Location: Brooklyn Heights, New York
Studio apartments are tough for lots of reasons. Like, you know, having to fit everything you own in one room and having to eat in the same room you sleep in. Though the photo above of a 640 square foot studio apartment in New York City is far from unlivable, it does feel a bit busy, and the big, heavy, full bookcase as a divider is a little imposing.
I spotted three smart ways in which the designer of this project, Julia Mack, of Julia Mack Design, turned this cramped, a little-too-dark studio apartment into a streamlined, sleeker version of itself.
One, she eliminated the bulky bookcase in favor of a hanging screen divider, gaining valuable floor space. (Though the book collection was no doubt pared down, hanging wall shelves substitute for the missing bookcase.)
Two, instead of keeping the walls a dramatic color or painting them all white to brighten the space, she incorporated the best of both worlds by getting an artist to create an ombre wall treatment that allows for color and brightness.
Lastly, the tiny bathroom was brightened by updating the old tiles with sleek white ones, and storage was added with a hanging sink cabinet, making the space more functional. Topping the modernized space off with an intricately designed mirror helps keep the small room from being boring.
The designer's description of the project:
"Studio apartments are often difficult to design primarily because every inch counts. The owner, a traveling media executive, was in dire need of a bathroom renovation along with a decorating concept for her 640 square foot space. The decision was to begin with a bathroom overhaul and then, while that was in the works, design the bedroom and living room spaces.
The building is very quiet with few residents at the end of the long hallway, so the placement of the bed on the entryway wall does not create a noise nor privacy issue. Also, this placement puts the bed adjacent to the dressing room and bathroom, which is important.