Photo Gallery: Amazing Attic Spaces
Smart ways to spruce up a garret.
Homeowner Heidi Smith chose a standout pendant light for this attic bedroom, drawing the eye upward toward the beamed ceilings. White bedding with hints of subdued pattern is in keeping with the neutral palette of the cottage.
A clever mix of ready-made cabinets and custom closets makes the most of an awkwardly angled ceiling in an attic principal suite. Recessing the custom work by a couple of inches nicely camouflages the change between custom and ready-made materials. With the hardware kept to a bare minimum, the effect is one of elegant simplicity, inside and out.
Homeowner and stylist Deb Nelson revitalized two bed frames, hand-me-downs from her great aunt, with a coat of white paint and cheap and cheerful bed linens.
Homeowner and stylist Deb Nelson eked out a work area in the attic’s guest bedroom by tucking a table she made herself below the eaves.
Decorating a child’s bedroom with festive regatta decorations adds youthful charm. Bunting flags can be store-bought or handmade to suit a personal colour scheme using fabric and ribbon. Coordinating accessories, bedding and paint colours give this area a cohesive feel. The flags on the floor further the light-hearted mood.
The unique scale in this room, combined with original wood features, an antique cradle and horse saddles give this space fairytale charm. The ladder is a book lover’s delight and an orange-red rug adds to the cosiness.
Tucked into the top floor of the 2009 Princess Margaret Showhome, this small room can easily accommodate a guest for a short stay. A low daybed was the right choice for this narrow space. A desk placed near the window is practical for guests who wish to unpack their luggage and can be used by family members as a home office when the room isn’t occupied.
The designers, Queensbridge Mill, tackled the size of this tiny attic space by installing wall-to-wall mirror to give a feeling of expansiveness. The bold raspberry and platinum palette, in the shimmery hydrangea wallpaper and sofa upholstery, imbues a warm richness.
To create a sense of escapism in this small study, designer Timothy Mather reworked it to feel like a 1930s luxury ocean liner or yacht. To maintain the illusion of being at sea, he concealed the original paned window with back-painted glass with a translucent “porthole” on it. To amplify the light from a skylight above, he applied aluminum-leaf squares to the walls; the pale blue paint underneath softens the effect. A Jean-Michel Frank-inspired daybed upholstered in caramel ostrich-look vinyl is topped with a plush silk railroad-quilted cushion.
Tucking one bed into a dormer creates a cosy reading nook and a perch to take in views of Georgian Bay.
The dramatic window in this principal bedroom is softened with a simple white curtain. Exposed rafters and wide, rugged pine-plank flooring are warm touches in the airy, unadorned room. The vintage Marimekko stripe on the bed is a crisp, modern accent.
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The open ceiling in this principal bedroom enhances the airiness of the bright white space. Natural linen bedding gives the bed a soft, slightly rumpled European look. Mosquito netting is a charming accent — and a practical touch in the country.
This second floor bedroom was formally unused attic space. By adding a shed dormer, this new country-style room boasts a spacious layout and architectural interest.
Here, designer Scott Yetman created a space that was playful yet sophisticated. “Kids grow up fast, so keep their rooms fun, but not too childish,” he suggests. Instead of bringing colour through the bedding, he chose blue bed frames to contrast against the wall panelling.