In the current economic climate where selling your house is a daunting and unlikely prospect, renovating and extending your current home is an ideal next best solution and can also help to add further value to your property. The most obvious renovation to consider in most properties is making your loft area a habitable space to live in. Furthermore, the arching walls and ceiling make this space a cosy and compact area perfect for a bedroom or study. Once the initial building work has been completed however, people often find it difficult to effectively design the interior space created in a practical and aesthetic manner. This article aims to take you through some key tips to create a stylish and scrumptious loft space.
Although a design feature the unique and irregular sloping walls can cause great difficulty when looking to furnish the loft space. The central tallest alleyway has to be clear to enable people to work through the room. This leaves the smaller and compact spaces for beds, drawers, wardrobes, desks etc. The best and most straightforward way to maximise the furniture layout in the room is to hire specialists to build and install bespoke fitted furniture that will make the most out of the space available. Generally speaking however, the best way to position your furniture is to use the tall flat wall at one of the room for wardrobes or cupboards. Dependant on the location of the stairwell; place the bed at the other end. If this second wall isn’t available however, choose a low futon style bed and place against one of the sloping walls being careful not to obstruct a walkway. Finally, place any lower pieces of furniture such as drawers and desks along the sloping walls so they can be pushed into the periphery as much as possible.
Loft spaces have the reputation of being dark and imposing. This however is not the case; as long as sky lights are effectively installed this room can in fact capture the most light out of any in the house. To maintain and enhance the feeling of light and space always keep the sloping walls a pale and neutral colour. This will give the effect of uplifting the space and central view point as opposed to darkening it. If you would like to inject some colour, however, create a feature wall out of the flat walls and either paint in a bright tone or cover in a vivid wallpaper. Use the colours from this feature wall throughout the accessories in the room.
Because of the architectural importance of the loft there are a lot of straight lines and solid forms which do enhance the character of the space but also take away the feeling of femininity and comfort. Consequently, it is important to add some texture and luxury via your soft furnishings. Add throws and scatter cushions in silk, suede, faux fur, PVC and wool to create a tactile and warm area. To complement this, add a large rug in an exciting texture and where appropriate add tassels, bows, buttons or beads to door knobs, cupboard panels, lamps, upholstery and blinds. This will create help make the space welcoming, individual, charming and as unique as these structurally fantastic places deserve.