The advantages of the studio, in contrast to the 1-2-3-bedroom apartments, are the small area, therefore, the low cost of purchase and maintenance. Studios in Cyprus are great for young families without children, students, as well as people who often come to the island on business.
So it shouldn't come as a surprise that small studio apartments in Cyprus are gaining popularity. If you bought an apartment in Cyprus to move in or to rent out, it will be useful for you to read about how you can cleverly, simply and beautifully make a real masterpiece out of an ordinary studio.
Features of studios in Cyprus
The islanders are accustomed to large homes. According to statistics, Cyprus is among the top three countries in Europe in terms of the number of square meters per person. So communal apartments and cramped conditions are not what you find on a sunny island.
Therefore, the normal area for a studio in Cyprus is 30 m2. Apartments of about 25 m2 are considered small, there are practically no such small apartments here. But you can easily find a studio with an area of 32, 35, or even 40 square meters. And this is a great advantage!
It is also cheaper to maintain a small apartment. This is especially noticeable in the winter months, when housing has to be heated. Everything is easy if you have the studio: you turn on the electrical appliance, and in a few hours the whole space warms up well. Tenants of apartments with several rooms often can afford heating of only one room. Because it is very expensive to heat the whole apartment.
Idea number 1: where to get more space?
The main disadvantage of studio apartments is their small size. Therefore, the owner's task is to do everything in the minimalism style. So that both things fit and the room does not turn into a cluttered pantry.
Obvious tips like “use the built-in furniture” or “get rid of the pleasant, but unnecessary little things” are not even worth mentioning. This is understandable even for the child.
But more complex techniques are given below:
- Order furniture which fits your studio. This will allow you to plan your space with millimeter precision! Furniture from a store can make problems for you - you think like: "The cabinet is 125 cm, so the shelf won't fit here." And don't buy the shelf, although you need it.
- Do not spare money for complex transformer constructions. Surely you have come across videos where a table-chair-laptop-lamp-screen is taken out of a small cabinet! Just calculate in advance which transformers you need and which you don't. If you use your home office every day, it is better to make it not mobile, but stationary - no one will like to constantly put several items back several times a day. But the rarely used kitchen table with chairs can be put into a closet.
- Light and color decide a lot. It is not at all necessary to be a designer to be able to harmoniously dispose of these two tools. They are described below.
- An long studio with one window should definitely be a "penetrating composition". This means that on the way from the front door to the window, there should not be any bulky and large things at all! You can call it an air corridor. Only small furniture is allowed in this corridor. For example, a table or a sofa ledge.
- A square studio should have one large or two small free, open spaces. These are areas on the floor that furniture is not on. Without them, the home looks messy and cluttered, even if there is not much furniture.
Another tip that will come in handy for many: use the space at the top of the walls. Make shelves and cabinets right up to the ceiling, and in order to easily reach them - buy a transformer or pull-out ladders.
Idea number 2: correct and incorrect zoning
Thousands of articles have been written about the zoning of studio apartments. There are millions of photos on the web. The importance of zoning is obvious, no one will argue with this.
However, not everyone knows how to properly zone a space! Moreover, the Internet is flooded with unsuccessful decisions, which for a strange reason are perceived as good ones.
Here are the main mistakes to avoid when zoning:
- separation by color - when the kitchen area is all green, the sleeping area is blue, and the common living room is beige and yellow, it's a bad idea
- separation by flooring - it does not justify itself in most cases, as an apartment with laminate or tiles of one style looks much better
- walls, screens, curtains - you need to be VERY careful with this, otherwise instead of a fashionable studio you will end up with a communal apartment.
Ok, how to zone an apartment?
Here are the latest ideas from the designers. For example, instead of different floor coverings, raise the floor in separate areas. Typically, this is a bedroom or kitchen. A slight contrast is created without cutting the space.
Another cool idea is lighting zoning. Each zone has its own (most suitable for it) type of lighting and separate switches. You are in the kitchen, and the bedroom and hallway are not lit at this moment, in fact, this division into zones by darkness. Original, simple and inexpensive.
And what about the different types of walls, screens and curtains? Abandon this idea? No, you can think about it - just modernize them a little.
Partition walls look great in the style of "wicker fence" or "lattice". Here you need to build on the general style of the apartment, but in general, partition walls are an ideal option. It retains the airiness and freedom of space, while performing an excellent separation function.
Another modification is a partial wall. It does not reach the ceiling, or it is narrow enough. Another option is a wall with a large window-slot in the middle. The main thing is that it leaves room for air.
The curtain and screen are a bit outdated, but you shouldn't give it up right away either. You just need to think about which model will fit into your interior. And of course, the curtain or screen should be easy to assemble and move to an inconspicuous place while not in use.
Idea number 3: design is everything
Designers strongly recommend that you DO NOT USE difficult and classic styles in studio apartments! English, rococo, neoclassicism - all this requires an abundance of furniture, little things, various objects and so on. Which looks beautiful in a large space, but very strange in a small one.
Therefore, the choice should be made among modern styles. Any design dating back to the 20th century can be classified as "modern". For example, the same avant-garde has been known for a hundred years. But it still looks fresh and original.
