Monday, January 30, 2006
Room for Improvement: Studio
When it comes to designing a studio apartment, it's true what they say - less is more. But in tonight's Room For Improvement, Martin Amado shows us even with a smaller workspace, you don't have to cramp your style.
WSVN--The home on today's room for improvement is literally just that, it's one room and four walls. We're working in a studio apartment where everything is in plain site, but just becuase you're living small doesn't mean you have to compromise on big style. Let's go see the space.
Martin: "Room for improvement. Hi Liz, good morning nice to meet you.
Liz: "Hi, good morning, nice to see you."
Martin: "You are obviously very hip, very stylish, but this studio I think it needs a little bit more.
Liz: "Yeah there is not much going on."
Martin: "Anything that you wanna see in the end?"
Liz: "Probably more color, obviously because it's lacking any color and pieces that are very space efficient."
The key to getting the most out of your studio apartment is to define the space with the correct furniture placement. After that's done we're gonna get rid of the white and add some accessories to add that splash of color it needs.
Sometimes renters have restrictions when it comes to painting or hanging stuff on the walls, a good compromise is to paint only one wall, treat it as an accent and if you move out it's much easier to paint out than the entire space.
Now the blue really pops it complements the white walls and the room doesn't look at stark. Let's layout the furniture.
So the first step is creating the living room-slash-bedroom on this side of the studio.
Now we have the dining room set as the focal point in the center of the window and we could work on the office space.
I really want some bold graphic prints on the walls so why not make them. I bought some one by two's which I'm gonna use to make a boxed frame, and then I'm taking a tapestry throw stappling it in place and making it look like a canvas. It's gonna look really cool.
There you go, total cost $15 bucks you can't beat it.
Another great way to make your wall art is to take your postcards from all of your travels and just frame them. It's a nice way to showcase your memories.
We are done.
This morning the studio apartment was a blank canvas. With some accent colors new furniture and inexpensive wall art, We created a multi-functional space out of four walls. Total budget under $400 dollars.
Martin: "Here we go one, two, three."
Liz: "Wow, I love it. Wow oh my god. It's very fun, it's very colorful."
Martin: "Well I guess you could say we actually worked on five rooms today on that studio apartment, we had let's see a bedroom/livingroom, an office a dinning space and we even revamped the kitchen. Not bad for one day's worth of work. I'll see you guys next week."
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