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Decorating rooms with slanted ceilings: 10 clever tips for your home

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A bedroom featuring a double bed and a slanted ceiling, with a built-in wardrobe on the slanted side and a desk positioned beneath the skylight.
Whatever the angle of your roof, a custom-fit wardrobe looks great and will provide plenty of storage under a slanted ceiling. © istock

Doesn’t this room look nice and cosy?! You can make full use of the limited space beneath a slanted ceiling for storage, or draw attention to it with coloured paints, lights and striking accessories. A few simple tips and tricks can make your house or flat even more homely.

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Create an optical illusion with colour

An office with a slanted ceiling, with the walls painted in a light shade and light-coloured furniture.
In a room with a slanted ceiling, light colours come across as friendly and inviting. You can also use patterns for accents. © istock

Have you ever tried transforming a room with colours? Rooms with slanted ceilings are perfect for this – because light colours create the illusion of a much bigger space. You could even use some darker coloured or patterned accessories to create cosy corners or accents. Or why not try painting the gable end a darker shade? This will immediately catch the eye, give the room more depth and help it look more structured. Just give it a go, and if you don’t like it you can easily give this small wall another lick of paint.

A tip for narrow rooms with slanted ceilings: transverse wood cladding or wallpaper with a transverse design/pattern can make a room seem wider.

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Show off slanted ceilings with lots of lighting

A bedroom with a slanted ceiling, featuring a double bed and low sideboards. A variety of lights and lamps are used to light the room.
Small, cleverly distributed lighting can accentuate even the darkest corners and beams. © istock

If you have a slanted ceiling, use more lighting to prevent too many shadows and dark corners. Lots of small lamps are ideal – these enable you to light up even the darkest nooks and crannies and make a room look more structured: for example, you can easily differentiate between a reading corner, sleeping area and workspace. You can even illuminate beams with indirect lighting.

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Rugs, mirrors, etc. – how to make rooms seem bigger

A bedroom with a slanted ceiling, and a large mirror hanging on the wall over the bed.
It’s okay to indulge in a little luxury when buying accessories like mirrors, which make small spaces seem much bigger. © istock

Just like a lick of paint or some extra lighting, a rug can really make a room seem bigger than it is. It’s best to opt for light-coloured flooring and then lay down a soft rug on top of it. You can even choose a rug that’s darker than the rest of the floor. This will lend the room some structure and create the impression of more space. Mirrors can have the same effect, creating the illusion of breadth and height in any tiny room. Just make sure that the mirror reflects an empty space rather than a fully stocked bookcase, otherwise the idea will backfire.

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Pictures and shelves for slanted ceilings

A loft conversion with a bed and low shelves beneath the slanted ceiling.
When working with slanted ceilings, you need low shelves with plenty of storage. © istock

There’s no need to forego putting up pictures and shelves under slanted ceilings. In fact, you can buy practical, specially designed hanging systems on metal rails, which allow you to mount shelving securely, however you want.

When it comes to pictures, practical assembly kits are ideal. These allow you to firmly secure wooden frames or canvas pictures to the wall. You could also consider wall decals, which can be simply stuck on to the wall and definitely won’t come loose.

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Too many pictures can be distracting and make a room seem even smaller. Instead, opt for one or two larger pictures that really make an impression.

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Use the entire wall from floor to ceiling

A custom-fit bookcase serves as a room divider in a room with a slanted ceiling. A dining table stands in the foreground.
Custom-fit shelving is perfect for making the most of corners and slanted ceilings. © istock

Slanted ceilings make it hard to use the full height of a room: in some places it might be 50 cm, in other places less, and elsewhere more. So you won’t have any use for a large and heavy wardrobe like your grandparents used to have. Instead, focus on special shelving systems designed for slanted ceilings that can be individually adapted to even the most uneven room. Whatever the angle at the corner of the room, with custom-fit shelves you can make use of the entire space, from floor to ceiling – so you won't waste an inch of space.

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Flat, minimalist furnishings make even the most slanted rooms seem bigger

A room with a slanted ceiling featuring wood cladding painted in white, a bed on a wooden pallet and a fireplace.
A minimalist bed made from a wooden pallet will fit under even the most slanted roof and still leave plenty of space above it. © shutterstock

As with all confined spaces, the trick here lies in making the room appear bigger than it is. The easiest way to do this is to avoid cramming it full and opt for light, delicate-looking furniture. So, think thin legs instead of heavy stands or feet, intelligent shelving systems instead of solid oak cabinets, and a bed with a low headboard – or without one altogether. Generally, the less space your furniture takes up, the bigger your room will seem. Furniture that’s close to the floor also creates the illusion of more space – because there’s still plenty of room above it!

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Choose smart storage solutions

A bench in the bay window of a room with a slanted ceiling. The room also contains a bed, a rocking chair, a floor lamp and a side table.
Furnished with padding and cushions, this bench in the bay window is really cosy and inviting. © istock

Worried there’s no room for everyday things under slanted ceilings? Think again. Even the smallest room has plenty of potential for storage. By raising your bed slats and mattress off the floor and on to a platform, you can create a whole host of space that you would otherwise only find in a bulky wardrobe. The same goes for bay windows and other alcoves, which can easily be transformed into comfy seats using the right size board, padding and some cushions. See if you can also make use of the space beneath the seat or bench. If it can be folded down or has a sliding door, you can stow away all kinds of bits and pieces.

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Cover up the windows

Three large windows with white privacy blinds in an empty loft conversion.
Whether used for privacy or to darken a room and provide some quiet time – you can find the right blind or screen for every window. © istock

It’s rare to find a loft without a skylight or window – after all, they're needed to light the room. But as soon as it gets dark outside, the window can take on the appearance of a black hole – especially if the walls are painted in a light colour. Special blinds and screens held in place with rails or taut cords can cover up these unsightly areas. And you can even get ones that are heat resistant, preventing the room from getting too warm in the summer, whilst some come with an automatic closing function and remote control. So it’s worth investing in. What’s more, all screens and blinds will prevent any nosy neighbours from peering in.

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Use the space under the stairs

A staircase with shelves and coat hangers beneath it.
Even the space under stairs can be used for shelving and storage. © istock

You’ll also find plenty of room beneath stairs that can be put to good use. Because a staircase is usually found at the entrance to a house, it makes the perfect place for coat hangers. Depending on the width of the steps and whether the space beneath the stairs is easily accessible, you could even mount some custom-fit cabinets or shelving there. Or how about some drawers for shoes, or a wine rack? There are even companies that specialise in fixtures and fittings for slanted areas under stairs – so you can order everything made to measure or, even better, get some inspiration and make something yourself.

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Add some movable furniture

A white table on wheels, with a lamp and books on it, beneath a slanted ceiling.
Movable furniture is particularly useful in rooms with slanted ceilings because you can simply move them to the side when they’re in the way. © istock

Many designers nowadays are making their furniture dual function: whether it’s a table, bed or stool – the furniture can often do more than might seem at first glance. For example, a bed can also be a sofa, a desk can be transformed into a dining table, and a chest with lots of storage can also serve as a coffee table or even additional seating. It’s even better if you can furnish them with wheels. Wheels are easy to mount and the furniture can simply be pushed to the side if it gets in the way.


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