Decorating can seem challenging, especially when you have limited space. I recently shared some advice for doing so in an article on AllTheStuff.com! If you’re trying to figure out how to squeeze your 2,500 sq ft life into a 500 sq ft studio, start by following these three easy tips:
1. Declutter like a Minimalist
When living in a studio, it’s best to move in with the minimum. Sift through your belongings and narrow it down to the basics. Furniture should be limited to your bed and somewhere to sit, work and eat. Then sell or donate everything that doesn’t have a practical purpose or bring you joy. Moving in with the minimum and not feeling cramped with clutter will give you an immediate sense of relief.
2. Keep it Light and Airy
To make your studio feel spacious, the room should be light and bright. Take full advantage of natural light from windows and hang neutral or sheer curtains high to elevate the eye. Also, maximize your square footage by separating and defining each space (e.g. bed, dining table, reading chair), use elevated furniture (e.g. beds and TV consoles with legs) and store things away in baskets, cabinets and closets. The more you can see the floor, the bigger the studio will feel.
3. Personalize to Your Taste
When you come home, you want the studio to feel like it’s yours, not a budget hotel or college dorm room. Select a simple color palette for the entire apartment that gives you good energy and decorate with personal items that reflect your identity. A gallery wall or picture ledge with framed photos or artwork is a great place to start. Also accessorize your bed and seating with plump pillows that add comfort and color.
Photo by Melissa Raelynn Photography