If you’ve ever lived in a big city, you know that real estate comes at a premium. We’d all love to live in penthouses straight out of Million Dollar Listing New York, but a $10 million commitment is more than the average person can afford. Unless you’re a multi-millionaire, you might want to consider settling in a space that’s a little more compact, like a studio apartment.
With the right design and layout, your studio apartment can still shine. It’s about knowing how to put your space together to make it feel more open and vibrant. If you take a tactical approach when setting up your space, it may even surprise you how great your studio apartment looks when you’re done.
To really make the most out of your space, you need to be aware of a few key decorating tips that can help. If carried out correctly, these ideas will help change your studio apartment from a drab dungeon to a tiny oasis where you can relax and entertain.
When decorating a studio apartment, the biggest disadvantage you’re facing is space. There’s a lack of it. What is the sworn enemy of small spaces? Darkness. The darker it is inside your studio apartment, the smaller it will feel.
Avoid dark tones like deep reds and purples. They might be bold and beautiful in a larger home, but they’ll immediately make your studio apartment feel claustrophobic. Instead, focus on bringing colours that mesh well with natural light. White is always a timeless classic that opens up space. If you don’t want to go with white, you can do something like a sky blue or light lavender. The idea is that you want these colours to open your space up, not close it.
One of the most important things to keep in mind in a small space is that every piece of furniture needs to have a purpose. Better yet, every piece of furniture might even need two or three purposes.
Some people think multi-functional furniture is tacky and looks like it’s straight out of a college dorm. It doesn’t have to be that way. If you pop into some furniture stores and furniture liquidators, you’ll see that there are many elegant options for items such as sofa-beds and coffee tables.
These kinds of pieces will give you more freedom to convert your space in the event of guests. Transforming a sofa into a bed with ease will add a few more square metres so you can entertain. If that’s not your ultimate goal, then simply finding the right furniture for your space will suffice.
Finding the Right Furniture
Nice transition, right? Finding the right furniture for your studio apartment is the most important element of this process. You need to be as vigilant as Goldilocks in finding the right furniture pieces.
Some people make the mistake of thinking smaller is better. That’s definitely not the case. Do your measurements and find furniture that fits. A bunch of tiny furniture pieces will still look strange in a small space. You need to make sure all your furniture is in line with the measurements you take and buy pieces based on that.
Head over to some furniture stores and furniture liquidators for some examples. You should always start with an idea in your head of how you want the space to look and find pieces that fit your scope. Even if it’s not exactly what you envisioned, there’s always a variation of something you want that'll look great within your space.
Looking for some awesome furniture to fit your studio space? Visit one of our three great Vancouver Island showrooms to get some more ideas in person or check out our website. We carry a number of great products from brands like Ashley Furniture. We won’t be undersold!