Divide and Conquer
If you can’t separate private and public spaces vertically, look for ways to divide the space horizontally with architectural details. In this Paris studio apartment, the bed is separated from the living room by a partition that keeps it out of view from guests being entertained in the adjacent public area.
Choose furnishings that can serve more than one purpose to make your studio apartment more efficient. The red cabinetry used in this kitchen provides practical storage and also creates a partition that keeps the cooking mess and odors hidden from the sleeping, work, and entertaining areas. The bold color also helps to define the kitchen as its own space.
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Storage is always a problem in studio apartments, so get creative. In this New York studio, the sturdy stairs to the sleeping loft conceal drawers. Each step’s riser slides out to reveal commodious storage that the homeowners use to hold clothing. A walk-in closet for hanging storage is tucked underneath the loft.
To streamline your decor, choose a focal point and allow everything else to support it rather than compete with it. The windows in this New York studio apartment frame a spectacular view that naturally takes center stage. The choice of a soft color palette indoors serves to enhance the eye candy outdoors.
To keep your studio looking uncluttered, consider whitewashing the entire apartment and then using pops of color to give each space its own identity. In this Stockholm apartment, pink-and-white wallpaper hung on one wall of the sleeping area differentiates it from the adjacent kitchen and dining area.
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Glass is a great way to create separation without blocking the view. It can be used for partitions or, as the owners of this London studio apartment have done, for the risers and railings on stairs. Thanks to soaring ceilings, the apartment accommodates three levels in one room, all connected by an unobtrusive, transparent staircase.
It’s a Mod, Mod World
Invest in modular furniture. Rather than keeping your bed out all day, tempting you to take a nap when you’re cooking or trying to focus on work, install a Murphy bed. This studio apartment in New York features a modular unit that includes a fold-out bed, nightstand, closet, home office, library, storage, and lighting.
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If you can’t build up, there are other uses for the airspace above your head. Some studio apartment dwellers use it for storage, and others, like the owners of this loft in Buenos Aires, use it to create an art gallery. When they're reclining in bed, the residents are in the perfect position to admire their collection.
Use floor coverings to help define spaces. They can visually separate areas with different purposes without cluttering the room with partitions. While the orange carpet in this bi-level studio apartment complements the kitchen cabinetry and other bold accents in the studio, it also serves to set the dining area apart from the adjacent seating area and gives the space its own identity.
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