October 25, 2018

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Jazz up your loft conversion

Jazz up your loft conversion
 
A loft conversion doesn’t have to be bland. Whether or not you opt for a mansard or hip to gable conversion, there are some simple yet stunning design features that can really add pizzazz to your loft conversion.
 
Get it right, and you’ll add more than living space to your property. Choose design details that really stand out and you’ll optimise the return on your investment, creating added value for your property and your lifestyle.
 
Loft conversions can be challenging with their quirky angles and sloping ceilings. Think outside the box and use some simple design tricks to maximise every inch of space.
 
 
Let there be light
 
To really maximise the space, use glass, perspex and other transparent and reflective materials. These will help to open things up and keep your loft conversion clean, light and streamlined. If you have access to a stunning view, consider framing it with a picture window to create a showstopping focal point.
 
Keep your colour scheme light and fresh with bright white and cool cream for walls and a ceiling highlighted with pops of colour. Create a sense of luxury with textiles such as velvet that give a sense of indulgence to your space.
 
 
Use every inch of space
 
Make the most of angles and sloping walls by using them to show off a gorgeous freestanding bath. The lack of head height won’t be a problem and the framing will really show off a standout piece. Further highlight a quirky alcove with a dramatic wall colour or stylish wallpaper.
 
Desperate for a shower? Then use a minimalist wet room approach and use sheer glass screens and streamlined floor level drains to define your shower area. Thinking of creating a fabulous kitchen diner? Then double up storage and display spaces and use different levels to add visual interest.
 
 
Showcase the staircase
 
A spiral staircase is a stunning choice for a loft conversion - whether traditional wrought iron or modern steel and glass, it will make a real design statement while being extremely space efficient. If you can install a standard staircase then make it do double duty with plenty of storage either concealed in the treads or under the stairs.
 
 
 
Highlight period features
 
Bare bricks and beams can make a beautiful visual counterpoint to a contemporary interior. Can’t expose a brick wall? There are some brilliant relief wallpapers that look as good as the real thing. Features such as slates or pantiles and period style metal cladding will carry the same look and feel right through to the exterior for an extra wow factor.
 
 
 
Think outside the box
 
Most of us opt for a standard Velux conversion but try thinking outside the box. Could you do away with a staircase and simply use a ladder to access a book-lined reading room from a bedroom? Or could you open up the space to a dramatic cathedral ceiling?
 
If there’s excellent head height then adding a mezzanine really makes the most of your space. Consider adding a bedroom over a multipurpose living space or squeeze a luxurious ensuite above your master bedroom. With a little thought and bags of creativity, you can really jazz up your loft conversion and create a living space that you’ll never want to leave!