How to Decorate a Studio Apartment

Studio apartments combine bedroom, living room, and kitchenette in one. When it comes to decorating a studio apartment, the trick is to utilize the limited amount of space you have to make your apartment seem more spacious. Read this article to learn how.


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    Choose a subtle color scheme. To make the apartment feel more spacious, stick with white, off-white, or very light greens, blues, or yellows for the walls. Dark colored walls like blue or red will only make the apartment seem smaller and stuffier.
    • Stick with neutral colors like beige, gray, or brown for furniture, and add color using accent pieces like throw pillows, throw blankets, accent chairs, or pieces of artwork. This way, you can add color without creating a cluttered look.
    • Focus your designing efforts on details and textures rather than on colors. For example, buy furniture with intricate carving on it rather than brightly-colored furniture. This way, you can express your taste without adding too much color.
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    Determine where to put your bed. Your bed should be positioned directly against a wall, either parallel or perpendicular to it. Placing your bed in the center of the room will take up too much space and make the apartment feel smaller.
    • If you are very short on space, then consider investing in a pull-out bed so that you can turn your bed into a couch when entertaining guests.
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    Get enough lighting. Keep your blinds or curtains open as much as possible to let light in, and invest in extra lamps or track lights to brighten up the apartment.[1] This will improve your mood during winter seasons and make your apartment feel bigger.
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    Arrange furniture into smaller "sub-rooms."[2] Though studios are technically three rooms in one, you can create the illusion that there are separate rooms by arranging your furniture strategically.
    • Use two small couches, love seats, or arm chairs to box off a "living-room" area. Point them toward each other and place a small coffee table in between them.
    • "Anchor" furniture using rugs, sofa tables, shelves, or wall art.[3] Anchors help your apartment look more organized, and make the furniture arrangement feel more natural.
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    Get rid of unnecessary items. With limited space, your studio should only contain your must-have items. Don't bring clothes you don't wear, books you don't read, or furniture you won't use into a studio apartment.
    • Properly store clothing, shoes, and paperwork in dressers, closets, desks, and armoires. You can also use baskets and boxes to store your items.
    • If you are low on closet space, then use your walls as storage.[4] Utilize shelves to store books and picture frames, and install wall hooks to hang coats, hats, and keys.
    • Keep your apartment clean and organized after you finish decorating.
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