When decorating an attic room you have to keep in mind that you deal with a space, smaller than in a regular room and with unconventional landscape. Don’t take this as a challenge, but rather as a way to create a unique design customized to your own space and taste.
Pre – decoration Actions
Before making any major decoration steps, be sure that the attic is insulated and there are no leaks. This is the most vulnerable part of the house. Check whether the walls and ceiling are in a good condition. You don’t want unexpected rain or storm to ruin your decorating efforts. Inspect for mould and dust. Cleaning mould is vital, in order to avoid any allergic outbreaks. If you experience any health problems or if the situation is beyond your control, it’s better to hire professional and expert cleaners. This is an additional cost that is worth paying. Cleaning home is essential steps so don’t omit it.
Painting the Wall
Use the same principles as if you are working with a regular small room. Choose paint colours that will make the place more spacious. You should not paint the ceiling in one shade and the walls in another. This will make it look even smaller. Pick cooler or natural colour palette like white, blue or light beige that will visually enlarge the room. Make the most of the natural light by using paint with a semi gloss or satin finish.
Flooring & Furniture
If you want to place rugs and carpets, choose one with less or no pattern. If you have a lot of furniture and details, ornamented flooring will only make the decor feel heavy. Since you don’t have enough space you have to be practical with your space. Purchase multifunctional appliances. Choose furniture that is stackable, foldable or on wheels. You can even consider installing a build – in desk.
Myths and Truths
There are myths and truths about decorating a small space. You probably heard about the good old decorating principle that the mirror can create an illusion of space. That is true! Its reflection will really make your attic room feel bigger. On the other hand, there is a well established opinion that smaller spaces require smaller furniture. On the contrary, you should get fewer items that take larger space. This will instantly make the room look bigger.
If you are a book – lover, you have another excuse to place a huge bookcase in your attic room. Put a wall – to – wall or floor – to –ceiling bookcases. These appliances will make the room feel larger and cleaner.
Avoid the curtains. Clear and cleaned windows will create depth and it will bring natural light into your room.
If you want to add a huge and dramatic piece of art, do it boldly. Smaller space doesn’t mean you have to play safe.