Cover up the floors. These days it seems rare that homeowners want to forgo hardwood floors, but attics may be the exception. “This is one area I prefer carpet,” says O’Donovan. “It keeps the noise down in whatever rooms are beneath the attic and makes it easy to throw big floor pillows around for additional seating.”
Welcome the sunlight. If you don’t already have windows in the space, consider having one installed. Ample natural light will create a cheerier and more inviting space.
Think about a fireplace. Amplify the attic’s natural coziness by adding a fireplace, if possible. Modern ribbon fireplaces are a good choice that take up minimal space.
Don't sell furnishings short. Sloped ceilings tend to impede visual space, but don’t think that equates to the need for tiny furnishings. “Keep furniture low but not small,” says O’Donovan. “Too small and you've got Grandma's attic, not a contemporary lounge for you and your friends.”
Don’t go wild with the television. Keep the television size under control. “Too large, and it can throw off the scale of everything in the room,” says O’Donovan. “I wouldn’t go much larger than a 32-inch."