Getting a home addition can cost upwards of $100K, with average costs lingering somewhere around $50,000 depending on the project. Although it’s appealing, adding more living space to your home can be a time-consuming and costly endeavor.
If you’re looking to add more space to your home, you should consider building up, rather than out. Your attic might be the perfect place to do it.
Read on for our top 10 ideas for attic rooms to inspire your next conversion.
Let There Be Light
When planning the loft boarding to convert attic rooms into a functional space, be sure you’re taking lighting into account. Try not to block off windows or other sources of light during the remodel. If you’re not working with a lot of light, be sure you’re planning out solutions for that as well.
Since attic rooms are often small with low ceilings, your remodel should pay special attention to creating a well-lit space. One thing to consider is installing a few sunroofs into your ceiling to let in as much natural light as possible. Or, you could even install more standard windows, provided you’ve got the space and the know-how.
If you’re working with a smaller budget, or if you’re just not looking to add more windows, there are tons of lighting options to consider as an alternative. For example, you could install track lighting across the ceiling, or you could install a number of coordinating fixtures to help your attic rooms look cheery and bright.
2. Clean, White, and Minimalist
While there are infinite color schemes and design styles to choose from, one style that works particularly well in attic rooms is minimalism. This is because you often aren’t working with too much space, so less is more.
A perfect way to execute a minimalist scheme into attic rooms is by choosing a color scheme that is predominantly white. This will make your space look clean, airy, and larger overall.
Pair your minimalist white color scheme with metallic accents, such as golds and silvers, with pops of color.
For example, you could add white furniture with gold decorative pieces throughout. Then, you could choose a bold color, such as teal or yellow, and feature it in your throw pillows or wall art.
If you prefer a simpler look, you can also skip the pops of color altogether. A clean, white, neutral color palette can look beautiful and classy in attic rooms.
3. Boldly Patterned
Another design concept that works well in attic rooms is bold patterns. For example, a polka-dotted area rug with coordinating throw pillows can pack a serious visual punch and make your attic room look a magazine feature.
You could also choose a number of other patterns, like stripes, gingham, or even oriental. The key here is to add the right amount of accents without going too overboard. By choosing neutral patterns for your other furniture, you’re playing it safe.
4. A Green Paradise
If you’ve got tons of natural light in your attic space, take full advantage of it by adding tons of potted plants that will thrive in the sunlight. This idea not only makes attic rooms look magical, but it helps purify the air as well.
Head to your local greenhouse and pick up a selection of houseplants that do best in long periods of direct sunshine. Vary the pots you choose or even get a few hanging plants (be sure to hang them where they won’t get bumped).
Then, choose other decor items that enhance the natural beauty of your plants. Stained glass is a great idea for this, but you can also find a number of items that suit your personal tastes.
5. Transform the Nooks in Attic Rooms
Many attic rooms have nooks where the windows are. If you’re working with this, why not embrace it in your design scheme?
Create window seats by adding floor cushions, pillows, and other comfy accents. Or, if your ceiling is high enough, you could add a small chair to sit in. Then, you’ll have the perfect nook space to read, relax, or do whatever you please.
6. Create a Studio Space
If you’re an artist or musician, attic rooms make a great space to set up a studio. They’re secluded and quiet, which is perfect for the creative process.
Set up your easel and paints or your recording equipment. If necessary, you may want to add some soundproofing to the floor and walls. Either way, attic rooms make the perfect space to concentrate on your craft.
7. A Lofty Library
Another perfect conversion for attic rooms is a home library. They make the perfect secluded rooms to read and relax, away from the hustle and bustle of your home.
If you’re considering a library in your attic room, you can add built-in bookshelves to the walls. Then, a few comfy seating options, candles, and maybe even a bear rug!
8. Make It Rustic
The triangular shape and overall appearance of most attic rooms lends itself perfectly to a rustic design scheme. This can be a perfect design choice if you are working on a budget and would rather not finish the room with drywall.
For the perfect rustic look, you can add taxidermy or vintage artwork to the room. Or, if you’re looking for something chicer, a furry rug and some antler-themed decor would be perfect.
9. Hearth and Home
A major attic remodeling idea is installing a fireplace. Although this can be a bit more complicated and costly, the result is worth it. A fireplace makes the perfect cozy accent for attic rooms.
10. The Perfect Kid’s Room
If your kids are old enough to get safely up the stairs, attic rooms are a great way to give them a space of their own. Whether it’s a hangout area or an extra bedroom, attic rooms give your kids a private getaway within your home.
Plan Your Attic Remodel Today
Adding more living space to your home doesn’t have to be a time-consuming and costly project. By remodeling attic rooms, you can create a whole new space for a fraction of the price. Now that you have some inspiration, start planning your attic remodel today!
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