Five Design Mistakes To Avoid In A Studio Apartment

Living in a small space isn’t ideal; you may feel as though your entire apartment could easily fit within someone else’s master bedroom. To make this living space work you will need to have a plan, be deliberate with your furniture choices, and let those creative juices flow. A studio or efficiency apartment can feel cozy and inviting, but that is dependent upon how you define the living areas of that open concept space.  

There are plenty of interior design tricks and tips to help you decorate your studio, but there are just as many design mistakes that will ruin the flow of your small space. Here are a few decorating mistakes to avoid:

Mistake #1 – Choosing furniture that is the wrong scale for the size of the room. Furniture that is too large will cramp your space; furniture that is too small will make the space look unfinished.

Mistake #2 – Treating the room as if it were one room. Spreading the furniture around the walls of the room leaves dead space in the middle, this mimics an office waiting room. Instead use area rugs to create defined islands for living room and bedroom furnishings.

Mistake #3 – Placing the bed out in the open. Where you place your bed will affect how well you sleep. Find a cubby or corner that will feel secluded for your sleeping area, tuck it out of the way with the use of screens or partitions, or hang curtains from the ceiling to add privacy.

Mistake #4 – Having too many themes or conflicting color schemes. Stick to one theme and one color scheme for the entire space, this will give the area cohesion and make it feel bigger.

Mistake #5 – Using furniture from different genres that don’t necessarily go together. Mixing a modern black lacquered table with grandmother’s antique buffet and your pine platform bed is a design no-no. Use similar tones of wood, but be weary of matching bedroom or living room sets.

Need Inspiration? Soak up the design genius behind these perfectly executed studio apartments:

A Theme Room Done Correctly

Sebastiano Photography
Sebastiano Photography

Neutral Scheme With A Hint Of Color

Sandra Paquet
Sandra Paquet

The Hidden Bed With Storage

The Brooklyn Home Co.
The Brooklyn Home Co.

Perfectly Balanced Color Scheme And Use Of Space

Jennifer Perlmutter
Jennifer Perlmutter
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