Renting a studio apartment used to be something you did when you couldn’t afford anything else. Now, however, we are consciously choosing smaller spaces and micro apartments because they represent the kind of lifestyle we want.
Studio apartments are easier to maintain and often allow renters to live in great locations in the heart of a city.
Just because your apartment is small doesn’t mean that it can’t be beautiful. Decorating a studio apartment is all about using space effectively and creatively. Read on for five ideas to get you started.
1. Embrace Unusual Decorations
Storage space is often at a premium in studio apartments. You don’t have room for large storage chests or lots of bookshelves, and there are few places to hide your clutter.
So embrace it. Arrange your books in a rainbow pattern based on their spine color. If you have t-shirts that you don’t wear but are holding onto for sentimental reasons, frame them and hang them on the walls. Display your jewelry in colorful dishes or unique boxes.
When you think of your stuff as more than just stuff, you can find ways to decorate and save space at the same time.
2. Let the Light In
Natural light makes small spaces feel bigger than they actually are, so consider sheer curtains instead of heavy blind for your windows. They will allow you light and privacy.
If you want to put up partitions to separate sections of your room, look for ones that still encourage light. Open shelving is a great option. You can clearly mark where one space ends and another starts, while still encouraging light to wash the whole room.
3. Keep Your Color Palate Simple
An explosion of different colors may seem appealing, but it actually has a way of making a room feel smaller. In a studio apartment, that’s the last thing you want.
If you are able to paint your apartment, consider more neutral colors like off-white and light gray, and accent that with pops of color from your furniture or decorations. That will make your space look as large as possible and make it feel roomier.
If you’re renting and can’t paint yourself, try to keep your furniture or decorative accents as neutral as possible for a similar effect.
4. Look for Furniture that Does Double Duty
Closet space will likely be limited in your studio apartment, and you probably won’t have room for a large chest of drawers either.
Furniture that does double duty as storage space is a great option for maximizing space in the rest of your apartment. For example, look for a bed frame with built-in drawers, or one that is high enough off the ground that you can slide storage bins underneath.
It may sound counterintuitive, but a few piece of large furniture will actually make your space look bigger than lots of small furniture scattered everywhere.
5. Assess Your Belongings
One of the best ways to keep a studio apartment from feeling cluttered is to simply have less stuff to put in it.
That may sound easier said than done, but if you do a careful evaluation of your belongings, you might be surprised by how much stuff you have that you never actually use.
Pick a schedule for taking inventory of your belongings, like every six months or at the beginning of a new season. Make a pile of clothes you haven’t worn, makeup you haven’t used, and shoes you haven’t touched. Consider what can be donated and what should be thrown away.
It can be hard to part with things we’ve bought, but you’ll be glad once you have — and your apartment will look even better.
Ready to Look for Studio Apartments?
There are lots of reasons to go with a studio apartment. Maybe you want less space to clean, are looking to downsize or want to live affordably in a great location.
Whatever your reason, we can help you find what you’re looking for. To start your search, please contact us today.