When buying furniture for a dorm room or other small living space, choose pieces that are multifunctional. A futon is the perfect example; by day it can be used as a sofa, but by night it can instantly turn into a full bed. Here, white tables on casters are used as an entertainment center and a mobile coffee table and the cubed bookcase not only stores books and kitchen essentials, but serves as a room divider, too. Photo courtesy of IKEA
Photo by: Courtesy of IKEA
Courtesy of IKEA
With the openness of a studio apartment, sometimes it’s hard to establish a defined floor plan. A great way to do this is to carve out an area in your studio with a large piece of furniture like a bookshelf. In this example from Ikea, they’re using a tall shelf to block off some space for a home office.
Turn Your Bed Into a Daybed
Floral Pillows Complement Geometric Wallpaper in Feminine Studio Apartment
Natural light filters into this small, feminine space, making it feel brighter and larger. Since the fun, geometric wallpaper is the anchor for the design, white bed linens, floral pillows and colorful stools were added to break up the pattern and bring some additional color into the space, creating an interesting, fun, unique design.
Photo by: Susie Herr
If you’re short on space, you can turn your bed into a daybed. This would allow you to use your bed as a couch during the day to create extra seating options in your studio. You can simply create your own daybed like designer Susie Herr did here, by placing your twin or double bed against the wall and using large throw pillows to create a couch-like look.
Designate an Accent Wall
Contemporary Studio Apartment With Accent Wall
This Upper West Side studio began its life as a bland white box. Now, soft cream on the walls continues to the ceiling beams, adding depth and dimension to the space. The hand-painted pinstriped paint treatment is both easy to produce and easy to cover up, an ideal combo for a rental. Removable wallpaper by LABLstudio forms a focal point on one wall, and layered bedding exudes youthful, casual charm.
Photo by: Matthew Williams
Creating an accent wall in a small studio is a great way to create some visual interest. In this example from LabLStudio, they used a bold, abstract wallpaper to define the space in the bedroom. The accent wall serves as a giant piece of art.
Try a Loft
Eclectic Loft With Blue Music Studio Space
A wooden loft area provides room underneath for a small music studio. Accessorized with a piano, hanging guitars and a banjo, the space is a cozy spot for playing a favorite tune.
If you have tall ceilings in your studio, building a loft is a killer way to add some additional square footage to your space. In this example, the owner created a sleeping area in the loft and used the space underneath as a small music studio.
Create Your Own Closet Space
Studio Apartment Closet
This closet is actually located in the open corner of a studio apartment, where fashion expert Lindsay Albanese shoots her YouTube videos. Designer Lucinda Pace of Laurel & Wolf found that Lindsay was using her clothes closet for storing boxes, paper towels, and other miscellaneous items, while her clothes hung on collapsible rolling racks. The designer created this “Style Studio” for Lindsay along one wall to act as clothing storage, a video set and an apartment design element all in one. The chaise, formerly a catchall for un-hung clothes, was reupholstered in ivory microsuede, and now serves as the perfect place for Lindsay to interview guests.
Photo by: Nick O’Neill, Courtesy of Laurel & Wolf
Nick O’Neill, Courtesy of Laurel & Wolf
Studio apartments often have limited closet space. However, this example from Laurel & Wolf reminds us that you don’t necessarily need a closet to store your clothes. If you’re lacking closet space, consider using an empty wall to create an open-air closet. Using different drawers, shelves and hanging racks can allow you to create the perfect "walk-in closet."
Get Creative With Shelving
Contemporary Built-In Wine Rack
A custom built-in provides ample storage in the open dining room and sets the stage for entertaining. We love how the piece integrates storage for both wine bottles and glasses in a simplistic fashion.
Got a super-small studio apartment? Just because your square footage may be lacking doesn’t mean your style has to be! There are actually quite a few tips and tricks to decorating a studio apartment stylishly…and smartly. We’ve put together a guide of some basic ideas and strategies to help you make the most of your tiny apartment, no matter what your style or taste.
