With city living comes shops on your doorsteps, great travel connections and the possibility of Deliveroo bringing a Nando’s to your door. But what you can also expect are smaller living quarters for a bigger dent in your wage packet. Studio apartments are on the rise and although it’s definitely not the first choice if you’re a hoarder or have a big family, living in a studio apartment can be simple, stylish and budget-friendly.
I’ve picked out 15 of my favourite studio apartments from across the world, picking out features of each one as to why they work so well and hopefully showing you plenty of ways of how to decorate a studio apartment.
Take the room above. Although this seems like a fairly small space, the addition of two oversized mirrors leaning vertically against the side walls reflects the natural light from the window, making the room appear larger.
Shelving can give extra storage without needing to use essential floor space. I love how this studio apartment has created stylish vignettes with plants, sculptures and books, as well as storing necessary documents etc. You can buy similar Scandinavian inspired shelving here.
Just because you’re in a small space, doesn’t mean you have to forego dark statement walls. If you have plenty of natural light coming through, then why not consider an inky blue like this stunning apartment above. The gallery wall ties in the grey theme, whilst breaking up the intense wall colour. If you’re looking to create a similar gallery wall, then you have to check out my favourite print shop, Desenio.
I love how this owner has embraced the traditional features of this apartment, adding large artwork to compliment the high ceilings and creating a living space with this beautiful fireplace as the focal point. This pink Parisian inspired chair here certainly wouldn’t look out of place in this beautiful studio.
This room is full of texture, from the exposed brickwork to the wood floors, velvet pouffe and linen bedding. Texture can really add depth to a space and this studio is no exception. I love how the wall has been utilised with hooks and tea lights above the bed to create ambient lighting. You can add texture to your own home with this concrete table lamp – what an industrial-inspired statement piece.
If your studio apartment has an outdoor space of some kind, whether that be a balcony, a roof garden, a patio or even a small ledge to balance plants on, then you absolutely have to make the most of it. Buy seasonal plants, consider growing your own herb garden, and if there’s space, buy a small table and chair set that folds away easily to use when the sun comes out. If it folds flat, it can be placed behind your sofa or under the bed. This outdoor bistro dining set from The Range is stylish enough to use both inside and out, for less than £70.
When you’re renting, you’re more often than not stuck with the same neutral colour palette the landlord chose. Also known in the business as “Magnolia Hell” – I’m actually living that beige life right now. But to make this work in a studio, retain a similar colour palette throughout, from your seating area to your bed linen and lighter pieces of furniture. Light pinks, greys, taupes and whites all look great teamed together. For similar cushions, head to one of my favourite homeware stores, H&M Home.
With storage and wardrobe space no doubt limited, why not showcase your favourite pieces of clothing like artwork. We all have those shoes, handbags or dresses that are too pretty to store away so perhaps add them to your decor to create vignettes on shelves or hang like wall art. This silk kimono, for example, is too gorgeous to place away behind a door somewhere. Get the look yourself with this beautiful silk floral robe and matching eye mask, available from ASOS Premium.
Creating a dining space, no matter how small your apartment is, is essential. You need to eat on a solid surface and not be balancing your dinner plate on your knee. Not when you’re outside of high school anyway. Again, look for fold away furniture if you’re really strapped for floor space – a dining table like this Fjord rectangular one from Made.com is perfect.
Utilise every surface in your apartment, from shelves to ledges and window sills, as you can see here in this Scandinavian studio apartment. Decorative additions have been added without over-cluttering the space, while the ash coffee table offers a place to store plants and books, as well as somewhere to eat. If you’re a fan of this coffee table I’ve found a similar egg-shaped silhouette over at Cox & Cox.
Use dividers to separate your sleeping zone from the rest of the studio using either a partition, as seen here, bookshelves or a fold away room divider. By using glass to separate the bedroom, it still retains the natural light throughout the room and by using black furniture such as the desk and coffee table, it ties the finish of the room together perfectly. If this coffee table caught your eye, you’ll love this black and copper version from Made.com.
Luxe finishes and unique decorative accessories can really make your studio apartment your own. Granted, the space above is probably bigger than my two-bedroom flat combined, but it’s the eclectic mix of furniture and home decor that really gives the space personality. This large gold jug vase from Habitat wouldn’t go amiss in this gorgeous apartment.
If the rules of your tenancy mean you’re unable to hammer nails into the walls of your rented studio, there are different ways you can showcase art – including using a ladder shelf as seen above. I love this metal ladder rack from Cuckooland, which can not only show off artwork but store magazines and newspapers.
If you’re faced with a less than desirable decor – and let’s face it, when you’re renting you often are – adding greenery and flowers can instantly brighten the place up. Faux botanicals are no longer a faux paux in the interiors world, and pieces like this peony and thistle bouquet in a glass vase are perfect for adding life to a kitchen or living room.
Out of all the studio apartments featured here, I think I saved the best for last. OK, it’s not my usual style but I just love the polished concrete walls and flooring. And it doesn’t feel cold with the addition of natural wood and textiles such as rugs and throws. The use of perspex furniture, like these acrylic dining chairs from Made.com, are great for allowing as much light into the room as possible.
Which out of these studio apartments is your favourite? And if you live in a smaller city pad, what’s your key to stylish living?