20 Clever Ways to Make Your Studio Apartment Feel and Look Bigger

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If you live in a big city like New York or L.A ., there’s an excellent chance you’re living in an apartment that’s as big as your childhood bedroom—and you’re probably paying as much as many people do on a mortgage. While a teensy living space may seem like the worst thing ever, believe it or not, there are ways to make the most of your studio apartment using some clever decorating tips.

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When living in a small spaces, literally every single inch counts. There are so many small changes you can incorporate into your small space to make it feel larger and more open.

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Click through the slideshow to see our tips on how to make the most out of your studio apartment.

A version of this article was originally published in October 2014. 

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STYLECASTER | Studio Apartment Decorating Tips | Hidden Storage

Hidden Storage

This multifunctional bedside table is such a great idea and great use of space: Use multicolored, vintage suitcases as a sidetable and stuff items you might not need right away, like winter clothes.

Photo: Cupcakes and Cashmere

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Let in the Light

The more natural light you can let into your apartment, the larger and more welcoming it will feel.

Photo: gravityhomeblog/Instagram

Add Plants

Indoor plants are not only pretty and create a comfortable, homey atmosphere, some even purify the air.

Photo: momagency/Instagram
STYLECASTER | Studio Apartment Decorating Tips | Paint the Ceiling White

Paint the Ceiling White

This will help create heighth by reflecting the light and helping the room feel airy overhead.

Photo: Minette Hand/Apartment Therapy

STYLECASTER | Studio Apartment Decorating Tips | Use Floating Wall Shelves to Store Things and Decorate Your Space

Use Floating Wall Shelves

One great way to store things without cluttering your space is on the walls! Use floating wall shelves to keep all your items in place while adding some character and color to your walls.

Photo: Better Homes & Gardens

STYLECASTER | Studio Apartment Decorating Tips | Pops of Color Go a Long Way

Pops of Color Go a Long Way

Rather than painting your entire apartment, use small pops of color to keep things clean, simple, and minimalistic to make your space stay looking as large as possible.

Photo: LABL Studio

Paint Your Walls White

If you don't want a white ceiling, then opt for white walls; they're amazing for many reasons. First, they're going to make your space feel more open and spacious—that's something every studio apartment can use. Also, it gives you the chance to change around your color themes through your time in the apartment!

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STYLECASTER | Studio Apartment Decorating Tips | Anything Foldable Is Your New BFF

Anything Foldable Is Your New BFF

Beds, tables, desks—anything: If it comes in a foldable version, it should be in your apartment.

Photo: Kokopelia Interior Design

STYLECASTER | Studio Apartment Decorating Tips | Go Bold!

Or, Go Bold!

It's true: You can have some fun and give your walls a dark, broody, yet playful pop of color.

Photo: Reed Davis/HouseBeautiful

STYLECASTER | Studio Apartment Decorating Tips | Opt for Long Curtains That Start at Your Ceiling

Opt for Long Curtains That Start at Your Ceiling

To make your room look taller (in turn, making it feel larger), hang up a pair of long curtains starting at the ceiling.

Photo: The Inspired Room

STYLECASTER | Studio Apartment Decorating Tips | Use Curtains to Break Up the Space

Or, Use Curtains to Break Up the Space

You can also hang up a curtain, such as the canvas curtain pictured, to create separate rooms. It's also a great way to hide clutter when you have unexpected guests.

Photo: Bob Martus and Jessica Weit/Design*Sponge

STYLECASTER | Studio Apartment Decorating Tips | Use a Bed That Can Double as Storage

Use a Bed That Can Double as Storage

Rather than piling books, folders, clothings, and blankets all around your tiny place, find a bed that can double as storage. By keeping it out-of-sight, it will make your space look neater and keep you from going insane from the clutter!

Photo: IKEA

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Use a Wall Divider

We totally suggest using a divider like the shelving unit pictured because you can also use it as a storage device to house all your books, trinkets, and other home decor items. It'll also help break up your space and make it feel larger.

