Studio apartments tend to get a bad rep from renters. They’re small, cramped and lack storage space for furniture and belongings. Despite their disadvantages, living in a small studio is fairly common in urban areas like Washington, DC. And if you’re reading this article, you’re probably either living in a studio apartment right now or currently searching for one. While you may be struggling with space to store everything, studios do offer one major benefit in disguise—smaller spaces are easier to decorate than larger ones, especially if you’re on a budget. In this article, I will cover a few tips for making life in a studio apartment enjoyable and stylish.
Space planning is the Holy Grail to making studio living work. Take a moment to analyze the layout of the room. Pinpoint the light sources and visualize the traffic flow patterns. Then determine how you intend to use the space. Will your sleeping area be separate from your living area? Do you plan to sleep in a bed versus a sleeper sofa? Do you need an area to work from home? What about pet areas or entertaining? The answers to these questions are essential to carving out zoned areas for properly utilizing the space.
Once you’ve identified your main living areas (sleeping, eating, entertaining, working), arrange your furniture in each zone. Measure out the room to ensure that your furniture fits the space. An easy way to measure the room is to first measure your foot. Then walk along the perimeter of the room, placing one foot in front of the other. As you move along, count each step. This should give you a basic estimate of the room’s dimensions. It’s also important to avoid cramming in too much furniture. Remember, space is king!
Next, determine what style furniture to use. As a general rule, keep the furniture simple. Overstuffed chairs will overpower the room. Stick with clean lines. Mirrored pieces, glass and see-through acrylic like ghost chairs add depth to the room. For example, if you go with basic coffee table instead of a storage ottoman, select a table with a glass top. The glass will give the illusion of more space. Multipurpose pieces will give you more bang for your buck.
In terms of colors, go light on the walls. Dark colors will make the room feel heavy. The last thing you want is to feel like you’re living in a small dark closet. White walls and dark floors will make the room feel larger. Add removable wallpaper in fun patterns to break things up a bit.
After painting the walls, don’t forget to accessorize. Every small space needs adequate lighting, texture and pattern. Mix and match materials for added character and visual interest.
If you living in the Washington, DC area and need help decorating your studio apartment, contact Gray Livin’ to schedule a consultation (click here). Happy Decorating!