The loft area of your home can often be a small space, only just practical for converting into an attic room. Awkward corners and tight spaces mean that the room can appear even smaller, and a lot of space can be wasted as they become impractical for fitting furniture and home accessories.
That being said, this doesn’t mean that you can’t create a useful, comfortable hang-out that will be beneficial for you and your family. We have put together some clever tips and tricks that can help homeowners make their loft conversion look bigger.
Light neutral colours
Using white or light, neutral colours can really open up a room. When dealing with a small area, try painting your wall trim and mouldings in a lighter shade than your walls. In doing so, the walls will appear farther back, making the space seem bigger.
TOP TIP: Add an edge by using a bolder, contrasting colour for any additional furniture or accessories.
Mirrors reflect what they see and therefore open up a space and let more light in. To create an illusion via mirrors, place a large full-length mirror on a main wall of the room. Alternatively, to make your room look almost double the size, create a mirror wall covering one entire surface. This technique is really easy and affordable, but can make the world of difference.
Install fitted furniture
Fitted furniture is the perfect solution for awkward wasted space. Practical and sophisticated, installing wardrobes or shelving will allow you to fully utilise every corner whilst fulfilling your storage needs. Or, if you are looking for a new workspace, placing a desk underneath an angled ceiling can be ideal for filling a limited standing spot.
If you have the budget, custom made products are preferable when requiring specific measurements and sizes. If not, this can be done DIY-style if you are particularly crafty.
Utilise a sofa bed
Depending on the chosen function for your attic room, a sofa bed offers comfortable seating as well as a spare bed, making it completely multi-purpose.
There are plenty of stylish options on the market in the form of a day bed or a traditional sofa bed in various fabrics and colours, and these would be great for your TV room or when a guest comes to stay.
Take advantage of natural light
When converting your loft, it is most likely that windows would have been fitted to let in light and create air flow. Utilise this feature for opening up the space and let in as much natural light as possible. This can be enhanced with the use of Velux windows or electronic blinds that cater to your lighting needs as and when you please.
Also, if you are lucky enough to overlook the beautiful countryside from your home, have you considered floor to ceiling windows? If the design allows, you could have the whole front section of your loft conversion as a full-length window, creating a stunning view and opening up the space to the outside world.
If you are considering a loft conversion or just thinking of how you could expand and better utilise your attic space, follow our tips and tricks or get in touch for more detailed, expert advice.