1. Maximized Use & Layout.
Throw some stools under an end table to pull out for extra seating when needed. Have a coffee table that doubles as great storage, or even a chair. Hang shelves from the ceiling. Leave plenty of walking space where possible to make the studio feel relatively roomy.
2. Neutral Walls.
Neutral walls have an expanding effect – they seem to float away from the actual space itself, giving the small studio apartment a look that reads as larger than it actually is. Plus, they infuse the space with a warm sense of structure and balance.
3. Use Moveable Dividers.
Allow the studio to serve as one large entertaining space or separate the “rooms” as per their function by incorporating creative dividers. Folding screens or ceiling-mounted drapes are great examples of this, taking up minimal space while not in use.
4. Daybed for the Win?
This one might be controversial. Some of us may shiver at the thought of using our beds as couches for every visitor who comes our way; others of us wouldn’t give the matter a second thought if it saved some floor space. But using a daybed as the studio apartment’s sofa is worth considering.
5. White Window Treatments.
Bright white window treatments surrounding a naturally lit window will enhance the light, airy feel of the smallest of studio apartments. (Or leave the windows bare altogether.) This makes the entire space feel more spacious.
6. Pragmatic Alternatives.
Sure, there’s no room for a closet in your tiny apartment, but that doesn’t mean you have no place for your clothes. Think outside the box – like a colorful “headboard” made out of (drumroll, please) your hanging clothes! Genius. Two birds, one stone.
7. Small Yet Comfortable Furniture.
Down-sized pieces, such as a loveseat instead of a sofa, or backless barstools instead of the full monty versions, will go far in providing comfortable and sufficient seating without taking over the whole studio.
8. Splashes of Bold Color.
Don’t be afraid to create an exciting, happy space in a studio apartment. In fact, smaller spaces might benefit the most from an eye-catching splash of cheerful color.
9. Edit the Unnecessaries.
Sure, a home office, slash, desk would be nice, but is it an absolute necessity in a studio apartment? Consider what space-consuming areas could go, then go an alternative route. (Yes, a comfy couch makes a perfectly accessible “office” space – it’s all in how you look at it.)..
10. Chic Black & White.
The classic color combination, black and white, is the perfect urban-esque palette to create a sophisticated space in a very little footprint. It’s useful to maybe throw in one colorful accent, just to break it up a bit.
11. Double-Duty Dividers.
Strategic furniture placement is the name of the game when decorating a studio apartment, and you’re going to have to distinguish between rooms somehow. May as well make those dividers earn their keep – a bookcase, for example, provides great storage and space separation.
12. Downsized Lighting Pieces.
The physical size of the lighting fixture has nothing to do with its capacity to provide light, so it’s best in small spaces like a studio apartment to pick smaller scaled lights. Recessed lights or wall sconces are great options because they take up zero floor space.
13. Emphasize Higher Ceilings.
If your studio apartment has an industrial vibe to it, or if it has higher-than-normal ceilings for whatever reason, capitalize on this. Hang interesting lighting fixtures or use interesting wall art to draw the eye upward. The extra space overhead, although it does nothing to physically alter the studio apartment’s actual footprint, feels so much more spacious than traditional height ceilings.
14. Black & Metallic Accents.
Add to the crispness of the style and make the absolute most of your decorating real estate, as small as it may be.
15. Funky Details.
Eye-catching wallpaper or quirky accent pieces (cobalt blue door as headboard, anyone?) may not do much to visually expand the studio apartment, but they will do wonders in creating a vibrant, energetic, and magnetic space.
Do you have other tried-and-true strategies for decorating a studio apartment stylishly?
As an average joe, no one wants to spend a fortune on decorating a studio apartment. Instead, we want to decorate our small space with limited budget that we have.
