Benefits of living

in a small space

November 2023 ■
Words by Georgie Amos

At Morro we have a range of living spaces,

From studios right up to our two-bedroom apartments in Boston - you might find that a small studio is the perfect base for you and it fulfils all your living needs. We want to share some great small living design styling ideas for your studio apartment décor projects.  

If you are downsizing and taking a step towards living in a small space, it may seem daunting, but it has its perks. Small spaces can be cozy, intimate, and easy to maintain. Designing for small spaces can be a fun challenge, and it can also be cost-effective. In this blog post, we will explore the benefits of small spaces and share some design ideas for small living rooms, bedrooms, and studio apartments.   

The Bon Apartment

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    Go cozy and intimate

    The biggest draw for living in a small space is the cozy and intimate vibe that you can create. This is the perfect situation for individuals or couples who enjoy a more intimate atmosphere. A smaller space can create a sense of closeness that is not always possible in larger homes. In a small living room, you can create a cozy seating area with a comfortable sofa, armchair, and rug. Use warm colours such as warm burnt oranges, beige, soft greens, and reds, and ensure to pair these rich colourful items with soft textures and low-level, warm lighting to make the space feel inviting.  You can find some gorgeous soft furnishings from Zara home.   

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    Easy to maintain

    One of the biggest benefits of small spaces is that they are easy to maintain. Cleaning, organizing, and decluttering are all much easier in a small space than in a large home. With less space to fill, you can focus on quality over quantity, and avoid accumulating unnecessary clutter. Our Morro double beds all come with smart under-bed storage, there are ample wardrobes and clever hidden storage solutions in whichever size studio or apartment you decide to go for. We also provide all your small space furniture as standard; you will find multi-functional furniture to maximize storage space.  Plus, we have a hoover and cleaning products available in the reception areas so you don’t have to store a bulky hoover in your space. You can also speak to the front desk team to organise bi-weekly cleans. 

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    Designing a small space can be cost-effective, as you need less furniture and decor to fill the space. Plus – all your furniture such as double bed, mattress, sofa, table and chairs etc comes with the flat anyway. With fewer items to purchase, you can focus on investing in high-quality, durable pieces that will last for years to come. Look for items that can serve multiple purposes that will last the test of time. We recommend investing in beautifully coloured and textured cushions and throws, also a lovely set of cutlery and serving bowls and platters – you’ll never regret these investments!   

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    Small living room ideas

    When we designed the living rooms, we carefully considered the furniture for the space and ensured that the items we selected were proportionate to the space. Several of our spaces have a small sofa or loveseat, which provides comfortable seating without taking up too much room. In Boston, our apartments and studios come with wall-mounted storage and a smart TV stand with built-in storage to keep your space clutter-free. To further make your living space feel more spacious and open we recommend incorporating natural light and mirrors to make the space feel larger.   

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    Go green

    Another tip we love, is the use of a few carefully selected house plants. These are not only easy on the eye, but they are also super beneficial for our health. We have some top tips on which plants should go where in your home.

    1. Living rooms: go for a peace lily - it is a low-maintenance plant with a pretty white flower that absorbs indoor air pollutants. Philodendrons are another air purifier you can get both vining and upright varieties, so you’ll be able to find a spot in your home to incorporate them into your décor.  

    2. Bedrooms: Most plants emit oxygen during the day then at night they start to release carbon dioxide. Orchids and snake plants do the reverse and give out oxygen at night, which makes them perfect night-time companions.  

    3. Bathrooms: If you want to have a plant in your bathroom, then you need plants that love moisture and heat and can cope with low light conditions. Boston ferns are a classic bathroom plant and thrive in filtered light and moist air.  

    4. Kitchens: Aloe vera has the benefit of being a healing plant and one that is almost impossible to kill. Use the gel from the interior of the leaves on scrapes and burns for an instant cooling effect.  :

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    Small bedroom ideas

    In a small bedroom, we recommend using light colours and minimal decor to create a calming atmosphere, shop for accessories at La Redoute, Arket, and H&M home. Use wall-mounted shelves or a dresser with a mirror to keep the space organized.   

    Don’t forget, our double beds come with under-bed storage as standard and the rooms have ample storage cupboards and options. Plus – we have bookable secure storage spaces in the basement of our buildings for everything you don’t need while you live with us.   

    Have a look at Pinterest to find more items to pair together in a stylish and simplistic way. We also would recommend if you’ve got an item you love but can't find it online, Google Image search the item and you might even be able to find this!   

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    Studio apartment decor ideas

    Curating a beautifully designed studio apartment can be challenging, but with the right approach, it can be a cozy and functional space. In some of our spaces, we use a room divider or a bookshelf to separate the sleeping area from the living area. If your space doesn’t have this then you can keep an eye on Facebook marketplacevinterior, or gumtree to find a screen room divider. When you are looking at your studio as a whole, it is really important to incorporate natural light and mirrors to make the space feel larger.  

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Living in a small space has its perks, from creating a cozy atmosphere to being easy to maintain. With the right design approach, small spaces can be functional, stylish, and comfortable. Use these design ideas to create a homely space that reflects your personality and meets your needs. Tag By Morro in your photos of your home – we would love to see what you have done with your space. Make sure you contact your reception team before you add fixtures and fittings to your home to make sure these are correct for purpose.