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The most stylish small space apartments, studios and lofts to inspire city dwellers

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Live large in a small space

Space and beauty are not mutually exclusive. It's easy to think you need a large home to achieve Pinterest-worthy interior design but these stylish apartments prove that is far from the case.

Whether it's a loft conversion or a studio apartment, there's something completely romantic about squeezing personality and charm into an intimate space. 

We've collated the best examples beautiful mico-flats where the owners or residents have cleverly used light-coloured paint, draped curtains, reflective furniture and sofa beds to utilise their space in the chicest way possible.

  • London loft

    This bright and airy loft in Camden was once a small office space but has now been converted into a fully functioning flat. Craft Design Studio were behind the innovative renovation that made this tiny space feel like a spacious, stylish home.

  • London loft

    They created a mezzanine level to hold the bed and built shelves across the entire main wall to hold the owner’s collection of books, art and objects as well as a TV which can be seen from the bed.

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  • London loft

    The mezzanine structure divides the dining and living area, creating the illusion of multiple rooms

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  • London studio apartment

    To prove that small spaces can still be stylishGabby Deeming and Olivia Gregory, London-based editors House and Gardenset themselves the task of decorating a 17-square-metre studio apartment.

  • London studio apartment

    Using a bold orange colour to add drama, single sofa beds that join to create a double mattress, a mirror to mimic a doorway and create the illusion of more space, and by hiding storage behind decorative curtains they were able to fit a lot into and add character to the flat.

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    But the best part is their 'cupboard kitchen', a practical and discreet kitchen space that can be hidden when you're not cooking.

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  • Bath studio apartment

    Set in a beautiful Georgian Bath town house, this studio apartment has mirrors on each side of the traditional fireplace to create the illusion of space.

  • Bath studio apartment

    The bed pulls out from white cupboard behind the sofa, revealing two bedside tables with lamps.

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  • New York City studio apartment

    Tired of renting, Jourdan Lawlor - a director of sales development at food website The Daily Meal - decided to buy a property in Greenwich Village, New York City. After scouring the city for an apartment within her budget of $300,000 (£187,780) she settled for this ground-floor studio that was formerly a dormitory for Hudson River dockworkers. Lawlor and her boyfriend agreed to renovate the 242-square feet flat by taking advantage of their tall ceiling and maximising vertically.

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    "Everything is a nook or a cranny, and sometimes you forget where you put things," Lawlor told real estate website Curbed. "When you have such a small space, everything has to mean something." 

  • New York City apartment

    Above the double-sofa bed is a small projector they use to watch Apple TV. Antiques and vintage finds add a homely feel, such as the statement painting that sits above their mantelpiece.

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  • London studio apartment

    Laura Clark, a tenacious young architect, stumbled upon a long-derelict underground public lavatory in her area of Crystal Palace in 2005 and it took her years to persuade the council to let her acquire the property. Once she finally did she set about making the small space livable and personal. Clark had initially put in an offer of £20,000 for the freehold, but as the property included the pavement above, the council would offer only a leasehold agreement.

  • London apartment

    She spent only £65,000 renovating the narrow space with streamlined shelves alone the length of one side of the flat while the living room leads into the kitchen which leads into the bedroom on the other side.

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    "I’ve always loved the idea of micro-regeneration," she told the Telegraph. "For me that’s about saving sites with an interesting history, but which have been abandoned and forgotten."

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  • London studio apartment

    Located in a converted industrial bakery in Bethnal Green, the former studio consisted of an open plan living/ eating/ dining space with A separate bathroom and raised sleeping platform. However the old layout offered little privacy for the owners, both busy professionals.

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    London based architectural practice Russian For Fish stepped in to redesign the apartment. They moved the kitchen to the rear and near the entrance, freeing up half of the front of the apartment.

  • London studio apartment

    Folding doors were specifically selected for the bedroom (on the left) to offer a flexible, open living.

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  • Paris studio apartment

    Situated on the seventh-floor under a building’s roof, the 86-square-foot studio was originally built as a maid’s quarters. Paris-based architecture firm Kitoko Studio transfomed it into a home for their client’s au pair, taking inspiration from the concept of the Swiss Army Knife.

  • Paris studio apartment

    The apartment is furnished with everything a person could need from a single bed to a book shelf to large wardrobes - each cleverly concealed in modular sliding units.

  • Paris studio apartment

    The kitchenette contains a hidden sink and a table rolls out from a cupboard nearby. Each section can be opened and closed according to the needs of the space. 

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  • London mezzanine apartment

    When London based home renovation company Decorwise renovated this 500 square feet (46 square metres) apartment they discovered a few key tips essential to decorating any small space...

  • London mezzanine apartment

    Build cupboards into walls where possible, buy furniture with a small depth, use light colours in furniture and decorating to expand room space, install glass, mirror or reflective surfaces and try to let in as much light as possible through windows.

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  • Moscow studio apartment

    This 45 square-meter apartment was designed for a young woman living in Moscow. The kitchen and living area is divided by a wall that on one side holds a TV and cabinet, while on the other side acts as a bar counter and storage space for kitchenware.

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    A thick white curtain is used to separate the bedroom and wardrobe space from the living room.

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    The decor is bright and colourful to brighten up the space. 

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  • New York loft

    Nick and Lizzie relocated from London to New York and fell in love with the Meatpacking district in New York. Despite settling for an affordable old attic space with sloped ceilings and dark corners, the couple transformed it into a bright and airy home.

  • New York loft

    The white walls and Scandinavian-inspired design create the illusion of more space.

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    Meanwhile, shelves filled with personal items and a bold red rug bring warmth to the loft. The couple have since moved back to London. 

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  • New York studio apartment

    Owner Matthew Knowles, general manager of interior design firm Charlotte Moss, has proved that you can live large in a small space. He has thrown heaps of character into his small studio apartment in Manhatten's Upper East Side.

  • New York studio apartment

    A few of his tricks are to keep the coffee table close to the sofa, creating more room, dot small shelves around the apartment, use curtains to drape over wardrobes instead of doors and stick to neutral colours for the background to add something more dramatic and exciting in the foreground.

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  • London mezzanine apartment

    The renovators of this mezzanine bedroom flat set in a Grade-II listed building in Bow found ingenious solutions to work around its challenging structural constraints.

  • London mezzanine apartment

    They gutted the entire are to create two bedrooms (one behind a hidden door from the living room), a full kitchen and lounge space separated by a tall bookshelf separates.

  • London mezzanine apartment

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