September 2017 issue of House & Home is all about living in small spaces — so we’re looking at one of the tiniest areas in the home: the attic. These 20 gorgeous rooms were crafted from the often forgotten top floor and transformed into bedrooms, offices, game rooms and more. Click through to get inspired by this small space’s big potential.
Revamping an attic doesn’t have to mean whites and brights — dim the color palette with dark wood to create the coziest of coves.
Photographer: Janet Kimber
Small spaces can be the ultimate playground for small people, which is exactly why attics often become children’s hideaways. Add storage, twin beds and a reading nook to give kids their own creative space (and to keep toys out of view).
Don’t let a dramatically slanted ceiling deter you from making good use of your attic. An angled wall can add visual interest to an otherwise basic bedroom.
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Designer: Lisa Lev
This stark space is the perfect blank canvas to let the creative juices flow. The attic is an ideal quiet area for children to get their homework done, or can work as a double office space for the adults in the house.
This bright color scheme breathes new life into a formerly dark and dingy attic. The owners made use of every nook and cranny by building storage into the walls on both sides of the bedroom.
Low ceilings don’t have to be a deal-breaker when it comes to repurposing the top floor. Invest in a few oversized skylights to make the ceilings feel non-existent and the attic the brightest area in the home.
This couple turned their unused attic into a hideaway for guests, complete with sleeping space for five (including a baby), a mini kitchen, three-piece bathroom, work space, reading nook and dining area.
This light and bright space is anchored with a heavy metal bed frame, while woven bamboo blinds draw the eye to the oversized attic windows.
Two twin beds work perfectly with a vaulted ceiling (especially if the inhabitants are on the smaller side). Build shelving into the walls for easily accessible toy or book storage.
There’s nothing like an exposed brick statement wall to distract from an attic’s awkward architectural features (and low ceilings).
Turn your third floor into an entertaining hub with loads of seating for guests and games tables galore (think: pool, darts, air hockey and more). Up the style factor by opting for custom game tables that match the decor.
Whitewashed wood wall paneling makes this third-floor attic space feel much bigger than it is. Pendant lights hung from the ceiling peak emphasize the tallest portion of the space, creating height.
A small kitchen is the perfect fit in this bright attic space. A peninsula, complete with a small stovetop and sink, is an efficient use of space in what could have been an unusable corner.
A tiny nook is the perfect spot to create a third floor living room. The vaulted ceiling adds to the coziness of the space.
Photographer: Janne Olander
This modern space uses its architecture to its advantage, accessorizing with rounded fixtures and furniture to complement its hard angles.
Use broken-down barn boards and beams to create a cozy vibe in an attic bedroom. Patterned wallpaper adds an extra bit of elegance to the space.
Photographer: Monic Richard
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When a headboard won’t fit an awkward wall, do like interior designer Andrew Waller did in this attic and let shelving steal the show. Pack the storage space with your favorite books or photos to add a pop of color.
White walls and built-ins provide a blank slate for this attic bedroom. Hanging greenery and a bright-colored area rug draw attention away from the low-vaulted ceiling.
Photographer: José Mandojana
Designer: Omer Arbel
This attic bedroom uses an airy color palette to breathe fresh air into the space. The vertical boarded walls draw the eye up towards the extra high-vaulted ceiling.
Photographer: Jean Longpré
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This attic work space makes great use of every inch of this third-floor retreat, from the built-in desk to the extra-large window seat.
Photographer: Jeremy Bittermann
Designer: Chelsie Lee