High Style: Attic Interior Design Tips

Creating an attic interior design scheme might sound silly at first. After all, you say, isn’t the attic just a hot, dusty (and maybe slightly spooky) storage space for my stuff? Depending on the design of your house, your attic or even the bonus room over your garage might be an excellent living space opportunity. With some planning and perhaps a bit of remodeling, your attic space or bonus room may be turned into a home office, extra bedroom or a relaxing, loft-like retreat.

Before you start choosing new flooring and paint colors, though, there are some things to consider. First, is the architectural layout of your home suitable to an attic living space? You will want to have enough head clearance so you can reasonably move around without banging your head on the rafters. If you do have room to move about freely in your attic is there practical access from the lower floors of the house to it? A pull-down access ladder buried deep inside a bedroom closet isn’t going to cut it.

If a practical access method doesn’t currently exist, you may be able to do some remodeling to create one. Consult with a professional building contractor or architect to determine what options are best for your home and whether or not it is worth the effort. If you determine that your attic space is a viable living area and has functional access from the rest of the house you will want to plan some additional details prior to executing your design plan. For example, ensure you have adequate heating/cooling and lighting systems in place. You may find your attic currently has exposed rafters and wall studs. This can be a blessing in disguise since it will make updating these systems more convenient.

Now would also be a great time to consider adding skylights and recessed lighting to really enhance and open the space.Proper lighting is a major part of any interior design scheme, but it becomes even more important when you’re talking about a typically dark attic or bonus room. There is also the opportunity to double check your insulation levels prior to installing the drywall surface. A well insulated attic will pay long-term dividends in home energy savings. Of course, any attic remodeling efforts should only be considered in consultation with a professional building contractor or architect to ensure structural integrity and conformance with local building codes. After any preparatory remodeling work is complete you will be ready to focus on the surface elements of your attic interior design plan.

A typical attic space will have a vaulted ceiling that follows the roof line. Sometimes this leaves short side walls and puts the homeowner in a quandary about how to deal a color scheme. If you are concerned about this, keep the side walls and the angled ceilings the same color so they visually flow together and there is no break for the eye to focus on.

This will also help create the feeling of having more space. Consider painting one or both end walls a coordinating hue in your chosen color scheme. Bring in coordinating accent colors by way of room furnishings. For more on choosing a color scheme for your attic interior design makeover, check out my interior design color scheme page. Other elements of your attic interior design scheme such as fabrics and furnishings should be influenced by the style you want to feature in the space whether it be traditional, contemporary or whatever. Each style has its own signature look that provides a foundation for you to add your own personal twist. See my interior design styles page to learn more.

An attic space or bonus room can offer great potential as an extra bedroom, a home office or a relaxing loft to name a few options. It’s not the answer for everyone, but it might be right for you. If you’ve considered your situation and you think the answer may be yes, consult a professional contractor and then start crafting your own attic interior design plan.

The Box Room

The box room is sort of like a forgotten orphan and when it comes to the short stick, it generally gets its fair share. More often than not, a box room is turned into a dumping ground for items people don’t tend to use all that often. However, it doesn’t have to be like this. Although a box room is quite small and it doesn’t tend to offer heaps in terms of space, it can be an innovative and worthy addition to your home with a little ingenuity. So, here are some great ideas for the box room.

Walk in Wardrobe

You’ve always dreamed of having a walk in wardrobe – didn’t you? Well, a wardrobe like this is quite luxurious and can be easily created. Box rooms can accommodate all your belongings and with some fittings and sleek sliding doors can be seamlessly turned into a walk-in wardrobe. If you’re lucky enough to have a little room, then a boudoir cabinet can be the final touch. These cabinets open out to reveal shelves, mirrors, storage and plenty of additional room.

Games Room

If you have little ones it can be a bit of an irritation having to walk across Lego each and every evening. And it only gets worse when you want to watch something on the TV. Turning the box room into a games room is a great way to give both you and your kids some space. With a little bit of colour, décor and some soft seating, a box room can be quickly and easily turned into a games room and is the ideal place for those children’s games, consoles and toys. Add a sofa bed and you still have space for guests when they visit.


Want to get fitter, but can’t see yourself having the discipline to go to the gym on a regular basis? Well, why not turn the box room into a home gym? Gym subscriptions are no inexpensive and you’ll find that in no time at all you have all you need saved up to purchase some decent equipment. Most box rooms are the perfect place for a gym as they offer privacy, can be used anytime of the day or night and are an ideal addition if you want to get healthy.

Guest Room

Of course, the most obvious but still the most valuable addition is the guest room. Turning your box room into a guest room isn’t an necessity, however it is a great addition. High ceilings can be great if you wish to put in integrated shelving and a folding bed or as we mentioned previously, sofa bed can turn your little TV room, into a guest room in no time.


Box rooms are often quiet places, situated at the end of a hall and away from the mainstay of the home. This is why the study is often the best addition for a box room. The fact you can place shelving all around for books and add a desk for your computer or studying makes the area the perfect compact one for learning, work or some quiet time for reflection.

Interior Design Apps

Designing the perfect room can be a joy or a disappointment. Often how we see things in our mind is not how they turn out in reality. Moving furniture and artwork only to be dissatisfied with the results is disheartening and tiresome. However you have the solution you need at your fingertips, literally. Interior design apps let you design the perfect room without moving or buying a single thing, whether you are a first-time homeowner or a professional designer.

Mark on Call Helps You Fit it Together

Mark on Call is a great iPhone or iPad app that lets you do your own home interior design layout to make sure everything fits perfectly in your room. By entering the dimensions of your room and your furniture, you can get started virtually moving things around to see where they fit best. An added feature of the app is that you can take pictures of fabrics, flooring and finishes and add them to your design, so you get a more complete look of how things go together, rather than simply a collection of shapes.

Mark on Call is an ideal, easy app to use for a quick analysis of how to best place existing furniture in a room for optimal layout.

Snapshop is a Decorator’s Dream

Snapshop is an iPhone app you can use to help design the perfect look for any room. You can download pictures of furniture found in the Snapshop database and place them in a picture of the room you are decorating. Change the color, angle and placement of the pieces you choose so you know exactly how things are going to look before you make the decision to purchase. If you want a second opinion, you can even save the design and share it by Facebook or email.

Snapshop is the perfect app to use when you are in the market for new furniture. Because it uses a real photo of your room, you get the best options possible for color and décor effect.

Home 3D Receives Kudos

Home 3D is an exciting 3D modeling app that lets you completely redesign a room or an entire house before you make any real changes at all. In addition to being able to rearrange furniture and change colors, with this app available for iPhone and iPad, you can also move fixtures and even walls, so you truly get a realistic sense of the options available to you.

The fact that with this app you can see your entire home in 3D, you can get a complete view of how colors and design flow from one room to another. You can also look at each room from different points of view to eliminate the guesswork in how things will actually look when complete.

Home 3D is the most holistic app to ensure you can perfectly design an entire home.