If you’ve bought a small home and are worried about not being able to design something good in a limited amount of space, then you’re in for a treat today. Studio-style layouts have become quite popular, even in Singapore. They’re the perfect way to make the most of your small homes without compromising either aesthetics or functionality. Here are a few ideas you can take inspiration from:
1. One major feature wall
When you’re emulating the studio style layout in your homes, you can only have one major feature wall. It has to be the focal point of your entire space, but it also needs to be designed in a way that complements the smallness of the space. It shouldn’t be too overwhelming. Use light colours and be moderate with the décor. In fact, you can embellish with recessed lighting for a glam effect.
2. The art of conjoined spaces
The studio style layout is all about designing conjoined spaces. You cannot create too many physical barriers between spaces when it comes to managing small areas. So even when you want to have a physical barrier between the public and private zones of your home, make sure that it is easily retractable. Bifold doors, moveable screens, and sliding doors are all good options to translate this idea.
3. Use simple design hacks
There is no use in over designing when it comes to the studio layout. Stick to plain surfaces like wood textured laminates, etc. You can even go the extra mile by designing hidden storage areas like overhead cabinets, floating nightstands, storage platform beds, and the like in your bedrooms. You can conceal their functionality by emulating creative lighting over these areas.
4. Maintaining visual connections
Even when there is a physical barrier between one space and the next, you need to maintain a good visual connection between the all the spaces in your studio style layout. In such cases, you simply need to find creative solutions to enact transparency. You can opt for waist-height furniture barriers, and in-built shelves to get this effect.
5. Flawless transition
The most important thing to consider in a studio style layout is maintaining a flawless transition between spaces. Since everything is visually connected due to the lack of space and enforced transparency, you cannot have abrupt changes from one space to another. So use similar materials or a repetitive design element to keep the transition from one zone to another as smooth as possible.