Downsized living seems to be the rage. Going from grand McMansions to loft living or, better yet, a unique studio living space, is the ultimate in chic living. Spaces that have high ceilings and smaller spaces can be a bit challenging to design and decorate. Without a plan, taking advantage of the full space may be hard to envision.

The studio loft or studio condo can pose numerous design options that, in the end, can achieve greatness with the wow factor we all strive for in our homes. All the amenities found in a larger living space can be built to fit into a smaller space with the right plan.

Ideally, a studio living space may be the perfect situation for a single person, the professional working and living in the city or even for the seasonal homeowner who has a larger residence in another part of the country and needs a stopping place to rest and get away. Studio living spaces can incorporate all the amenities of a single-family home.

Designing this type of unique and ideal studio space would include a smaller galley or alcove kitchen and a full-size bathroom or stand-up shower with laundry. The living area would be all one space, an open area that would provide multipurpose functional living, work and entertaining areas.

A functional kitchen area would be just that. However, enhancing this space with granite countertops and a cabinet design with open shelving and glass will promote a larger feel in the kitchen.

Creating a bathroom that's clean and sleek and keeping the color scheme light will promote the feeling of a larger space.


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Tile flooring and granite in the bathroom in a lighter finish can complement a fully tiled bath enclosure or even a European style walk-in shower.

Flooring throughout the studio space should remain the same from the kitchen area into the living area. Promoting a continuous flow throughout the space without breaks in the flooring surface will also provide a pleasing look.

High ceilings and a large window alone could achieve the wow factor but the studio has to be functional, using all wall and floor space.

A studio is just that, but how will the sleeping area be separated by the main living area? Take advantage of the high ceilings by creating a sleeping loft or a raised bed area that will allow for use of the floor space underneath. The platform of the bed itself would run from side wall to side wall. Four wood beams or columns would support the platform bed. This will allow for additional work space or a desk area for home office underneath.

Debbe Daley, owner of Debbe Daley Designs, is an interior designer with more than 25 years of experience as a professional interior redesigner, stylist, stager, trainer and project manager. Follow her blog at blogs. lowellsun.com/daleydecor.