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16 Attic Design Ideas to Take Your Space Way Beyond Storage

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Use these attic design ideas to inspire your next remodel. Image: Stephen E. Kowalski

Is your attic currently only being used for storage? If so, you’re not alone. Too many of us are guilty of taking older or rarely used items and burying them up in the attic, never to be thought of again. Unfortunately, though, while this organizational method may be common, it’s causing us to miss out on a great opportunity to create something special.

In fact, your attic may have more potential than any unused space in your home. When remodeled correctly, it can be transformed into anything you can dream up, from a much-needed home office to a full-on studio space that’s perfect for hosting longer-term guests.

Looking for a little inspiration? Check out the innovative attic design ideas below.

Build a sleek and functional home office

throw rug

Ground your desk space with a throw rug. Image: MANDARINA STUDIO interior design

multifunctional

Don’t be afraid to make your attic office multi-functional. Image: Mali Azima Photography

multiple office

Think about creating an office for multiple people. Image: Signature Properties of Illinois, LTD

architectural details

Take advantage of architectural details, such as window seats. Image: The Works

industrial

Create an office with an industrial vibe. Image: WALK INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN

Create a laid-back playroom or teen hangout space

décor

Let your child express their personality through the décor. Image: Wright Building Company

study space

How about a fun teen space, complete with study area? Image: Sutro Architects

seating

Provide plenty of seating. Image: Mille Couleurs London

bold color

Consider a bold color scheme for your playroom. Image: Munro Products

Give the kids (or grandkids) a bedroom of their own

textiles

Textiles make an attic bedroom feel cozier. Image: Dyanne Wilson Photography

combined bedroom playroom

You may want to build a combined bedroom and playroom, all in one. Image: Beinfield Architecture PC

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In a guest room, put function first. Image: Graham Architects

Go big with a studio or in-law suite

kitchenette

If you have the space, give the studio a kitchenette. Image: Jonathan Raith Inc.

seating area

A separate seating area gives your space extra functionality. Image: Modern Yankee Builders

sky lights

Adding skylights makes your studio feel light and bright. Image: GRT Group

color scheme

A consistent color scheme keeps the space feeling cohesive. Image: A Perfect Placement

What do you think of these attic design ideas? Could you see yourself incorporating one into the layout of your home? Share your inspiration with us in the comments below.

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Cool Futuristic Style Home Interiors

We’ve all seen the futuristic interior design ideas splashed across space and time travel movies, and gradually these aesthetics are becoming a reality. Heads are being turned by new ideas on furniture design, and minimalist hidden storage ideas are adding to the mix to forge the way forward. What exactly does home style of the future look like? See for yourself with these futuristic interiors that offer us two quite different takes on the theme. The first encompasses stark white decor in an angular living space. The second is a softer transition into the future, with some familiar furniture silhouettes and colour relief mixed in with geometric influence and fresh thinking.


Designer: Anfei Chen  

Our first home design project, entitled the ‘Crystal’ Apartment, is a dramatic change from the soft surroundings that we’ve become accustomed to. Triangular cuts and folded edges create a strong visual impact, almost as though the interior was formed by a master of origami. The paper art theme is continued over in the window dressing too, where window blinds have cutaways to create a unique undulating pattern from end to end. The unique coffee table appears like a giant broken shard of mirrored glass.

One end of the sofa is raised like a cantilevered deck, echoing the same design feature as the neighbouring coffee table.

Angled cutaways in the wall and ceiling create plains for extra light sources, which help bathe the arctic white room with brightness and reflection over its ice-smooth floor. Stainless mirrors and dimming glasses have been implemented to increase the look of space.

One of the cutaway angles acts as a bench seat opposite the sofa. Other occasional seating in the room comes in the form of two small white drum stools, which have a folded paper look around their base.

The sofa is shaped almost like a lightning strike, with one end impacting against a wall with an accessible shelf on which to place books and drinks.

A control panel is concealed in a wall that marks the transition into the kitchen.

The white bedroom incorporates all of the same design elements as the living area, including geometric cutaways and the undulating profile of privacy blinds…

… This is because the bed is located directly behind the sofa, making the entire apartment one single open plan living space. The open flow makes every millimeter count in the limited dimensions of this apartment, allowing the eye to absorb the whole space from corner to corner – even the bathroom can be seen through a glass panel.

