Sloping roof, visible beams, dormer windows and skylights: the attic has an intimate fascination that often sets the stage for great scenic effects. Living here, does however mean considering all space limits and therefore designing rooms carefully, choosing furniture, colors and light sources that are well able to optimize it.
Tucking a kitchen into a former attic expands your living space without the expense of increasing your home's footprint. Attics typically have small ceilings and slanted walls, which can make designing a kitchen in this space a little more challenging. With the right tricks, however, you can create a room that feels as spacious as it is useful.
The attic kitchen must be well-lit and is therefore best positioned where there is the greatest number of windows, in order to make the best of the natural light. To improve, add to or increase light, artificial lighting is also used.
Attics, with their low ceilings and small or non-existent windows can often feel dark. Add in the fact that a low ceiling means that pendants and other hanging lights can get in the way, and you need to plan your lighting carefully.
Some color choices can help improve visual perception of space in the attic. Light colors, as we know, visually expand rooms, giving them more light: the first recommendation is therefore to prefer softer hues (photo to the left) or pastel colors (yellow, aquamarine), for both furniture and finishes.
Again, for the same reason, it is best to leave the walls of the areas most in shade white, and particularly those with the lowest ceilings. The feeling of intimacy can be accentuated by touches of warmer hues, like wooden elements for furniture, red and earthen colors for accessories.
Chances are in an attic kitchen, you won't have space for upper cabinets on all walls. Therefore storage can become a problem. In addition to building a pantry into an adjacent room, consider low shelves that can sit just below the slanted wall to help keep items close at hand. If the walls slant to either side of the kitchen, install a row of low cabinets on the other side and top them with a bench seat. Keep seldom used items here. Other options include making a U-shaped kitchen for the additional space a peninsula adds, and using a roll-away cart that can be parked in a closet or hall when not in use.
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