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How to style a studio apartment in a lovilee way

Apartment living is on the rise with people moving closer to their workplaces which is generally closer to the Johannesburg CBD, Sandton or Brooklyn areas here in Gauteng. As these areas become more densely populated it makes sense that apartment buildings and complexes are popping up as they allow for a larger number of people to be accommodated in an area.

Whether you are looking for property to rent in Pretoria or Johannesburg or already own a studio apartment – small does not mean it cannot be stylish!. Private Property is a great place to start your search, I rented out my first apartment through their platform and even sold our previous house in under a month through their site. I was really excited when they asked me to collaborate on this article and share some tips from my own experience.

What is a studio apartment?

A studio apartment is essentially a flat consisting of one big room that contains a bedroom, kitchen and living area, with only the bathroom being separate.

My first home was a teeny tiny place of 33m2, that is almost the exact size of a double garage. Even though it was not a studio apartment as such, it was very similar – bed and bathroom together, and living room and kitchen together. I had to think of clever ideas when it came to storage and had to improvise on decor (as my budget was very small after paying my bond and other expenses).

Top tips on how to style a studio apartment

  • Consider the colours you use for your interior carefully. It is best to stick with the same colour palette throughout your space. Be careful using dark colours on the walls as they tend to make a space look smaller. Neutral or monochromatic colours tend to be a good choice (or, in my case, purple!!!).
  • Mount what you can to the walls. This will maximise your floor space. Mount your television or even bicycle to the wall. Use a flat wall panel heater, instead of a loose standing one as a loose standing one would have to be stored in summer.
  • Modern black and white one room apartment By via Shutterstock

  • Use pretty and functional furniture pieces to separate your areas. These can include a tall book-shelf or pretty cupboard, even your bed or couch can act as a room or space divider.
  • Opt for a sofa bed to save space. It can be used as a bed by night and couch by day.
  • Colorful pillows on a sofa with white brick wall in background By Phaendin via Shutterstock

  • Create a height illusion with ceiling-to-floor curtains. The alternative is to have window blinds in the same colour as the wall.
  • Get creative with a coffee table. I used to make use of a storage chest that doubled up as a coffee table, but you could even use some ottomans with storage space inside.
  • Home interior decor in gray and brown colors: glass jar with dried flowers, vase and candle on the wooden tray on the coffee table over sofa with cushions. Living room decoration. By Alena Ozerova via Shutterstock

MOST IMPORTANT: Less is truly more when it comes to small space living. Get creative with storage – a pegboard is even a great idea!

Do you have more tips on how to style a studio apartment? Please leave me with some comments below.

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