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How to Decorate a Studio Apartment


Sarah Lyon

Sarah Lyon

Sarah Lyon is a freelance writer and home decor enthusiast, who enjoys sharing good finds on home items. Since 2018, she has contributed to a variety of lifestyle publications, including Apartment Therapy and Architectural Digest.

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Published on 01/18/23

Prepping to move into a studio apartment and wondering just exactly how to set up this type of space? We spoke with interior designers to gather an assortment of tips on what to keep top of mind when laying out and decorating a small studio. You won’t want to miss out on their valuable advice, which pertains to everything from purchasing furniture to determining the best layout to making proper use of wall space.

Do Some Space Planning

Space planning is a key first step prior to selecting furniture and decor for a studio apartment. “Space planning is always important for any project, but essential for spaces where every inch matters,” Ashley Macuga, of Collected Interiors, explains. The earlier you can get started in the planning process, the better. “Before moving in, ask the landlord to allow you some time to measure, grab some graph paper and start making your plan,” Macuga suggests.

Measure, measure, measure when it comes to furniture pieces you already own. “Pull out your painter’s tape and consider the measurements of every furniture item so you know well in advance what fits and if you are able to pull off your desired floor plan based on the spaces you need to function,” Ashley Ross, of Muse Noir Interiors, urges.

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Shop for Double Duty Pieces

In a small space, utilizing furniture pieces that can perform multiple functions will serve you well. “Look for space-saving pieces that can pull double duty such as a nightstand that can also double as a desk, an ottoman with built-in storage, or a magazine rack that can also serve as an end table,” Lauren Sullivan, of Well x Design, suggests. Marlaya Ross, of Studio One Nine Design, adds, “A multifunctional piece of furniture like a storage ottoman serves as a place to put your feet up and store extra blankets and pillows, while adding a tray on top gives you a surface to display books and rest your coffee mug.

No room for a big bed? “Consider the ever-popular Murphy bed for even more multipurpose options,” Sullivan adds. “They’ve come a long way in recent years with more aesthetically pleasing designs, smoother mechanics, and more creative storage solutions than ever before.”

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Have Fun With Color

Living in a small studio doesn’t mean you need to stick solely to neutrals and other hues that we often see in petite spaces. “Add bold wallpaper or a moody paint color to an accent wall to bring personality and energy to your space,” Marlaya Ross suggests. Ashley Ross expresses similar sentiments. “We ask clients to consider the idea that this space may not be their forever home and in light of this have fun with their design choices,” she says.

Get Creative With Layout

If you’re looking to set up a workstation, crave a spot in which you can unwind in front of the TV, and need to set aside ample food prep space, you’re going to need to get creative with the layout in your studio. “If you are working from home, and tight on space, try placing your TV over a desk,” Macuga says. “Not only does this save space, but some of the new smart TVs allow for the TV to double as an extended monitor.”

Creating zones within your studio is also a smart idea. “Furniture like consoles and bookshelves can act as room dividers to help define different spaces,” Cristina Lehman, of C Lehman Home, notes. You can also try a privacy screen. “Something modern and sculptural divides the room into hard-working areas with different purposes,” Beauty is Abundant’s Leah Alexander says. Whether you prefer hidden or open storage depends on your desired aesthetic. “If you find yourself on the minimalist end then it’s time to get creative with your hidden storage options,” Ashley Ross notes. “If you find yourself swimming in the maximalism pool, then open storage is your friend.”

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Work the Walls

Don’t forget to make the most of your walls, too. “Take advantage of the vertical space you have by using taller bookcases, dressers, and cabinets for storage,” Marlaya Ross notes. And be sure to add some personality with art or decorative objects. “For open wall space not used for storage, consider hanging textiles or sculptural wall decor as well as collections of artwork and photos,” the designer adds.

Hang Mirrors

Mirrors aren’t just for checking your hair—in a studio especially, they really do come in handy! “Mirrors are a great way to help make a space feel bigger, especially if it’s facing a window to help reflect the natural light,” Lehman says.

Finish Things Off With Plants

Once your furniture is arranged by zone and your space is looking good, finish it off with some green friends. “Add some plants to brighten up the space and add an organic feel,” Lehman recommends. “If floor or countertop/surfaces are limited, hang your plants. Ceiling hooks or wall planters are a great way to still have plants without taking up precious floor or counter space.

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Kristin Hohenadel

Kristin Hohenadel

Kristin Hohenadel has written on design for publications including the New York Times, Interior Design, Slate, Fast Company, and the international editions of Elle Decor.

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Published on 02/26/23

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Decorating an apartment can feel challenging in a bigger-is-better world. It may seem like owning a big, dream home is the aspirational standard, but apartment dwellers know that there’s nothing a smaller space can’t do. Home decorators and interior designers alike know the joys of decorating a smaller space where every gesture counts—and a smaller footprint doesn’t mean compromising on function or style.

Whether you rent or own your tiny studio, spacious loft, or forever family apartment, here are some decorating ideas that will help you optimize and beautify every last square foot of space.  

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    Add a Colorful Rug

    Most Lovely Things

    Most Lovely Things added warmth and color to a neutral-toned NYC apartment with an overdyed rug, midcentury modern-inspired wall art, and velvet throw pillows in sunset shades of pink, gold, and orange.