The good news is that, designing is not all about flashy items or luxury material. Instead, it depends pretty much on good sense of harmony or zen, I call it. In today’s post, you will see the 14 creative ways to decorate your studio apartment on budget. Let’s start…
Small space flat décor
Depending pretty much on which country your studio is located, the size may vary. For example when I visit Cambodia a few months back, studio apartment can range from 40 square meters to 50 square meters and its price can be as high as 2900 USD per square meter. Aint cheap, eh. Well, let’s check out how you can decorate your small space apartment for less:
Studo apartment with cloth hanger behind. Good décor with large white paper light bulb from Amazon, I guess. A perfect budget studio kitchen décor with small space.
Ikea small apartment display
I like browsing around Ikea from days to night. Ikea is a great shop for gathering decorating ideas. The good thing about this large Swedish furniture company is that they give you a full studio apartment in a box. Which means what you see is what you get. Basically, you can buy all the furniture and accessories to build your own small studio apartment. See some ideas below.
A super bright studio apartment on shoestring – in fact most of items can be bought from Ikea.
This Ikea hack studio apartment is designed for single person who on occasion may have a visitor. It has a dining table, a small bedroom, a wardrobe and hanger. This is an ikea studio apartment in a box. It has all the necessary accessories and decorating items for you. From wardrobe to dining chair and table to a boxed bed. Perfect for those living alone. Never seen before tiny Ikea bedroom. Have you seen this? Perfect ideas for you.
Real estate is getting more expensive days in and days out. It is important to be creative when it comes to decorating the studio apartment. Therefore, I hope this post could give you some good ideas and oh well, lastly check out this video which also show some inspired ideas for studio apartment décor hack!
Congratulations, you finally have an apartment you can call your own! You may have spent the last few years living with roommates or this might be your first time living on your own after leaving your childhood home, but either way you are now in full control of your living space and can design it however you want. The possibilities are endless! Well, almost endless. A studio apartment can feel like a mansion if you have never had a place to yourself, but it will quickly become a cluttered and uncomfortable mess if you fail to carefully design and decorate your new space. For studio apartments the key factor in your design and decoration process should be maximizing the use of the space around you, and today we will run through some tips that you can use to decorate your studio apartment.
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First, Take Stock of Your Space
Your initial task when you find your new apartment should be to assess its unique advantages or disadvantages. No two apartments are the same, and even spaces with the same square footage and cost can end up feeling vastly different because of very minute factors. Does your new space have built-in shelving anywhere? Is it carpeted or hardwood? How many windows are there and where are they spaced? More so than other apartments, studios only function successfully when their decorations have been carefully planned to suit the space itself.
Separating your space between a “bedroom” and “living room” is a common desire for studio apartment dwellers, and for good reason. The psychological impact of a physical partition can dramatically change the way you experience your living space. There are a few options you have for installing a partition that can divide your space.
Blackout Curtains For Studio Apartment
One option for partitioning is to purchase a folding room divider. This is a simple and effective solution for creating a mental separation between your bedspace and your living space, and it can be easily removed or relocated. You could also install a more permanent divider between your spaces to essentially create two separate “rooms” without an intervening door.
Another option to consider is using a curtain to create a private space for your bed. If you have the right materials, like sheer curtains or linen curtains, you can create a private space that still allows natural light. Or if you prefer full control over the light in your “bedroom,” you can also put up blackout curtains and create a cozy personal alcove untouched by the outside world.
Try Out Space Saving Furniture
Living in a studio apartment requires making trade-offs. A bigger couch might mean a smaller bed, a dining table might not be reasonable if you already have a coffee table, and in general any portion of the space designated as a certain section will necessarily reduce the available space for other sections. Luckily, furniture exists that can convert between different functions: couches that convert into beds, dining tables that can be stored efficiently or converted into a coffee table, and other furniture designed to save space.
Use Rugs to Partition Space
A simple but effective way to break your studio space into separate functional areas is to make strategic use of area rugs to effectively designate specific areas for work, leisure, and sleep. An area rug can tie together a couch, television, and coffee table to quickly create a leisure space, for example.
