11 Ways to Make a Studio Apartment Feel Homey

11 Ways to Make a Studio Apartment Feel Homey
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    Living in a studio apartment can be a mixed bag.

    For some, it feels like an adventure. For others, it can feel cramped and small.

    But here's the good news — studio apartments contain a ton of decorating potential.


They’re compact, which means that even tiny tweaks will add up to big vibe changes. Plus, you can decorate them and make them feel “just like home” even on a budget.

But what exactly should you do to make your studio apartment feel as good as possible? In this post, you’re going to learn 11 ways to make a studio apartment feel homey.

Let’s get you on the path to absolutely loving your space.

1. Repaint The Walls

The best place to start is with your walls. Choose your aesthetic and change the colors to tones that match the vibe you wish to create.

You can go with soft light colors, like white or cream — or you can go with dark or bolder colors. For best results, consider what style you’re going for.

Do you want something modern? Traditional? Bohemian? Mid-century modern? Industrial? Farmhouse? Your style choice will probably have the most significant impact on what color you choose to paint your walls.

2. Hang Up Some Wall Art And Tapestries

After you paint your walls, it’s time to make them less bare.Hang up some beautiful wall art that matches the vibe you’re trying to achieve.

For me, this consisted of a lot of black and white canvases, framed art pieces, and large tapestries. But this is where you really get the chance to start making this space your own.

If you need some excellent wall art ideas, browse Pinterest for some inspiration.

3. Choose Furniture That Suits Your Style

Choosing furniture is one of the most fun parts of redesigning your studio apartment. But the first rule of thumb is this:

Don’t keep stuff just for the sake of keeping it.

If you’re starting to realize that you don’t love that old couch or coffee table, consider selling or donating them. Then replace them with something else you do love.

You can:

  1. Shop for new furniture at local furniture stores
  2. Check out vintage options at local antique stores
  3. Or even browse furniture stores online to consider ordering what you need

If you’re on a budget, look for larger thrift stores or flea markets in your area that also carry furniture. You can also use local marketplace apps where people buy and sell used furniture. Facebook Marketplace is actually a pretty cool app for this.

4. Adjust Accent Lighting

Accent lighting can absolutely make or break the look or feel of any space. But this is even more true in a studio apartment, where your space has limits. Once again, Pinterest makes for an awesome idea board while putting together your accent lighting plan.

When I decorated my studio apartment, I bought a couple of antique-style lamps. Then I used varying bulbs to create different lighting effects in different parts of the rooms.

I really like Edison bulbs in small spaces like this because they give off such a great vibe.

Remember, colored lights can also really add to a space, but they also have a powerful effect on the “mood” of the room. So use them with a bit of caution — don’t get so bold that you overpower the other elements in the space.

5. Invest In Some Sun-Blocking Window Shades

If you live in a small studio apartment, you likely have windows in your bedroom. And those windows probably account for a decent portion of the sunlight that’s allowed inside.

And being able to control this natural lighting is paramount to taking control of your space. Consider buying some large blackout curtains to control the flow of light.

This is especially important if your window faces directly east or west. The rising or setting sun can be undeniably harsh and direct at certain times throughout the day.

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6. Accessorize In Your Own Individual Style

Make the room yours by displaying:

  1. small knick-knacks
  2. collectibles
  3. candles
  4. books
  5. other accessory visual elements

Use dream catchers, baskets, racks, shelving, and organizers to create a unique environment and showcase the things you love. For me, this means placing things that I use in places where they’re within easy reach.

For example, I keep a bookshelf in the living room. And my coffee table has a few cool antique knick-knacks on it that my grandmother gifted me (one of them is an antique lighter that I love).

These are small additions, but they help make the space pop.

7. Buy Some Candles or Light Up Some Incense

Making your apartment look and feel homey is important. But part of creating this effect means taking control over the olfactory elements as well.

Burning some nice-smelling candles and incense can help you control what kind of smell vibe your space will give off.

Are you going traditional? Opt for pine-scented candles.

Going bohemian? Maybe some lavender incense would really set the mood.

8. Get A Record Player Or A Stereo System

Nothing makes you feel safe at home quite like some beautiful music. If you like vintage stuff, getting a record player may be right up your alley.

Or, buy yourself a simple sound system and connect your phone to it via Bluetooth to jam tunes right from your Spotify or Pandora playlists. Whatever works best for you. But adding this element will really help to upgrade the homey feeling of your space.

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9. Organize And Minimize To Reduce Clutter

In a small studio apartment, organizing well is critical. You don’t want clutter to come in and spoil your hard design work.

Make sure to get rid of things that are no longer serving you. And organize the stuff you keep so everything is in its designated place at all times of the day.

This will help you cut back on “mess” and make your apartment feel truly homey and inviting.

10. Get Some Fluffy Pillows And Throw Blankets

Now, let’s get cozy with some soft, comfortable lounge gear. Throw some fluffy pillows onto your couch and/or chairs.

Get an oversized throw blanket, and toss it over the back of your futon. Leaving these homey elements around the apartment will put comfort within easy reach of anyone spending time there.


This makes a huge difference in making an apartment feel warm and inviting.

11. Add Some Plants

Getting some easy-to-maintain plants not only adds to the visual elements of your apartment — but also air quality.

Consider getting something low maintenance. An aloe vera plant is a great place to start. Some other fantastic, low maintenance options include:

  1. a snake plant
  2. a bromeliad
  3. a ZZ plant
  4. or a Chinese money plant.
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Decorating a studio apartment can sometimes feel overwhelming. You only have so much space, and it can be tough to figure out what to do with it.

But if you take these 11 tips into account, you’ll be sure to knock the project out quickly. Then you can kick back and fully enjoy your home!

Author bio
Adam Marshall is a freelance writer who specializes in all things apartment organization, real estate, and college advice. He currently works with Legacy at Hayward to help them with their online marketing.

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