Opening up your loft space not only gives you a new found sense of freedom – it’s also a fantastic opportunity to unleash your imagination and do something a bit different in terms of furnishing and décor. Let’s suppose you’re furnishing a loft bedroom. The possibilities are endless, but by way of inspiration, here are a few ideas to prime the pump:
Your choice of bed will obviously set the tone for the rest of your design scheme. Will you go for a modern low-slung divan or a traditional brass bedstead or four-poster? Nowadays, you can split the difference with a space-age chrome or stainless steel four-poster, or if you really want to challenge convention, how about an indoor hammock?
Your choice of headboard is another opportunity to inject a dash of flair and originality. You could go down the shabby chic route and recycle an old door, or you could go ethic or oriental and hang a Persian rug at the head of your bed.
Another witty solution is to paint a faux headboard on the wall, or apply a decorative mural or transfer.
Wardrobes / Storage
Fitted wardrobes might be the default choice, but there are lots of fun alternatives. How about a recycled glass-fronted china cabinet for storing shirts, jumpers or bed linen: the more colourful the contents the better. Or – shabby chic again – why not reclaim an old step ladder as a shoe rack? If it’s a children’s bedroom with bunk beds, the ‘stairs’ to the top bunk can also double as a novel chest of drawers.
And if space is at a premium, don’t forget the option of foldaway or sofa beds (or those with under bed drawers), which give you the added advantage of using your loft bedroom as a lounge or TV room.
There’s nothing like lighting for setting the mood, even more so if the light fittings are design features in their own right. A crystal chandelier is a traditional choice for a bedroom, but there are ultra-modern versions available too. If you want to go high-tech or surreal, think about upright floor standing neon tubes (Heals supply them in a selection of colours), or an outsize floor-standing Anglepoise lamp.
If you want to go the retro route, there’s also a theatre spot or flood light. A bedside / reading lamp is also a must, and if you want to leave your side table clear, invest in a flush-mounted stainless steel reading lamp that folds flat into the wall.
Furniture and Fittings
Beside the bed itself, an iconic designer armchair makes a defining room feature. Think about an Eames recliner with a matching stool: a Jacobsen ‘Egg’ chair, or recover a traditional Louis XIV style chair with a bright, pop-art fabric. The originals can be a bit pricey, but moderately prices reproductions are available.
Other decorative features could include a period (or repro) mantelpiece (with a vase of dried flowers where the fireplace would have been); a Victorian style wall gallery of pictures or photographs – or its modern equivalent, a narrow photo shelf or shelves.