Living in a studio type home could be cosy when it is designed well. You would not want to live in a home that is crowded and lacks the things that you need. Since studio type homes have limited area, it is very challenging to design especially if you still take into consideration the function of various areas that suits your lifestyle. In order to transform your studio room into a great space, you have to be patient, resourceful and creative.
Studio type rooms commonly applied in apartments and condominiums is a space without divisions. Because of this, you have to combine your living room, dining room, kitchen, and even the bedroom. You might find it hard to imagine how everything could be placed there but with good design, you can have it all in a studio room while retaining good aesthetics. Here are some tips to help you design a studio type room.
1. Plan for the right design.
Before you start designing your studio, you should plan it well and think of the proper sections for it. Decide on how you want to designate your areas for living, kitchen, dining and bedroom. Draw it in a paper so that you can have an idea on how it will look like. This can guide you all throughout the process.
2. Choose stuff to place.
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You would not want to have neither a cluttered area nor a crowded area. Hence, you have to choose things that you would need in your place. It is important that they don’t look cramped with some stuff that are not necessary. You can make your place look greater if you have minimal things inside. But as you choose your stuff, consider aesthetics, too.
3. Provide enough storage.
Your studio room would need sufficient storage space to conceal your stuff and to create more space. You can choose furniture which can play double roles as a furnishing and as a storage space. Some chairs, beds and tables have storage areas under them. Doing this will make your room spacious and organized.
4. Use mirrors and glass.
Having mirrors inside the room will make it feel larger and lighter. You can use variety sizes of mirrors. You may also use glass for your cabinet doors. You can even add frames of pictures and paintings, too. Anything with glass elements could be helpful. Using mirrors and glasses can help reflect light because it bounces and spreads inside the entire room.
5. Use light window coverings.
To allow light to enter your room, use blinds or draperies. Avoid using too thick curtains for it will make the room dark. Choose light colors for your window treatments or any color that would suit your design concept. Or you can even leave your window without coverings. You just place a valance if you want so that it won’t look bare.
6. Use smart furniture.
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Choose furniture that best suits your studio room. You can even opt for muti-functional sofas. There are even sofa sleepers that you can turn into a bed at night and a sofa during the day. That would be convenient. But if you want a separate bed, choose one that has storage area under it. Place your closet close to the wall and install hanging cabinets, too. Just do not install too many hanging cabinets. You can also choose furniture that has legs higher from the floor to create more space. Low looking furniture makes the room look crowded.
7. Create a focal point.
There are homes that have a fireplace and could be a focal point by merely adding some decors on it. But if your studio room doesn’t have it, then you can create a focal point by placing a painting in a wall or placing other decors one side of the wall. You can also use the television as a focal point.
8. Use partitions for privacy.
Some studio rooms no longer use partitions because it makes the space look smaller. But it is still okay to have partitions especially if you want privacy in some areas like the bedroom. You can just use a foldable partition which occupies a small space. Some makes use of draw curtains. To separate certain areas in the house, your furniture can already do that role for you, too.
9. Using a single theme.
Having one theme for the entire room makes it look united and spacious. You should also avoid over-decorating for it will make your room crowded. A sleek minimalist look would be more appropriate for a studio type room. Avoid using heavy looking accessories, too.
10. Use light colors.
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Using dark colors will only make your studio room look small and boxed in. To avoid that, you use light colors. It doesn’t necessarily need to be white. It just has to be light to help expand space. It will also make your room look more relaxing.
Indeed, it could really be challenging to design a studio room but if you will try to consider the tips above, you could be guided in the right manner of designing it. Also, you will surely get some ideas from the showcase of studio space designs above. Have you tried designing a studio room? Do you have other tips to add here? Feel free to do so.