Photo: Better Homes & Gardens

STYLECASTER | Studio Apartment Decorating Tips | Accessorize like Your Space Is Huge

Accessorize like Your Space Is Huge

Don't be afraid to make your small space look like a million bucks with chic accessories like shag rugs under chairs, matted and framed art, and fresh plants.

Photo: Apartment Therapy

STYLECASTER | Studio Apartment Decorating Tips | Use Large Furniture

Use Large Furniture

As Apartment Therapy smartly points out, lots of small furniture sprinkled around your space could make your studio feel cluttered and messy, while a couple of functional larger pieces could make your studio feel bigger.

Photo: Lauren's Happy, Inspired Studio/Apartment Therapy

STYLECASTER | Studio Apartment Decorating Tips | Hang Up Mirrors

Hang Up Mirrors

They'll make any room appear larger because of their reflective quality. Bonus points for using cool, on-trend tinted ones like the mirrors pictured.

Photo: Matthew Williams for Remodelista

STYLECASTER | Studio Apartment Decorating Tips | Furniture That Doubles in Function

Furniture That Doubles in Function

You can shop for bed-and-desk combo pieces like this, or just position yours back-to-back to free up floor space.

Photo: Remodelista/Piano Isola

STYLECASTER | Studio Apartment Decorating Tips | Install Cabinets Above Your Bed

Install Cabinets Above Your Bed

Doing so will help keep clothing and other stuff out of sight. Even better, add recessed lighting to the bottom of those cabinets—the brighter and cleaner your studio, the bigger it'll look.

Photo: Decor8

STYLECASTER | Studio Apartment Decorating Tips | Store Pretty Objects out of Reach, but in Sight

Store Pretty Objects out of Reach, but in Sight

Even the ceiling is fair storage game when it comes to tiny apartments.

Photo: Apartment Therapy

STYLECASTER | Studio Apartment Decorating Tips | Color-Code and Organize Practical Objects—Including Food

Color-Code and Organize Practical Objects—Including Food

And keep them on display as a design touch. If you don't have tons of drawers, cabinets, or a pantry, try artfully arranging boxes of pasta or wine bottles.

Photo: Dwell

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  • STYLECASTER | Studio Apartment Decorating Tips | Hidden Storage
  • STYLECASTER | Studio Apartment Decorating Tips | Let in Natural Light
  • STYLECASTER | Studio Apartment Decorating Tips | Add Plants
  • STYLECASTER | Studio Apartment Decorating Tips | Paint the Ceiling White
  • STYLECASTER | Studio Apartment Decorating Tips | Use Floating Wall Shelves to Store Things and Decorate Your Space
  • STYLECASTER | Studio Apartment Decorating Tips | Pops of Color Go a Long Way
  • STYLECASTER | Studio Apartment Decorating Tips | Paint Your Walls White
  • STYLECASTER | Studio Apartment Decorating Tips | Anything Foldable Is Your New BFF
  • STYLECASTER | Studio Apartment Decorating Tips | Go Bold!
  • STYLECASTER | Studio Apartment Decorating Tips | Opt for Long Curtains That Start at Your Ceiling
  • STYLECASTER | Studio Apartment Decorating Tips | Use Curtains to Break Up the Space
  • STYLECASTER | Studio Apartment Decorating Tips | Use a Bed That Can Double as Storage
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  • STYLECASTER | Studio Apartment Decorating Tips | Accessorize like Your Space Is Huge
  • STYLECASTER | Studio Apartment Decorating Tips | Use Large Furniture
  • STYLECASTER | Studio Apartment Decorating Tips | Hang Up Mirrors
  • STYLECASTER | Studio Apartment Decorating Tips | Furniture That Doubles in Function
  • STYLECASTER | Studio Apartment Decorating Tips | Install Cabinets Above Your Bed
  • STYLECASTER | Studio Apartment Decorating Tips | Store Pretty Objects out of Reach, but in Sight
  • STYLECASTER | Studio Apartment Decorating Tips | Color-Code and Organize Practical Objects—Including Food
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