7 Styling Tips for Your Studio Apartment

It's small but it can definitely look stunning.

Updated on June 21, 2017 21:06 pm

Samantha Echavez

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A studio apartment or a one-room flat offers many design possibilities and opportunities—even if it's a rental. Check out the inspiring small spaces below:

1. Let light in. "With small spaces, light is one of the most crucial factors. Certainly many of the white walls in [small] homes brighten the interiors. But other means are used to bring light to these spaces, making them feel considerably larger," says Stephen Crafti, author of Making More of Small Spaces. If you want a divider that separates the sleeping area from the living room, opt for a glass divider to allow light to seep through.


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2. Use furniture with visually light legs. To make your studio apartment appear bigger, use slim-legged tables or chairs. You can also use glass-topped furniture pieces to let more light in.


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3. Go for an open closet. Lose the closet doors to make the room feel more open, bigger, and less stifling.


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4. Use light colours. White and other light colours maximise the effect of light, thus visually enlarging the room. You can also use sharper colours. "Choose a palette of sharper colors as opposed to duller ones. Sharp as in bright chintzes mixed with colorful plaids or really hot reds and electric blues, yellows and greens (with plenty of air between the pieces)," says Mark McCauley, ASID, author of Interior Design for Idiots.


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5. Lose the clutter. Banish the clutter and neatly arrange the furniture to make your studio feel and look more open and airy. Keep the floor clean and clear.


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6. Add visual interest. Distract guests from the smallness of your studio by adding colourful accessories and textured materials. Edit furnishings accordingly—you don't want to crowd your home.

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7. Divide into zones. "In studio apartments, it’s really important to make sure that you carve out distinct areas for sleeping, living, and entertaining, even if they’re all in the same room. Whenever possible we like to make sure there is a proper living area (i.e., a sofa, side table, coffee table), as well as a place where you can sit, eat, or work. Sometimes this means sacrificing some of the 'bedroom' to make for a larger 'living and entertaining' area," say Lindsay Boswell and Ali Levin of LABLstudio.


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