The dining area is an irregular shaped breakfast bar, teamed with angular kitchen counter stools.

The breakfast bar light is a set of minimalist pendant lights.

Inside the bathroom, folded edges make the toilet look like a modern art sculpture. An irregular shaped basin sits on the modern bathroom vanity.

We can see from the home plan that the bathtub also has a bespoke outline.


Designer: Martins Architect  

A young couple resides in this Italian Quarter townhouse in Kiev. One of the homeowners is the head of an advanced IT company, which inspired the home designers to focus on technical progress and functionality. As well as having an ultra modern interior style, the apartment meets all of the requirements of a smart home. All the building elements are connected by one system so the owners can use just one smartphone app to maintain control of the security system, monitor the heating system with a heat pump, regulate central ventilation and air conditioning, and manage lighting and electrical appliances at any time, wherever they might be in the world.

The 250 square metre home is decorated with a base of gallery white and deepest black, with an overlay of bright furniture and colourful illumination. A diode light changes color to suit the mood of the owners and the time of day.

Feature walls have been lit from below to emphasise texture and colour. This enormous dining table light has a crunched effect to its shade for an angular look.

The staircase balustrade continues the free-formed angular look. This two-storey townhouse has one open plan social space on the ground floor, with a private zone upstairs. The home has twelve rooms and a terrace on each level. At the bottom of the staircase a pixelated work of art plays on the theme of computer technology, the inspiration for this home interior.

A large table has three dining chairs to one side, and three desk chairs surrounding another two sides. Flat fronted, handle-free cupboard doors subtly conceal their secret contents.

One ergonomic desk chair faces a stand holding dual computer screens. An undulating ceiling pendant lights the whole area.

In the master bedroom there is a soft feature wall that supports a modern wall sconce at each side of the bed; these are the Scantling Wall Light. The bed itself is a cosy loosely upholstered design in contrast to the rest of the smooth minimalist room decor. A bright yellow powder-coated metal shelving unit displays a few special items.

A bespoke window seat has been created as part of the window frame, extending out from the wall like a shelf.

The bathroom is a charcoal grey and white affair with warm wooden accent furniture.

The double sink bathroom vanity has one continuous surface that dips away for the basins.

A walk in shower spans the length of the bathroom.

Recommended Reading: A Futuristic Villa In Vienna

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50 Ideas To Decorate The Wall You Hang Your TV On

Entertainment walls have become an important living room feature, and now provide stiff competition for the traditional feature fireplace. TV lovers want their box in pride of place to achieve the optimum viewing angle, so increasingly the lounge fireplace is being bumped to a side wall or corner adornment. This interior reshuffle leaves space to imagine a new living room feature wall with the TV at its centre. It also presents extra requirements for storage of receiver and recorder equipment, plus movie media, consoles and games. So how do we achieve a modern vista beautiful enough to take the place of a mantelpiece, and on what do we now display our treasured items?


Source: Lagabe  

This wall and base unit combo is mounted against a wood panel backdrop, which visually holds the entire arrangement together. The TV is mounted to one end of the long console, with the opposite side being used as the ideal place to display a few favourite art prints lit by designer lamps.


Source: Lagabe  

The wood panel behind this TV runs up against a tall bookcase of matching wood tone.

Due to the slimline storage space requirements of a media console unit, layouts can get creative. This offset alignment gives the illusion of sliding volumes, pulling away to leave display nooks.


Visualizer: FOG Architecture  

This backlit television makes a feature of its woodgrain mount even when the screen is not in use. A block arrangement of media units to the side creates a place to display decorative and treasured items.


Visualizer: Snuper Design  

In this living room, not just the television but the TV wall panel itself is backlit. The feature provides a lovely cosy glow, in lieu of a traditional flame fireplace. The low shelf at the base of the installment is reminiscent of a hearth too.


Visualizer: Hung Le  

Wall mounted units are a popular choice for a TV wall. Uninterrupted floor space looks clear and tidy; the room looks more spacious and is also easier to clean. The LED lighting strip that runs beneath the upper unit in this particular arrangement adds to the look of weightlessness, as well as illuminating display items beneath.


