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Studio apartments are like raisins – people either love them or hate them. One of the reasons behind this is the fact that studio apartments can be somewhat tricky to design and decorate so that every aspect, or section of them, works in perfect harmony with the rest of the interiors. But with just a bit of careful planning and smart use of space, you’ll be able to put together a studio apartment layout that not only feels functional but looks simply stunning.
Section Off the Space
Since studio apartments are self-contained units that house everything except the bathroom in a single room, the first thing you should do is visually divide it into separate areas. For instance, determine where your kitchen area will be and cover that portion of the floor with floor kitchen ties or textured linoleum. Next, use two hollow double-sided shelving units to section off the sleeping area from the living room area. Finally, invite the power of a big area rug to aid you in determining the seating area.
Paint with Precaution
Painting different areas with different colors is another excellent way to divide a large space into small sections. However, you need to be extra careful when painting. You need to make sure that you avoid being left with an area that looks and feels too random. The safest bet would be to go with a monochromatic look. Alternatively, you can even paint the entire apartment in one color but play around with paint finishes. Additionally, keep in mind that muted and pastel tones always look better than the brighter alternatives.
Decorate with a Purpose
Now that all the hard work is done, it’s time to start decorating! Here, you need to be careful as well not to overcrowd your apartment with unnecessary decorations but rather use just a few stunning but purposeful pieces.
The Kitchen Section
Since your kitchen is probably not particularly big, you need to make sure you don’t overstuff it with decor pieces. An interesting backsplash, intricate cabinet handles, and an eye-catching lighting fixture provide just the right amount of visual interest this space needs. Additionally, you can make various pots and pans serve as decoration by putting them on display.
The Living Room Section
Decorate the side of the shelves facing the living room area with greenery, scented candles, and other interesting art and decor pieces. Make sure that you get a comfortable sofa and chairs to boost this area’s functionality. If your studio apartment is small, avoid going for a lot of small pieces of furniture and rather choose just a couple of normal-sized or even oversized ones. Finally, add an area rug to tie the entire design together. For extra pizzazz, you can even consider creating a statement wall.
The Bedroom Section
In the bedroom, decorate the side of the shelves facing the room with books, family photos and other trinkets that bring you a sense of peace and serenity. Use patterned throw pillows and soft luxury bed throws to give your bed more dimension. Additionally, place either a sheepskin or some other fluffy rug alternative at the base – or on both sides – of the bed for an amazing underfoot feel every time you leave your warm, comfortable bed. For the final touch, wrap fairy or other types of string lights around your headboard to create a romantic atmosphere when you need it.
As you can see, putting together a functional and stylish studio apartment layout is really simple if you just plan everything out first. When dividing it into areas, make sure no area is unnecessarily too big or uncomfortably too small. Also, keep the overall color scheme simple to avoid creating a space that seems too overwhelming and random. Finally, choose furniture carefully and make sure that all the pieces are as comfortable and as functional as possible to get the most out of them.
Cooper Klein is an entrepreneur with a degree in Marketing. He’s interested in real estate and home decor. In order to spend more time with his family, Cooper decided to take a break, and he’s currently working from home as a blogger for SmoothDecorator and several other sites. You can find him on Twitter.