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Q. I have an upstairs “attic” style bedroom that we plan to use as a guest room. I need help with decor/furniture to keep it open and feeling spacious since the ceiling slants on both sides making it feel smaller. Katy
A. Attic bedrooms can be a bit challenging to design but the end result is typically a cozy space where creative design solutions and finishes build a space that people enjoy spending time in. Today I will share a few simple ways to effectively design attic spaces that can be applied to bedrooms and general living spaces. I like to begin by addressing the walls and ceiling deciding if there will be exposed beams (design tip- you can add reclaimed lumber beams to any room for instant character), sky-lights, wainscoting and paint choices. Accenting walls in a bold or radiant color choice, like the first image, can be a fun way to bring in a design detail accentuating the angles and architecture. I also like an all white look for a bright and open feel.
Next, I like to plan the layout and function of the attic. Katy mentioned this is going to be a guest room. If you have the space to solely dedicate to a guest room that’s awesome but if you don’t have that kind of space, think about the other functions the space will share such as a home-office, playroom or a sitting area. Daybeds can be a good solution for multi-functional spaces because they feel less bedroom like. Try not to let the angles of the ceiling hinder your design choices, rather embrace them and the natural nooks and shape of the room to create an interesting layout. Below, I love built-in bookcases especially in an attic space where the angles create an interesting overall shape. Keeping the large scale pieces such as the bedding, sofa and carpeting in a lighter palette visually makes the space feel more open, then pop in an accent color.
I hope you enjoyed these quick tips on attic design and remember we are always here to answer your design dilemmas in Just Ask. Be sure to enter our Home Depot Giveaway ending today at 8PM and have a wonderful day friends!