Ideas for decorating a studio apartment

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Ideas for decorating a studio apartment
Light-coloured window coverings allow daylight in while maintaining privacy. (Red brick and white curtains image by MPfoto from Fotolia.com)

A studio apartment often consists of one room to use for several activities. Organization is key to making that room feel more spacious than it is. However, even the furniture, paint colours and window coverings used to decorate a studio apartment can affect whether it feels roomy or cramped.

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Activity Zones

Keep your studio apartment organised by creating zones for specific activities. For instance, placing a sofa, chair and coffee table on top of an area rug sets off that part of the space as a living room. A small desk and bookshelf in a corner marks off a study or office space. Use furniture as dividers to create separate spaces in larger studio apartments. One option is to centre bookshelves in the space so that a seating and TV area is set up on one side and a dining set placed on the other side. Use the bookshelves in between to store videos, music, dining utensils and other items.

Furnishings

Maximise your storage space by adding furniture to your studio that is used for more than one purpose. For example, some coffee tables are built atop low shelves that you can use to store books and magazines. Use an expandable dining table as a desk during the day, and later expand it to accommodate dinner guests.

Windows

Brighten up a studio apartment that has few windows by hanging a large mirror across from or near a window to reflect the daylight. If privacy is a concern, hang light-coloured curtains or blinds to allow daylight to filter through the windows while keeping them covered to maintain your privacy.

Floor Space

Hang as many things as possible to prevent taking up too much floor space. Options include suspending your television on a wall bracket and hanging shelves to create additional storage space. Gain even more floor space by using a Murphy bed. Several types of Murphy beds are sold, but they typically fold up inside a cabinet so that the bed is stowed away during the day to create more space in a room.

Paint

Paint colours affect the feel of a room. If you have a choice, opt for light paint colours over dark ones for studio apartment walls. To the eye, light colours appear to recede, which makes a room feel more spacious. Dark paint colours not only make a room feel smaller, but they also absorb light, which is a problem if your studio already gets little daylight.

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