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How to make the most of irregular shaped rooms

Older houses or houses with an attic conversion often have irregular shaped rooms. Decorating these rooms can be a headache, particularly when the room is a bedroom - as is often the case - because it hard be difficult to know where to fit bedroom furniture. Our guide offers some advice for decorating irregular rooms.

Start with a floor plan

It's best to tackle irregular shaped rooms from scratch. A floor plan it an excellent starting point, but bear in mind that floor plans for irregular shaped rooms can be much more complicated than regular floor plans because you often have to consider varying ceiling heights and slopes.

The floor plan should lay out the shape of the room and the height of the ceiling at various points. It should also include any built-in furniture.

The next step is to measure the furniture you hope to fit in the room and arrange different plans to see which one works best.

Consider custom made furniture

When it comes to irregular shaped rooms, customised furniture can really be worth the effort and expense. For example, a corner with a sloping ceiling could be made into a walk in wardrobe with built-in cupboards at the lower heights. A custom sized bed is a good option for a child's room when space is an issue.

In many cases, you may even be able to customise furniture yourself in order to make the most of your space. How about a set of staggered shelves on a sloping room, for example? Or even just a screen to partition a corner and make a dressing area?

Make the most of colour and light

The correct use of colour and light can really open up and improve the appearance of irregular shaped rooms.

On sloping ceilings, use the same (light) colour that you use on the walls and ceiling. This will draw the eye upwards and create the illusion of height. For room corners, keep paint light and bright.

Good lighting can create the illusion of space, so consider placing spotlights in dark corners or even installing a skylight. It is expensive, but it can make a huge difference to irregular shaped rooms.

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