Just because you are living in a studio apartment it does not mean that you have to sacrifice style for functionality. So how do you decorate a studio apartment?

Decorating an open plan is always challenging, even more so when it is a smaller open plan area. When you have limited space, every design element counts.

But challenging does not mean impossible. We will give you some tips on how to decorate a studio apartment that is both functional and elegant .

Divide and conquer

Divide and conquer

You might not think that dividing an already small space is a good idea, but sometimes it adds depth to the room, as well as privacy.

Classic room dividers are a terrific option, not only do they separate living and sleeping areas, they also provide a nice decorative element.

And there are tons of different styles that you can choose from, from classic folding screens to beautiful fabric-covered pieces.

Open shelves might be another great idea, as you can access things from both sides. They also help make the space look open and airy.

Get a daybed

Get a daybed

Daybeds are wonderful for studio apartments because they can double as extra seating.

Just place it against the wall and load it with colorful cushions to create an inviting and comfortable seating area.

More often than not people cannot even tell that a daybed is indeed a bed!

Or a Murphy bed

Or a Murphy bed

Murphy beds are a unique option for people living in small spaces.

They can entirely disappear from view when not in use, as they fold up into the wall.

However, getting into bed when you are exhausted after a long work day can be a chore, you still have to move anything that might be in the way and then unfold your bed.

Plan your layout

Plan your layout

This might be the most difficult part but leaving plenty of walking space whenever possible makes the studio feel more roomy.

Allow natural light

Allow natural light

Very light curtains or even sheer curtains maximize the amount of natural light you get, thus making the space look more open and spacious than it really is.

Scale down the furniture

Scale down the furniture

Chances are you will not be entertaining that many people at once in a studio apartment anyway, so smaller furniture is the smart way to go.

Things like choosing a loveseat over a full sofa or miniature chairs over big comfy ones go a long way in saving space and making the apartment look bigger than it really is.

But do not be afraid to go big if you need to

But do not be afraid to go big if you need to

Using smaller furniture is the smart way to go with smaller spaces, however, one big piece might save you the trouble of getting several small ones causing clutter.

For instance, one full kitchen cabinet will keep your kitchenette looking neat and fresh, while opting for several small items might create a cluttered look.

Embrace vibrant colors and funky details

Embrace vibrant colors and funky details

Emphasize on how casual and cozy living in a studio apartment is by embracing the fun side of decor.

Painting your walls a fun color, or hanging shelves from the ceiling , or even using wooden boxes as chairs with extra storage space are all options, the sky is the limit!

This fun and quirky designs catches the eye and creates a unique space, no matter how small it is.

Camouflage storage

Camouflage storage

When you decorate a studio apartment, work on camouflaging your storage. This will make your studio apartment feel less crowded and cluttered.

You can do that by using double duty furniture, like a trunk for a coffee table or ottomans with hidden storage inside for example.

Or, you can paint larger pieces like wardrobes the same color as your walls so that they blend into the background.

Accessorize smartly

Accessorize smartly

Mirrors are the oldest trick for making smaller spaces appear bigger, the bigger and the more well-placed the mirror is, the better.

Also, when choosing art for the walls, try to choose larger pieces with more clean lines. Small pieces with too many details might make the place look smaller.

Tall curtains as well make the ceiling seem higher than it is, and give the place more depth, try to hang your curtains closer to the ceiling.

For more tips on how to decorate a studio apartment see also:

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