It might seem challenging to fit everything you own into a 1 BHK flat design. But what’s harder is to implement suave, yet functional 1 BHK interiors. With some clever space planning, homeowners can transform a 1 BHK into a home that has everything and is welcoming. All you need are a few multipurpose elements and some design must-haves and you too can have a smart space like these Livspace homeowners. 

Lucky for you, our in-house experts have put together this list on how you can make the most of your one bedroom apartment. These tweaks and changes will help you configure your home to your lifestyle even with the limited space.

#1: Choose a neutral colour palette

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Rich blue makes your space appear cosy

Paint can go a long way in making 1 BHK interiors appear bigger. Start with a subtle palette of classic whites, neutral tans and greys, and keep the bolder colors to accent walls. For example, rich blue can emulate regality, while green hues reflect natural light, making your space appear cosy and airy. The combination of neutrals and bold pops of colour lend a soft and clean touch to your home, and makes it feel clean and fresh.

#2: Optimise storage

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Opt for sleek storage options

A clever 1 BHK flat design makes the best of space by maximizing storage. Install a storage bench in the hallway, or use pouffes and sofas that double up as covered bins. Another way to make the best of your 1 BHK is to install a slim TV unit that offers options to stow away your letters, documents and CD collection. The horizontal surfaces can also be used to display decor or your book collection.

#3: Pick multi-functional furniture

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A folding dining table like this is a great idea

Multi-functional or wall mounted furniture can make your 1 BHK interiors seem spacious and uncluttered. There are several sleek and elegant collapsible furniture options, such as a sofa cum bed, that you can roll out only when you need it. Alternatively, take advantage of the walls at home by installing a murphy bed in your bedroom, and a full-length shelf with a movable ladder. Invest in a foldable dining table that can be laid-out only when you’re sitting down for meals. This will save you a lot of space.

#4: Put in different types of seating

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Place lots of ottomans and chairs that can be moved around

Adapting your 1 BHK to accommodate guests can be easy if you find the right kind of seating options. Use compact and quirky ottomans as both seating and decor. You can also use nesting stools as they occupy less space, and are easier to stow away when not in use. Folding chairs are another great investment for your 1BHK interiors, so you don’t have to scramble for seating when you have unexpected company.

#5: Opt for open layouts

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Create separate zones with dividers

An open layout seamlessly combines the living room, kitchen and dining area, making it the ideal option for your 1 BHK. If you want some privacy, use screens or room dividers in your 1 BHK interiors to reduce foot traffic in areas you would like to keep private. Install a backless bookshelf that can function as both a divider and display shelf.

#6: Utilise niches

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Use them for storage or display

Make the best of your 1 BHK interiors by taking advantage of wall niches. If you have a floor to ceiling wall niche, install a cupboard or mini-bar for extended storage space. You can also get creative by converting your headboard into a niche storage solution, or use them to place tiny plants to add greenery.

#7: Opt for minimalistic designs

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Minimal interiors with a pop of colour

Minimalism doesn’t necessarily mean spartan and boring. This 1BHK interiors has a classic blue and white combination with minimal decor, making the colours pop in the entire home. Moreover, the home is simple with space-saving furniture. One sofa, a storage spaced TV unit and a dining table set with L-shaped seating are all the elements you need to complete your living room.

Designs mistakes to look out for

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Sliding wardrobe doors are a great space-saving hack for your compact home

Living in a 1 BHK flat design can be challenging when the design is not optimised for the space. There are a few design faux pas that can complicate a compact home. Take a look at this list to avoid these design mistakes:

  • Do not get swing doors: Switch out all your swing wardrobe doors with sliding doors and you will instantly notice a change in the floor space that is available. This simple swap can make a world of a difference, giving you more space for a bigger bed or even a side table.
  • Avoid free standing storage: While any kind of added storage will reduce your floor space, built-in units are a slender and space saving option. 
  • Don’t ignore the bathroom space: You can optimise the bathroom by installing floating shelves above the toilet and opting for corner shelves for those empty corners.

If you’re interested in more design inspiration for compact spaces, take a look at this: Step Into a Simple Budget Home at Lodha Splendora.

Do you want decor ideas for your 1 BHK flat design? Take a look at these 10 Budget Ideas to Decorate Small Homes.

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