It’s easy to think of studio apartments as one big compromise. You can't buy everything your heart desires, let alone fit it all into the space. But these nine apartments show that living in one room is enough— you can everything you need, and it can come in a stylish package. All of the residents have done it by tweaking their spaces, choosing decor carefully, and making smart storage decisions.
This apartment from Shabby Creek Cottage stays tranquil and calm with the help of a neutral color palette and sheer curtains that don't crowd the 250 square feet.
This beautiful studio lets both textured elements and the architectural features — high ceilings, molding, and large windows — do the heavy lifting and keeps everything else simple.
Owner Andy Stewart hung curtains wider than the actual windows. That one small thing creates the illusion that this 400 square foot apartment is much bigger than it seems.
Even though she lives small, Kelsi's Hawaiian digs aren't short on personal style. She manages to incorporate a bohemian mix of looks — modern, vintage, organic — that still don't overwhelm the place.
Small spaces, like this New York Studio, benefit from furniture with little visual weight. Being able to see through the coffee table and bookshelf keeps it feeling open instead of closed and stuffy.
At under 350 square feet, this Swedish space keeps the decor to a minimum, and makes use of every square inch for storage.
Designer Julia Montanez neatly tucked a desk in one of the room’s corners, which means she doesn’t have to do work on her bed or on the sofa. It also keeps the space fairly wide open.
Geraldine managed to make both a home and office out of her Brooklyn studio with some carefully chosen furniture and a good layout.
This Soho studio uses a huge mirror to reflect light around the small space. Shoes and accessories are stored out in the open and double as decor.