How do you solve a problem like a 17m² studio apartment? If you're our decorating team, by using a whole lot of stylish space-saving ideas. One example: forgo a cumbersome wardrobe for separate storage crates and hanging rails, which can be hidden behind a decorative curtain.
There is no need to paint an entire small apartment bright white; colour can add real drama to small spaces. On the right, a feature wall has been created using 's 'Charlotte's Locks'.
There is no need for discreet lighting either, as shown by this bold handmade glass-and-chrome pendant light, 'Flower', £3,620, by .
Living in small flats doesn't have to mean sacrificing style for drab storage solutions and "it's the only thing that will fit" furniture. It just takes a little creativity. To prove that small spaces can still be stylish, Gabby Deeming and Olivia Gregory took on the challenge of decorating a 17-square-metre studio apartment. Their ingenious ways of maximising space make quite an impact...
Plastic-and-steel storage system, 'Antonius', 180 x 124 x 55cm, £107.78 and polyester hanging shelves, 'Skubb', £7.99, both at . Forged iron curtain pole, 'Classic' (matt black), 2.5cm diameter, 19p per centimetre, at . Curtain, 'Sofienburg' (porcelain), linen, £75 a metre at . Laminated-paperboard storage box with steel corner protectors, 'Kassett', by Jon Karlsson, £9.39 for two, at . White and orange storage boxes, 'Inge', £13 each; and black DVD box, all at .
Taken from the September 2011 issue of House & Garden.
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