When attic bedrooms come to mind, visions of cozy exposed wood, shades of brown, and shadows may be the first to show up. However, by playing with paint colors and bedding, the light and overall feel of an attic room can be manipulated into something bright and cheerful.
Painted floors are gaining popularity, but in this case the mahogany floors are left intact while the walls have been brightened with white paint.
Netting, flowers, and draped fabrics add an air of romance to the room, and the contrast between the rich wooden floor against all of the glowing, almost shimmering, white surfaces keeps the room from becoming overwhelming. The floor grounds the dreaminess of the rest of the room.
Here’s a room that even features a light-colored floor. The difference, though, is in its nearly no-nonsense vibe. It’s not bare bones, but the clean lines and simple fabrics make this bedroom work and give it a calming effect. The chandelier adds aesthetic interest and helps the room avoid becoming too bland.
A white ceiling can reflect light back down onto a room decorated in sunny colors like spring green and yellow. Small pink accents add a cheerful effect without giving the feeling that the inhabitant was trying too hard to overcome the natural tones, textures, and limited amount of natural light in the room. This color combination demonstrates that white isn’t the only option for livening up an attic room.
Here, white is balanced by a solid, bold red and a handful of patterns. This one retains that cozy attic feel without collapsing into a dark, rustic style. It’s traditional, but not boring.
Playing with light in an attic room by adding bright or clean, crisp colors to the walls, floors, or even ceilings can take the space from dreary to energizing.