Living in large cities usually means residing in confined spaces. When space is a bonus, you have to find creative ways to do with fewer real estate. Decorating small spaces can be challenging, but it can also lead to super intelligent design solutions.
There are complicated design challenges, and then there is figuring out how to decorate a studio apartment. How do you adapt to the living room, kitchen, and bedroom to a room and still have room to breathe? When decorating a studio requires a little more ingenuity, planning, and editing, the final result is worth the extra effort. To discover how to get the most out of an apartment studio, we look at some of our favorite designers who have approached super small spaces for their customers and for themselves. Take a look at these studios and steal their stylish and space-saving solutions, from easy additions that can make a room feel bigger for the renovation ideas that will transform the entire apartment. Put to work and you can find asking, “Why would anyone want multiple rooms? ”
Bring outstanding items
Your study may be small, but there’s no reason why you need to be bored. Add bold touches, such as furniture displaying piece or an attractive art fabric. In a 750-square-foot studio in New York, designers Catherine Olasky and Maximilian Sinsteden of Olasky & Sinsteden used a Kelly Wearstler graphic wallpaper at the entrance to compensate for the large antique mirror.
A study needs to serve many purposes, but it doesn’t have to serve them all at the same time. Find parts that fold when not in use, such as Murphy beds and fallen sheet plates. Listen to everything and do everything hidden, as Batiil Studio did in this ingenious apartment of 120 square meters in Paris. The custom made cabinets conceal a dining area and the futon is folded into a bed.
Separate your bed
The number one thing that makes a studio feel like a studio? Have your bed in the middle of the room for everyone to see. Create a split between your resting area and the rest of the space with room dividers, such as shelving, folding screens or curtains. The room portion of Spencer Gervasoni and the Austin Mill Just-400-Square-foot Hell’s Kitchen apartment is sectioned from the rest of the room with the help of a very complete IKEA bookcase.
Don’t stray from the antiques
While the fine profiles of modern furniture often work well in small spaces, there is no reason to limit themselves to the new parts. While some antiques and vintage pieces are on the big side, there are many small options that fit perfectly into a studio and bring a personal and collected atmosphere. Two vintage Velvet Bergères and a Georgian secretary add warmth and charm to the 700-square-meter Manhattan apartment of interior designer Kyle Marshall and artist Matt Smoak.
Create a closet
If you think your storage options are limited to the hidden plastic containers your bed, think again. Even a studio can have a walk-in closet (albeit a thin one). California Closets added a 40-inch deep locker room in the Manhattan Studio 400-Square-Foot interior designer Julia Haney Montanez installing two walls and built-in storage.
One of the keys to keeping a tight study sensation is dealing with clutter. This includes traditional disorder (mail or cell piles of magazines), as well as Visual disorder (too many Counter-Tops or chairs filled around the table). New York City interior designer Drew Mcgukin puts gadgets behind the closet doors in the kitchen of his studio.