Caroline's Pint Size Studio's Living Room

Caroline's Pint Size Studio's Living Room

Leah Moss
Apr 11, 2011

Whether your home is 2000 square feet or 200, there is a lot to learn about efficiency and style from the teeny tiny "living room" that Caroline carved out in the middle of her 475 square foot studio. Without seeming cluttered or cramped, the petite space boasts all the elements of a room 5 times its size.

Complete with ample seating, a decent amount of storage, a media center, and a reading nook, Caroline's little living room has a lot to offer — so what makes it work?

Small Scale Sofa. Caroline's chose Macy's Ava Metro sofa (currently unavailable) which looks like a full scale sofa but without the bulk. It's slim, clean-lined proportions and neutral upholstery lend the space its put together feel.

Limited Color Palette. The walls and the bulkier pieces of furniture are whites, creams, and beige which make the space seem cohesive and expansive — but Caroline doesn't skimp on character when it comes to accent textiles. Accents are mostly high impact black and white with occasional punches of pinks which gives the seating area a graphic pop. However, since all the major pieces of furniture are whites and neutrals they blend into the surrounding areas when looking at the apartment as a whole.

Bold Area Rug. Nothing anchors a seating area or gives a small space prominence like an area rug, especially one with a bold design such as IKEA's STOCKHOLM RAND. The black and white stripes give the tiny footprint the rock and roll edge it needs to stand out in the sea of white.

Smart Storage Pieces. The upholstered storage bench pushed up against the wall can hold plenty of apartment extras while also providing extra seating for larger gatherings. The white media cabinet almost disappears against the creamy white walls and other white furnishings.

Repeating Motifs. Nature-inspired designs with a retro edge find their way into accent pillows, artwork, and wall decals, lending a unified feel to the small space without making it feel overly theme-y.

For more space-savy ideas, check out the rest of Caroline's Pint Size Retro Whimsy On A Budget.

Images: Leah Moss

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