If you’ve thought a chic, modern home requires a ton of space, think again. The amazing Swedish apartment I have for your home tour today is a case study in what to do with minimal square footage. This studio apartment is less than 500 sq feet, but as you’ll see as you scroll, you’d never know it.
When I first spied an image of this space, I thought I was looking at a grand European house. But in fact, it’s just a single room. But it employs all the design tricks you want to use to make a small space both fully functional and totally gorgeous.
Obviously, the apartment has the advantages old-world architecture affords – oversized windows, tall ceilings, beautiful moldings, deep sills and gorgeous floors. Good bones are tough to beat. But a number of ingenious design tricks have also been applied to make this apartment feel super spacious.
To start, you might notice that the lovely light gray wall color isn’t taken up all the way to the ceiling. A border of white is left, drawing your eye up and accentuating the ceiling height. Then, the small area rug that spans the width of the living room connects the space between the chaise and the bed while leaving an expanse of hardwoods exposed, helping the room feel bigger. Finally, the deep built-in niche shelves add a modern edge to this space while offering ample storage and eliminating the need for additional furniture.
As you move through the apartment, the uniform color palette also helps it feel bigger than it actually is. The cool gray walls and cabinetry are juxtaposed with the warm, golden browns of the wide-plank oak floors, classic blonde Scandinavian furnishings and golden-hued art.
The uniform color palette continues into both the kitchen and bath. Brass accents like the cabinet pulls and pendant light give that hint of modern glam, while the creamy Smeg fridge adds a touch of vintage quirk.
Small spaces require smart storage solutions. I’m loving this little coat nook.
Even the marble-clad bathroom was styled with warm toned-products to connect it wth the rest of the apartment.
I want these french doors in my world right now. I trust I’m not the only one.
But the cherry on top of this gorgeous place, are all the impeccable pieces: Flos lighting, the iconic knot pillow, cane chairs. When you take the time to search out the best, rather than the most expedient options for your house, you’re going to reap the reward. While my life will not longer fit into 500 sq feet, this apartment is certainly tempting.
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What do you think?
It also has no tv, no computer and nothing in the coat closet. Not a realistic space at all. Start putting actual stuff that people use in that space and much of the style would be gone.
Agree, Andrea. This space is obviously staged to look stunning. There are built in closets and additional cabinets that do offer a lot of additional storage but having lived in a space this small I know first hand how challenging it can be to keep it looking incredible. But this apartment would give you a good start!
White always add elements of spaciousness and airiness to even the tiniest of the rooms. Nice article
Quality over quantity 🙂
Livin in New York, I definitely needed to read this post! I got a lot of inspiration from it!
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Love this! The Scandinavians are masters of minimalism, so it’s no surprise they know how to make the most of a smaller apartment. Simple touches make all the difference.
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A wonderful idea, I like it
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love this! love how clean simple but yet so chic and put together it is