Ceiling & Wall Design
1. Keep things light. As many attics are usually small and offer very little natural light, choosing darker colors can tend to make the space look smaller, but utilizing lighter colors can make the space appear larger and more bright. White, light yellows, and very light grays are quite effective at giving the appearance of additional light.
2. Make the slanted ceiling a lighter color than the remainder of the room. A dark slanted ceiling can seem oppressive and may give the ceiling a “caving in” effect. If you put a medium or bright color on the wall, keep the slanted ceiling a lighter color to help accentuate the room’s height.
3. Paint the room one solid color. If you’re concerned with giving the room a more open feel, stick with one solid color. When the human eye does not detect divisions, it tends to perceives a space as larger. Keeping the walls and ceiling the same color, the room itself will often feel more expansive. Selecting flooring that closely matches the color of the walls and ceiling will help to enhance this effect.
4. Adding texture. Texture can alter the ambiance of an attic bedroom, acting as a subtle decoration in a limited space. An exposed chimney can create a somewhat rustic ambiance, just like textured paints and finishes also add visual interest.
5. Accent a wall. Select a vertical wall, and paint it with a bold color or use a metallic finish to reflect light and draw the eye. Painting all the walls with a bright color or finish can make the space seem “loud” and crowded, but an accent wall is a good way to introduce a splash of bright color without overwhelming a tiny space.
6. Paint a pattern or picture. Instead of worrying about how to hang decorations on your walls, decorate the walls directly with paint. Create a mural or a pattern on your wall. Simple stripes can heighten or elongate a room, depending on how you position them, and floral prints can create a whimsical, sophisticated getaway. This is another good way to balance openness and bright color in a small attic room.
7. Accentuate exposed ceiling beams with paint. Leave the ceiling painted white or another light color and paint the ceiling beams dark brown or black. Doing so draws the eye to the beams. Since the beams slant upward, the eye looks upward, as well, causing the eye to perceive a taller space.