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Expert tips on decorating your studio apartment on a budget

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For young professionals, newly married couples and travellers, a studio apartment is usually the best bet. Especially in big cities like Mumbai and New Delhi, that have skyrocketing rents, a space like this is ideal. But living in a studio doesn’t mean you need to compromise on good design. Without breaking the bank, you can have a home that is pretty and inspiring. Interested? Our expert tips can sort you out.

5 Tips To Design A Studio Apartment

1. TAKE YOUR TIME

Small homes require a lot of thought and consideration—this is because in a tiny home, every single element needs to earn its place, and help create a crisp look. Don’t be in a hurry to decorate your entire home in a day. Visit stores, look at online shops, speak to friends, leaf through magazines and be sure of what look you really want for your home.

studio apartment design ideas - Mumbai-Thakkar Apartment - photography by Kunal Bhatia; interior design by Studio Urban Form + Objects.
Don’t be in a hurry to design your home. Photo courtesy Kunal Bhatia/ Studio Urban Form and Objects (Studio UF+O)

2. KEEP IT CLEAN

The first task before decorating the home is to clear it of all clutter. Heaps of books, bulky furniture, multiple accessories can make the interiors look small, cramped and messy. Open up your windows to allow more light, take out things that are unnecessary and keep it minimal. “In order to ensure that your home looks spacious and lavish, one must strategically place furniture and accessory pieces to prevent the space from looking cluttered and messy,” says Ekta Khialani, Founder at CASA NOVO.

studio apartment design ideas -We Design Studio designed this 1,500-square-foot 3BHK apartment in Mahalaxmi,, Mumbai, predominantly using wood and marble
Opting for a minimal look can make the space look bigger. Photo courtesy Studio Kunal Bhatia/We Design Studio

3. SMART SHOPPING

When designing on a small budget, visit flea markets, exhibitions and look for sales. This is your best bet to get things that are interesting and well-priced. According to Hardik Shah of Studio Lagom, narrowing your search to micro level markets or local markets like Chor Bazaar can help source real gems on a budget. “Old and refurbished furniture can be purchased in these spaces, and combined with contemporary design elements.” Apart from local markets, one can also look at online stores for décor inspiration.

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Keep a lookout for things at exhibitions and flea markets. Photo courtesy of Montse Garriga/Smita Khanna, NOTE

One way to revamp your home is to invest in one or two statement pieces and then incorporate smaller, cheap décor items. Another way is to reupholster existing furniture with luxurious looking fabric without having to buy a brand new, expensive piece.

4. ADAPTABLE ELEMENTS

Since space is at a premium, make your furniture do double duty so you can save space and get more uses out of one. Things like beds with storage underneath, tables and chairs that can be folded and easily moved to accommodate more space, coffee tables or ottomans that have hidden storage, work best for studios. Don’t forget the walls—add shelves and hooks and use them for extra storage. For room dividers, opt for curtains or screens that can be opened to make different spaces flow into each other.

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Opt for multifunctional furniture. Photo courtesy of Enjoy Home Studio

5. CHOOSE STYLE AND COLOUR

Just because your home is small doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish. Consider bringing in good bedding, rugs and curtains that showcase soothing colours and interesting prints. “Table, as well as floor lamps or sculptural hanging lights, are another way to make your space look luxurious and well styled,” adds Khialani. Remember though, in small spaces, soft, muted hues make a space look larger and bold; deep colours make it look small. So choose shades that help open up the space.

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Choose soft tones to make your home look bigger. Photo courtesy of Bajirao Pawar/CASA NOVO

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