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    Install a Breakfast Bar

    deVOL Kitchens

    This small galley kitchen resides in a small, Georgian-style apartment in Bath, England from deVOL Kitchens. A two-seater, cafe-style breakfast bar is built right next to the window to provide a cozy place for a cup of coffee or a meal.

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    Use Multipurpose Furniture

    Fantastic Frank

    In a small apartment, you can save space and reduce visual clutter by choosing multipurpose furniture. This can mean anything from a high-end Murphy bed that doubles as a sofa or something as simple as a small dining table that can be used as a sitting area, home office, or place to play games and work on craft projects, like this Scandinavian apartment from Fantastic Frank.

    The bed is pushed into the corner and the windowsill does overtime as a bedside table for a lamp and reading material, and a gallery wall includes a space-saving wall-mounted magazine rack.

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    Embrace Dark Tones

    Desiree Burns Interiors

    While many people stick with light colors, darker tones can make an apartment bedroom feel more cozy. Desiree Burns Interiors painted the wall behind the bed in matte black that creates a grounded feeling in this apartment bedroom, while a large window provides plenty of natural light.

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    Accent with Soft Greens and Blues

    Neva Interior Design / Photo by Agathe Tissier

    If you want to add a bit of color to your tiny abode while maintaining a light and neutral feel, choose soft natural colors like the pale greens and blues of this 205-square-foot Parisian studio apartment from Neva Interior Design.

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    Add a Pair of Love Seats

    Design by Joshua Smith Inc. / Photo by Peter Murdoch

    In this apartment living room from Joshua Smith Inc., a pair of love seats subs in for a large sectional sofa, providing enough seating while working with the existing layout of the room.

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    Paint the Entryway

    Neva Interior Design / Photo by Picthouse – Patrick Mancliere

    A defined entry makes this less than 400-square-foot Parisian apartment from Neva Interior Design feel larger than it is, painted in a warm mustard yellow that gives it a welcoming feel and creates a sense of dimension when viewed from the main room.

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    Add Rustic Touches

    Design by AHG Interiors / Photo by Nick Glimenakis

    Rustic touches like a metal and wood sliding barn door and a chunky wood dining table add warmth to this Hoboken, N.J. apartment from AHG Interiors with its waterfront views of the Hudson River.

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    Camouflage the TV

    Tina Ramchandani Creative

    In this sleek NYC apartment from Tina Ramchandani Creative, a dark wood accent wall with a seamlessly built-in niche for a large flat screen helps to camouflage the TV when it’s not in use.


    If you’re a renter on a budget, consider using removable wallpaper on the wall behind the TV to help it fade into the background when the screen is dark, or build a gallery wall around it so that it isn’t an eyesore.

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    Add Wheels

    Becca Interiors

    If your apartment kitchen lacks counter space but has enough floor space, consider adding a small kitchen island, ideally on wheels, that is lightweight enough to be easy to move around. It can serve multiple functions in a small apartment kitchen, from adding extra prep space to providing a place to eat casual meals. This island in a Brooklyn loft kitchen from Becca Interiors is painted sage green for a soft, neutral dose of color.

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    Opt for a Wet Room

    Fantastic Frank

    If you just bought your first studio apartment and are renovating a tiny bathroom, consider installing a space-saving, streamlined wet room, like this small Scandinavian apartment bathroom from Fantastic Frank.

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    Double Space with Mirrors

    Design by Tina Ramchandani Creative / Photo by Jacob Snavely

    Decorating with mirrors is an easy way to make any space feel larger and more luminous. In this West Village, NYC apartment from Tina Ramchandani Creative, a pair of tall mirrors on either side of the bed reflect and bounce around available light and increase perspectives, doubling views and making the room feel larger than it is.

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    Suspend the WC

    Design by Neva Interior Design / Photo by Agathe Tissier

    In a small bathroom, a simple choice like installing a modern suspended toilet with hidden plumbing inside the wall makes the space feel airier while making it easier to clean, like this bright and cheerful Paris apartment bathroom from Neva Interior Design.

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    Embrace Simplicity

    Fantastic Frank

    This Scandinavian railroad-style apartment from Fantastic Frank is elegantly simple, with a black-and-white palette, clean lines, and industrial-style metal and glass partitions that visually define space without sacrificing light.

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    Hang Floor-to-Ceiling Drapes

    Design by Tina Ramchandani Creative / Photo by Jacob Snavely

    Floor-to-ceiling drapes in this apartment make the ceilings feel taller and the space feel grander. Plus, drapes can be paired with solar shades or sheer curtains that will let light in while blocking an unsightly view or depriving nosy neighbors of spying on your every move.

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    Style Your Bar Cart

    K Shan Design

    A well styled bar cart can serve as a festive focal point in a small apartment living room. In this boho style living room from K Shan Design, a vintage rattan bar cart is styled with retro drinkware, black-and-white photography, and plants, a ready made entertainment station that doubles as decor.

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    Add Statement Lighting

    Design by Sissy + Marley Interior Design / Photo by Marco Ricca Studio

    Swapping out a boring or dated overhead light is an easy way to elevate your apartment decor. In this galley-style NYC kitchen from Sissy + Marley Interior Design, a delicate pendant light anchors the dining table and floats in front of the window, making a statement without blocking natural light or views.

