How to layout your small studio apartment in order to maximize space
One of the most exciting things when moving into a new apartment is decorating it. I remember long ago, even before I had my own apartment, that I could spend hours checking room layouts in Pinterest and online magazines. I had everything planned in my mind: a Japanese décor style for my master bedroom, a reading corner, a big kitchen aisle… Little I knew that my first home would not be a Hollywood mansion, nor even a home like the one I lived with my family, but a small city studio apartment.
Nevertheless, when I first saw my current studio apartment, I couldn’t stop thinking about the best ways to layout furniture and decoration into that small studio.
There are many do's and don'ts, so I decided to compile some of the best studio apartment layout ideas that I used to decorate my home. If you are now, like I was, moving into a small studio apartment, or you want to refurbish yours, keep reading. You might find some good décor inspiration ideas! And yes! Some of these ideas I still got them from Pinterest.
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Paint your walls using a light color to make the room look larger | Image: Pinterest[/caption]
Accent wall vs. No accent wall
Let’s start talking walls. I love accent walls and watercolor walls
. These wall decoration techniques add a lot of personality and visual interest to the room. But, shall you consider accent walls among your small studio apartment layout ideas? Many say yes because an accent wall can serve as a giant piece of art, however, I would say no. Do not go for it. It was a hard decision, but an intelligent one (keep reading, as we will discuss a way to create a small accent wall). Accent walls look great in larger spaces, but in a small studio apartment, you will feel crowded. Instead, it is better to paint the walls in one color and texture and if possible, a light color, so it can create the visual illusion of a larger space.
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You can use a functional piece of furniture as a room divider, for example, a closet | Image: Pinterest[/caption]
Don’t treat your studio as one single space
Sometimes it is hard to define different spaces in one studio apartment, but just because of its openness you shouldn’t be scared of drawing a line between rooms. The best way to do this is by using floating furniture, for example, room dividers like modular closets or bookshelves or if you have a little bit more space, you can float a sofa. Floating a sofa is, against what many people think, a smart idea in studio apartments. It can easily create corridors and help you move around the room easily. For me, separating the bed from the rest of the space is a must-do. Why? Because…
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Room dividers are very important to separate your studio into different areas | Image: Pinterest[/caption]
Putting your bed right out in the open is a no-no
Bedrooms are the most intimate rooms in a home. It is a place to relax and recharge your energies for the next day. In a small studio apartment, this concept should remain. When you leave your bed out in the open of your studio, it can easily turn into your sofa, your place to work on your laptop and even your dining area. It can lead to suffering some sleeping disorders, because your mind doesn’t see your bed as a place to sleep, but on the contrary, as the place to be when you have to study, watch TV or even eat.
In order to separate your bed from the rest of the studio, you can use – as mentioned before, a bookshelf, or create a bed nook with a couple of closets and… a wallpaper! Yes! Before I said that accent walls shouldn’t make it in your small studio apartment layout ideas, but you can create a small version of it to create a bedroom within a studio as shown in the picture above.
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Hanging your curtains as high as possible create the visual effect of high ceilings | Image: Pinterest[/caption]
Curtains. Yes, but as high as possible
Speaking of defining spaces, curtains can be another cool way to do so. But keep in mind a very important trick: whether you use curtains as a room divider or you put them in a window, hang them as close to the ceiling as possible. If you mount the rod low, you will break the illusion of large windows and high ceilings.
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The trick for small apartments is to make them look clutter-free | Image: Pinterest[/caption]
Multipurpose furniture is a must-have
Nowadays it is very easy to find smart pieces of furniture that can help you to hide stuff to free your studio apartment from clutter. LANGRIA
has some fine furniture ideas that can do the trick. You can have a full-length mirror
hiding all your jewelry inside, a bed that folds into a minimalist sofa or ottomans which double as storage units
to keep bed linen, books, or anything that can easily make your space crowded.
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Choose a color palette for your studio apartment to keep all elements cohesive | Image: Pinterest[/caption]
Define the color palette of your studio
In order to keep things cohesive in your entire studio apartment, it is necessary to think about colors. What color palette should you use in your apartment? This is not an easy task for us, the non-interior designers. However, it is pretty easy if you follow a few tips and guidelines. Have a look at our Good Color Combinations for your Home Décor
article and identify the colors that you want your studio apartment to have.
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Don't be afraid of hanging big pieces of art | Image: Pinterest[/caption]
Go big on the art!
Last but not least, don’t be afraid of big pieces of art hanging on your walls. Tiny apartments can also rock big, bold pieces of art. Great places to hang them are above your bed, where it can act as a sort of headboard, above your desk, or in that empty “boring” wall. It will be a colorful addition to the white walls of your apartment.
What do you think of these studio apartment layout ideas? Let us know if you give any of them a try on the comment section below or #langria if you share your pics online!