Small space living is becoming more and more common, literally just having one room called a studio. If this is you, stick with me. I have some great tips for studio decorating. Tip number one, you want to paint it all the same color. This is huge. If you paint it all the same color, your eye just will cruise around the room. If you paint it different colors, it actually in the contrast will make it seem smaller. I just suggest to probably painting it something in the whites, or creams, or a vibrant gray, something that’s warm and uplifting. Tip number two, and I kind of referred to this in tip number one, but don’t add too much contrast. You could actually even paint dark if you wanted to, because it won’t make it seem smaller. It would make it seem cozy, but what will make it seem smaller is contrast, so if you’ve got a focal wall over here, and another color over here, that will make your space, so you really want to stick with one color throughout and not too much contrast. Tip number three is think of double duty furniture. What I love is so many places are making double duty furniture.
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For instance, there are coffee tables out there now that literally pull up and they’re like a tray, a breakfast tray slash table for you. There’s murphy beds now that look just amazing, that you can just put up on the wall when you’re done with it, pull it down. Great bookshelves out there, just a lot of things that can double. Also with your chairs, if you’ve got a space for a small dining room, think about the chairs being able to use for the dining space. Then you could pull it out into your living room, so always think with every piece, “How else can I use this?” Tip number four is in your small studio, you’re going to want to go vertical, so what this means is use every inch of space up to the ceiling. Put bookshelves right up to the top of the ceiling. Another place that people forget about is on top of the door, that space between the casing and the ceiling. It’s a great space to put a shelf, and put some things that you need to store up there, or to decorate, so you really want to go and think vertical everywhere you can in your small space. Tip number five is layer, and when I say layer, I’m kind of talking rugs and things. I think you want to make your small space seem that it’s cozy, that it’s textured, so I don’t want you to shy away from using rugs. I do say probably not ones with too much contrast in them, because that’s going to make it seem smaller, but think of something with texture, and think of layering it in. It’s going to really add a coziness to your small space.
Tip number six in your small studio is you can still create zones. Yes, you can, so you really got to think about it, and a great way is for me to draw it out and create those zones. If you’ve got a little kitchen in there, you’ve got one zone. If you’ve got your bedroom, that’s another zone that maybe goes in a murphy, that then changes into a living room. You want to really make sure that you still have spaces that are designated for certain things, and rugs are a great way to be able to define those spaces, but it’ll also make you feel like your space gives you everything that you need. Just to review the tip on small space living for your studio is, keep to one color in paint or your color palette. Tip number two, don’t add too much contrast because it’ll make it seem smaller. Tip number three, double duty furniture. There really is a lot out there now. Tip number four, go vertical. You want everything to go right up to the ceiling, and remember that spot above the door case. It’s a great space for a shelf. Layer. Layer will add interest and texture. Don’t be afraid to add rugs, and also create zones, so create your own zones within your space. Now you’re inspired to decorate your small space, which makes me super excited, but you’re wondering where to go. I have got a shopping list for you of all my favorite retailers that I like to shop at, with some personal notes of what I like to buy there, and links to them directly. You can link to that below.