Tips for Decorating an Attic

Whether your family is growing and you need to create a study space for the kids or a reading nook for you, or if you are building an entire apartment up there to rent out, you will likely need a little help, when it comes to decorating. Attics can pose some design challenges, so you definitely want to think your plans through ahead of time.

  • Embrace the Structure – If your attic has exposed rafters, vintage details, beams, or anything else, embrace these elements. There is no point trying to camouflage them. Allow them to be a focus in your décor.
  • Measure Everything – You definitely do not want to start shopping for furniture until you have measured, measured, and measured again. Take into consideration the ceiling height too, especially if it is slanted, which most are. Don’t stop with measuring the attic though. Something may easily fit inside your attic, but getting it up awkward stairs or through a tiny door could have you forced to deal with a return.
  • Choose Furniture Thoughtfully – The slanted walls commonly found in attics are what cause the most challenges. You may assume a dresser will be fine, but because of its height it has to be quite far from the wall. Lower pieces are always deal. For a bed, opt for a platform variety with storage underneath. Ottomans are ideal, too, no matter what type of space you are creating. They can be used as a foot stool or seat and some can even be used as a side table. Plus, you will have no problem getting ottomans up the stairs and through the door.
  • Lighting and Air Flow – Ideally, the windows of your attic will be large enough to welcome natural light. Of course, windows can make the attic feel like an oven, if they are in line of the hot afternoon sun. If this is the case, you will need some type of quality shades or curtains to block the light. If the windows open, you will be able to get some airflow in there. Even if they don’t, you can help keep the air circulated by using fans. Small lamps or sconces are probably all you will need for lighting.
  • Avoid a Dark Color Scheme – In most cases, attics are quite small. So, you want to avoid a color palette that is all dark. A lighter one will help brighten the space up. If you want to decorate with both try to strike a balance between light and dark.