London Loft ApartmentTransitional Games Room, London
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Organisation and clutter-free living in a rooftop apartmentStorage is the key to success in this characterful one-bed flat in London. From bespoke coat cupboards to a walk-in wardrobe, every inch of wall space works hard to create the luxury of uncluttered floor space in the main living area.“The only way to make a small flat look tidy is for everything to have a place,” designer Ebba Thott says. On creating bespoke storage cupboards in the hallway, she adds, “We played with the perception of depth – the cupboards are only 37cm deep. They look bigger than that, but you don’t need a 60cm-deep cabinet for efficient storage, you just have to be clever with the hanging systems you add.” View the clever storage solutions and look around the rest of this flat.Looking for help decluttering? Shop storage and organising solutions on Houzz.
Match to the woodworkTo make the grey window frames the defining feature in a room, continue the colour on the rest of the woodwork. In this loft apartment, the pillar, banister and skirting boards have been painted in the same deep grey shade as the window frames to really highlight the contrast with the paler walls. On a painted window like this, the outside wouldn’t necessarily have to be grey, too. If you live in a conservation area, check with the council before changing the colour of your external window frames.
Choose chairsWith stairs, pillars and railings already breaking up the flow of this room, the owners skipped a bulky sofa and picked chairs and a two-seater sofa for seating. Chairs are always a smart option for awkward rooms as they can be more easily angled to work with the room’s dimensions. Opting for pieces with narrow legs rather than blocky bases is another good way to ensure a smallish space doesn’t look too hemmed in.
Set up your accountCreating an account with one or more agencies is usually fairly straightforward. You need to: take some pictures of your home (some agencies offer a photography service, but quality can vary, so you may do better with your own snaps if they’re good); write a description of your house explaining why it’s a lovely place to stay; give background information on the local area, and basically provide as much information as you can to persuade a potential guest to book your home.
Seek an extended design servicePerhaps you have a decent budget and need expert insight to ensure you spend it prudently. In this instance, you might be looking for a company that can offer an interior design vision, but also advise on and help to implement bigger structural and layout changes. Many designers work closely with builders and architects – do your research and find out what level of service and knowledge local designers offer, and whether they can match your particular demands. Many companies will assist with a broad range of projects. Sigmar, for example, will design bespoke furniture as well as offering standard interior design advice on colour, lighting and furnishings. In addition, it offers a full installation service to help every picture and curtain rail be just so.Temple Blake is another company providing an extended design service. It will help you to plan and design anything from a loft extension to a bathroom refurb from start to finish.Also hunt around for niche experts. Ace Your Space, for instance, is experienced at transforming awkward or teeny-tiny spaces, and can advise on everything from space planning and smart storage to Building Regulations.Check out 12 ideas for loft conversions to suit your budget
Paint uninspiring woodworkIf you want to keep the rooms light and neutral, but still set your home apart, paint the woodwork. Skirting boards, window frames and banisters look ever so stylish when painted grey. This space is a newly built part of a loft apartment, Grey works with almost any colour scheme or furniture, so you can run it throughout the house. Try just the skirting boards first in the hallways and staircases if you’re unsure about taking the plunge.