Visualizer: Ngoc Nguyen  

This entertainment wall is made up of a floor standing base unit and a unique wall shelf that displays motivational posters on its surface and a small selection of books within a neat return.


Visualizer: Vizline Studio  

If it’s a luxe look you’re after then how about mounting your TV onto marble effect panels. A side positioned contemporary fireplace on a low level wall mounted unit adds to the high-end finish.


Visualizer: Evgeny Garchu  

Running a backing panel vertically, all the way from floor to ceiling, creates the impression of a chimney breast when there is none.


Visualizer: Lens Decor  

Using two contrasting materials over your wall and storage volumes brings added interest.


Designer: Talispace  

Cat lovers can use the entertainment wall as an opportunity to incorporate cat ladders and feline hideaways. This cleverly constructed wall disguises a cat ladder as a set of casually offset shelves and a cabinet display nook. There is also a cat flap leading into a compartment within an adjacent cupboard.


Designer: The November Design  

No wall on which to hang your TV? No problem. Consider installing a half height room divide to hold your TV set. The home pictured here topped off the room divider with some internal windows to allow natural light to flow between two spaces.


Visualizer: DA Visual  

You almost don’t notice the TV in this home beyond the plant stands. Dark window frames balance out the black TV set, and backlit display nooks draw the eye away.


Visualizer: Alina Prokopenko  

A centrally constructed storage unit provides ideal placement for the television in this home.


Visualizer: Buro  

How’s this for a modern take on wainscoting? Asymmetric geometric panels make a technological pattern over this TV feature wall, with one frame picked out in fluorescent orange.


Visualizer: Mateusz Mielcarek  

The geometric pattern over this yellow accent living room has been marked out with tape then painted in. The TV is almost invisible against one solid black section.


Designer: SMLXL  

A sectioned of exposed brickwork has been painted to contrast behind the TV in this blue living room.


Visualizer: Plasterlina  

Like optical illusions? Check out how this red paintwork has been applied to appear as a 3D box behind the TV, and the way pale grey sections of paint across the ceiling and floor create a nook with the adjoining bookcase.


Visualizer: Alina Puzhak  

TVs in the kitchen don’t have to be plonked at the end of a countertop either. This one nestles nicely where a run of wall cupboards have been brought up short. The bright yellow ones above pull the kitchen and the television area together.


Visualizer: Archivizer  

Wood finish accent walls don’t have to be flat. This amazing wooden wall has been designed to mimic shattered glass, with each section of wood cut into a shard. The wooden ‘shards’ were then mounted not quite flush, so that each piece would reflect the light at a slightly different angle to achieve the desired effect.


Visualizer: BIM Group  

Wood slat walls are another great way to give added texture to a woodtone wall. This one also incorporates sections of ‘living wall’, with plants situated right between the slats.


Visualizer: Shady Salah  

Grey toned wood has been spliced into a tile-like design here. The same wood tone is used for the door of a base console and a side unit that displays decorative crockery and wine glasses.


Visualizer: Phase 6 Studio  

A concrete wall makes a dramatic partnership with wood tone.


Visualizer: Zoreslava Nartova  

Fans of the Tron movie should appreciate this blue lit technologically inspired feature wall. With colour changing LED lighting this setup could take on many looks. You can get wireless smartphone controlled led lights here.

The undulating line of these media units presents a place to put books and a dramatic display of decorative vases.


Visualizer: Alexey Gulesha  

This book lover’s living room sacrifices a book nook for the TV.


Visualizer: Federico Cedrone  

Even though the television takes the centre spot in this living room, the books still take all the spotlight.


Designer: StudioMK27  

A painting is exhibited at one side of this nook to balance out the TV.


Visualizer: Ruslan Tcacenco  

Lime green bookshelves stand out against exposed brickwork over this TV wall. The television is set on a concrete shelf, with wooden logs stowed beneath.


Visualizer: Zan Studio  

Coffee tables and side tables have been matched with the tone of this TV wall panelling.


Visualizer: Timur Gritsan  

This TV has been mounted to a towering chimney breast where large wooden slabs overlap one another, appearing like a huge work of art.


Visualizer: Vuong Hai Duong  

A reflective black backdrop camouflages glossy TV screen. The colourful stripe rug and scatter cushions on the sofa also work to draw the eye away from the powered down set and into the room.


