Within 20 square meters: how to create a smart and stylish design in a small studio?

Interior of a studio apartment in a modern style

Interior of a studio apartment in a modern style

In recent years, developers are increasingly offering studio apartments with an area of ​​about 20 square meters. m. For young or single people this is a great opportunity to purchase their own, albeit small, but separate housing. Therefore, the question of how to get a full-fledged apartment that meets all the requirements of a comfortable stay is more relevant than ever before..

Separating the kitchen area with a countertop

Highlighting the kitchen area with a countertop

Layout

Whatever the size of the apartment, it will not be possible to do without a bathroom, which means that part of the available 20 meters will have to be allocated for a bathroom. The most successful solution for placing a toilet is to erect a partition at the entrance. Thus, it turns out that part remains for the hallway, and the other for the bathroom. In this situation, you do not have to rely on a spacious bath, so you should take a closer look at the wall-hung toilet, which looks more compact, and the shower cabin.

Important! In total, an entrance hall with a toilet should not exceed 5 sq m.

Sliding wardrobe with mirrored doors in the design of the hallway

Sliding wardrobe with mirrored doors in the design of the hallway

Combined bathroom is perfect for a small apartment

Combined bathroom is perfect for a small apartment

The main area is reserved for the kitchen-dining room and living room-bedroom. The layout will depend on the format of the studio, and if the apartment is rectangular, then the space is easily divided into parts: an entrance hall with a bathroom of about 5 sq. m, kitchen is about 5-6 sq. m and about 9-10 sq. m.

Advice! If the studio is designed in the shape of a square, you can limit yourself to a partition that insulates the toilet, and leave the kitchen and living room combined, making the space more free. This will allow you to easily move around the entire apartment and get a more spacious multifunctional space..

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Storing things in such a small apartment can be a real problem, because having a dressing room to the detriment of a recreation area is an irrational idea. It is better to think over the placement of the built-in wardrobe correctly. Its location depends entirely on how many meters are allotted to the hallway. If you want to give a large area to the living room, then a beautiful wardrobe will fit into the decor. Also, if you need a small office in the living room, you will need to put a computer table, and it is best to place it to the right of the window.

Advice! Forget about the interior doors that separate the kitchen from the living room. One toilet door is sufficient. The rest of the zoning will have to be created using drywall partitions or existing furniture.

Finishing

Materials for finishing a small studio are not much different from those used in any apartment. The entrance hall should still have practical flooring, the kitchen should be tidy quickly and easily, and the living room should be comfortable and cozy. Therefore, linoleum and laminate flooring are suitable for all requirements, in addition, you can choose a lot of options for any style..

Organization of a berth on an insulated loggia

Organization of a berth on an insulated loggia

Stylish studio interior in cold colors

Stylish studio interior in cold colors

For a small bathroom, light tiles are the best solution: they look great and are very practical. Moreover, it is suitable for both wall decoration and flooring. In combination with modern sanitary ware, light tiles look stylish.

Idea! Small niches in the wall can be made for storing hygiene products.

The walls should give the impression of a more spacious room than it actually is. For this, any tricks are used, for example, 3D wallpaper. A contrast or light-air perspective in the form of a cityscape or forest will solve the problem with the window and erase the boundaries. For finishing the rest of the walls, you should use only light colors. This can be Venetian plaster, regular paint, or wallpaper. But the lighter they are, the better.

3D photo wallpaper will help transform your interior

3D wallpaper will transform the interior

With 3D photo wallpaper, the space looks much larger.

With 3D photo wallpaper, the space seems much larger.

For the ceiling, it is better to choose the simplest designs without multi-level drywall. You should not draw attention to limited space, it is better to make bright accents on furniture or accessories. Walls and ceilings should visually create as spacious a room as possible.

Advice! Use all sorts of tricks to increase the space. For this, not only light colors in the decoration are suitable, but also bright or dark ones. For example, if you add a bright, stretched-format grille to cover the radiator, the room will visually become wider..

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Design

Among the variety of different styles, there are those that are ideal for a limited area. For example, Scandinavian, minimalism, hi-tech or loft. They have one thing in common: the minimum amount of furniture, made in a strict and practical design..

On a note! An additional advantage of the Scandinavian style will be the use of predominantly white tones. And high-tech expands the space with mirrors and chrome due to reflection.

It is not necessary to choose a specific style, but it is definitely recommended to borrow the merits of a modern style. But pompous classics, which require huge areas as an element of luxury, should be abandoned..

Beautiful interior of a studio apartment in loft style

Beautiful interior of a studio apartment in loft style

Black and white Scandinavian style interior

Black and white Scandinavian style interior

To create a successful design in a small studio, there are several rules that will help you successfully cope with the task:

  • Color consistency. Choose the right shades: the finish should be light, it is better to take furniture in the same color scheme, all items should be combined with the finish.
  • Functional furniture. Each item should take up as little space as possible (bed with drawers or combined with a wardrobe).

A decorative screen will help separate the children's area

A decorative screen will help separate the children’s area

A sliding partition is a great solution for small apartments

A sliding partition is a great solution for small apartments

  • Using mirrored and monochrome surfaces for furniture and walls.
  • It is better to use a wall instead of a bedside table to place the TV..
  • Lack of unnecessary things: there shouldn’t be any junk, every little thing works for space.

Advice! Try different accessories for accents in your interior. A stylish vase or bright picture on the wall is not only for decoration, but also will help in creating a lighter, airy atmosphere..

Bright accents will help make the interior much more contrasting.

Bright accents will help make the interior much more contrast.

Furniture selection and placement

The main task when choosing furniture is maximum functionality with a small size. The smaller the furniture occupies the area, the more spacious the apartment will seem. Therefore, you need to carefully consider not only the color scheme or style, but pay more attention to its ergonomics..

  • A kitchen set should consist of two or three hanging cabinets and a table on which food is prepared. It needs to be placed next to the sink. The entire working area of ​​the kitchen should be concentrated in one place, as this is convenient and will allow you to keep clean.
  • The refrigerator and stove should also be at arm’s length..

Pull-out wardrobe in the design of the hallway

Pull-out wardrobe in the design of the hallway

Bed with storage niche

Bed with storage niche

A fold-out sofa or sofa bed is perfect for relaxing in the living room. If the sofa does not suit as a sleeping place, because often the back feels all the hollows, you can purchase an equally interesting option – a transforming bed. They come in the form of a sofa, wall or table that can be used for work. Designed specifically for small apartments, this furniture does its job perfectly..

Idea! Instead of a dining table, a bar counter is suitable, which gives the opportunity to dine in the kitchen or dine in the living room in front of the TV.

For a living room setting, create a cozy space in the form of a sofa, coffee table and TV on the opposite wall..

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Advice! Use the living room wall for a wardrobe with mirrors. This will solve the problem of storing all things and expand the space. The entire living room will be reflected in the mirror and you will not feel how the walls press. On the contrary – the effect of another room will be created, but only in reflection.