10 Tips for Maximizing Studio Space

BY Tribune News Service TIMEMarch 25, 2023 PRINT

By Cathy Hobbs
From Tribune News Service

For many, studio spaces are appealing. Small, cozy and intimate, studio spaces can be divided in unique ways. From additions such as sleep lofts to convertible furniture that can serve more than one purpose, it’s possible to live large in a small space.

Here are some elements of a New York City studio loft in which professional staging and a creative layout play a role in successfully showcasing this sunny single-room space.

1. Mirrors

Mirrors used in a creative way can help bounce light and also visually make a studio space seem larger.

A creative use of mirrors helps to bounce light and make a small space feel open and airy.
A creative use of mirrors helps to bounce light and make a small space feel open and airy. (Handout/TNS)

2. Alternative Dining

Instead of trying to cram a small dining table into the space, bar stools can be used as a counter instead.

A counter area in a small apartment
A counter area serves as an ideal spot to dine. (Handout/TNS)

3. A Visual Divider

Creating a sense of division can be accomplished in a number of ways, including the use of an open bookcase.

4. Diving a Studio into Zones

This studio space is divided into distinct zones for sleeping, dining, working and lounging.

5. Use of Light Colors

The use of white and silver helps make the space bright, while the use of black adds a sense of luxury.

6. Addition of Warm Colors

Using yellow as an accent color is a deliberate choice. Citrus colors such as orange, lemon and lime help brighten a space instantly.

7. Repetition of Color

In a small space, look to minimize the number of colors in order to prevent the space from feeling too busy. Often the use of three colors works best.

8. Greenery

Introduce greenery or green elements such as plants, trees and succulents to bring the outdoors in.

9. Stay on Scale

In a small space, it is important to include pieces of an appropriate size and scale.

10. Let There be Light

In smaller spaces, don’t be afraid to add lots of light in the form of ceiling pendants, floor lamps and table lamps.

Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design home staging expert and short-term rental/vacation home designer with offices in New York City and The Hudson Valley. Contact her at info@cathyhobbs.com or visit her website at cathyhobbs.com. Copyright 2023 Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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