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    Add Multifunctional Storage

    Caroline Andreoni Interior Design / Photo by Laura Jacques

    If you own your apartment, consider adding a multifunctional custom storage wall that can house all your clothes, shoes, accessories, clutter, and a disappearing wall desk, like this chic mini studio from Paris-based Caroline Andreoni Interior Design.

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    Skip the Sink Vanity

    Becca Interiors

    While a sink vanity can add storage and counter space that some people find indispensable in the bathroom, not everyone needs a ton of bathroom storage. In this small bathroom from Becca Interiors, a vintage-style wall-mounted sink adds character while a mirrored medicine cabinet houses essentials.

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    Add a Peel-and-Stick Tile Backsplash

    A Beautiful Mess

    Sometimes the most depressing thing about a rental apartment kitchen is having to stare at a dated backsplash that you didn’t choose and don’t like. If your budget or your lease prohibits you from making cosmetic changes like swapping out the backsplash tiles, consider giving your kitchen a mini refresh by using DIY removable peel-and-stick tile.

    A new backsplash created with peel-and-stick tile can add color and pattern to your kitchen—and it can be easily removed before leaving so you don’t risk your security deposit.

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    Create a Casual Bedroom

    Fantastic Frank

    Fantastic Frank used an industrial-style glass and black metal partition to create a casual, open bedroom in this studio apartment that doesn’t block light or views to preserve an open feel.

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    Brighten a Windowless Bathroom

    Tina Ramchandani Creative

    Many apartment bathrooms lack natural light. To compensate, consider adding a backlit mirror over the sink that will add ambient light while producing a flattering reflection, like this NYC apartment bathroom from Tina Ramchandani Creative.

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    Create an Eat-In Kitchen

    Fantastic Frank

    Add a small table and chairs to your apartment kitchen to create a cozy place for meals or meal prep, like this light-flooded space from Fantastic Frank.

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    Add Pops of Color

    Fantastic Frank

    A bubblegum pink wall here and a giant neon yellow pencil light sculpture there gives this otherwise neutral-toned apartment from Fantastic Frank a dose of personality and spirit.

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    Optimize Bathroom Storage

    Design by Emily Bowser for Emily Henderson Design / Photo by Sara Ligorria-Tramp

    If your apartment bathroom is short on storage, look for opportunities to add shelving, like the recessed window in this bright modern bathroom designed by Emily Bowser for Emily Henderson Design.

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    Add a Banquette

    Tina Ramchandani Creative

    In an apartment with a larger open plan kitchen, adding a banquette along one wall can make the space feel more inviting, like this NYC apartment from Tina Ramchandani Creative.

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    Carry Metallic Accents Throughout

    Desiree Burns Interiors

    Metallic accents will add shine and light to a small space. This apartment kitchen from Desiree Burns Interiors is open to the living room, with metallic accents that are carried throughout the space for a cohesive look.

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    Accent with Bold Color

    Design by Joshua Smith Inc. / Photo by Tim Lenz

    A bold blue painting adds a mesmerizing dose of color in this neutral-toned apartment living room from Joshua Smith Inc.

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    Hang Removable Wallpaper

    K Shan Design

    Removable wallpaper is an easy and budget-friendly way to bring some attitude to a neutral kitchen, like this space from K Shan Design that is full of color, pattern, and a touch of bling.

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    Define Space with Furniture

    Design by Joshua Smith Inc. / Photo by Peter Murdoch

    A small sectional with arms defines the sitting area in this apartment living room from Joshua Smith Inc. to create a cozy feeling while preserving flow.

How do I decorate my apartment so it looks trendy?

Trends come and go, but style is forever. Chasing the latest trend means you will have to redecorate before you know it, so focus on choosing quality furniture and tasteful decor that will stand the test of time. Then you can rotate in affordable, on trend accessories that will make it feel fresh and current. 

How do I decorate my apartment on a budget?

Decorate your apartment on a budget by making smart choices about where you source your decor and how much of it you use. Challenge yourself to buy vintage or secondhand pieces at local thrift stores and flea markets or your favorite online marketplaces. Keeping an eye on your budget and consumption will help the planet by keeping sustainability in mind when making choices about what to bring into your home.

How do I decorate my small apartment?

The first rule of decorating a small apartment is to treat it with as much respect and care as you would a larger space. Pay special attention to proportion and scale so that big pieces like beds, dining tables, and seating like couches fit your small space without overwhelming it. Choose a neutral palette to make the space feel light and airy and accent with color or metallics. Decorate with mirrors to help the space feel bigger and brighter, and never underestimate the feel-good power of adding plants.

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The history of studio apartments began in the 1920s in the USA, the layout was developed by the German modernist architect Ludwig Mies van der Poe. In the 1960s, it was improved by A.V. Purgin. Open space apartments have become popular in America and Europe among creative youth. And now studios are more often chosen by young people and couples without children, because this is the most budgetary housing option.

How to choose a design studio

Studio — a small apartment without interior partitions, except for a bathroom. Such a solution, on the one hand, gives a feeling of more free space, on the other hand, it creates difficulties in design development.

The free space gives false hope that renovating the studio is quite easy. However, in the absence of walls, the need for zoning falls precisely on the design decision. Color, light, selection of furniture – all this should play into the division of zones of the kitchen, bedroom, living room, office. A banal screen is not always the best way out in this situation.