Visualizer: Sitnik Vladimir  

How about this giant propellor to distract the eye from a blank TV set! This brick wall living room has some amazing features but the glossy TV setup with integrated speaker surround looks pretty awesome too.


Visualizer: Mihail Scherbak & Timothy Kalakutsky  

A distressed chest with metal borders and rivets works well in an industrial style living room.


Visualizer: Mateusz Limanówka  

This offset TV console is balanced out by the presence of a bright modern accent chair.


Visualizer: Mateusz Limanówka & Spacja Studio  

If your home is short on storage, an entertainment wall can be an opportune place to incorporate extra units for possessions other than media consoles and accessories.


Visualizer: Lugerin Igor  

Wall clocks have long held court over mantelpieces, and they look just as good on an entertainment wall.


Visualizer: Evan Popilnukha  

The black frame around this TV panel makes it look like part of the art gallery. If you like this look then check out these living rooms with large wall art.


Architect: Pozas Arquitectos  

Units create a chunky frame around this wall mounted television and speaker unit. Display shelves have been set inside the frame for extra visual effect.


Designer: Womorrow  

This box shelf provides a place to sit a flat screen TV on its stand, along with a few more decorative items.


Visualizer: Zrobym  

Split level console units present the opportunity to display large artwork or ornaments without the length of the surface appearing overly cluttered, and without large items or speaker units obstructing the television screen.


Visualizer: Denis Davydov & Aleksandr Zhidkov  

Sometimes modern fireplaces are still situated centrally, beneath a television set, but be sure to mount your TV high enough so that it doesn’t incur heat damage.


Visualizer: Eduard Caliman  

There’s no denying how effective a contemporary letterbox fireplace looks beneath a flat screen TV, but always check the manufacturers guidelines.


Visualizer: Tatyana Ryltsova  

These unique planters make zen addition to this unique shelving unit, with one of them suspended right through the top surface.


Visualizer: Yevhen Zahorodnii & Sivak Trigubchak  

Alignment and simplicity reigns in this white living room.


Designer: Geometrix  

This highly futuristic living room has the TV mounted on a transparent dividing wall.


Visualizer: Blalank Studio  

Blue lighting gives a crisp edge to this black and white storage wall that gives pause for a TV.


Visualizer: Julia Sultanova  

A minimalist unit is given a new lease of life with a menagerie of decorative candles and scattered tea light holders between the soundsticks.


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These neat speakers take pride of place on a glass shelf over the TV.

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Art Lover’s Red Blue and Green Home Decor Scheme

A striking vision of rich colour, this 80 square metre modern apartment interior was designed by ATO Studio. Located in Moscow, Russian Federation Area, the home has a seriously arty air throughout. The lounge holds two modern paintings in colours that seem to have been the muse for this decor scheme – both in palette and cubist nature. Unusual contemporary furniture design, bespoke shelving units, wall and ceiling paint colours and tiling are a clashing concoction of solid bold green, deep blue and muted reds that transition from rich russet tones all the way through to the brink of pink. White spaces and wood tone balance the colourful scene.


Visualizer: Kirill Vill  

A gallery wall remains white in the living room, where two pieces of inspirational art is displayed within wainscot style framing. Another two walls are painted solid sage green, whilst a third and the floor are muted russet-brown. The darker colours in the room eat up the natural light coming from a large window but a white ceiling helps to lift the scheme.

The colours in the paintings are not the only part of the artwork to be replicated within the decor. The angular shapes can be seen echoed in the shape of two contemporary accent chairs that have been upholstered in light grey as a break from the rooms deep colour palette. Circular shapes have also been brought out of the paintings, translated into a round coffee table and a rug motif.

A single green cushion brightens the look of deep blue sofa upholstery. The legs of the dark sofa are a light beechwood to contrast. A neat circular side table matches the ruddy tones of the floor and window wall.

A minimalist style floor lamp stands beside the accent chairs and a cushioned window seat.

The windows are finished with simple white venetian blinds.

Beneath the television, the TV console unit is a bespoke design in a colourway that matches the style of the room and artwork perfectly. The cabinet doors are alternating hues of blue, black and russet with disguised geometric handles. A blue Tam-Tam side table matches the circular blue speakers of a sound system on top of the console unit.

