The Ultimate Maximizing a Studio Apartment Quiz

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The Ultimate Maximizing a Studio Apartment Quiz
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A small apartment offers the perfect opportunity to implement big ideas. Your choice of color, furniture and design will make all the difference in creating a space that is both functional and attractive. Take this quiz and see how easily you can learn to turn small into smart and sophisticated.
Which phrase most accurately describes a studio apartment?
a one-room apartment that is very small
Although it is small in size, you can maximize the space of a studio apartment with good planning and carefully selected furnishings.
a two-room apartment that is large and airy
a place to live, paint and exhibit your artwork

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What is a monochromatic palette?
a person who likes only one type of food
one color and its varying shades
By decorating with a monochromatic palette, you can make the space appear larger and more well integrated.
a wide variety of colors

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How can you inject more than one color into a studio apartment?
Have each piece of furniture be a different color.
Paint every wall a different color.
Use colorful accessories and wall art.
Use one color or similar shades for the walls, curtains and rugs, and add extra color by selecting complementary furniture, knick-knacks and artwork.

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What is one advantage of using a neutral shade as your main color?
It’s easier to keep clean.
You save money by not buying expensive, high-gloss paint.
You can replace accessories with another color and not clash with the overall look.
With a neutral palette, you have the freedom to change wall art, rugs and small accessories without having to rethink or redo the rest of the framework, such as walls and drapery.

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What does the term SCALE refer to in regard to interior design?
the square footage of the space
the size of the furnishings in relation to the size of the room
In a small room, the scale of the furniture is key. Thus in a studio apartment, a loveseat or two arm chairs would be preferable to a large sofa, for example.
the combined weight of the furnishings

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What is one of the advantages of using glass accessories in a studio apartment?
Glass blends right in with any color scheme.
Glass blends in beautifully with its environs, so you can use it to your heart’s content for shelves, tables and knick-knacks.
Glass is not as expensive as wood or metal.
Glass has a more contemporary look and feel.

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What should you look for when furniture shopping for your studio apartment?
pieces with onboard storage
Choose furniture that has built-in storage space, such as a bed with a combined headboard.
large free-standing items
a set of separate storage pieces

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What do narrow dressers, drop-leaf tables and modular computer desks have in common?
They are all made of wood.
They are scaled-down versions of their traditional counterparts.
Condensed pieces of furniture such as these are more practical for a small space and allow you more room to move around the apartment.
They are all the same item.

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What items can you use to create specific areas in the apartment?
concrete walls or brick bookshelves
dividers, specialty lighting or carpeting
By using design devices such as carpeting and dividers, you can set off distinct areas in the apartment and create diverse functional spaces and focal points.
signs that name each area or large arrows that point to them

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What items are used in design to make a space look larger?
mirrors
By using mirrors in your studio décor, you not only make the apartment look larger, but you also increase the amount of natural or artificial light.
3-D devices
wall-to-wall murals

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What can serve as a divider, storage space and decoration all in one?
wall-mounted or free-standing shelves
If the shelves are partly made of glass or glass blocks, they can help amplify the amount of light in the apartment by opening up the space.
a hand-painted Japanese screen
a steamer trunk

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Where should you place a mirror to maximize the amount of natural light you get?
opposite a window
By positioning a mirror opposite a window, you optimize the amount of light that comes into the room, rendering a more expansive look and feel to the space.
next to a window
under a window

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What is an economical way to save on buying a large mirror?
Hang up a picture of a large mirror.
Buy two or three small mirrors.
Rather than spending a lot of money on a big mirror, purchase two or three smaller ones and hang them next to each other, beneath each other or at angles.
Buy all the materials and make a mirror yourself.

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How can you store practical items on open shelving and still have the shelves look attractive?
Paint the items all the same color.
Put the items in decorative boxes and containers.
Through the magic of colorful boxes and elegant containers, you can make kitchen gadgets, office supplies, or your button collection virtually disappear. Wooden, bamboo, ceramic or fabric boxes are ideal for storing items while serving as showpieces at the same time.
Cover that part of the shelf with pretty fabric.

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What is the best way to camouflage any architectural irregularities your apartment may have?
Keep the predominant shades of the studio neutral.
If you don’t want to draw attention to the odd angles or irregular shapes the apartment may have, keeping the dominant shades neutral will make those elements seem to blend into the background.
Cover them with billowing fabric.
Paint them a bright color and call them a focal point.

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How should you decide where to set up the various functional spaces in your apartment?
by looking through design magazines
by asking other people who live in studio apartments
by determining where the traffic flow will be correct
You should design the apartment according to what kind of area you will need and how you and your guests will be moving around the space. As the entrance, bathroom and kitchen are already in place, you can work around them.

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Which statement about studio apartments is true?
Studio apartments have a lot of storage space.
Studio apartments have a limited amount of storage space. correct
Because studio apartments by definition have a limited amount of storage space, you can implement such solutions as open shelving and space bags.
Studio apartments have no storage space at all.

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In the bedroom, where is a convenient place to store items besides the closet or shelves?
in the window
under the bed
For items that you don’t use every day, keeping them under the bed is a practical way to increase your storage space.
under the covers

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What is the term for three small end tables that fit under each other?
nook tables
nestling tables
nesting tables
A convenient way to save space is to use a set of nesting end tables in your living area. One on its own may be enough for you; and when you have guests, simply pull out the other two to provide more table surfaces.

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What kind of couch is most appropriate for a studio apartment?
a large couch
a streamlined couch
The smaller and more streamlined the couch, the better. When shopping for a space-saving sofa, avoid those that are overly stuffed or have oversized arms.
a couch potato

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