In our last post in loft conversion ideas we take a look at double bedrooms. If you’re loft is sufficiently large and you getting the planning and furniture sited correctly you may even have the space to include an en-suite bathroom to really give your loft bedroom the ‘wow’ factor.
We don’t need to remind you about planning permission as we’ve covered that enough over the past week. Today we’re going to focus our attention on bedding, use of colour and appropriate window dressings.
Pale colours are definitely the way to go if you don’t want the room to look dark and dingy. If you like strong, dark colours it would be wise to use these as your accent colour for duvet covers sets. Lighten up the bed by using cream or white bed sheets, bed throws and scatter cushions. You should also include a variety of different textures to add interest to the room.
As with any bedroom storage is a priority and you can never have enough storage space! Loft conversions lend themselves beautifully to have built-in cupboards and wardrobes on the walls which have the slant of the roof. This is a great way to utilise what would otherwise be unusable and unusable space due to the head height restrictions which often occur.
Don’t forget heating. Although loft conversions can become stiflingly hot during the summer then can also become equally as cold in the winter. Adding a radiator to your existing central heating system is probably the easiest route – if this isn’t possible free standing electric radiators can be used, but be aware of the amount of electricity they consume, especially with ever rising electricity costs.
A great way to help keep the room warm in the winter is to use thermal blinds. These roller styled window blinds have a thermal insulation added to them. They’re also blackout blinds, giving you great window dressing options. Fakro blinds can also be used as an effective way to reduce heat build-up during the summer. It’s worth noting that you’ll have to choose the same brand of blinds as your skylight windows to ensure a perfect fit.
Use mirrors, spot lighting or table lamps to illuminate dark corners. If you place your mirror on the wall opposite your window you’ll benefit from the most amount of natural light – be careful if your skylight is facing south or you may find you’re blinded by the glare of the sun during the summer.