How to Decorate an Attic Bedroom by lfsmj2010


									How to Decorate an Attic Bedroom
Attics have a bad reputation for being cramped and dark, which may make
your attic the last place you want to move your bedroom into. If
decorated well, however, you can transform your cobweb-ridden attic into
a cozy, comfortable bedroom. Attic bedrooms are the perfect getaway for
long-term guests as well as permanent family members, and an attic
bedroom can be an especially useful addition for growing families.


Wall and Ceiling Design
1Keep things light. Many attics are relatively small and offer very
little natural light. Dark colors tend to make spaces look smaller, but
light colors can make a room appear larger and brighter. White and light
yellow are especially effective at creating the appearance of additional
2Make the slanted ceiling a lighter color than the rest of the room. A
dark slanted ceiling can seem oppressive and may give the ceiling a
¡°caving in¡± effect. Even if you put a medium or bright color on the
wall, keep the slanted ceiling a light color to accentuate the room¡¯s
height instead of shortening it.
3Paint the room one solid color to keep it as open as possible. If you
are primarily concerned with opening the space up, sticking with one
solid color is a good way to accomplish your goal. When the eye does not
detect divisions, it perceives a larger space. If you keep the walls and
ceiling the same color, the room itself will often look more expansive.
This effect is heightened if you select flooring that closely matches the
color of the walls and ceiling, as well.Only try this tactic if using a
light color. Painting all the walls and ceiling a bold or dark shade will
actually make the room look smaller.

4Add texture. Texture can alter the ambiance of an attic bedroom and act
as a subtle decoration in a room with limited space. Stonework and brick
from an exposed chimney can create a rustic ambiance. Similarly, textured
paints and finishes can also add visual interest.
5Create an accent wall. Select a vertical wall, preferably one of the two
tallest ones where the slanted ceiling panels meet. Paint it with a bold
color or use a metallic finish to reflect light and draw the eye.
Painting all the walls with a bright color or finish can make the space
seem "loud" and crowded, but an accent wall is a good way to introduce a
splash of bright color without overwhelming a tiny space.
6Paint a pattern or picture. Instead of worrying about how to hang
decorations on your walls, decorate the walls directly with paint. Create
a mural or a pattern on your wall. Simple stripes can heighten or
elongate a room, depending on how you position them, and floral prints
can create a whimsical, sophisticated getaway. This is another good way
to balance openness and bright color in a small attic room.
7Use paneling. Paneling placed vertically will heighten the room, making
it appear taller. When placed horizontally, paneling can elongate or
widen a room, which can be especially useful if the bedroom is located in
a narrow attic space.
8Accentuate exposed ceiling beams with paint. Leave the ceiling painted
white or another light color and paint the ceiling beams dark brown or
black. Doing so draws the eye to the beams. Since the beams slant upward,
the eye looks upward, as well, causing the eye to perceive a taller

Furniture, Lighting, and Room Accessories
1Keep your furniture to a minimum. Since many attics are such small
spaces, the last thing you want to do is clutter the room up with
unnecessary furnishings. Opt for smaller pieces, such as a full-sized bed
instead of a king, and only include what you need to make the space
2Match your furniture color to the walls to create more openness. This
works especially well if you have white walls and opt for white or beige
furniture. Some may find this style a little bland, but it can look chic
and sophisticated as long as you choose high-quality pieces and fabrics.
3Plan around your windows. If your attic only has one or two windows and
you cannot remodel the room to add another one, place your furniture so
that the natural light will rest where you spend the most time. Usually,
this means placing the bed beneath the window, but you can also place a
desk or chair in front of the window instead.
4Give the space an old-fashioned cottage ambiance by opting for door-
style shutters instead of drapes. Attic bedrooms have a naturally quaint
appeal, which makes cottage-style decorations fairly appropriate for the
space. Door-style shutters also add noticeable horizontal lines to the
space, contrasting nicely against the high angular lines of the ceiling.
5Consider hanging sheer drapes. Sheer drapes block out most of the light
but not all of it, so your attic bedroom never gets too dark, even when
the drapes are closed. Moreover, since the room is so high up, the
privacy offered by thicker drapes and blinds is not as important.
6Use checkered, plaid, floral, and other light prints to create a
whimsical space. Look for patterned bedspreads, armchairs, and drapes.
These patterns add visual interest to the room in a subtle, enchanting
manner, but louder patterns, like polka dots or brightly colored plaid,
can overwhelm the bedroom if it is located in a smaller attic.
7Create built-in storage space. Install a window bench that doubles as
drawer space, or look for a bed frame with drawer space built underneath.
8Light up the room with a chandelier. Chandeliers and other hanging
lights take advantage of the high vaulted ceiling and keep the floor
looking less cluttered. If placed in the middle of the room, a hanging
light can also disperse light more evenly than a floor lamp.
9Add seating to turn the room into a cozy getaway spot. Attic bedrooms
can already seem removed from the rest of the house. This ¡°out of the
way¡± sense makes an attic bedroom the perfect place to escape to for
solace. If you have enough room, a comfortable armchair can make the room
feel like its own complete space.
10Place a trunk at the foot of the bed. Attics are typically used to
store boxes and trunks of extra belongings. Play to this idea by placing
a large trunk at the foot of the bed. Trunks can act as both storage and
11Try out a canopy bed. If your attic has a high enough ceiling, you can
draw attention to this height with a canopy bed. The vertical poles pull
the eye up and down, causing it to fixate on the height of the room, and
the soft, draping fabric promotes a calm, relaxing ambiance.<

If you can perform a more thorough overhaul of your attic bedroom, add a
few slanted skylight windows and circular wall windows to let in as much
natural light as possible. A large casement window will offer even more
If you plan on remodeling as well as redecorating, add built-in
bookshelves, drawers, and closets. The more storage space you can build
into the walls, the less you need to clutter your floors with.
Keep the air circulating by installing a ceiling fan. Good circulation is
especially important during the hot, humid summer months.

<Things You'll Need
Bedside table
Ceiling lights
Window bench
Drapes or shutters

Sources and Citations
BHG: Attic Remodeling Ideas
Ideas Decor: Attic Room Decorating Ideas
homedit: 50 Attic Bedroom Design Ideas

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