Throughout my travels I meet a wonderful array of friends, however it always seems that the interior designers of the world are attracted to one another (I guess great minds DO think alike). One commonality that I have noticed throughout the world (and my global network of interior designer buddies would agree) is the rising trend of a traditionally uncommon project: attic conversions.
I’ve also noticed an increasing amount of interior design jobs available relating to attic conversions, and one day I began to wonder: “whats causing this popular wave of attic conversion madness?”
The current state of the housing market means that more and more homeowners are choosing to improve, not move, and I believe that is one of the largest contributing factors.
A popular property adaptation that provides a cost-effective way of maximising space in your home is to undertake an attic conversion. Rather than build an extension to your current home, the attic offers a great opportunity to turn what is usually mainly an empty space, perhaps housing a few suitcases or odds and ends, into an attractive room which can be used for a number of different functions.
This article will help you discover some top tips for ensuring the interior design of your attic results in a wonderfully appealing contemporary living space.
Ensure Adequate Insulation
Being located just under the roof, a poorly insulated attic can become extremely chilly in winter and conversely, remain unpleasantly warm during the summer months. A good insulating layer around the walls and under the roof helps to ensure the attic remains at much the same temperature as the rest of the house. Make sure that there is a source of ventilation, ideally a window, to assist in obtaining a good air flow throughout the room.
Check for Pests/Rodents Before Commencing Work
As attics are normally quiet spaces where creatures can nest and breed undisturbed, it’s not uncommon to find that you’re playing host to an unwelcome number of pests.
Ensure you have a professional pest removal expert check the attic space for attic pests which may be living and breeding up there. It’s very common to find mice in the attic or even bats! Visit this resource to find out more about common signs to look out for, and tips on how to deal with them. It would be a disaster if you had to spray pesticides around and ruin all of your hard work!
Make Use of the Pitched Roof
The unique shape of an attic roof enables it to present a fantastic feature, and gives the room plenty of character. Many people opt for hanging storage in the attic, with a selection of shelves, hooks or organisers suspended from the ceiling to hold their ornaments and books. Using the roof space for storage frees up valuable floor space, enabling every inch of the room to be utilised.
Consider a Paler Palette
Light is always of premium importance in an attic space, as windows can sometimes be small and may not have an aspect which offers much sunlight. If this is the case, a palette which favours pastel shades helps to give an illusion of space and light which is enormously appealing. If the room still looks dark, it’s possible to make good use of artificial lighting to accent key areas, as well as falling back on the old designer’s trick of using wall-mounted mirrors to enhance existing light sources.
With the correct preparatory work and sufficient attention to detail during the decorating process, it’s possible to utterly transform your attic space from the mundane to the magnificent. Why not start planning your attic conversion now and open up a world of new, exciting design possibilities?