Personally, I think studio apartment living gets a bad rap, a bad profile. Yes, they are small. But it's that smallness that makes it wonderfully desirable to live in--given it's space is used efficiently and attractively.
Typically, a studio apartment is one large room. It combines living, sleeping and cooking spaces. Often the bathroom is a separate room which of course opens into the main one room. There's no hard fast rule on the amount of floor space (not that I know of). So it can be very small or be very large. Often one wall has window(s) and eight foot ceilings (or with high ceilings if you are fortunate to have found such a place).
When a studio apartment presents itself to you, there are five things you will want to look for according to an article written by Niccole Schreck USA News, My Money.
- Plenty of vertical space -- to counter the small horizontal space
- Ample storage -- a solution to clutter in the main room which makes the room appear large
- Natural light to make the room appear larger -- and preferably with windows facing east or west
- Full-sized appliances -- especially if you enjoy cooking. And hopefully, thought it not often offered, a dishwasher, washing machine and dryer
- Liveable space -- sufficient for a living area, sleeping space and kitchen that doesn't make you feel like you are in cubby hole.
I would add a sixth item to look for and that is a bathroom very definitely with a door. You will want the privacy when you have guests. There is no reason you shouldn't enjoy the company of your friends in your own home space--however small it may be.
Have you noticed what really makes these studio apartments work in that they are lovely examples of a well decorated room? I selected these examples just for these reasons:
- Functional spaces are clearly layed out in each of them.
- Well made, beautiful beds
- Even though the space is small, furnishing pieces we typically find in larger spaces (such as a 2 or 3 bedroom apartment) are included, such as coffee tables and multiple seatings
- Storage furnishings do double duty
- No clutter, everything has its place (Okay, you may be saying, "Sure everything is in its place because of the photo shoot!" And that's probably true. What's important to note is that even if messy, furniture, storage and accessory decor allows one to quickly clean up the mess.)
- Complimentary color palette
- Patterns mixed with solid colors where the eye can rest
- Wonderful accessories that warm and personalize the room: decorative pillows, books, lots of art pieces, flower arrangements and window treatments
- Excellent central lighting but lighting that also illuminates the corners of the room
- An area rug (excluding the last one above)
- As you'll see below, draperies and bookcases are used to create "zones"
Let's look at a few more studio apartment decors:
Don't you just love that chandelier in the "dining" area. What a fabulous unexpected touch! And of course the herringbone flooring is to die for! Both lend a touch of elegance to this electic decor.
This is such a beautiful white room with the freshness of the bed and being able to wake up to a warm sun on your face. The yellow pillow and flowers offer just enough color splash to invite a happy feeling.
Here's another white studio apartment decor. The white sheer drapery used to mark off the sleeping area. doesn't provide complete privacy and that's intentional. It does, however, screen off the sleeping area and retains the openness of the room.
This studio apartment is distinguished with bookcases that further mark the functional "zones." Note the use of beautiful pieces of art.
And finally, I just want to point out how the dramatic city view is complemented by the large, dramatic painting. This studio apartment has a spacious feel, it's modern and just downright classy.
You've seen in the examples above 0n what makes a beautiful and functional decor work in a studio apartment. Now let's look at more ideas on how you can change or improve the decor in your studio apartment:
- Opt for more than just one seating, such as a large sofa. Go for a medium (2-cushion) sofa and cushioned chairs. Small seatings, for a very informal relaxed look can be added with poofs, ottomans and "Floor Pillows."
- Select an overall color palatte, then paint your walls, add an accent wall or stencil a wall. adding a brick wall
- Purchase furnishings that easily accommodate storage. See my article "Is Your Storage Space Hiding From You?"
- Consider an open bookcase/entertainment unit that could separate your bedroom from the living area: "A great way to make your space work with an entertainment center is to place it in between your bed and living room area.
- Consider adding a kitchen island for Kitchens that open into the living area which may also serve as an eating bar. "A kitchen island also helps for storage . . . . You can expand the footprint of your kitchen by introducing a multi-purpose kitchen island with a few shelving units." See Jen Reviews article above.
- Tiny kitchen? See my post on "Tiny Kitchen" 5 Ways To Make It Work."
Living in a studio apartment? Make the most of it. Make it beautiful.
Make it happy and classy to live it. Size doesn't really matter, it's what you put in it and where!