Function and style meet in an attic bedroom.
Like many bedrooms in older homes, the couple's second-floor bedroom offered very little storage space.THE SOLUTION
They swapped spaces with a roomy third-floor attic office, where designer Candice Olson incorporated loads of storage and style between the sloped ceilings.HOW IT HAPPENED
• A contemporary graphical wallpaper makes a bold statement on the room's largest wall, where a tall wardrobe and flanking dresser drawers provide lots of storage space. The wallpaper design was replicated on the wardrobe's white doors using a light gray vinyl decal.
• Shelving above the dressers provides a functional surface for displaying photos and other accessories.
• A narrow access stairway limited furniture options. There just wasn't room for a box spring, so Olson went with a platform frame and finished things off with a headboard covered in a leatherette fabric with intricate nail-head trim.
• On either side of the bed, sconces provide light for bedtime reading. The colors in the bedding pick up the room's palette and include white, dark gray and a mustardy shade, which is repeated in the small sofa positioned directly across from the bed in the lounge area. Two reclaimed-wood coffee tables, with the smaller one nesting inside the other, combine storage space with style.
• Lighting in the new bedroom comes from overhead pot lights, the bedside sconces, a high-impact table lamp positioned beside the new couch and two lighting fixtures placed on top of each dresser.BEST TRICK
Olson added an element of architectural elegance to the room with custom-made moldings, which were installed on the side walls as well as the sloped ceiling.
Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service. Interior decorator Candice Olson hosts "Candice Tells All," which appears on HGTV.