I lived in a studio apartment for six years, and they were some of the best years of my life! For starters, I was thrilled to have my own place–a sanctuary of sorts. In fact, multiple people with roommates stopped by and told me they wished they had a space of their own just like my apartment, even if it meant downsizing. Also, I really enjoyed the challenge of decorating the compact space. Not to mention, living is a small place meant that I had to regularly clean out drawers and closets to keep my interior from becoming cluttered. This resulted in me living simply yet meaningfully. Everything I had counted, and when it came time to move, I was grateful not to be overwhelmed with stuff.
If you live in a studio apartment, you’re in good company. Great company, in fact. Some of the world’s most exciting cities (hello, New York) are filled with studios, and people scramble to find them. There’s nothing like being in an amazing location, even if it means living in a smaller dwelling. And let’s face it–just because you’re short on space doesn’t mean you have to be short on style! Today we explore how to maximize the room you have…
One-Room Studio Apartments
We begin with one-room studio apartments, which can be tricky to decorate. After all, when your bed is in the living room, it can be difficult to delineate separate areas. But maybe not as difficult as you think… Some spaces, like the apartment below, proudly include the bed without attempting to hide it from view. And you know what? It works! [from Chris A. Dorsey via Houzz]
Note how eclectic decor helps the bed below to truly blend into the space. While an assortment of styles and furnishings are represented, a funky look is created, and a unifying color palette ties it all together. [from Chris A. Dorsey via Houzz]
You can always use a shelf as a divider, as shown with the floor-to-ceiling shelving in the Los Angeles garage conversion below. Note how even though you can still see the bed, a little bit of separation makes a big difference… [from Urban Oasis]