Studio Apartment Layout Ideas – How to Make Your Studio Cohesive

Studio Apartment Layout Ideas – How to Make Your Studio Cohesive


Deciding where to put your furniture and decor
in your studio apartment is like being handed an empty box and then being told to make a
perfect dollhouse out of it. You expect me to be able to make an effing
home out of this? That’s what it can feel like to decorate
a studio apartment. But guess what? Deciding how to configure your furniture and
your decor in your studio apartment is actually easier than you think. There are 3 interior styling concepts I use
that, when deployed, basically guarantee that your studio will feel more inviting and spacious,
and less cluttered and cave-like. One of the main questions I get asked about
styling a studio is, “How do I lay out my studio? Where should my furniture go? How do I make it flow?” And in my experience in figuring out the furniture
layout of my own studio apartment, I have boiled it down to these 3 concepts that you
can use for virtually any studio shape or size. This is what boxes are for. And before we dive into those three concepts,
if you haven’t watched my full studio apartment tour yet, I’m gonna link to that below in
the description and you can see a more, like, thorough view of my studio apartment layout. And if you have any friends who live in a
studio apartment, share this video with them! Tell them to come on over. I have coffee, tea, wine, and brandy – which
is my drink of choice. Because deep down I have the soul of an 85
year old gentleman. And if you have any questions about styling
a studio apartment, tell me in the comments below and I will give you my two cents. So the first concept that you can use to help
you decide how to lay out your furniture in your studio apartment is the idea of triangles. So let me start off by telling you about my
Big 3 concept. I talk about my Big 3 concept in my Studio
Styling 101 workbook, which I’ll link to below. It comes in handy if you want a resource that’ll
help you through the beginning stages of styling your studio. But here’s the gist of it. Your Big 3 are your three main pieces of furniture
in your apartment. And I challenge you to limit yourself to only
three big pieces of furniture, and that’s it. Hence, “the Big 3”. Select three pieces of furniture that will
serve as the ONLY big pieces of furniture in your studio. Why three? Because the human eye likes triangles. So any time you can create a triangle in your
space, it will be visually appealing. And since you have limited space in a studio
apartment, and there’s only so much room for large pieces of furniture, I think choosing
three pieces – three large pieces – and limiting yourself to that is a way to not only budget
the amount of space your taking up, but also to make it visually appealing because of the
triangle theory. My Big 3 in my studio are my couch, my bed,
and my desk over there. They form a triangle that unifies the whole
studio, making it feel more balanced and harmonious. The Rule of Three is hardly a new concept
when it comes to design – it’s kind of a basic rule that professional designers have
in their toolbelt at all times. But it’s especially effective when you think
about it in the context of a studio apartment specifically. Because the most challenging thing about styling
a studio – because you’re basically working with one lump of space with no walls – is
making it visually cohesive and not chaotic. Triangles are this magical shape that basically
act as an antidote to visual chaos. The second concept I want to talk about that
will help you decide how to lay out your studio apartment is the idea of separation. This is another one of the big questions I
get asked about styling a studio, is how do I create separation in my studio? First of all, I want to tell you that I think
that the idea of separation in a studio is emphasized a little too much. Like, I think we can all collectively chill
out a little bit on the idea of separation in our studios, and think of it more as cohesion. And flow. Yes, creating separate zones in your studio
apartment is a good thing, but creating literal separation – like with a faux wall or a bookcase
or a curtain – can actually make your studio apartment look smaller and more closed off,
depending on your studio. If a faux wall or a bookcase or something
like that actually serves to make your studio apartment more cohesive, then great! But separation for separation’s sake runs
the risk of making your studio look smaller and more disjointed. A single piece of furniture can provide all
the separation you need, which is what my couch does. My couch is a very clear separator that separates
the living room zone from the bedroom zone. And for this studio, that’s all that’s
needed. So it really can be much simpler than you
think. You don’t have to go over the top. Another easy way to create separation – or
cohesion – in your studio is to pay close attention to where you hang your artwork. Pretend the zones of your studio are divided
by invisible walls that would prevent you from hanging art in between zones. Say, in between your living room and your
bedroom. Let me show you. See how my living room artwork doesn’t overlap
into my bedroom area? And then same thing with my bedroom area artwork
– it doesn’t overlap into the living room area, which is distinguished by my couch. My couch is basically my invisible wall that
makes is so that art cannot overlap on either side. This makes it so the eye doesn’t get confused. Even if your studio is laid out perfectly
into separate zones, if your artwork straddles two of those zones simultaneously, it instantly
destroys the illusion of separation. And the third concept you can use to make
your studio apartment layout more visually pleasing is the idea of repetition. One of the biggest complaints people have
about studio apartment living is that their space doesn’t feel cohesive and it just
feels kind of like a hodgepodge. Well, repetition is a great cure for that. When it comes to studio apartment styling,
repetition is a powerful tool that will give you instant cohesion. To get started, I recommend brainstorming
some ideas on colors, visual themes, subject matter that you would like to see repeated
throughout your studio. To demonstrate what I mean, let me walk you
through the ways I use repetition in my studio to create visual appeal. One way is I repeat the same colors throughout
the space and I don’t really deviate from them. Will some people think that’s boring? Maybe. But we’re talking about a studio apartment
here, and consistent, repetitive colors create cohesion and unify the space. I also repeat visual themes throughout the
space, like black and white photography, typography, raw wood with iron. I utilize repetition with my sound wave art
over here. Imagine if only one of these were hanging
above my bed right here. It would look puny and out of place. But if you repeat it three times, suddenly
it has visual impact. I also repeat subject matter over and over
again in my space. Some of the subject matter that I repeat throughout
my space is music, anime, and the Legend of Zelda. So I’m not talking about just repeating
things that are visually attractive – I’m also talking about choosing specific interests
and passions of yours, and repeating those throughout the space. So, in summary, the three concepts that you
can use when you’re deciding where to put your furniture and your decor in your studio
apartment are triangles, separation, and repetition. Every studio has its own limitations and spatial
quirks, but if you think about these concepts as you’re decorating your studio, you can
make better decisions for your studio regardless of its shape and size. Which will lead to a more harmonious, well
laid out apartment, rather than a dungeon of chaos. For daily glimpses into my studio apartment
life, follow me on Instagram @moda.misfit. And to stay on top of all the episodes of
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goes up every week. Happy styling my friend. And remember, your apartment is destined to
be pretty and you are pretty powerful. Look Helo, it’s a box! It’s a box and you’re a cat. Do you not like my gift? I have a cat who doesn’t like playing in
boxes!

2 thoughts on “Studio Apartment Layout Ideas – How to Make Your Studio Cohesive

  1. Thank you watching! If you have any questions about styling a studio apartment, ask away in the comments and I'll give you my two cents!

  2. I love your videos! My husband and I recently bought our first house. While we have never lived in a studio, we definitely use the tips you listed of repetition and visual triangles in our home and it does give a more cohesive vibe. While we have a bit more freedom to have slight variations from room to room, repeating colors have been a huge part of making our space seem extra homey 😁 keep up the great content!

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