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Have A Small Studio Flat? Here’s How To Decorate It

One of the rites of passage of growing up and gaining your independence is living in a tiny apartment. You proudly call it your studio flat, which sounds fancy despite the fact it’s so small, and have a small panic whilst trying to figure out just how you’re going to manage to fit everything in. Whether you’re moving into your own studio flat as a student, or a graduate with your first job, or if you’ve just recently moved to a new city – fear not. Here are our tips for how to decorate a small studio flat to make the most of your new space.

Storage Is Key

When you don’t have a lot of space to work with, you need to be smart with your storage and organisation! Luckily, there are a lot of smart storage solutions available. Ikea is your best friend for affordable storage, such as these underbed storage containers or make the most of your wall space with this shelf with added drawers. There are also a lot of genius DIY storage solutions you can use to make the most of the space you have and keep everything in your flat tidy. This is perfect for a small studio flat entryway.

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Layout Is Everything

When you’re working with a studio flat, it’s really important to get the floor plans totally right so you know that every piece of furniture is in the right place! Measure your space and the size of your essential pieces of furniture. These plans can help you to figure out the best spots for each item without having to manually move it around the flat, which will save time and energy whilst making sure that your layout is perfect.

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Use Natural Light

Small spaces such as your studio flat can easily lose the natural light and look darker and smaller as a result. If you’re lucky enough to have large windows that let in a lot of light in your studio, make the most of them by arranging your furniture accordingly: use this space for furniture you use a lot, such as your sofa or your desk. Natural light can boost your mood and make your space feel lighter and bigger. Compliment the light of your windows with light and airy drapes rather than dark and heavy curtains to keep the space light and open. Positioning plants nearby these windows will help them to thrive.

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Use Wall/Ceiling Space

Using your walls and ceiling instead of the floor where possible will help you to decorate your small studio flat! Instead of floor plants, consider smaller plants that can be placed on shelves or even hung from the ceiling in a ceiling planter. Instead of a floor lamp for extra lighting in your flat, consider buying some fairy lights with large bulbs, which will be functional as a light whilst also looking really cute! This is a small studio flat that is simple and chic.

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Stay Clutter-Free

One of the best decorating tips for a small studio flat is to totally declutter your belongings. Extra items that you don’t use or need will only gather dust in a space where every inch counts! This can be a really hard thing to do if you are naturally sentimental or nostalgic, and love to hang on to items that contain memories. Guides such as this one of 150+ things to throw away, will help you feel more mindful of your possessions and ensures that you don’t regret your decluttering process!

Separate Area For Your Bed

One of the major drawbacks of a studio flat is the lack of privacy as your bedroom contained as part of the open-plan space. There are a few ways that you can create a separate area within your studio flat for your bed. Considering purchasing a raised bed is a great way to separate your sleeping space from your living space, and you can add a curtain for added privacy. Adding storage drawers also makes this a functional solution. Clever arrangement of your furniture, such as placing bookshelves close to your bed, can mimic the feel of a wall and help you to feel like your bed is in a separated space.


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Colour Scheme

Using too many colours or heavy patterns in your small studio flat can make the space seem small and cluttered. Instead use light colours, such as white or light grey, for your walls, which will help the flat to feel bright and spacious. Choosing an accent colour, or using a palette of pale/pastel colours, will mean that your flat can still be colourful and fun without feeling too crowded by deeper or heavy tones.


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Do you have any great tips for decorating a small studio flat? Share them with us in the comments below!

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

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Emma Beswick

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