When choosing a studio design, start from the features of the space: the room is more elongated or square, how the natural light falls and which side the windows face. Think about what functional areas you want to highlight. Maybe you need to have more space in the “kitchen” or it is important to allocate a workspace. Or do you often receive guests? All this will affect the project.

Make the most of your available space. Maybe the window sill will become part of the table?

When choosing a studio design, start from the features of the space. Photo:

Pay attention to the built-in furniture, which will create the effect of a monolithic block with a wall and will not visually “eat up” the space. This technique can be used when placing a wardrobe and kitchen appliances.

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Avoid bulky furniture with an abundance of unnecessary details – such things fill the space and create visual noise that in a studio apartment will interfere with both movement and “pressure” on residents. Heavy curtains have the same effect. Pay attention to more functional transforming furniture, but always simple and concise.

Be careful with bright colors. The abundance of color spots in a small space will quickly get bored and tiring. For visual expansion, it is recommended to use light muted tones.

Lighting is your true assistant in the division of space. Interior light will help emphasize each of the zones.

Make the most of modern technology when possible, such as hobs instead of traditional stovetops, microwave ovens and steamers.

Remember that saving on the hood and refrigerator will come back to you. A noisy refrigerator will interfere with sleep and work and create the most uncomfortable atmosphere, and the hood will save you from kitchen odors.

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Make sure that the entire space of the studio is designed in the same style, and the details of the interior – furniture, textiles, colors – echo each other. So the space will look more harmonious.

Make sure that the entire space of the studio is designed in the same style. Photo:

Design studio 20 sq. m

Often a studio of 20 sq.m is a rectangular room with a square bathroom inside. The residential area is 14 – 16 square meters. m. Take your time and think about what you need to have in the apartment. Small spaces do not tolerate unnecessary details. It is no coincidence that minimalism is often used for such spaces, which involves the use of light shades, simple shapes, a minimum of decor and a maximum of functionality, which is very important for a studio of 20 sq.m.

A small studio is not the place where you should clearly define zones and split up an already small room. The best solution would be a single color of the floor material and walls. Bright contrast between the floor and walls should be avoided.

Light and cold shades will add space.

The smaller the area of ​​the studio, the more carefully you should approach the development of the project. Photo:

If the idea of ​​white furniture intimidates you, look to shades of light wood. In a small apartment, you should limit yourself to a small set of colors. Combinations of white, gray and light wood look very stylish in such a territory.

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Be careful with the drawings. Monochromatic wallpaper or coloring will look advantageous. Curtains with bright ornaments should also be left in the store, and the print is better for accent things.

Design studio 25 sq. m

All recommendations from the previous block will be relevant in this case as well. A well-thought-out built-in storage system, multifunctional furniture, a single style and color solution will create a beautiful and comfortable interior.

Multifunctional furniture, unified style and color scheme will create a beautiful and comfortable interior. Photo: @olgagoldilocks

Play with the shape of the furniture: a round or oval table looks less bulky than a rectangular one.

A round or oval table looks less bulky than a rectangular one. Photo: shutterstock.comA round or oval table looks less bulky than a rectangular one. Photo: shutterstock.comA round or oval table looks less bulky than a rectangular one. Photo:

Look to Scandinavian style for design inspiration for a 25 sqm studio. It is distinguished by a choice of colors (white as the main one, beige, gray, muted blue, bright colors are used as accents), an abundance of light, a choice of natural materials and strict, simple functional furniture.

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New trend – japandi style. The name comes from the combination japan + scandi. The style has absorbed the best features of Scandinavian and Japanese, such as functionality, simplicity of form, monophonic textured textiles, a minimum of decor, a natural range with dotted bright accents. Oriental traditions add warm shades to the interior.

If you want to add fashionable shades to the interior, take a closer look at marine, terracotta, soft pink, fresh meadow shades. Pale mint green and light blue-grey are good.

New trend – japandi style. Photo: social networks The new trend is japandi style. Photo: social networks

Design studio 30 sq. m

The larger the area of ​​the studio, the more interesting solutions you can include in the design. Here you can show your imagination in zoning the room, play with colors and textures, for example, decorate the sleeping area in darker colors and the living room in light ones, or highlight some area with brickwork.

The larger the studio area, the more interesting solutions you can include in the design. Photo: shutterstock.comThe bigger the studio area, the more interesting solutions you can include in the design. Photo: shutterstock.comThe bigger the studio area, the more interesting solutions you can include in the design. Photo: shutterstock.comThe bigger the studio area, the more interesting solutions you can include in the design. Photo:

It will be interesting to look at such a method of zoning as a difference in the floor or ceiling. If you want to use partitions, look at rack options instead of deaf ones. A rack or a bookcase will help to delimit the space, behind which you can hide the desktop.

If in a small studio a sofa or a built-in bed is more often used as a sleeping place, which is removed for the day, then in this case a separate zone can be distinguished.

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Experiment with styles. Scandinavian, loft or eco-style in the studio will look very organic.

There is such a pattern in design: the smaller the room and the more functions it will carry, the more responsibility you need to approach the design. Photo: There is such a pattern in design: the smaller the room and the more functions it will carry, the more responsibility you need to approach the design. Photo: There is such a pattern in design: the smaller the room and the more functions it will carry, the more responsibility you need to approach the design. Photo: pexels.comScandinavian style dictates us white (light) colors with natural natural additions. Photo: social networksScandinavian style dictates to us white (light) colors with natural natural additions. Photo: social networks

Popular Questions and Answers

What to look for when designing a studio?

