If it is not possible to buy a large apartment, there is no reason to worry, as it does not mean at all that small-sized housing cannot be beautiful, comfortable and convenient. Even 15 m² can look modern, stylish, in line with the latest design trends.
Even without a special education, refusing the services of a professional designer, with the right approach, everyone will be able to develop a functional and convenient design for a studio with an area of 15 m².
At the beginning of the last century, the first studio apartment appeared in Europe. Its main distinguishing feature was the complete absence of internal partitions. Such housing immediately became popular among creative people and childless married couples. A budget, small, cozy nest - in this one could create and spend time with a loved one.
Today, studios have gained popularity in all countries of the world, and it is no longer possible to call them cheap housing, in addition, the area of such apartments can be very large. The peculiarity of the studio, for which many fell in love with it, is the ability to independently determine the layout of their own housing, choose where this or that zone will be located and equip them in accordance with personal preferences.
That is, a typical studio is a space without partitions, where only a bathroom is allocated as a separate area. In such a space, one window can be provided, although sometimes there are options with a separate balcony. Typically, modern studios have high ceilings, so you can create an interior from two tiers and distribute functional areas as efficiently as possible, even if the area is very small.
Stages of interior planning
Before you start planning a dwelling that is modest in terms of parameters, you need to decide which zones will be in it. Some people have enough small space for work and at the same time rest, someone wants to get a spacious living room, but in any case, the existence of a studio without a sleeping area and a kitchen is impossible.
And here the most basic question arises, how to make the kitchen area and the sleeping area as distant as possible from each other by 15 sq m.
A professional will work or repair the studio will be carried out personally by its owner, you must always have a strict action plan and a project executed on paper or in a computer program. All these manipulations must be done before the start of the main work.
Criteria affecting the layout of a small studio:
- the total area and shape of the apartment;
- the number of windows (if any) and doors;
- location of the heating battery, gas and water supply pipes;
- the presence of a balcony;
- the number of permanent residents who will live in the studio.
Open plan - methods of increasing space
The most popular studio design model is an open floor plan. When all functional segments of a dwelling do not have any fences, this allows the homeowner to feel free and easy, even if his apartment is not large in size.
In most modern multi-storey buildings, high ceilings and huge windows are initially made. If you have to create a studio in a typical building of the last century by removing the interior partitions, you can take advantage of the possibility of increasing the window openings.A large amount of natural light will make even the smallest space more comfortable and convenient, it will be pleasant to be in it.
Methods for increasing lighting and visual expansion of space include the use of a large number of mirrors and glossy surfaces. Although visually, they make the studio more spacious.
An open plan, like other home design options, has positive and negative sides. Its main plus is that all the most important zones necessary for a comfortable life can be placed in a small area. The disadvantages include the fact that kitchen smells, even in the presence of a heavy-duty hood, will still reach the sleeping place or any other segment of the room.
Sleeping area zoning
The easiest way to separate the sleeping area from other areas without erecting any walls is to hang curtains. To do this, you need to screw the rails to the suspended ceiling or arrange supports for the installation of cornices, if the ceilings are suspended. Some designers make this task as easy as possible by pulling on a regular curtain rope. This method not only divides the zones in half, but also looks very original.
Partitions can also be used to separate one area from others in the apartment. This is one of the simplest and most rational methods. Partitions can be transparent architectural structures, they can be solid or have the appearance of shelves. Such fences, in addition to the main task - to separate the sectors of the room, play the role of an exhibition stand and places for storing things. It is very convenient that any screens and racks can be used in every area of the apartment.
Arrangement of the kitchen area
Regardless of the chosen type of studio layout, the first thing to do in the kitchen sector is to install a powerful hood. You should not save on this unit, because its quality determines how well the air will be purified from the aromas of freshly prepared dishes, and only the hood can minimize the settling of fat and burning drops on furniture, textiles and other decorative items. There are many models on sale that do an excellent job with the main task, while working very quietly.
The dining segment is also an important consideration when planning a studio. There are two options for solving the problem - to leave the dining area directly in the kitchen, or to take it out into the common room, thus creating a kitchen-living room.
It all depends on the area, the shape of the studio and the number of family members living in it. For example, for a young married couple who did not have time to have children, a small, compact bar counter can be an excellent option - an interior detail that can separate the kitchen area and the dining area. This option is not suitable for elderly people, since they will not be able to constantly climb on high stools, so they need a full-fledged dining area, where comfortable soft chairs will stand.
Optimal color for studio decoration
When planning the arrangement of a studio, the first thing that most owners think about is in what color the room should be made. Obviously, the light range will be the most successful solution.
White color visually makes the space larger, serves as an ideal background for furniture, organically combines with other colors. In creating the interior of a small-sized housing, it is difficult to overestimate the light shades. But not every property owner will want to live in a room with light walls, ceilings and floors. Human eyes need not only rest, but they also need focus, therefore bright accents in the interior are necessary.
The problem of monotony is quite simply solved by using wall decor; colored textiles are also suitable.Framed paintings or photographs will not cost their owners a lot of money, but the interior of the studio will noticeably change.