As our name implies, we find attics cozy whether they are used for storing old family possessions or for more inspired purposes Allison detailed in her recent Creative Attic Spaces post. We are especially fond of converting them to practical spaces like attic bedrooms. Even when sloped areas or oddly placed windows are present, the A-line of a angled ceiling yields a wonderful sense of spaciousness.
One of the greatest attic bedrooms I’ve seen ran the length of an old stone house and was completely paneled with beadboard. It also had an antique wide-board pine floor and ample windows. One wall consisted of multiple storage cupboards and drawers while the opposite wall was covered by mirror, with a ballet barre. Sigh. It could have been converted into an amazing bedroom.
A contemporary Scandinavian design [top] whitewashes (of course) an attic room and lets minimal furniture – both the platform bed and the armchair — float. A long window seat serves as a setting down place and the floor-hugging furniture helps emphasize ceiling height. While a modern aesthetic prevails, when you look closely, the two long walls hold a ton of concealed storage. Meanwhile, the sense of space could not be greater.
This loft bedroom, in a house by California designer Erin Martin, looks like the first one reversed – but it’s only because they both share a black and white scheme. A ribbed, whitewashed beam ceiling appears to be pushed even higher by the java-colored paneled wall and the high placement of the window – in contrast to lower windows in the previous room . A light floor helps ground the white bedspread, which almost looks ghostly.
With the bed pushed up against the wall, it’s easy to judge the window height in this attic bedroom where the ceiling feels relatively low. The renovated space is likely a loft with a low A-line entryway – at least judging from the modern cable stairway. While the furniture is nothing more than basic here, it’s lightly scaled and the black and white Marimekko-style bedspread draws the eye right to the center of the spare room.
Narrow and even more basic and unadorned, this bedroom has a newlywed feel, doesn’t it? I also adore the way a blackout curtain can be stretched across the window and hooked up. A room this casual and elemental is really refreshing.
Va voom paneling, a glitzy chandelier and smart furniture choices make this a memorable paneled attic in a Portland, Oregon foursquare designed by Jessica Helgerson. The idea of an important chandelier really calls attention to the planes of the ceiling, which I love. But this attic is a bit of a shocker for another reason: it looks like nothing else in the house – in fact it looks like it belongs in a completely different house. See it for yourself.
(Source: nordicthink, erinmartindesign, evencleveland, jessicahelgerson)
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