A loft conversion can be a valuable addition to your home, both in terms of adding extra space and monetary value to your property. If you’re using your new loft conversion as a bedroom, then here are some top tips and ideas for successfully styling your space.
Sloping ceilings and awkward corner spaces are common characteristics of loft conversions, but they needn’t be a problem when it comes to decorating. In fact, the colours you choose can enhance the space and help it feel spacious, light and airy.
Good colours for creating a light and airy feel include soft palettes, such as warm greys, soft pinks, or shades of white. Due to its location at the top of a house, lofts often tend to get warm, especially during the summer months when the temperature rises. So soft colours can aid a bit with helping the room feel cool.
That’s not to say that darker colours are off the agenda completely. You can create a stunning focal point using your choice of paint or wallpaper on one wall of a loft. If the wall has interesting angles, as many loft walls do, it will help a dark paint or wallpaper design stand out even more, producing a dramatic contemporary look.
Help create a cosy atmosphere in your loft conversion by adding plenty of textures through the use of flooring or accessories. Wooden floors or wood-effect flooring can add a touch of colour and texture to the floor and tone well with any exposed beams in the loft. Add a warm wool rug for the floor to make it cosy underfoot and a snuggly warm throw for the bed.
If you love cushions, then you can add lots to the bed – choose a variety of different tactile textures. If you’re not a fan of cushions on the bed (there’s always someone who hates having to move them to get into bed!), maybe there’s room for a chair or small sofa where you can put a cushion or two?
Nothing beats having plenty of natural light flooding into your loft conversion, from dormer windows, roof windows, balcony windows or dramatic floor to ceiling widows.
You can add to the amount of light in your loft room by including plenty of lamps and cleverly placed lighting. For example, dark corners can be enhanced by the use of roof lights or floor lamps, whilst small table lamps near the bed can provide the perfect amount of subtle lighting for reading.
To give you even more control over the lighting in the room, especially in the case of ceiling spotlights, consider having a dimmer switch added.
If your loft conversion has lots of low-sloped ceilings and beams, then it may not be practical to fit in standard-sized pieces of furniture. Take care to carefully measure the space you have, including the ceiling height and the room you have available to carry furniture upstairs to your loft.
For the ultimate in perfect fit, think about having bespoke furniture made for your loft. Bespoke pieces will be designed exactly for the space you have available and can offer a more seamless look.
If your loft was previously used as the dumping ground for Christmas decorations, DIY materials or old toys, then you’ll need to ensure you’ve got somewhere else to store all the items you need to keep. It’s good idea to incorporate storage into your loft interior and there are plenty of practical ways to do so.
Customised storage solutions can help you make use of the space you have, for example having cupboards built into a sloping eaves roof. If your loft conversion is a relatively small space, you may prefer to utilise the power of hidden storage – such as storage drawers in divan beds, or storage built into the back of a headboard.
Ultimately, however you choose to decorate and style your loft conversion bedroom, try and make the best use of the space you have, add colours, designs and furniture to suit your individual needs and create a room that you love using.
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