How Lighting Can Open Up Your Attic Space

Natural light is your best friend when turning your attic into a livable space.
Natural light is your best friend when turning your attic into a livable space.

More often than not, homeowners' attics are used for storage even though they could be transformed into additional living space. Attics can make a great additional bedroom, music room or home library with the right home improvement attitude.

Lighting is key to transforming your attic space from a dark storage area to a comfortable extension of your home. Using natural light sources is the ideal first step to getting the most out of your space. Although attics come in different shapes and sizes, many feature unique natural lighting, such as sky lights or window nooks.

Make Your Attic Feel Less Stuffy
Because they often have slanted ceilings, attics have a tendency to feel cramped or crowded. To get the most out of your attic space, it's best to work with lighting that will make your room seem much larger. Starting with light paint color instead of something bright or dark will open up the space and emphasize any natural lighting. Avoid all white color schemes, so your room does not feel like a hospital. Instead, use cream, ivory or other warm white paints to brighten up the room.

Additionally, you want to use a monochromatic color scheme with your furniture, rugs and wall paint to make smaller spaces seem bigger.

Hanging multiple mirrors can also help reflect your natural lighting throughout the attic room. For your light fixtures, use LED light bulbs in lamps around your room to create a bigger space. Lamps tend to highlight corners of rooms much better, which will trick the eye into feeling like each edge of the room extends farther than it actually does.

Overhead Lighting Fixtures
Another problem with getting the best light for your attic is working with limited space for furniture. If you don't have enough room to add lamps on nightstands or desks, try ceiling light fixtures. Ceiling lights won't take up any precious space on the floor and light will spread out more evenly across the room.

You can stick with recessed lights, or make statement with a more elaborate hanging fixture. For example, if you decide to turn your attic space into a bedroom, a nice chandelier over the bed could add enough lighting to read at night and make the space seem less cramped.

Whichever design you choose, it's always important to work with your recessed lighting, natural lights and your room's paint color scheme to get your space feeling open and welcoming.

Visit your local ALA showroom or go online to americanlightingassoc.com to learn more about all your interior lighting options.

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