How to decorate your loft conversion

Decorating your new loft conversion is the icing on the cake. The hard work is finished and the builder has moved on – now it’s time to add your finishing touches.

With newly-plastered walls and ceilings, there’s a nice, smooth finish which is crying out to be painted. Before applying the first sealant coat, however, make sure the plaster has been left for at least three weeks to completely dry. Next, clean away any trace of dust, otherwise the finished result will be disappointing. There are specialised sealants on the market, but an old trick is to paint a coat of watered-down emulsion straight on to fresh plaster to prep the surface. The sealant coat prevents the paint seeping into the plaster, and stops a patchy finish.

Loft conversions will usually have sloping ceilings which follow the roof line. The colour you choose for these surfaces will make all the difference to the feeling of the room. A dark colour will make the space feel smaller, so white or pale tones are the best choice. Neutrals are great at creating a light and airy feel, and this includes the carpets and floor coverings too. If you want to inject a bit of colour, use it sparingly. Try adding just a feature wall and a few matching accessories, leaving the majority of the décor pale. The feature wall could be a contrasting paint colour, or it could be a striking wallpaper, but less is definitely more to achieve the right look.

Window dressings in a loft conversion can be tricky. Adding curtains to skylights and Velux windows isn’t easy so blinds are usually the best option. Take the measurements carefully, because blinds come in a huge variety of sizes. If you have windows facing the sun for most of the day, tinting the glass might be a simple solution to overheating. You can buy static cling tint which you cut to size and smooth onto the glass. It stays there without adhesive, so if you want to remove it in winter, you just gently pull it away and store it for next summer.