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.
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.
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.
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.
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.