times, the focal point is the head of the bed, which you can amplify with an arrangement of bold pillows. Your room may already have a focal point that you can accentuate into an existing, strong element in the room. A window or group of windows draws all eyes to the natural light and the movement in the landscape, a skyline or other outdoor element. If you have a decent view or a good source of natural light, a window can be the focal point of the room. A strong architectural detail, like an exposed brick wall, can serve as the focal point and a stunning feature of the room.
When decorating small bedrooms, every square inch is potential storage. Sure, you can stash sweater boxes under the bed, but if you boost the bed frame on blocks and add a voluminous skirt, you can hide a set of luggage under there. Place a storage ottoman under the window to hold extra bedding. Use a chest as a bedside table to gain drawer space. And look for wall space where you can hang a bookshelf.
Highlight a slanted ceiling
Don’t let awkwardly shaped ceilings and tiny spaces put you off. Whether you paper a small panel or a full room, use pattern to create a unique look if white is not your thing. Wallpaper is great for adding instant personality to a space, so choose a design that you really love. Background colour has a big impact on the overall feel of a room – choose more muted colours in the bedroom for a restful feel.
While many home interiors are going more simple, bathrooms are getting the royal treatment. Elegance, softness, and sophistication are the keywords for bathroom decor. If you have a “sky’s-the-limit” budget, think crystal chandelier, gold plated faucets, marble flooring, and stained-glass windows.