The TV set itself is contained within a slender frame that holds narrow panes of glass around its sides. No decorative items have been placed on its glass surfaces – these are reserved for the bespoke shelving units that flank the doorway between the living area and the hallway.

A small selection of books and a blue elephant figurine occupy one of the double sided display spots.

The mix and match colour story continues in the dining area and adjoining kitchen.

The bespoke shelving units hold a selection of decorative ceramics which suit the proximity to the dining room. The ruddy brown framing of the display and storage units are echoed out in the hall, in the framework of closet doors.

The dining table is an unusual black and green design.

The kitchen that stands behind the dining suite holds a combination of green and grey cabinets and a pale red backsplash.

A large modern chandelier with glass shades is suspended over the dining table. A similar chandelier can be found here.

The table centrepiece is small and simple. In a interior design as colourful as this, not a lot of extra adornment is needed.

Modern dining chairs have dark blue upholstery over light beechwood frames.

Kitchen gadgetry is all of a vivid lime green colourway.

The kitchen sink is smoothly integrated into the workbench, completed with a modern nickel faucet.

The items on display in the living room can be viewed from the opposite side in the hallway.

A cushioned bench seat has been incorporated into the design of the display units located by the entry door.

The hallway floor has a crackle design.

In the master bedroom, a striking red bed is matched by a red acrylic chair and radiator. A pair of gold wall sconces cast light over rose coloured side tables.

The headboard wall is decorated with green frond print wallpaper, matching a green painted bedroom floor.

A blue area rug contrasts with the tomato red bed.

The red tinted acrylic dressing chair sits at a shallow table in front of a large round mirror.

In a home study area, a black and red desk chair matches a dark wood and red framed work desk.

A red frame runs around the edge of the headboard feature wall.

An ensuite bathroom holds a blue vanity unit.

The blue vanity unit is mounted onto a wall of white and pink tiles.

Matching tiling surrounds the bathtub and over bath shower.

A mirrored wall cabinet completes the vanity area.

Above the bathroom tiling, walls are dark green to deepen the scheme. The green upper wall is matched by recessed green cubby shelves by the toilet and inside the shower enclosure. The shelves are lit from within by LED strip lights.

The wardrobe doors of a kids’ room are painted in chalkboard paint to give the little ones a place to artistically express themselves. The floor around a set of red bunkbeds has been quirkily divided into three sections: one wood, one pink painted wood, and one smooth green section by the desk.

The double workspace spans the windows for good daytime reading light. A pink wall shelf displays a selection of photographs and plants.

In the kids’ ensuite bathroom, a red vanity unit contrasts with bottle green wall tiles.

A deep blue ceiling caps the scheme.

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Colorful Home in Romania Revives Traditional Design


Merging rustic-inspired interiors with contemporary details, this colorful abode inspires a homey feel throughout.  Located not far from Bucharest, Romania, The Small House in the Countryside is a project initiated by designer Alina Alexe of Studio Decoraktiva.

The starting point for the project was a decrepit traditional village house with only two rooms and a detached kitchen. Owner and designer Alina Alexe transformed the existing rooms into bedrooms, tore down the old kitchen and extended the construction towards the rear of the property. The addition consists of a large living room, new kitchen and bathroom.

The main facade was kept, together with its traditional balcony and green patterns flanking the main entrance. All doors were restored and painted turquoise, which brings a serene and refreshing touch to the entire scheme. 

Step inside, and you will find a welcoming home, filled with artifacts gathered by the owners during their life journey. Traditional masks and various inserts from the Romanian village’s folklore mark the identity of this colorful crib. As you look closer, you will notice a series of furniture and lighting units that were either recycled, or ingeniously “adjusted.” Take the Ikea sofa, pictured above, which was coated with a new cover to better reflect the traditional style of the interiors.

One of the living room walls was personalized with a special pattern, while the others were painted in “museum-like white”. A traditional fireplace, two colorfully tiled stoves and exposed wooden beams add to the cozy atmosphere. Information provided by Platferma; photos courtesy of Studio Decoraktiva

What are your thoughts on this beautiful Romanian home? Leave a comment and let us know!

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