Modern Studios from Ohtel

Wellington, New Zealand

We often get questions from readers about how to transform a bland, carpeted room into a stylish apartment, so when we spotted these photos from Ohtel in Wellington, we immediately saw a great source of inspiration.

The rooms at boutique hotel Ohtel are similar to the kind of boxy studio apartments that are abundant in the United States, but the choice of colors and furnishings make what could be a blah space into a hip, mid-century pad.

To complement the beige carpets, walls are painted in a rich latte color, and wood furniture adds much-needed warmth. Furnishings are streamlined and small, to prevent the room from feeling weighted down or overstuffed. Bright jewel tones are used in small doses (like a side chair or a throw pillow) to provide some contrast and excitement.

For more information on Ohtel, check out their website or this review from Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

Photos: Ohtel, Mr. and Mrs. Smith