There's something romantic about living in an attic apartment. They're cozy, and they have that hidden-away feeling that's stylish and functional. And we're all about finding decorating ideas that will help maximize that space. You can go bold with color or take the less is more approach. But you'll probably want to embrace the unexpected lines and angles of the ceiling and walls. The challenge is sometimes small spaces have limited storage. So getting creative with how you use that elevated studio or one-bedroom loft is a must.
Here are some charming attic apartment ideas that have us dreaming of downsizing.
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1. Go for built-ins.
When space is limited in an attic apartment, you'll want to make use of every available inch. Install some shelves that fit into the angle of your roof, and paint them a bold color like the rich blue in this room from Roost Interiors. It'll create a striking and practical punch.
2. Embrace smaller spaces.
Your attic apartment bathroom may not be super big, but why not make a big statement and use a deep navy or black paint on both the walls and ceiling to bring on the drama? Amber Interiors took it up a notch with wainscoting and brass details for a cozy farmhouse feel.
3. Lean into the maximalism.
If you're going bold with color, turn up the volume even further with maximalist wallpaper on both the walls and ceiling of your attic apartment. Betsy Berry gave the glow-up to this space with deep red and orange hues but kept the wing back chairs and rug somewhat neutral for a beautifully balanced feel.
4. Don't forget about the window seat.
When it comes to built-ins, add storage and seating with a window seat. Attic apartments usually have the right angles for one like in this room by Chango & Co. Plus, it's the perfect excuse to bring on the throw pillows. And if you're renting, place a bench with storage under the window for a similar vibe.
5. Add skylights.
If you're able, add some professionally-installed skylights to your attic apartment, and let the sunshine in. This awesome attic from Establish Design is all about a lowkey color palette and soothing natural light. No skylights? Consider using sheer curtains on the windows or lose the drapes completely.
6. Incorporate multiple styles.
If your attic apartment has a somewhat open and rustic feel, like this gorgeous space by Jessica Helgerson, try adding some modern touches like a dramatic pendant or a contemporary sectional to mix things up.
7. Scale down on the furniture.
You'll want to use every nook and cranny of your attic apartment, so find pieces that suit the scale of your limited space. If you need a work-from-home spot, look into smaller desks that you can tuck away like the perfectly sized one in this room from Studio McGee.
8. Be open about storage.
More often than not, creating closet space in an attic apartment can be a challenge. But you can shake it up, and store your stuff in plain view, with some simple open shelves and an easy DIY wardrobe rack. The upside is you'll be motivated to stay organized and keep the clutter at bay.