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21 Inspiring Small Space Decorating Ideas for Studio Apartments

We tend to think of our dream home as a huge house with space for everything we’ve pinned to our “Home” boards on Pinterest. But if you’re in a studio apartment and aren’t sure when that space will grow into something bigger, there’s no reason to wait to create your dream home. Just because you only have one room doesn’t mean your decor can’t fulfill all of your hopes and dreams. Check out these 21 beautiful studio apartments with major style that prove you can have it all in a small space.

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1. Brick and Glam: Don’t think of your living room as tiny — it’s cozy. Nesting tables are the perfect way to bring out extra side tables when you’re entertaining and need more space to set glasses and treats. (via The Learner Observer)

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2. Nordic Chic: Don’t let the TV dictate the room arrangement. In this space, watching TV with more than one person would mean rearranging a bit, but maybe that’s not a bad thing. Our design choices reflect what’s important, and this room seems to prize conversation over television. And we love that. (via Alvhem)

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3. Classy Gray: A uniform color palette keeps a small space from feeling too busy. A palette of gray is consistent and soothing, while the shag rug and wood trim add textural interest without competing with the color scheme. (via Domaine Home)

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4. Open Spaces: When you’re decorating a studio, try to keep accessories to a minimum for a relaxing feel. We love all the house plants in this light and bright apartment. (via Alvhem)

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5. Scandinavian Glass: The unusual glass partition in this studio takes away some of the privacy but also creates a very airy and open feel. Large mirrors help emphasize the openness and spaciousness of the room, making it feel more connected. (via Homedit)

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6. Creative Touches: White with just the right amount of blue, this living room is positively dreamy. We are digging the creative coffee table using magazines as the base. (via Casa Diez)

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7. European Style: You don’t always have to start with a sofa. A daybed can allow for a lot more flexibility, decorating-wise. Or if a sofa (even a small one) just isn’t working in your space, try two chairs instead. (via Alvhem)

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8. Cube Room: Living in a completely open space does not mean you have to give up on privacy. We’re not sure if you could DIY this, but we love that it’s mounted on wheels and can easily be moved around. (via Enpundit)

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9. Pattern Play: Bold and beautiful, this tiny studio didn’t shy away from color and pattern, and we love it. If you have a weird layout or only one window, bring interest and color into the space with wallpaper or a painted accent wall. (via Domino)

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10. Float ‘Em: One great way to store things without cluttering your space is on the walls! Use floating wall shelves to keep all your items in place while adding some character and color to your walls. (via StyleCaster)

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11. Divide It Up: We think we might prefer this curtain wall to a “normal” wall. A flowy white curtain permits a flood of natural light while maintaining a chic aesthetic. (via Domino)

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12. Light It Up: An elegant iron chandelier brings immediate presence to the all-white space that would otherwise visually disappear in this charmingly eclectic and colorful living room. (via Homedit)

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13. Make Your Own Wall: Get creative with your space and DIY your own walls with bookshelves for extra storage. (via Domino)

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14. Velvet Glam: Even a small space can rock a lot of personality. If you don’t have tons of wall space (or you just have a lot of awesome art), get creative with your art display. We like the idea of propping art up against the window like a casual art gallery. (via Houzz)

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15. Color Pop: We all know white walls make a space feel bigger, but that doesn’t mean you should say no to color. Skip the wall paint and designate the most vibrant shade to the room’s focal point (such as the couch or bed) with a subtle flow of hues throughout the rest of the space. (via Domino)

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16. Bright Whites: Sleek and modern, most of the furniture in this bright studio is white, maintaining a uniform look and creating the illusion of more space than there actually is. (via Domaine)

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17. Statement Furniture: Statement furniture, lighting and artwork are what truly make this space shine. Don’t settle for anything but must-have pieces, and then echo the tones in a favorite painting or rug throughout your space to create cohesiveness. (via Apartment Therapy)

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18. Switch It Up: An open plan full of double-duty furniture enables this long space to be used for a variety of purposes. The dining room table doubles as a kitchen island when there is lots of cooking to be done and extra ottomans can be pulled up when more seating is required. (via Nuevo Estilo)

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19. Daybed Style: A thoughtful plan and smart furniture choices make this studio feel like a fully custom space. Freestanding shelves look like built-ins and sconces hung on the bookcase’s sides provide reading light at night for a truly multi-purpose room. (via Domino)

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20. Pastel Charm: This feminine studio is the perfect example of double-duty furniture. A pair of upholstered ottomans act as a coffee table, but also function as additional seating, and a tall bookcase emphasizes the room’s height while also offering plenty of storage space. (via House Beautiful)

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21. All White: We love all things colorful, but we can still appreciate this monochromatic color scheme and the simple styling. All-white interiors have a calm and serene feeling, and the flowers help enforce the zen atmosphere. (via The Everygirl)

How do you make your studio apartment work? Talk to us in the comments below!