This Studio Apartment Looks Triple Its Actual Size

Photo: Courtesy of SE360/Living in a Shoebox.
Measuring just 323-square-feet, this studio apartment in Gothenburg, Sweden uses a neutral color palette and an abundance of storage to look triple its actual size. Warm, rich floors give the room an open feel while a raised loft bedroom area makes sure no space goes unused. Minimal decorations help the homeowner keep the space open and two large windows give the whole apartment plenty of natural light.

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Photo: Courtesy of SE360/Living in a Shoebox.
Accessible via a wall ladder, the raised loft bedroom is perfectly sized for a queen bed. Downstairs, a dresser and clothing nook keep the bed area free of extra clutter.
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Photo: Courtesy of SE360/Living in a Shoebox.
Neutral linens paired with several shades of brown pillows keep the space from looking too sparse, while a reading lamp above the bed offers just enough reading light.

The open design of the loft bedroom lets the homeowner look out towards the opposite wall’s windows.
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Photo: Courtesy of SE360/Living in a Shoebox.
When standing in the kitchen, the loft bedroom is just out of sight, revealing the natural flow of space from the kitchen to the living quarters.

Minimal wall decorations immediately draw the eye upwards to the large raised ceilings. The wood trunk coffee table is a handy space to store blankets, remotes, and other objects out of sight for when company comes. It’s also an efficient ottoman.
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Photo: Courtesy of SE360/Living in a Shoebox.
Drawing attention to the high ceilings, the large industrial tripod-leg lamp points upwards, while the mounted TV takes up little space and blends in with the rest of the room. We like how the neutral sofa and wood trunk coffee table reflect the colors of the kitchen space opposite the room.

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Photo: Courtesy of SE360/Living in a Shoebox.
A stacked refrigerator and freezer are a smart use of vertical space, while a strip of exposed brick up above adds a new texture to the space.

The slightly-raised appliances keep the floors looking clean and removes the need to clean underneath them (a task few of us enjoy). With its pull-out drawer built into its design, the drop-leaf table provides a good place to store silverware and linens when entertaining.
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Photo: Courtesy of SE360/Living in a Shoebox.
White subway tile forms an attractive backsplash in the kitchen area. The cabinetry features more than 10 spaces for kitchen needs while white dishes are on display in the glass-front cabinets. Minimal, silver-accented hardware looks great here and we positively adore the butcher block countertop, which houses plants, vinegars, and oils.
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Photo: Courtesy of SE360/Living in a Shoebox.
A double farmhouse-style sink holds multiple dishes, while the glass stovetop keeps the minimal theme throughout the kitchen area. A wall outlet lets the homeowner use those tucked away appliances when needed.

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Photo: Courtesy of SE360/Living in a Shoebox.
See how the half wall between the living room and entry keep the bedroom from being viewed from the front door? That's some unexpected privacy with a place this tiny.
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Photo: Courtesy of SE360/Living in a Shoebox.
Viewed from the doorway, the apartment has the appearance of a much bigger space.
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Photo: Courtesy of SE360/Living in a Shoebox.
We can't emphasize the importance of having a space for everything enough when you don't have a lot to work with: On the walls sit a large cabinet for gloves, hats, and other outdoor accessories, while a set of hooks hold coats. A shoe rack below holds boots and other footwear.
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Photo: Courtesy of SE360/Living in a Shoebox.
Mosaic brown tile looks amazing here outlining the shower, its shelves, and the adjacent vanity. The rest of the room is simply tiled in bright white, which provides a clean, but attractive, element. No reason not to have a stunning bathroom to finish things off!

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