Expert’s comment: Anna Avdeeva, interior designer in a production pair :

There is such a pattern in design: the smaller the room and the more functions it will carry, the more responsibility you need to approach the design. The studio apartment has a lot of functions.

It differs from the usual small apartment by the lack of partitions between the rooms. This, on the one hand, opens up more options for design, on the other hand, you will have to solve more problems when planning.

Every piece of furniture and equipment needed in your home needs to be identified right away. For the worker – to bring sockets and lamps, for the bedroom – to separate from the “noisy” part, for large objects – to install fixtures on the ceiling.

Separately, I note lighting and sockets – they need to be given exactly the same attention as zoning, and maybe even a little more. Successful lighting can emphasize the dignity of the room or become an independent object of the interior. In the studio, with the help of lighting, you can create the rooms-functions that are needed at the moment and turn off those that are not needed now.

The primary question is whether the apartment will have a sleeping area or enough sleeping space on the couch. I am always for a full sleeping area. It can be separated from the rest of the apartment with curtains, a screen, furniture or even a plant. If the space of the studio allows, you can separate the bed with something more static: a decorative partition or glass doors.

Storage systems in the studio should be located up to the ceiling. Firstly, there is more space for things and kitchen utensils, secondly, there will be no temptation to throw something that is very pitiful to throw out on the “roof” of the cabinet, thirdly, in this way the cabinets become part of the wall and do not visually clutter up the space .

For small rooms, it is better not to choose classic motifs, as they will overload the interior, creating a feeling of being overcrowded and cramped. Modern styles with conciseness and simplicity of forms are preferable.

How best to zone the space in the studio?

Expert comment: Olga Smolenskaya, architect, founder and head of the UNIKUM Design Association :

Paradoxically, working with a small space is much more difficult than creating the interior of a large apartment. The design of the studio requires the most detailed study and thinking through all the possible functions of each zone. The main mistake that is made in studio design is the lack of a designer. A non-professional, faced with this task, will not be able to take into account even half of what an experienced designer and architect could foresee. Competent planning of zones, engineering (communications, electrical), combination of colors, natural and artificial lighting, correct interior solutions are the main tasks that the designer solves. If you make mistakes, then dissonance will be immediately noticeable in a small space. Non-professionals, as a rule, make a big mistake in color combinations, reducing clearly inharmonious colors and textures in the interior, erecting visual barriers in the form of tables or sofas that destroy and break the space, install corner furniture (corner cabinets), which also spoils the whole look in many ways. , overload the space by placing large furniture.

Zoning a studio is an extremely important task. First of all, the kitchen area is visually separated by means of a bar counter or a small dining table. Next, a guest room stands out, where a sofa is usually located, which acts as a bed. If the space of the studio allows, then the bedroom can be separated into a separate zone, including with the help of light partitions. But the most optimal and comfortable solution for me is transformable furniture that can change the functionality of the space to suit your current goals. For example, in my projects, I prefer to use a bed that can be transformed into a closet or put away in a created niche. It will be much more comfortable than a folding sofa, since a full-fledged bed cannot be replaced by any, even a very good sofa. Again, laying out the sofa every day and removing the bed linen is not a pleasant task. Returning to the issue of zoning, I want to note that the light also allows you to successfully divide the space, highlighting the active zones where a person works or cooks and areas for recreation. You can combine and install both ceiling light and side, spot and even floor light. Do not forget about natural lighting at different times of the day.

When creating the interior of a studio, the functionality (multi-functionality) of each zone and the ergonomics of the space are extremely important. A person should be comfortable and convenient to live in a small space. On the one hand, everything is at hand, and on the other hand, it should feel like you are not in one large living room or vice versa in the kitchen. The size of the furniture, the distance between it, the transformation – all this is very important to calculate in advance, so as not to stumble over the corners later. Large dimensions of objects in the studio, of course, are not welcome, they will not look harmonious and will only take up space. For example, you can choose chair 90×90 cm or 65×65 cm, of course, it makes sense to take a smaller size to the studio. It is necessary to maintain a balance, leaving room for matter and for air.

Expert comment: Viktoriya Rybina, interior designer of the Zorge 9 apartment block :

The main task in the design is the need to include several zones with different functional purposes in one room at once: kitchen, dining room, bedroom, living room. Open floor plans without division into rooms and, most often, a small area require careful study. To do this, it is important to understand who will live here.

1. The best place to start is by identifying a place to sleep, which should be located in the most private part, and the main area should be given to the living room, kitchen and dining room.

2. Do not overload the space. To make the interior harmonious, and the space does not seem cramped, try to use light tools for zoning: curtains, screens, open shelving, slatted partitions that allow air and light to pass through. If you want to separate one of the zones with sliding doors, it is better to choose models made of transparent or frosted glass.

3. Make the most of your layout. If the apartment has high ceilings, then you can organize a second tier and place a sleeping or working place on it and also use the space under it. Don’t ignore niches and wide corners. They can organize storage space, or even equip a work area.

4. Lighting needs to be well thought out. It is very important to provide enough light. The studio consists of a single space with all sorts of partitions that prevent natural light from spreading throughout the apartment, so you need to carefully consider artificial light. Lighting is also one of the zoning tools. With the help of different types of lamps and their location, you can emphasize the functional areas of the apartment.

