Transforming a space in the eaves!

Lucy, from lucyb home shares some know-how, of working within the confines of a very tricky space!

Presented with a living room re-furb’, ‘not your standard rectangular room, with a window on one wall!’ but one with awkward eaves angles, dormer windows galore and dead space, it was time for a re-think.

To make the most of the awkward space:

Turn things on their head!
You do not have to rely on putting a TV on the main wall, with no windows and the only one (of two) with full height. But think, as TV’s are all now wide screen and viewing is at mid height. They tend to be positioned on a low media unit, so a full-height wall is not needed. Hence utilising this wall with two dormer windows cut into it, and the sloping pitch of the roof angle, TV points could be fixed. We had enough height, before the roof slope for a TV. This meant that the opposite ‘full wall’ could not only be used for placing a chaise end sofa against, but also for hanging art above. Giving a palette to the room, where colours of the art are picked up in the paint colours, textiles, flooring and finishes.

By placing the sofa against the full height wall, this meant you wouldn’t hit your head! when standing, are able to look out towards the windows and atrium space leading to a wrap round balcony. Both practical and giving an entire full view of the space.

So, firstly, think about how the space will be used to live in, best viewing of TV, best positioning of sofa, – which allows full visibility to the unusual space and looking toward the light of the windows/rather than to looking at a solid wall. And a view too, into the atrium room. Which leads your eye out to the balcony and wonderful view of life on the Thames.

Let there be light!
Rooms in the eaves can be dark, windows are smaller. So, we utilised a neutral palette in the room for walls and a white ceiling and wood work. With the contrast of a dark, midnight tone, engineered plank wood flooring. The flooring gave a contrast (in colour and grain) and would be a great canvas for an area rug.

Fitting an adequate number of recessed downlights, on a dual dimmer, to give ambient lighting.

Unfussy fabric roman blinds at the windows, with an inset sheer roller behind, meant that more light came into the room. As fabric curtains, would cover part of the windows, each side and therefore effect the amount of light coming in. A sheer blind behind the roman, allowed a sense of privacy and still let light through.

Flooring
Create a real statement in an eaves room, by a dark flooring, which will anchor the space and make it feel more secure and grounded. We used a good engineered wood flooring, in a dark ‘midnight’ colour. Which to create space and flow was used throughout the apartment, in the hallway, kitchen, living room. Bedrooms were carpeted for a luxury tactile feel and bathrooms tiled.

Open Plan Feel
Keep an ‘open planned’ feel to the space and set zones, one for dining, one for lounging.
With each working independently and not infringing on the other. Think about lighting for these zones too.

Atrium room
With any small room/space extending from the main one, keep the palette the same throughout, to increase the feeling of light, space and run the same flooring through, without any threshold flooring bars, between the doorway into. As a threshold bar/plate will break up the space and flow. Making the room feel separated.

In this unusual hexagonal shaped room, we picked up references from the main living space. The dark velvet charcoal border band of the area rug, by fitting a dramatic multi directional shaded pendant light feature, with the black fabric shades. Tying the two rooms together. Within the shades the inner colour was a gorgeous burnished gold, which allowed us to use golden and metal accents on the side tables in this room. We too placed a couple of leather retro swivel accent wing chairs in a dark charcoal. Subtle referencing of colours, finishes and tying spaces in this way, will always make an apartment seen bigger, less cluttered, more sophisticated.

Radiators
Make use of the dormer recesses, a great place for a radiator! These too can be boxed in, (to hide if not pretty), by a radiator wooden front grill feature or create a boxed window seat with storage within and a seat pad on top. Traditional cast iron radiators look great within a dormer recess as well and become a feature.

Door into the room
To again increase light into the room, consider a part glass internal door.

Palette & finishes
By using a tight palette and a few finishes, it is easy to update an interior. A neutral palette will have longevity with trends and be one that can easily be updated with new colour accents in the room – like throws, a new rug or cushions.

Before starting your scheme, checklist!How will the space be used?
What furniture is needed? lounging and dining.
Best layout of furniture within the slopes, angles and dormers.
Positioning of power sockets for TV, table lamps
Palette, materials and finishes, how to lighten the room, link areas