Rooms with slanted walls, such as attic rooms, often feel small and cramped. However, you don't have to relegate sloped rooms to storage rooms or unused space. Although you can't actually make your room bigger without expensive renovations, smart decorating strategies help rooms with sloped walls feel airy and cozy instead of claustrophobic. Does this Spark an idea?
Paint walls and ceilings in light colors, such as white or ice blue. High-gloss paint will reflect light and make the room brighter. If you choose wallpaper, opt for a light color with a small print. Large or dark prints will make the room look small.
Increase lighting by letting in as much natural light as possible and using floor lamps and ceiling lights to create a bright room. If angled corners look dark, use table lamps or track lighting to brighten and enlarge the room.
Choose low-slung furniture, such as a low bed, to make the room feel taller. Use as few pieces of furniture as possible.
Remove clutter. Keep papers and stray objects in cube bookshelves or in desk drawers to prevent mess.
Limit the amount of furniture on the floor to maximize floor space. For example, hang bookshelves on the walls or install shelves underneath your bed.
Use mirrors to reflect light and make the space look larger. Hang paneled mirrors on walls or cabinet doors.
- Multipurpose pieces of furniture, such as a day bed that doubles as a couch, help you minimize the furniture you use and prevent cramping.
- Installing a skylight is expensive, but it brightens a room.
- Don't hang too many pictures on the walls. A busy wall looks smaller. Instead, choose a few pictures for each wall.