There are tricky design challenges, and then there’s figuring out how to decorate a studio apartment. How do you fit living room, kitchen, and bedroom into one room and still have room to breathe? While decorating a studio requires a bit more ingenuity, planning, and editing, the end result is well worth the extra effort. To figure out how to make the most of a studio apartment, we looked to some of our favorites designers who have tackled super-small spaces for their clients and themselves. Take a look at these studios and steal their stylish—and space-saving—solutions, from easy additions that can make a room feel larger to renovation ideas that will transform the entire apartment. Put them to work and you may find yourself asking, "Why would anyone want multiple rooms?"
Bring in Standout Elements
Your studio may be small, but there's no reason it needs to be boring. Add bold touches such as a statement piece of furniture or an eye-catching display of art. In a 750-square-foot New York studio, designers Catherine Olasky and Maximilian Sinsteden of Olasky & Sinsteden used a graphic Kelly Wearstler wallpaper in the entryway to offset the oversize antique mirror.
A studio needs to serve a lot of purposes, but it doesn't need to serve them all at the same time. Find pieces that fold away when not in use, such as Murphy beds and drop-leaf tables. Or go all out and make everything hidden, as Batiil Studio did in this ingenious 120-square-foot apartment in Paris. The bespoke cabinetry hides a dining area, and the futon folds out into a bed.
Separate Your Bed
The number one thing that makes a studio feel like a studio? Having your bed out in the middle of the room for all to see. Create a division between your sleeping area and the rest of the space with room dividers such as bookcases, folding screens, or curtains. The bedroom portion of Spencer Gervasoni and Austin Mill's barely-400-square-foot Hell's Kitchen apartment is sectioned off from the rest of the room with help from a very full IKEA bookshelf.
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