Don't overcrowd the space. Attic bedrooms are generally tighter spaces, and if there are sloped ceilings, the room can feel claustrophobic with too many furnishings. Add only what you need – less is definitely more in this case. Consider a two‐tone paint job. "Painting is always tricky when working with an attic space, as the walls are often shortened and the ceiling space is greater than in most rooms,” says Heron. "For a cozy feeling, consider painting the walls a different color than the ceiling.” Or trick the eye by using all one color. "If you want the space to feel more spacious, paint the ceiling and wall the same color, but keep it to a light neutral or white,” advises Heron. Nix the overhead lights. "Forget pot lights in the attic,” says Heron. "Opt instead for table lamps or wall sconces; uplighting is a great way to play up a dramatic roofline".
Carving out a soothing space like the one shown here, with its white linens, simple lighting and book collection, will not only provide guests with comfort, but the bed placement will give them a bit of privacy – even if bunking with others is required. Even the most narrow spaces can house guests. By placing a bed under the window in this hallway with a lamp, table and parson's chair on the opposite wall, guests will have everything they need close at hand. If you have a deep closet available in your home office, why not tuck a mattress inside? Removing the closet doors and adding pretty bedding that coordinates with the room's decor will make the space feel intentional. Ever since the first Harry Potter book was published, the idea of a room under the stairs has been intriguing to both children and adults. Just imagine how happy your littlest houseguests will be when they discover where they'll be sleeping. Creating a sleeping nook with curtains is a great idea if the nook is in an often‐used part of your home. If guests need more privacy, they can simply close the drapes. If your home already has a daybed, this spot can work for guests too. Dens are great for overnight guests. This windowed pocket door may not provide all of the necessary privacy, but the drapery rod and panels are a great quick fix.
This navy and pink room belongs to the youngest daughter – who was 3 at the time. Keim wanted to design a space that would reflect the girl's sweet and energetic personality and fit the style of the rest of the home. Keim and the girl's mother both fell in love with the wallpaper, which dictated the rest of the room's style and color palette. The client trusted Keim, so she was given a lot of room to experiment. While she played around with color and pattern, she carefully choose the furniture so that it would last each girl into her teens and beyond. "I would use those pieces!" she says. The family's 10‐year‐old daughter loves turquoise, so Keim chose a complementary shade of peachy‐orange to help it stand out. "As with most jobs, I take their favorite color and make it the accent color," says Keim. "It usually pops more that way." A custom headboard, grass cloth wall covering, patterned pillows and classic lamps add visual texture and depth to the vibrant space. The tree bookcase was especially exciting for the daughter, and she also loves the special pencil set on her desk. The vintage chair was reupholstered in scraps from Keim's showroom for an eclectic, one‐of‐a‐kind piece. The girls share a large study, a playroom and closets outside of the bedrooms, so Keim didn't have to integrate a lot of storage or play space into these rooms.