Growing up in a one story house in the South didn't offer the luxury of having an attic. I know that most people could honestly live without their attic (except for it's usually plentiful storage area) but maybe that's because it's not being used to its beautiful potential…
There are definite aspects of attic bedrooms that make them so beautiful and successful — the rustic wood, the vaulted ceilings and the unique shape to name a few. Even though the vertical space may be less than that of a traditional bedroom, attic bedrooms typically offer more floor space since they're above the other rooms in the house.
Place the bed below a window for symmetry and built in headboard. Take the traditional route by keeping wall colors and bedding neutral; let the architecture speak for itself.
What do you think of attic bedrooms?
Images: 1. Richard Powers, 2. Coastal Living, 3. Robert Josiah, 4. House To Home, 5. 1st Option