Each of us yearns for that space that we can call our own. Living on our own is becoming a preferred trend as it allows for freedom in many ways – the space can be customised as per our needs and decorated in a way that vibes with our personality. This type of a modern pad, especially a one for a bachelor, doesn’t have to be cluttered and messy or empty and boring. These are just misconceptions.

Home of Shonali Mathias

Home of Shonali Mathias

Even on a budget, there are several innovative ways of decorating a single room or a 1BHK to suit your needs. Studio apartments don’t have to be dingy, crowded spaces, and instead can be tailored to your specific lifestyle. If you like to chill out after work or party till midnight, we have some affordable tips to creatively do up your living space.

Having open space in the room is a good idea, especially with limited square footage. So contrary to the belief, it’s better to have few pieces of large furniture than many small pieces of furniture. Minimalist furniture is recommended.

If you have a fixed area to do up, it’s best not to fill it with too many items of furniture. The idea is to have only 2-3 complementary main elements to the room. This gives it some focus and more space visually.

Destination Design

Complementary elements in a room. Design by Destination Design

Posters or DIY art projects, books and CD’s on a rack give visitors an instantaneous and often informative insight into the kind of person you are and are definitely fodder for conversations, connections, and camaraderie.

Snazzy C.D Rack. Design by Nitido Design

Snazzy CD Rack. Design by Nitido Design

Using a single colour and its shades to do up your interior helps in making the space look larger, especially tones of white. Single colours also give the luxury of using contrasting or bright colours as highlights to add pizazz to the space. The shades of the basic colour can be used on the furniture as coats of paint or into the upholstery. Going monochrome is a useful way of channelling focus and energy into the room.

Monochromatic shades. Design by Mathew & Ghosh

Monochromatic shades. Design by Mathew & Ghosh

Home of Shonali Mathias

Home of Shonali Mathias

Home of Nishtha (L) and Carlton (R).

Home of Nishtha (L) and Carlton (R)

Another way to save space is by using dual purpose furniture like boxes that can be used as seating, stackable floor cushions, foldable chairs or futons, glass tables and shelves that take up space vertically.

Hidden Cupboards. Source: www.makeuseof.com

Hidden Cupboards. Source: www.makeuseof.com

Hidden Storage Space. Source: www.westelm.com

Hidden Storage Space. Source: www.westelm.com

A full-length mirror is always a good idea as it creates an illusion of space and reflects the natural light. It also has the added advantage of letting you check out your outfit before you walk out of the door!

Design by Namah

Full-length Mirror. Design by Namah

Lighting is very important, but remember that you need soft and bright lighting to tackle different needs. The optimum mix would be bright wall or ceiling lights with table or floor lamps for softer lighting needs.

Balanced Lighting. Design by Mathew & Ghosh

Balanced Lighting. Design by Mathew & Ghosh

An important fact to keep in mind when working with small spaces is to try and keep furniture towards the walls leaving the central area open. Use rugs and carpets to demarcate different spaces. Growing your own indoor plants is therapeutic, gives you daily focus and brightens up a room for little cost.

Whether playing some ambient music to complement your morning coffee or some EDM for your late night party with friends, a decent sound setup is a must. The location of the speakers is also important. Go for mounted speakers which ensure utilization of otherwise dead space and the added advantage of better sound. But remember there is nothing like a mess to eat into your little spacious home!

Mini Living cum Dining Room

Mini Living+Dining Room. Source: www.home-designing.com

There is an entirely new angle with which to approach the interior design of studio apartments – partial demarcation. You could use prefabricated partitions or screens to separate or demarcate living areas. The concept of jugaad is also popular – to make use of what you have to solve problems. Innovative solutions can be found for everything!

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