5 smart ways to maximize space in a studio apartment
Posted by MOHIT BHATNAGAR
Studio apartments have been gaining momentum as a housing pick for quite some time now. True embodiment of the less is more principle, studios offer a humble abode in smaller spaces. Even though the dimensions may be smaller than that compared to a conventional apartment, studios are in no way behind. Packed with features and stunning interiors, a studio has the ability to serve as a luxurious home without too much hassle.
The small yet efficient housing offered by studio apartments is what has made it the perfect pick for homeowners. Whether as a starter home or life long pick, studios have been receiving a lot of attention in the real estate market, especially in the metropolitan areas where finding decent housing can be a challenge.
While the studio apartment offers nice living quarters the way one designs and sets it up has the ability to make or break its potential. Since the overall dimensions are rather compact, the design and furnishing has to be done in a mindful way to ensure that the space doesn't feel cramped.
Having the effect of space can help the place feel a lot better and comfortable even in the smallest of settings. Through simple tweaks and tips, you too can make your studio apartment look and feel spacious.
Here are some things to try:
ZONE WITH DECOR
The first step to maintaining a spacious and comfortable atmosphere in your studio apartment is to opt for an open floor plan. Open floor plans are not just trendy picks but also a necessity for a studio apartment. Most studio apartment layouts swear by the open floor plan as it helps the place seem more open, arid and a lot bigger.
Under an open floor plan, the basic attempt is to try to combine different zones of the house into a one bigger space that seamlessly blends with other portions of the house. As important as the open floor plan is, demarcating spaces and defining different portions of the house is also important.
The simplest way to do so is to utilize your architecture and decor to do the zoning for you without having to instill physical divisions such as walls, doors, partitions etc. In terms of the architecture, you could tweak the moldings of your walls across different portions to create a differential element.
You could also utilize features such as a short step in to demarcate a place as separate. From a decor perspective simple things like different paint colors, light hues, furnishing objects liek curtain, rugs etc can help create the effect of each spot being separate yet woven into one space comfortably.
GO FOR DAINTY FURNITURE
To keep the studio looking spacious, one of the most important things is to actually be mindful of the things that you choose to put in. One of the most prominent features of any home apart from its interior is its furniture. For a studio apartment, furniture needs to be picked in accordance with the space available.
Even when one has a lot of space to offer, heavy and bulky furniture can block off that space and make the space look cluttered and hard to navigate around comfortably. Therefore, it is suggested to opt for lighter and dantier furniture. Dainty furniture would not take up a lot of space, amintiang the openness and spaciousness that one needs to feel comfortable.
Simultaneously, the mobility of lighter furniture is much more giving one the option to move it around when more open space is needed for any gathering or work. Apart from the daintiness, opting for semi open furniture raised slightly above floor level such as a bed or an ottoman etc can prove to be helpful.
The hollow underneath gives one the option to use it as storage. Alternatively, you could go for furniture with built in storage features. This ensures that your home stays clutter free without the need of external cupboards or storage that would otherwise take up your space.
PRIORITIZE MOVING SPACE
Moving space, or clear walkways are rather important in a studio apartment. Having the walkways clear not only makes it comfortable to go around but also makes the space appear a lot bigger. There are two key factors to ensuring such an environment.
To begin with, the attempt should be to keep the floor clear of any obstruction, furniture or decor that isn't absolutely vital to build in contact with the floor. For instance, instead of having a cupboard one could opt for floating shelves to help store or display items.
Similarly, if one wishes to add indoor plants to the apartment, bigger plants could be swapped from smaller one, or even swap planters for hanging pots so as to keep the floor as empty and spacious as possible. Another thing that can help is to plan your furniture and decor layout effectively.
Setting your furniture along the periphery of your studio. This would help maintain plenty of space to move around in, making your apartment seem a lot more spacious as well as spare room for activity.
CHANNEL THE POWER OF MIRRORS
Mirrors are one’s greatest asset when trying to create the illusion of space. The reflective quality of the mirror, if utilized in a planned manner can help create the effect to make a space feel bigger through symmetrical reflections. Adding mirrors however is tricky to ensure that you get the full effect without it being overwhelming.
There are a bunch of different ideas that you can try out. To go grand, you could opt for a mirrored accent wall. Whether you go all out with a complete mirror or simpel add smaller mirrored panels to the focal wall of your room, you can make the space seem bigger while also decking it up with class.
Apart from mirror walls, you can also switch up the doors of your regular wardrobe with mirror doors. The long mirrors would not only give a splash of character to the studio but help reiterate the effect of an open and arid space to live in.
For a splash of uniqueness, you could also consider mirrored panels to clad the fifth wall of your studio i.e. the ceiling and give your home a little something extra!
STICK TO THE BASICS
An important part to maximizing space in a studio apartment is keeping it clutter free, and above all neat. Neatness doesn't merely entail cleanliness but also the way that the space appears and is designed.
For a compact living quarter, the kind of colors and patterns you choose to add or not to add have a huge impact on it’s appearance making it essential to make the right clal. To begin with the very basic, is the color scheme. Pairing too many bright and bold color put together, can make the room appear clashing and cramped up.
The best pick for such a setting is thus to stick to a monochromatic scale. You could pick a color of your choice and explore various tones of the color to bring your studio together. You could go all out with a single monochrome throughout ro apply the same principle to different rooms of the house by switching between colors for differentiation.
Using lighter and softer colors can work rather well as it doesn't subdue your surroundings and makes the space feel airy and light. Another helpful addition could be ensuring ample presence of natural light, which has a similar effect of making the space feel more lively and open.Making your home truly feel comfortable can be quiet complicated. However, with the right approach, you can make just about any space feel like your luxurious abode, irrespective of it's dimensions. Try out the above tips to set up your home in a smart and spacious way.