5. Choice of colors. When choosing the main color of a studio apartment, it is best to choose light and neutral shades. As a base, for example, take white, a light shade of beige, blue, green and others. Light colors will help to enlarge and visually expand the space. Bright ones should be used carefully, dosed and in the form of accents.

Expert comment: Anna Vasyutina, head of marketing at the Russian-German furniture company Raumplus :

The original solution for separating a particular zone is the partitions, which are of different types: sliding with a lower support rail, suspended, folding and stationary. Hanging partitions are best used to separate areas within a common space, since there is no guide on the floor, which allows you to keep the flooring intact.

Sliding and fixed partitions can be used in an ensemble to enclose a corner area: a bedroom or dressing room.

In addition to partitions, designers often resort to zoning using storage systems: sliding modules, open wardrobe systems, shelving and even wardrobes.

How to design studio lighting?

Expert comment: Ludmila Shevchenko, designer, architect :

Lighting in an apartment determines the mood of the people who will live there, the functionality of the room, helps to make the interior more comfortable and even visually enlarges the space. When designing a studio apartment, the focus is on lighting, which is of great importance in creating an interior.

Huge candelabra in the studio – obviously not the case. Numerous light bulbs and diodes are better suited. Dividing the space with lighting is also a good option. For example, in the living room you can use a ceiling with neon lighting, and in the kitchen – several light bulbs built into the interior. An option with different colors of neon ceilings in different places of the apartment is also suitable. Soft lighting is well suited for the bedroom and living room, which will create the proper atmosphere for relaxation.

Of course, natural light is also important. To make the interior lighter, you should use light and light curtains for window decoration, avoiding dark and heavy fabric options.

Viktoria Rybina :

The studio is a single space and the lighting needs special attention. Each zone should have its own idea and separate lighting that meets its requirements and helps to distinguish between them. With the help of light, the necessary atmosphere of the zones is created. The main requirement for artificial light is to create a comfortable environment in the evening and at night. If the apartment is small in size, but it has a lot of natural light, then it should be lit evenly. If the dominant tone of the apartment is dark, it is better to divide it into several zones with the help of additional lamps and fixtures. Neutral white light must be used as working lighting. If you want to draw attention to some accents in the interior, use colored lamps and fixtures for this.

What styles are currently trending in the studio’s design?

Olga Smolenskaya:

As for the design styles used in the studios, Scandinavian minimalism, as well as functionalism and modern, are still popular today. The Scandinavian style dictates to us white (light) colors with natural natural additions (wood, brick, etc.). But despite the popularity of using light shades in small spaces, in order to visually increase volumes, I would like to correct the prevailing stereotype and say that dark shades and even black color do this better. What’s more, the recent PINWIN competition awarded the Grand Prix to a studio interior in black, which speaks both to the increasing popularity of dark colors in interiors and to the fact that these are optimal shades for small spaces.

Victoria Rybina:

For a studio, it is best to choose such modern styles as Scandinavian, minimalism, hi-tech. All of them look organic in small spaces and allow you to create a harmonious image, not overloaded with details.

What colors are currently relevant in the design of the studio?

Viktoria Rybina:

When choosing the main color for finishing a studio apartment, it is best to stop at light neutral shades, which will help to visually expand and enlarge the room. As a base, you can choose light colors, for example, white, light shades of beige, blue, green and others. Bright colors should be added metered and carefully, in the form of separate accents. Popular colors this year include navy blue, mint, pale blue, lilac, pale pink, mustard and graphite. They perfectly complement the interior and emphasize it.

What mistakes are made in studio design?

Victoria Rybina:

Mistakes in the design of a studio apartment:

1. Incorrect or illogical arrangement of zones.

2. No zone separation. Many people forget about him. Zoning can be done not only with partitions, but also with finishing materials, podiums and furniture, which will help to make the interior harmonious and at the same time interesting.

3. Incorrect lighting design. It is better to refuse a common chandelier for all zones. Each zone should have its own idea and separate lighting that meets the requirements. Lighting creates the right atmosphere.

4. Unreasonable use of walls and niches. If high ceilings are a big success, you can make a second tier and place a sleeping place or work area. It is also better to equip cabinets for storage in full height.

5. Incorrectly selected furniture. For such apartments, transforming furniture is well suited, as well as furniture that has storage compartments.

Ludmila Shevchenko:

The main mistakes when designing the interior of a studio apartment are mainly:

– Absolutely unsuitable zoning of space, for example, you should not place a dining table and a refrigerator next to a bed: this is tantamount to how to combine a bathroom and a kitchen.

— Savings on lighting. Do not use only one light source. One ceiling chandelier will not be enough, especially if the apartment has partitions for space zoning.

– In a small apartment, you should immediately say “no” to huge wardrobes, massive armchairs that do not fold out and other furniture that is not functional. The same goes for heavy chairs and huge dining tables.

– Do not “paint over” the room in white and be afraid of the bright. Today it is recommended to mix textures, especially natural ones: wood and metal, glass and stone. In addition, a noble combination of different shades of the natural color palette is welcomed, which is characteristic of a versatile and eclectic interior.

