Makeover your attic room in 5 steps
How to update your attic space
If you’re lucky enough to have large attic space this is valuable extra room in your property that can be converted and used by all your family. Whether you want to create a home office, retreat, library, a teenager’s bedroom, or perhaps a main bedroom with ensuite, there’s so much you can do with the space.
If you just want a simple, multifunctional room, there are lots of easy ways you can give your attic space a makeover. Decorate in a fresh paint shade, such as a calming duck-egg blue, and use pretty patterned fabrics for blinds and cushions in a coordinating shade.
Look out for pieces of furniture that double up for different uses — the streamlined sofa that converts into a bed for when guests come to stay over the holidays, or for last-minute children’s sleepovers.
Add plenty of multi-tasking storage, too. Cube shelving is versatile and can be arranged to fit into tricky spaces such as the eaves. Baskets are also a great storage option and look attractive tucked in to corners of the room.
Alternatively go for a shelving unit with doors for concealed storage, so that you can stow away bits and bobs but still display books, fabric-covered boxes and treasured accessories.
A comfy footstool or beanbag is another must in the attic room for relaxing when reading or watching television.
When it comes to lighting, this is important in a enclosed space. Add a few table lamps, a pendant and make the most of natural light in the room. If you have a Velux window allow plenty of light inside with a white roller blind or a fabric blind that can be pinned back once night falls. Why not try sewing a simple blind yourself in a lovely fabric?
Space-saving attic living room
Cotton fabrics in neutral tones create a snug space - perfect for a cosy attic living room.
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Photograph by Simon Whitmore