Attic, how to illuminate it with style: 6 tips

There are times when the bohemian charm of the attic risks giving way to dissatisfaction. Lighting up an atticin fact, it may seem like an insurmountable obstacle, especially when you are faced with very low ceilings and a non-optimized arrangement of furnishings. An infallible method does not exist, but taking a cue from the architects’ most interesting projects they can be identified six good practices to keep in mind.

Integrate natural and artificial light

The golden rule to better illuminate the attic is to integrate natural and artificial light. To redevelop an attic, it is essential to create aperture, which can be the windows for flat roofs or pitched roofs, so as to facilitate the entry of sunlight. When the sun goes down, it becomes crucial to illuminate the interior playing with different light points, strategically positioned where it is needed, like the sconce that illuminates the reading area e the light on the work table, as in this setting.

Prefer bright colors

To increase the sensation of brightness of the attic, often small and irregular, a smart idea is to refresh the look of the walls with bright and clear colors able to reflect the sun’s rays, as in this eclectic apartment in the Marais, Paris, with concrete steps candy color and lemon yellow walls: “It’s the color of the sun “, says designer Manuelle Gautrand, “ensures that whatever the weather is on any day, the entire apartment is affected by refraction of light on the yellow wall. It’s a kind of artificial star. ‘

Floor lamps

It is often difficult, if not impossible, to achieve lighting from above with traditional suspensions, due to the low ceilings. But don’t worry, you can solve the problem by choosing the floor lamps, preferably with an original style, to illuminate and personalize spaces, like one floor lamp with spherical diffusers sixties, like in this Parisian apartment that develops into an attic, or like the tripod lamp with a cinematic look in this loft-effect attic in Poland.

Take advantage of the walls: arm lamps and wall lights

Another valid alternative to suspensions are the arm lamps and sconces installed on the wall. One example is the lighting created in this duplex apartment in a Hausmannian building on Rue Saint-Martin, behind the Center Pompidou, renovated by Alessandro Scandurra, who chose mirrored shutters to amplify the perception of space and landscape, “to have a wider view of the city”, as the designer says. Or like the arm lamps directed on the bedside table, as in the bedroom of this modern Beijing attic.

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Minimal and compact suspension

Suspensions yes, but compact and with minimal bulk, without sacrificing aesthetics. Like the lights Aim at Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Flos, or the essential bulbs, but of great effect, Mega Bulb SR2 by & tradition, design Sofie Refer. Or again, like the lamps that come down from the ceiling to illuminate specific areas, such as the bed or the reading area, which characterize this Nordic-style rustic.

Strip led for beams and cabinets

An original solution to illuminate the attic is represented by spotlights and by strip led inserted into architectural elements or furnishings. As in the open space with a futuristic look curated by the team of Giemmecontract and located in Tarsogno in the province of Parma, or as in this upper attic floor, where the entire wardrobe is highlighted by a strip of LEDs, a beam of light that theatrically reveals, only when needed, an intimate corner of the house, as if to say, “eyes to me”.


Source: Living by

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