– Do not choose blackout curtains. They will take all the attention to themselves and partially deprive the room of light in the daytime. With a studio space, it is better to stick to the golden mean and choose fairly light flowing floor-length curtains as a textile design, complementing them with transparent tulle or Roman blinds that gently scatter light.

stylish and cozy studio apartment design – INMYROOM

Small apartments are always on the real estate market
are in great demand. This is due to their low cost – mainly
such apartments are bought by young couples or young people who want to have
own “bachelor” corner.

Of course, budget cost
housing is good, but there are also disadvantages. It’s about layout and design.
apartments. After all, to fit everything you want and need in one small area –
an extremely difficult task. But still, repairs in a studio apartment will be less
costly than when remodeling a multi-room apartment. Professionals first
advise to draw up a detailed work plan for planning and design, decide
with color range. Decor
studio apartments will become an interesting and productive activity for you thanks to
our article.

Practical advice on planning and zoning

Unusual in a studio apartment is that the kitchen and living
room combined into one room. When planning, this is not
an obstacle – which cannot be said about a separate kitchen in a tiny apartment. Then
the choice of actions is limited, and in the first option you are free to do what
like it.

So, to begin with, we
Let’s look at planning options. What do you need to get away from? First, due to
limited area, we exclude unnecessary furniture and household appliances, and secondly, we take into account
the number of people who will live in this building. Even if it will
a family of two, make sure that everyone still has
a small private space, such as a workplace. Or at least individual
shelves or drawers for things and trinkets.

Most common form
layouts in a rectangular studio apartment in relation to the front door
looks like this:
1. The first thing we
we see, entering the apartment – a hall or a living room;
2. Further right
or the left side is the bathroom;
3. To the bathroom
adjoining kitchen;
4. And the end is already coming
balcony or loggia.

Room sizes depend
directly from the area of ​​​​your apartment. Just imagine what kind of studio apartment design you can do
if you have the funds and imagination! Take note of our tips.

Tip #1. If your
the living room is much narrower and longer than the usual standards; its design needs
be especially careful;
Tip #2. Much rarer
there are square studio apartments. However, here is the planning process
and the design will be much easier;
Tip #3. In his
most studio apartments, as a non-standard type of housing, are found in
author’s architectural structures and are drawn up according to a plan drawn up
Tip #4. However,
an ordinary apartment can also be equipped as a studio apartment. Achieved
This is by demolishing non-load-bearing walls and partitions. All this requires a lot of work and
paperwork – since such large-scale transformations in any case
must be coordinated with the relevant authorities;

Tip #5. If you have
apartment with several rooms, then at the beginning of work, be sure to draw
an approximate plan for the installation of partitions and furniture;
Tip #6. In order to
to increase the area of ​​​​such an apartment, it is enough to remove the wall between the corridor and
living room. Thus, the kitchen is freed up, which is what we need;
Tip #7. If the bathroom and
the toilet is separated – combine them, and to save space, remove the sink. bathroom
you can choose sitting or corner. Or leave the sink and replace the bathroom
shower cabin – better corner;
Tip #8. Combination
the bathroom will help win some space for the rest of the room.

Let’s talk about how to properly distribute zones in one room. Exist
such studio apartment design ideas,
which are based on the following accents:

  • In the spotlight
    there is a dining area;
  • Focal point
    interior is the living room.

In the first case, you can make a full-fledged dining room out of the kitchen. We select a compact
functional furniture, a round table and a sofa, you can corner. For decorative
we install a bed with a screen and a rack – in this way, we unobtrusively separated
two zones.

If you need to make the living room the centerpiece
in the apartment, then the kitchen should remain, as it were, in the shade, be the background. That’s why
the colors of the “kitchen” interior should not stand out against the background of the living room. fence off
zones can be done with an impressive folding sofa, home theater, wooden
screens with flowers and any other decorative element. Not just
overdo it with partitions – they should be barely noticeable. color
the gamma is brighter than the background of the kitchen – attracting attention.

Basic principles of zoning

Separate between
zones can be created by laying different floor coverings in each of the zones.
For example, tiles in the kitchen and parquet in the living room;
2. Zones can be
fence off with the help of levels or bar counters;
use a different design of the ceiling, depending on the location of each
mirrors to visually enlarge the room and improve lighting;
And, of course,
different type of lighting in each of the zones.

Choice of colors

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to walk around here. small
the room requires a special approach to color design – you don’t want
feel like in a closet or suffer from claustrophobia.

The design of the studio apartment should be light. Only contrast is possible
individual details of the interior. Of course, it is not necessary to use only
white color, but it can be taken as a basis. Cream, beige, pearl and others
shades of white will only play into your hands. Let this be the background of your walls, eh
furniture or decor items can be advantageously emphasized with brighter or darker

If your apartment is located
on the sunny side and brightly lit during the daytime, then in the interior
cold shades will show themselves perfectly. On the shady side, the opposite is better
use warm colors. Yes, and without additional light sources there is not
get by. To give a little “warmth” to the interior, you can use wood.
as the main material. It can be furniture, accessories, even the floor.
or the walls can be made of wood.

Choice of finishing materials

In fact, the finishing does not differ much from similar works in
other residential areas. Below we offer you information on how to arrange a studio apartment:

  • When deleted
    extra partitions, then the ceiling and floor are the main elements of zoning
  • For floor finishing
    the density and texture of materials is important;
  • For ceiling
    the main role in the distribution of zones is played by the form.

