Who doesn’t love attics? Big or small, it’s always an ultra interesting place to style; we’re not going to lie, it can be tricky: eaves, unconventional angles and steep ceilings make furnishing it a real challenge! But don’t despair: let’s take a look at how to make your attic a unique, cozy room.
Dark or light flooring?
This is a hard one. As you know, the stereotype goes like this: a white/light floor will make the room look wider. This can be true at times, and if you’re interested in this topic, we suggest you take a look at this article on a few common interior design misconceptions. A white wooden floor might help if width is what you’re aiming to accentuate: there’s no doubt a bright attic will have a cosmopolitan-chic look. However, we think the beauty of attics relies on their potentiality as bohemian, romantic, cozy little spaces. If you share this vision, don’t hesitate to style your floor with some dark wooden planks. Did you know you can even get porcelain tiles that resemble wood? All the sensuality of this beautiful, natural material, combined with hard-wearing stoneware.
A platform bed is a great choice: nice and low, it will occupy as little space as possible, helping you out in making the ceiling seem higher than it actually is. In fact, these sort of optical illusions have less to do with shades and colors, and more to do with the furniture itself. If you want to go full-on bohemian, you can even go lower, placing your mattress directly on the floor!
You could use your attic as just a bedroom, but do you know what’s also great about attics? Sometimes, they cover almost an entire floor plan! So, our suggestion is to create a cool lounge area where you and your friends can just sit around and engage in some interesting conversations. As with the bed, you want to stick to low furniture: sofas should be platform too: don’t choose any piece of furniture that is too much off the ground.
Then, you can create some color coordination with poufs and cushions you’ll spread around the lounge area. A nice color pattern will make your little bohemian nest look cozier than ever!
Tip: don’t worry too much about consistency! An attic is an informal, intimate space for you and the people close to you: there’s no need to make it too formal. So go ahead: if you spotted a funny pillow in a thrift shop, go ahead and personalize your attic’s atmosphere!
Create a center in your lounge area
Every piece in your lounge area -- sofas, poufs and whatnot -- needs to be placed quite casually, but around a center. The logical centerpiece should be a low and long coffee table: perfect for impromptu afternoon teas and romantic dinners!
Use the ceiling!
You should look for the highest point of the ceiling, and hang a vertical statement piece from there. Why? Vertical lines will actually make it look even higher! A good idea would be to hang a chandelier. Again, we’d stick to an informal, relaxed design, like these workshop lamps, which by the way would be simply ideal if you were planning to use your attic as a workshop for your hobbies.
Think outside the box! Are you familiar with those lovely swing chairs you can find on patios? They’re often designed for an outdoor context, but what we’re suggesting here is to actually bring one of them inside. If you’re a bit tight on your budget and / or the attic is too small, you can always get a small and inexpensive fabric hammock chair; otherwise feel free to opt for a full-scale outdoor swing chair! It will make for an even cozier room, while drawing the eye up.