Slanted walls can make a bedroom feel nice and cozy, but they may also present a bit of a decorating conundrum. If you're the looking for ways to make a bedroom with slanted walls look stylish and serene but aren't sure where to begin, read on for tried and true tips for designers. The pros are full of innovative ideas as to how slanted walls can truly shine.
This is a technique that designer Lucy O'Brien swears by when faced with a room that features slanted walls. "It helps to soften the harsh angles and make everything blend together," she says. O'Brien advises wallpapering the ceiling, too. Renee Eurdolian, interior design expert at Fernish, is also a proponent of wallpaper and notes that a peel and stick option will work just as well. "Depending on the design, it can even make a room feel larger if you integrate a vertical pattern such as stripes," she says.
Play With Various Shades
Why not experiment with a mix of related, yet different, paint colors to make slanted walls really pop?
In this space, Rachael Grochowski, principal of RHG Architecture + Design, used four shades of blue to "treat the slanted walls as if the room were a faceted jewel." She explains, "No surface was to touch another with the same blue."
Some designers like the idea of painting the ceiling its own color. "Painting the ceiling in a contrasting hue will not only make the slanted walls stand out but also define a particular style in the space," Nishtha Sadana comments.
Style a Reading Nook
Bring on the cozy, cabin-like vibes! "If a sloped ceiling creates a half wall, it creates a great space for a reading nook with a chair and an ottoman," shares Annie Kersey, Lead Interior Designer at Purple Cherry Architects. Just add a side table and a basket filled with books or magazines, and you're golden. Try hanging artwork low to the ground in the reading nook, too, designer Fanny Abbes suggests. if you're not as much of a reader, using the space a nook provides to set up a vanity station or desk, designer Karen B Wolf offers. You may have just found the perfect work from home spot!
Find Ways to Introduce More Light
Bedrooms with slanted walls may lack significant natural light due to their configuration. Eurdolian suggests hanging string lights for added ambiance. " I always recommend getting them in a warm white shade to keep the room calm and soothing," she says. A mirror can also make a room appear both brighter and larger. "A mirror with pointed edges can draw the eyes up and make the ceilings feel taller," Eurdolian says. She suggests hanging one where the slanted walls meet. You'll want to cut out those heavy drapes, too. "Replace curtains with shades in essence of space and to optimize light," Wolf comments.
Sadena suggests decorating with green friends, specifically by hanging planters to the slanted walls. Eurdolian agrees that going green is an excellent idea in a slanted bedroom. "Hanging vines or plants will add a natural, earthy feel to any room," she notes. "You can even intertwine them with string lights to add more dimension and make it feel like an enchanted forest."
Keep It Neutral
When some designers are all about painting slanted walls in bright colors, others, like Georgia Zikas, praise the power of neutrals. "When dealing with slanted walls and ceilings, I suggest to lean into them and use this architectural detail as an inspiration and integral part of your design," Zikas says. She prefers neutral paint "because there’s already a lot going on for the eye to take in, and you don’t want to add additional visual interest that will compete with the architectural detailing."
Speaking of architectural detail, some rooms with slanted walls may also feature wooden beams. "While it may seem commonplace nowadays, it is still a wonderful way to create visual interest and bring the slant and the architecture of a home to life in a creative and intriguing way," designer Amy Leferink notes.