Here is a list of contemporary styles for your choice:
- Scandinavian style
- high tech
Of course, you can experiment with softer and more classic styles: Provence or Romanticism is played well in a spacious studio. But you always need to be on the lookout so as not to overload the space with unnecessary details.
Another option is to play with the "folk" styles: Mediterranean, Italian, colonial, African, Japanese... In this case, it is imperative to adhere to a more or less monochromatic range of the entire home and avoid an abundance of decorations and colorful textiles. Most likely, such a difficult task will require the help of a designer.
Idea number 4: color and light are your allies
More light means more space! These are the main rules of any design. Especially if you have a studio apartment.
A studio often has only one window, so you should make the most of it. Do not close the curtains during the day, close them in half. Place functionally important points near the window. The ones you use the most. Do you work at home? An office should be here. Going with your family for every meal? So there should be a dining area.
All other corners of the apartment need to be lit artificially. We have already mentioned above about zoning with light. This is a super idea that will only add convenience to your life.
So, how to arrange lighting:
- The dining and working areas? There should be fluorescent lamps. But it is better to choose warm rather than cold diode lamps. Otherwise, the apartment runs the risk of turning into a hospital room, especially if the main color is white.
- Hallway should not have too bright, but not too dim light. You can beat the interior with LED strips.
- The sleeping area is soft, warm, dim light. It is quite possible that a table lamp or 1-2 sconces are enough.
- Common area, or living room - it is best to make adjustable light here, on 2-3 different levels. In this case, the lamps should be located in several places at once.
With lighting sorted out, but what about color?
It has already been said that strong contrast is the enemy of free space. Therefore, it should be avoided anyway.
It is better to make the mail color of the studio as light as possible and at the same time - natural shades.
White, beige-gray, the lightest tone of wood - those colors that will ideally fit into any small apartment. Dark and bright colors will simply "eat up" the space, it will visually decrease by one and a half times.
Bright colors need to be arranged wisely: little by little and evenly, in different places. Without them, it should be noted, it will look bad. The whole apartment will turn into a state institution.
However, they can be replaced by a play of texture. Fluffy carpet and stone tiles? Excellent. Or, maybe, a wall with imitation of brickwork and a glass table? Perfectly. The main thing is not to overdo it.
Idea number 5: how to make a bedroom from the studio, or get rid of the sofa!
Some nations have long been accustomed to sleeping on sofas. This is "convenient"! Just open your sofa and there is more space! Close it and sleep all night as at night no extra space is needed.
In fact, a sofa in a studio is generally a dubious option. It is bulky, at least visually. And you’re unlikely to open and close it every day. In 90% of cases, the sofa is always open. So it will take a decent place.
Finally, do not put an orthopedic mattress on the sofa. A comfortable sleeping place is the most important detail! Especially in our society, where every first person has back or neck problems.
It is worth considering abandoning the sleeping couch and placing a full bed in the studio. Moreover, the studios in Cyprus are spacious, the bed will definitely be OK here.
As a rule, the bed is placed by at least two walls (thus it stands in the corner). In fact, the sleeping area is the most private in the studio.
Still, what about the sofa?
If you really want to, then you can buy it! But not as a sleeping place. A small sofa of lightweight construction in the living room or kitchen area is an excellent solution. However, it can be replaced with armchairs, but this is a matter of taste.
Idea number 6: two-story studio
If your apartment has high enough ceilings, consider adding a 'first floor'. The fashionable trend is to arrange the bed under the very ceiling. Fits perfectly into the concept of maximum benefit from every square centimeter.
In fact, you can get an additional 3-6 square meters for living - this is like a small room! You can arrange your bed on the "first floor", an area for a child (over 8 years old) or a small corner for hobbies.
The "ground floor" then will have an office, storage space, separate area for pets.
Idea number 7: functional kitchen
Even if you live alone and don't cook often, you need a kitchen. Especially, if you are a young family. Therefore, a lot of attention is paid to this zone.
The main problem of the kitchen in the studio is the sizes of household appliances: a refrigerator, stove, and washing machine. It is worth calculating your plans, habits, lifestyle in advance and get rid of unnecessary things.
For example, if you do not bake every day, then it makes sense to take only the hob, and not a full-fledged stove with an oven. A mini refrigerator is enough for 1-2 people. The microwave is the best friend of those who rarely cook. Or maybe almost all kitchen appliances will be replaced by a multicooker?
Furniture is a separate topic. Perhaps, you don't need a full-fledged kitchen set in the studio. A couple shelves are enough.
The bar counter is a separate thing. From my own experience, I can say that this thing is universal. It is convenient to cook and dine behind it. Moreover, it is much smaller than a big table, therefore, takes up very little space.
Often the bar counter is used as an element for zoning. On one side is the kitchen, on the other is the living room. Everything is logical and convenient. So weigh the pros and cons. It is quite possible that one bar will be enough for you for all your needs.
Is it profitable to rent out a studio in Cyprus?
Of course it's profitable. It is cheaper to maintain a studio than an apartment, and it will be in great demand. Moreover, the option of both long-term and short-term lease is possible.
Who is comfortable with renting a studio in Cyprus:
- young families
- business trip
- Cypriots traveling on business from a nearby town.
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