Here is an example of modern, bright and functional attic design (Flicker.com).
First you can see the living area. The color palate in the whole apartment is white and green with birch color wood furniture and cabinets. These colors are in contrast to the terracotta tile floors.
A view from the living area to the kitchen.
A view from the kitchen to the living room.
Other views of the kitchen.
- The office corner.
Storage area in the bedroom.
Notice in the next two pictures the use of the eve's slope to place a laundry cabinet and a dresser. Smart.