Think Creatively with Storage Space
With a studio apartment, every square inch counts and storage space should be a primary concern as you begin to construct your home. Make use of storage solutions that take advantage of your available wall space, like hanging utensils and kitchenware, utilizing preexisting shelving or installing new shelving throughout the apartment, and mounting items like your television and stereo system if possible. Saving valuable floor space for bulky items will help maintain an open vibe in the apartment and hopefully keep it from feeling overstuffed and cluttered.
Use a Consistent Color Scheme Throughout the Apartment
While you may want to try to create diversity throughout your apartment with different wall colors or designs, this can quickly create a confusing and off-putting jumble of visual elements that creates more clutter than it should. A consistent color scheme throughout the apartment will help create visual harmony and, somewhat counterintuitively, will help the space feel larger.
To accomplish this kind of color scheme, you may want to acquire matching curtains, area rugs, and pillow covers. For instance, you may want to have cream, white, or another neutral color for your walls and then offset that neutral tone with a bolder color for your trim, curtains, and fabrics like a deep blue or warmer red.
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We hope these tips on how to decorate a studio apartment help you create the most welcoming and comfortable space possible.
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There are tricky design challenges, and then there's figuring out how to decorate a studio apartment. How do you fit the living room, kitchen, and bedroom into one room and still have room to breathe? While decorating a studio requires a bit more ingenuity, planning, and editing, the end result is well worth the extra effort. To figure out how to make the most of a studio apartment, we looked to some of our favourite designers who have tackled super-small spaces for their clients and themselves. Take a look at these studios and steal their stylish—and space-saving—solutions, from easy additions that can make a room feel larger to renovation ideas that will transform the entire apartment. Put them to work and you may find yourself asking, "Why would anyone want multiple rooms?"
Bring in Standout Elements
Your studio may be small, but there's no reason it needs to be boring. Add bold touches such as a statement piece of furniture or an eye-catching display of art.
Consider bringing in a chandelier or a large, antique chest at home. Ksenia Chernaya/ Pexels
A studio needs to serve a lot of purposes, but it doesn't need to serve them all at the same time. Find pieces that fold away when not in use, such as Murphy beds and drop-leaf tables. Or go all out and make everything hidden.
Define Your Palette
Keep things cohesive by sticking to the same colour palette throughout the apartment. Choose a mix of neutral tones or go bold with a saturated shade.
Separate Your Bed
The number one thing that makes a studio feel like a studio? Having your bed out in the middle of the room for all to see. Create a division between your sleeping area and the rest of the space with room dividers such as bookcases, folding screens, or curtains.
Believe it or not, your bed can actually be the defining piece in your home. Photo credit: Beazy /Unsplash
Wondering how to decorate a studio apartment? Living in a one is a massive task since you have to convert that space into a little living room, dining room, bedroom, office, and every other possible thing that you will need within your home for a good stay. And what is a bigger task is to make a good lifestyle out of it without cluttering it up and feeling claustrophobic.
A lot of people ponder on how to decorate a studio apartment. But who said you could not convert those 600 square feet into your own little grown-up space?
With the right space planning and the multitude of decorating options, there are innumerable things you can do to make your tiny home into a comfortable and voguish den. You do not need to break down any neighbor’s walls nor go through any tiresome remodeling projects to give yourself the home decor you deserve.
So after a lot of brainstorming and research, here are a few space-saving and stylish ideas on how to decorate a studio apartment to help you skillfully utilize every square inch of your abode! Once you try these out, it will leave you wondering if you ever really needed a bigger apartment!
Hang a Room Divider
Photo by Max Vakhtbovych from Pexels
We can understand how small and impersonal studio apartments can be. When you have a friend or a guest over, there is little to no space for you to change or do anything personally. For this very reason, we came up with a useful item to install in your house. Installing permanent room dividers can help in giving you the feeling of privacy and seclusion. It’s particularly helpful if you want to set up a home office in a studio apartment.
