When decorating your studio apartment, you don’t have much room to be frivolous, since the furniture and accessories you choose must fit in the small space. At the same time, you don’t want the entire apartment to be so focused on function that it has no design esthetic at all. That’s why it’s important to maximize the space you do have and to focus on design elements that will make your space look larger.
Separate Your Space
Studio apartments straddle the border between cozy and cramped. To keep it from feeling like you’re sleeping in the kitchen, use curtains, screens, or furniture itself to create the illusion of separate rooms. Curtains and screens are smart ideas because you can move them when you want to open up space. You can also use your sofa or a console table to separate the space between the living room and bedroom.
Hang Curtains High
Make it look like you have higher ceilings and more space by hanging your curtains at least six inches above your windows. Use simple patterns, like vertical stripes, to elongate your apartment’s walls even more. High curtains and stripes draw the eye upward and elevate the ceiling in the mind’s eye.
Get Creative With Storage
Storage is one of the main problems in studio apartments, so invest in furniture that doubles as storage. Many coffee tables and ottomans now come with storage inside or underneath. Get a bed with drawers beneath it, or make some by placing casters and cabinet pulls on shallow, flat bins that you can roll under the bed. Put objects you don’t use very often on high shelves to get them out of the way.
Create A Cohesive Color Scheme
Your studio doesn’t have to be a study in perfect color matching, but you should limit your use of too many bright, bold colors. Come up with a color scheme you like, be it black and white with a pop of pink, or all your favorite shades of blue. By staying within a cohesive color plan, you’ll avoid a cluttered look. Instead, the apartment decor in your small space will appear larger and more esthetically pleasing.
Do Something Different With The Bed
Beds take up so much floor space, and your floor space is at a premium in a studio. Think about getting a Murphy bed that folds into the wall during the day to give you more living room space. You may decide to take a leaf out of your old dorm’s decor and get a lofted bed. Beneath the loft, you can create a reading nook or use it as closet space. Another option is a day bed: a bed that looks like a couch, but unfolds or pulls out into a bed.
Each studio is laid out differently, so work with the square footage and quirks you have instead of trying to mimic something else you’ve seen. If your apartment has any unique architecture, embrace it for a unique design scheme!