She started by planning and dividing the room into activity-based zones, so it feels bigger because the zones make space to change things up. “I highlighted the zones by painting the walls different colours. The study zone has a lighter colour because light is so important. The relaxing zone has a deep, darker colour, and the storing zone pops with character.”
Instead of against a wall, Emilia put the desk in the middle of the room facing the window. It’s a nice view, lets in light and gives you an energy boost when you need it. She turned one wall into a giant notice board for mapping out the week. To free up the work area and keep things organised, she used storage on the walls and drawers under the desk—one even has snacks since they’re good for concentration and taking breaks. A work lamp is essential so eyes don’t get strained and tired from reading.
She chose a flexible day-bed that’s good in a small room because it works for daytime naps, nighttime sleeps and sleepovers. A block-out roller blind ups the cosy vibe, just like the textiles. “The rug and mix of pillows soften the room. Even small spaces can be inviting.”
Since the relaxing zone shares space with the sleeping zone, Emilia made this area as flexible as possible. “I added a curtain rail and fabric between this area and the desk, so you can pull it forward and not think about studying. And when you’re studying, you won’t be distracted by a messy bed.” A screen on the wall frees up precious floor space. The chair and table are lightweight for easy moving when friends join. Plus, the table stores stuff.
“Self-expression is a part of a teen’s life, so why hide important personal items that you really like?” She mixed open storage to display instruments and interests with closed storage to keep private things put away. Wall hooks are a big help in a small room to maximise space. “Because IVAR is made of solid pine, you can have a laid-back and natural look now and always paint it later.”
For a wardrobe, Emilia also went open with shelves and a clothes rail, so those band tees and favourite jeans add style and personality, too. “A mirror on the door isn’t just for getting dressed, it also makes the small space feel bigger and reflects light.”