A studio or small apartment that combines the living room, bedroom and kitchen into a single unit is a difficult space to furnish effectively. Creating the illusion of space in this small area is the way to make an impact:
Choose a neutral colour such as white, cream and off white for the walls to make the space appear larger and brighter.
If you’d like a bit more colour, choose one wall as the feature wall and paint in soft tones of blue or green.
Use furniture to divide a large area into different sections. Like, place a couch off the wall and angle it in front of the TV, with an end table on each side. The sofa back will act as a separation.
A studio apartment must have a single theme flowing throughout. But don’t overdo the design.
Ceiling lights are a no-no in small apartment as they cut off the height of the room. Soft lighting is preferable.
Install more lamps in your home. Eliminate shadows at the corners of the rooms by placing soft incandescent lights at strategic locations.
Natural light also plays a pivotal role in creating the illusion of space.
Go for dual-purpose furniture such as sofa-cum-bed or a Murphy bed (a wall bed or fold away bed), work table opening up as a dining table or a work table integrated with a Murphy bed.
Buy furniture pieces and accessories with metallic finishes and touches. Silver, nickel, chrome and stainless steel provide a home with a cool, modern look.
Choose stainless-steel kitchen appliances, and replace outdated sink faucets and fixtures with chrome versions that feature high arcs and sleek lines.
(With inputs from interior designer Monica Kamal and Angeline Loiseau, store manager, Zolijns Designs)