If you choose finishes
floor, ceiling and walls, then you need to build on the chosen style. About styles
we will talk later, but you can familiarize yourself with the finishing materials now.

Can be used on the floor
different materials at the same time. For the kitchen, it can be a durable floor
coverage, for the recreation area – more comfortable. Ceramic tile,
artificial stone, parquet board, laminate, linoleum, carpets – everything you need
wish. Gender can be of different levels
– just keep in mind that this solution is not suitable for children and the elderly. A
so, the version with the podium is very original.

With a ceiling of variations much
more – it can be a suspended ceiling that will hide various communications,
construction with wooden beams, even a mirrored ceiling will not only
an original decor option, but also a great way to expand the space. WITH
false ceiling more opportunities to add lighting elements and divide
apartment into zones.

Wall decoration materials
also depends on the chosen style: it can be paint, wallpaper, fabric, wood,
brickwork, wood veneer, decorative plaster, painting – options

Stylistics – ways of designing

If you want to design
studio apartments in accordance with a particular style, we can help you
decide on a choice. There are a lot of styles and below we have selected the most famous
and suitable for a studio apartment.


Probably best in harmony with the layout of this
apartments. Here everything is as simple as possible in the interior, and the space is minimal.
loaded with accessories and furniture. Great budget option for a young family
– a minimum of decoration, “motley” furniture, “creative” mess in everything.
It will look good in a small room.


A kind of romantic style of a French village. abundance
decor, bedside tables, cabinets, aged furniture, patchwork on bedspreads and more
textiles, painting and carving on furniture – all this looks gentle and cozy. However
not suitable for a small apartment.


A style inspired by the era of high technology.
Provides for minimalism and practical use of every meter of free
space. Somewhat artificial interior – a minimum of decorations, a maximum
plastic, metal, chrome surfaces and glass. And, of course,
modern technology has a special place. Would look good in a small


A universal direction that contains a particle
each of the above styles. Feel free to experiment with
decor and combine seemingly incongruous elements. All in your hands –
go ahead, create and create!


It is important to choose the right furniture and not make a mistake in
distribution of space. What we start from:

  • We are guided
    the chosen style when choosing furniture;
  • Minimum
    size and maximum functionality;
  • Compliance
    color scheme of the apartment.

Forget massive cabinets,
beds and nightstands – you need space, not an oppressive atmosphere. If you want to
use furniture of different styles, do it very carefully, otherwise it will
there will be a visual “cacophony” of styles and complete bad taste.

Design of a small studio apartment

It is worth paying special attention to this moment, since
it requires special skill and the ability to competently organize
space. Let’s start with the bathroom.

Do not separate toilet from bathroom
necessary – we must, on the contrary, combine them. Put the toilet close to the wall
a sink (it is possible without it), a bathtub or a shower cabin. Instead of a shower box
and a pallet, you can make a protrusion on the floor of brick, tiled or

The ceiling is not necessarily something
sheathe – you can just paint. As, in principle, and the walls. But the floor is all the same
will have to be tiled. And it’s better to remove the old one to the maximum
tile layer.
Next, move on to the living room and kitchen. If there is only one
window, we will try to divide it into two zones. Can be installed in the kitchen
folding or retractable table, and best of all – a bar counter that will
separate zones.

In the living room we use both
as little furniture as possible. TV can be hung on the wall or even used
projector instead. Choose a folding sofa with niches for things. If you
if you still want to have a separate bed, then it can be raised to a level almost up to
ceiling, and install additional lighting under the bed and use
free space for a sofa or work area. Or arrange in this place
dressing room. Although the corner wardrobe with mirrored doors, located in the hallway,
will visually increase the distance from the front door to the living room, save
place in the living room and store most things.

For such a small
space better choose design
loft-style studio apartments, which we wrote about earlier.
By the way, if your apartment has a balcony or loggia, then
this can be an added bonus to your living space. glaze,
insulate the balcony and make it a continuation of your living room.

Design of a studio apartment with an area of ​​more than 40 square meters. m

There is already a place to roam and no need to sacrifice
any part of the interior for the sake of another, more necessary one. Yes, with a choice
style can also be dreamed up: both Provence and fusion will be perfect here
By the way.

It is possible to arrange
a fairly spacious kitchen and living room – depending on what you want to do
accent. You can even dare and risk putting up a drywall partition
and make a corridor. Or set aside the original look and experiment with
multi-level ceilings and floors for space zoning.

Studio apartment for a family with a child

Of course, this is not very convenient, but there are all sorts of
situations. Therefore, we will consider such an option for creating an interior.

The main moment is the child, under which there will be
“adapt” the entire interior and style of the room. Therefore paramount
the task is to designate a nursery area for the baby. To do this, select the selected
part of the apartment with themed wallpaper, lay a soft bright rug and put
toy storage box.

1. Baby area
should not be near heating elements. The child must breathe
moist air and not get burned;
2. Optimal
lighting. If necessary, equip additional light sources;
natural and
safe materials;
3. Furniture without sharp edges
corners, lack of steps, stairs and podiums;
4. Hardly a child
a shower cabin in the bathroom is suitable, so it is better to install a small
5. Can
use transforming furniture for a nursery: bed-wardrobe, for example;
6. Use
loft bed, if the child is not too small, and place under it
play area.