Color Solutions for Your Studio Apartment

August 1st, 2009 by

Using color in your studio apartment is one good way to decorate. Color is important because it sets the tone of your room and creates a general ambiance. Since you’re living in one small space, you’ll have to think of effective ways to use color. If you go overboard, there won’t be a place to escape. Even with limited space, there are several ways to use color to define your apartment.

Create an Accent Wall

Creating an accent wall, or one wall that is painted, is one way to infuse color into your studio. You’ll want to choose a color that compliments the rest of your furniture and matches well with anything that you add to your room. Try choosing colors that make a statement and give your apartment some personality. Be sure it’s a flattering color that looks good in both the day and night (and in all type of lighting), because after a few months, you don’t wont to be stuck with a bright green wall. A good rule of thumb is if you have a bold piece of furniture, select a muted color because it will provide a good contrast. On the other hand, if your furniture doesn’t stand out, use the wall as your burst of color.  Establishing the color of your accent wall will also help you choose your color palette for the rest of your apartment decorating adventures.

Note: If you are thinking about painting all of your studio walls, remember to stick with light colors. Using dark colors on all four walls can make a room seem smaller.

Try Colorful Furniture

Bring harmony into your apartment with colorful furniture. Although your space may be small, even one bright piece can liven up a room. West Elm has several modern side and coffee tables that come in rich colors. West Elm’s furniture is also very compact so it won’t take up a lot of space. Also try CB2, Crate and Barrel’s line for a younger audience, that specializes in colorful, space-saving furniture and accessories.

Use Dynamic Accessories

Accent pieces are an affordable way to add livelihood to your apartment. The good thing is that if you get bored of these accessories, you can always change them out. Even with a small space, there are so many ways to use accents.  A large bright vase on a coffee table or dresser can be arresting, especially with the right flowers inside. If you’re going for a minimal look, use the space on your bed as a colorful canvas. Places like Bed Bath & Beyond or The Company Store have a wide assortment of bright and inviting duvets and comforters. Finally, a low risk and affordable investment are throw pillows. There are so many bright and colorful options out in the marketplace, you should be able to find ones that you like regardless of your style. Target carries a wide selection of pillows ranging from modern, eclectic, and vibrant tastes.

Color can enhance the look of your studio apartment. Don’t be afraid to experiment and have fun decorating. Just remember that a little color can go a long way in a small space.

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