How to Decorate a Studio Apartment

The studio (or basement) apartment is a difficult floor plan to decorate, with it’s large open space and four blank walls, you might as well be decorating a box. Well…that is exactly what you are doing. The trick is planning a great floor plan before moving even one piece of furniture in. You will need to create a room within a room, or several rooms for that matter.

These featured studio’s are no different than your small open concept room, but with the use of a carefully planned layout, these small spaces have become an inspiration for small space dwellers everywhere.

Fabric Walls

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Fabric walls add a touch of luxury to any room, but are best suited for an apartment with low ceilings. Track installed on the ceiling houses hooks that are easily attached to off-the-rack draperies or any fabric of your choosing. These walls can be closed for privacy or left open to create the illusion of “rooms”.

Wall Partitions

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Install a wall partition to separate the living space from the bedroom. This can be accomplished with a number of different materials. The easiest partition is a simple bookcase, you can use two bookcases back-to-back for storage on both sides. If you are feeling creative, you can construct a unique shelving system, made with a combination of crates, shelves and pipes. The most architecturally pleasing option is a stationary partition wall. The partition wall is built with wood framing and drywall, then painted to match the rest of the room. This wall does not have to go all the way to the ceiling and can be built with casters to roll it into place.

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Open Concept

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The traditional studio apartment is open concept. Every part of the apartment is visible at the same time. To decorate this type of room, all furnishings should be cohesive in style, color and texture. Your color palette should be the same in the living area and the sleeping area. Try  neutral shades for the room and drop in color with artwork and accessories. Use matching area rugs under seating and under the bed to create “rooms”.

Step-By-Step Video

For those of you who need a little more direction, here is a step-by-step video. This video is from the archives of The Christopher Lowell Show. This video titled “City Studio Apartment Makeover” has helped many people cozy up their open concept space. The decorating is a little dated, but the design is timeless – City Studio Apartment Makeover – The Christopher Lowell Show.

To design your own floor plan layout, you may want to hire a professional. You can hire an interior designer for a consultation, even if just for a few hours. A designer will map out a floor plan for you to follow on your own. Search with Zillow – Find a Pro to locate an interior designer in your area.

Published by HotPads.com  January 2014