Ideas for How To Light and Design a Loft Conversion

Converting your loft space can open up a world of opportunity when it comes to functionality and style. Whether you’re putting together a playroom, a workspace or even a spare guest bedroom, lighting is just as important in that area as it is anywhere else in your home. Much like in any other room of the house, you should be taking the three main types of lighting into account when planning your loft conversion lighting. This includes ambient, task and accent lighting.

Pitched roof lighting can sometimes seem like a tricky thing to navigate, and that’s exactly what lofts usually have. In this article, we’ll give you a few loft conversion lighting ideas and tips to get you started.

loft conversion image showing roof lights and various lighting fittings


Use Natural Light

When possible, it’s a good idea to make the most of any natural light the space affords. Proper lighting has plentiful benefits, not just in terms of practicality but also in terms of overall well-being. The sloping ceiling or ceilings of a loft are a perfect opportunity to bring in beneficial natural light. If you’re in the early planning portion of your loft conversion and have some room in the budget, it’s a good idea to add windows or a skylight.


Wall Lights To Set a Mood

LED wall lights are the unsung heroes of dark little corners in homes. Interior wall lighting can bring illumination to areas that are otherwise hard to touch by overhead lighting. Beyond their practical benefits, they’re also spectacular as mood lighting. Wall lights are incredibly versatile both in appearance and where you can place them. Use them as mood lighting or place them above a desk for some task lighting.

They can make for soft accent lights by placing them on either side of a sofa or a bed to give a nice ambiance as you relax and unwind. Wall lights can be decorative in their own right as well, especially when you choose ones that have a wall-washing effect. An LED wall washer fitting shines light back onto the wall itself. This not only increases the amount of illumination but adds an artistic touch to the space.

loft conversion showing pendant lights over a table


Install Some Ceiling Lights

When you’re short on natural light, you can turn to LED lighting instead. Pendant lights in particular are a good way to supplement light when you have little to no natural light to work with. Lofts with a low ceiling work well with LED pendant lights that don’t take up a lot of room. This usually works best as semi-flush ceiling-mounted lighting or even LED track lighting. Installing some track light fittings along the angles of the ceiling where it meets the wall can help spread out plenty of light in a small space.

If you want to make a statement with a pendant light on low ceilings, it’s still possible. You can choose a ceiling light with a small drop length that will improve the aesthetic of the space. If you’re working with limited vertical space, you can choose a light that is wider than it is long to give a similar effect.


How to  Take Advantage of Mirrors With Loft Conversion Lighting

One of the oldest tricks in the book is using mirrors to reflect light around a space. By incorporating a mirror opposite a light or lamp, you can make the space seem brighter or even appear larger than it really is.


Create the Illusion of More Vertical Space With Lighting

Wall uplighters are a great way to trick the eye into thinking the space is larger than it is. Uplighters shine straight up and are usually used to accent a certain feature in a space. In a cramped loft, you can work with uplighters to draw the eye up the wall instead of down.

Loft conversion with wooden roof and festoon lighting

Fairy Lights and Exposed Bulbs

Lofts can have a whimsical look and feel by their very nature since they exist in those small little alcoves of a home. One way to add mood lighting and play up the whimsy is to add fairy lights. If you want something a little more sophisticated with your playful touches, you can also use exposed bulb pendant lights. String them up along the pitched ceiling at a uniform height to offset the sharp appearance of the loft ceiling and bring a sense of balance to the space.


How to Use Recessed Lights in a Loft Conversion

Modern interior design would not be complete without a recessed ceiling light or two. Recessed lights installed in angled ceilings can give your space a contemporary look while ensuring that all of the areas in the loft are well lit, thanks to their size and versatility.


How to Use Floor and Table Lamps in a Loft Conversion

In small spaces, take advantage of the furniture or the barren corners in a room by placing freestanding floor lamps and table lamps there. This will help you create ambient light and, in some cases, even task lighting.


Interior Design Tips for Loft Conversions

Lighting design isn’t the only thing to consider when converting your loft space. Below are a few tips to keep in mind to help you create a space you’re proud of.


– Paint Colours –

Generally speaking, it is best to paint small rooms in lighter colours. This is because, unlike dark colours that absorb light, lighter colours actually reflect light. This can make the room seem better lit while also making it appear larger. It is an especially important thing to consider if your loft is on the smaller side. Some colours to consider painting your ceilings and walls include the following, depending on the kind of aesthetic you’re going for.


  • White
  • Off-White/Cream
  • Lavender
  • Light blue
  • Pale Yellow
  • Pastel Green
  • Baby Pink


– Furniture –

When choosing how to furnish your loft, it’s a good idea to keep the space in mind. Unlike larger rooms, having a lot of bulky furniture is only going to make the space feel cramped instead of inviting. It is best to keep the furnishings to a minimum in smaller bedroom spaces; choose a bed, a chair and maybe a loveseat for places to sit. Small tables with table lamps can warm it up a bit.

In larger loft areas, you can get a little more creative with furniture. To maximize the space in an open, airy loft, you can opt for angular-looking sectionals, simplistic tables and minimalistic chairs. Add some potted plants to a loft that has natural sunlight to make it feel even airier and inviting.


Should You Convert a Loft?