A standalone folding screen does not take up a lot of space in the room and helps divide up one single room and create an illusion of two. This way, you can convert your single room into both a living room and a bedroom without breaking down any walls or adding any extra square footage to your house! Neat, isn’t it?
Use Multipurpose Furniture
Photo by Max Vakhtbovych from Pexels
If your studio apartment is too small-scale to fit both a safe and a bed, why not get a 2-in-1? A sofa-cum-bed is an extremely feasible and smart solution to such small square footage problems. It does not cost you a lot and can help save up a lot of space that you can utilize for something else.
People with big homes prefer such beds, too, just in case someone unexpectedly pops up! You can fold up your bed into a sofa during the day time when you do not have to stretch your legs and take a nap. And during the night time, pull it out to convert it into the comfortable bed you need. This sure is an excellent investment for your small living space.
If you do not wish to go for a wooden room divider or a glass door installation, that is okay! Some people feel that it will take up precious walking space that is needed, indeed. So instead, the best thing for you to do is to hang curtains to get the privacy you need around your bed.
You can choose the fabric and the color of the curtains, depending on how you sleep. However, you may not want to go for a very dark color since it can create a gloomy and overwhelming aura. Hanging curtains sometimes also help give the illusion of higher ceilings, which is ultimately good for you!
Use Smart Storage
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A great way to utilize maximum space in your studio apartment is to have open shelving. Open shelving systems are essential in such apartments since they lack square footage, and one cannot waste the remaining precious ones by stuffing them up with different things. So in homes like these, you should make the most of the vertical space in your house that will help you save up a substantial amount of space!
You may even want to build a custom storage unit on the head of your bed where you can keep your books and accessories. Similarly, instead of getting a cupboard, choose a bed that is hollow inside so that you can put your clothes underneath. Now that is one smart bedroom storage solution!
How to Create a Neutral Color Scheme and Top Trends You Should Follow
Choose Standout Elements
So what if your space is small? That does not mean you cannot decorate it well and make it stand out from the rest. With good planning and some inspiration, you can make your apartment into an ultra-modern living den, irrespective of how large or tiny it is!
Turn your apartment from boring to bold by adding striking and eye-catching touches such as a unique piece of art or a monochrome rug with colorful furniture. This can turn up the room’s trendiness and add a modern home decor twist to your studio apartment.
Get a Low Bed
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You must design small apartments minimally but optimally. One of the best ideas on how to decorate a studio apartment is to rule out the bed. Yes, that’s right. Your bed can take up a lot of space horizontally and vertically. Instead of getting a bed, put your mattress on the floor in one corner of the room, adjacent to a window.
Since you will not have the bed’s headboard, you will have a lot of space on the wall above to hang paintings or fairy lights to give your “bedroom” a cozy, loving vibe.
As much as we love making our houses look contemporary and state-of-the-art, it is essential to decorate the apartment to make it look good and benefit the homeowner. If you cannot live comfortably in your own house, there is no point living there.
So to make your itty-bitty apartment both snug and slick, go for mid-century furniture. These designs are lower and closer to the floor, which will help make your ceiling, windows, and walls look taller.
We love finding the perfect Paris apartments – of all sizes! We know some travelers are in search of large apartments with room for the whole family, while others are dreaming of a cute and affordable pied-à-terre for a romantic or solo trip to Paris. Our cute and cozy Parisian style studios offer the same standard of excellence, just with a smaller footprint, and are some of our most popular apartments in Paris!
Remodeling Paris apartments is our passion, and we are no stranger to making the most of the square footage we’re given. And we’re firm believers that just because it’s smaller doesn’t mean it has to look like a college dorm room. Here are some of our best tips to make even the tiniest space look Parisian chic!
Maximize the Light
Mirrors, light colors, large windows and/or lots of great lamps will work miracles at making a space feel bigger. The space is drenched in bright neutrals, and the mirror is perfectly placed opposite the window to reflect all that uplifting sunlight. It immediately makes the space feel bright and spacious!
