11 Gorgeous Studio Apartments to Inspire You
When you’re first starting out or just living in a city with astronomical rent prices (hello, San Francisco and New York!), sometimes your only option is to move into a single-room abode. Though the sound of it may make you think of cramped, cluttered, and decidedly un-chic apartments, studios actually offer plenty of design possibilities.
To successfully decorate a studio, you should edit your possessions keeping only those you love, select furniture that can perform multiple functions, and concentrate on a single aesthetic that speaks to your tastes. Keep scrolling to see 11 such spaces where a lack of square footage has no bearing on their stylish designs.
A thoughtful plan and smart furniture choices make this studio feel like a fully custom abode. Freestanding shelves flanking a daybed look built-in, while sconces hung on the bookcase’s sides provide reading light at night. An overall palette of soothing white punctuated by concentrated colour brightens and enlarges the small space.
This feminine studio is the perfect example of why small-space dwellers should invest in double-duty furniture. A pair of upholstered ottomans act as a coffee table, but also function as additional seating. A tall bookcase emphasises the room’s height while also offering storage space and a place to prop the television.
A smart half-wall in this petite pad separates the bedroom area from the main dining and living space, but still allows natural light from the home’s only windows to permeate through. A wallpapered accent wall further defines the sleeping area, while an overall neutral colour palette allows the spaces to visually flow.
A chest placed at the foot of the bed in this tiny Scandinavian home does triple-duty as an entry console, dresser, and divider between the sleeping space the home’s front door. A pair of lounge chairs near the bed offers guest seating, and makes the space feel airier than it would with a bulky sofa.
In this narrow New York City space, close quarters call for the apartment’s original tub to be placed directly next to the home’s kitchenette. A plexiglass divider keeps the spaces separate without feeling cramped. A floor-to-ceiling tufted-print wallpaper in the sleeping and living areas creates a feeling of luxury.
A palette of bright whites and grays emphasises the flood of natural light coming from this home’s single window. Simple styling in the wide-open space helps the home feel calm and serene rather than cluttered.
In this open space, the resident has opted to take advantage of a perfectly-sized nook to place a sleek daybed. A curtain separating the sleeping and living areas allows the alcove to be closed off when entertaining.
In this wholly sophisticated small-space, a dramatic wall colour and equally compelling collection of vintage furniture is elegant and luxurious, far more so than the apartment’s square footage might suggest. Since the wall colour is dark, keeping the furniture, bedding, and area rug neutral visually enlarges the room.
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