For many homeowners, adding an extension to their home is not just something done for comfort; it is also something done to increase property value. The value of your home can be positively affected depending on various factors. Homeowners in the United Kingdom have the potential of adding as much as £100,000 to their home’s value if they convert a loft, so long as it opens up 24 square meters of additional space on their property.

However, not all lofts will bring the same amount of value. The value of your conversion might vary depending on where you’re located. In general, houses in the North East usually enjoy an increased value of £38,000, while in the South East, you could see an increase in value up to £98,000. For many buyers, curb appeal is a huge selling point, so a loft that adds something visually to the home’s exterior can also run that value up.


Mistakes to Avoid When Converting a Loft

Below are five things to look out for when you are planning a loft.


  1. Choosing the Wrong Roof

The roof itself will determine the overall design of the conversion. Some kinds of roofs allow for greater flexibility than others. The roof type will also dictate the kind of windows you can install.

After choosing the roof that best suits your vision for the space, you’ll need to figure out how the furniture will be worked into a room of that size and shape. You should also consider the windows you might need, where the stairs will be located and how you intend to wire the area for lights.


  1. Not Having Enough Headroom

Similarly, you need to make sure there’s enough head space in a loft. The minimum headroom height should be 2.2 meters, though it is generally thought to be more comfortable with a 2.4-meter height. To ensure your loft is well suited for conversion, you’ll need to measure the highest area in the space, typically from the highest point in the room to the floor joist underneath it.


  1. Getting the Proportions Wrong

You could create a dream space inside your home, only for it to come out looking light a top-heavy nightmare from the outside. Not only could this be an eyesore in your neighborhood, but it could negatively impact the curb appeal and the value of your home.


  1. Not Taking Lighting Seriously

It is crucial to consider the impact lighting will have on the space. This means both natural and artificial lighting. You’ll want to not only make sure it is well lit but that you can block out natural light when you want to. Everything from light fixtures to blackout curtains should be taken into account. Otherwise, you may end up with a space you don’t enjoy being in as much as you once hoped. Be sure the conversion is approved on the property. Before you create a loft, you may need to check whether your property can accommodate a loft, both in terms of space and legal reasons.


  1. Can You Convert a Loft Without Permission?

In most cases, a loft is considered an approved addition to a home. This is true so long as it fits certain criteria. It is a good idea to understand the building regulations where you are before beginning. In cases where you do need permission for creating a loft space, you will want to get a builder or architect to confirm the plans you have for it. Otherwise, you can create a loft if:


  • The new loft isn’t going to be any larger than 40 cubic meters in a terraced house, or 50 cubic meters for semi-detached and detached houses
  • The new loft won’t have any raised platforms, balconies or verandas
  • The loft won’t extend above the tallest point of the roof
  • The conversion uses materials that look similar to the materials in the rest of the house
  • Side-facing windows have to be obscure-glazed


For a full understanding of all of the requirements, it is best to read the official general permitted development rules and guidelines before committing to altering your home.


Lights To Consider for Your Loft Conversion


  1. LWA387 5 Watt Hexagonal Interior LED Wall Light

LWA387 5 watt hexagonal LED wall lamp

For larger lofts that need a little extra light in dark corners, you can turn to the LWA387 5 Watt Hexagonal Interior LED Wall Light. This modern wall light features a wall washing effect that shines straight down the wall, enhancing the overall lighting in the space while also benefiting its overall visual appeal. The fixture has a unique hexagonal shape that exudes modernity, and it comes in either black or white to suit the aesthetic of your new loft.


  1. Leon 20 Watt 600mm Wide Brushed Silver LED Wall Light

LWA151 20 watt brushed aluminium wall mounted lamps

Spread plenty of light throughout your loft with the Leon 20 Watt 600mm Wide Brushed Silver LED Wall Light. Perfect as task lighting above a desk or supplementary light on a wall, this bar light is versatile and quite stylish. It has a silver-toned finish across its sleek metal body with no visible switches, giving it a minimalistic appeal. The fitting shines 1600 lumens of 3000k warm white light, making it a bright but gentle choice for your loft.


  1. LPL142A 20 Watt Black LED Pendant Ceiling Light

LPL142A 20 watt black pendant hanging ceiling lights

The LPL142A 20 Watt Black LED Pendant Ceiling Light is a great choice for larger loft spaces that need a bit more power. With its long bar shape and a total of 2000 lumens of warm white light, it gives you ample illumination across a broader stretch of space. Suspended by cables, it brings an industrial modern flair to a loft.


  1. LSP195 16 Watt Black And Gold LED Track Light

LSP195 16 watt LED black track spotlights

Make the most of your small loft and ceiling with the LSP195 16 Watt Black And Gold LED Track Light. If using multiple fittings, this track light won’t take up a lot of room but still bring with it a nice glow and ample illumination. The black hue with gold rim accenting gives it a sophisticated touch that dresses up any loft.


  1. LSP227 9 Watt Slim Style LED Track Light

LSP227 9 watt slim white track lighting

Similarly, the LSP227 9 Watt Slim Style LED Track Light is great for smaller spaces even when installing multiples. It takes up very little room with its small disc-like body and can be pointed in any direction. This allows you to customise the illumination in the room and even shift it to shine on new features like artwork that you might eventually add to the loft.

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