Opt for Round Tables
Not only do round or oval tables take up less space, they also prevent any unfortunate accidents for all the clumsy people out there (we know we aren’t the only one!) because there aren’t any sharp corners to bump your hip on! Round tables can also offer more flexibility than square tables, since you don’t have to worry about corners getting in the way of extra chairs. The dining table in our cute Saumur studio apartment overlooking rue Cler is the perfect example!
Go for Symmetry
Setting up symmetrical vignettes not only looks nice, but contributes to the overall feeling of tidiness in a space, and when things are tidy, they look bigger. The worst thing you can do to a studio is overload it with too much stuff. You want things to be clean and open. One of the best ways to implement symmetry is with the bed and nightstands.
Built-In Storage is Key
One of the biggest challenges for studio apartments is finding proper storage space, especially in historic Paris buildings where closets aren’t the norm. That’s why we love adding built-ins. If you cover an entire wall with white storage, it doesn’t look disruptive or cluttered like a stand-alone armoire would. Instead, all the things you need to store are nicely hidden away and the entire unit recedes into the wall, just as you can see in our Picardin studio apartment above.
Use Petit Furniture
Most furniture is made with a full-sized home in mind. The scale can often be way too large for a studio space. Keep an eye out for companies who offer small-scale furniture – petit armchairs and small sofas. You don’t have to sacrifice style for smaller sizes. Also opt for small coffee tables that can easily be moved around to create more space.
Use Clever Convertible Furniture
We’re sure you’ve seen tons of clever space-saving tricks all over the internet, and that’s because they work wonders in small spaces! What looks like a wall cabinet is actually a pull-down bed! All you have to move is the little coffee table and a few cushions to transition into bed-time. We used this ingenious design in our Saumur apartment to take advantage of the space and sunlight.
There are so many other space-saving hacks you can use, including loft beds, horizontal pull-down beds on sliders, ottomans that double as a storage container, building hidden storage compartments into stairs … and the list goes on! But we hope that you’ve gained some great petite Parisian style inspiration from this post. Feel free to share your own décor projects over on our Facebook page! We’d love to see!
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A small space doesn’t mean you have to skimp on style.
Whether you’re moving to a metropolitan area or simply prefer smaller spaces, there’s a good chance you’ll find yourself perusing studio apartments in the process. While these smaller homes often come with lower price tags, they also come with more stress when it comes to trying to figure out how to decorate them—especially while trying to fit all your must-have belongings within the four walls. That said, it’s not impossible. You just have to be willing to roll up your sleeves and get crafty with your storage options. More specifically, you have to find ways to maximize every inch of your space, which means learning to build from the floor up and getting the most out of those 10-foot ceilings.
To show you how, and to help you make your small space feel bigger than ever, we’ve rounded up the best studio apartment ideas for functional décor that can also pull double duty, whether you want to DIY or buy. From floating nightstands and wall-mounted plant systems to creative room dividers and Murphy beds, you’ll find more than enough inspiration ahead to get the ball rolling. And who knows—you might just want to incorporate more than a few of these genius studio apartment décor ideas into your space.
When you live in a small studio apartment, it can often feel like you have little to no privacy. To aid in the matter, try adding one of these geometric room dividers into the mix.
Get the tutorial at Ohoh Deco.
Worried you don’t have enough room to fit the bedroom furniture that you’d like? With this floating bedside table, you won’t have to occupy any additional floor space while still being able to store items nearby.
Get the tutorial at Monster Circus.
A great way to break up space in a studio apartment is with a room divider. However, if you don’t want to block it off into spaces that feel even smaller, consider this semi-solid option that still lets you peek into the next room.
Get the tutorial at My Friend Staci.
When you don’t have a lot of space to work with, it’s always a good idea to make the most of the height of your apartment. Here, it comes down to a loft bed with built-in book storage—and crafty tape placement to keep anything from falling over the ledge.