What image comes to mind when you think of your first couples apartment?We’re willing to bet that, for most people, it was a tiny rented place, but one you grew to love and developed fond memories of. A young couples apartment is usually small, but the design ideas featured in today’s article prove that it doesn’t have to be cramped, cluttered, or lack in the style department.
Check out some wonderful ideas for living room, bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen designs, collected from the apartments of young people in love around the world. And don’t forget to let us know which one’s your favorite!
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#1. Breezy in Barcelona
This fresh, airy, luminous living-and-dining-room comes from a cleverly arranged small apartment in Barcelona we found on Freshome. It basically abides by all the design rules that small couples apartment should uphold. The color scheme is light and breezy and the open shelf allows the inhabitants to enjoy the outside view. Apart from that, the décor is eclectic enough to suit the diverse tastes of a young couple on the go.
#2. Colorful hipster-style
We actually found this loft living room as a real estate listing and were mesmerized by the playful way it employs color and décor elements. The main furnishings are all in somber and neutral tones. You can see dark brown for the flooring, black for the cabinets and sofa.
However, the rest of it is all color pops and visual treats.We especially like the clever storage solution for the two bikes in this couples apartment, the open shelves in the dining room area, and the retro-looking dining chairs. Bonus: a patch of ‘grass’ delineates the dining table space, making every meal feel like a picnic in nature.
#3. Urban industrial
When you’re young and renting (or buying) your first couples apartment, chances are you’re going to end up in an urban environment. And not so much in a verdant residential paradise in the suburbs. This doesn’t mean that your existence needs to be dull and dreary, though. Actually, as the above living room proves, the simple, urban industrial style can make for wonderful day areas.
Eclectic decorative elements mix with functional design staples, such as the blinds, the retro armchair, and the floor lamp. The end result is as cozy and inviting as it is unpretentious and functional. Case in point – the wheels on the coffee table.
#4. Work & play
You can always trust the Spanish to make any room look young, no matter how small the home, or how limited the budget. Proof to this is this workspace corner of a tiny, yet colorful couples apartment in Madrid. A lot of attention to detail went into the design of this particular corner of the living room, to ensure the eclectic blend of design elements go together.
On the one hand, the apparent brickwork lends the room a post-industrial, modern vibe. It is reinforced by the decorative letters, simple bookcase, and contemporary desk design. On the other, though, the traditional rug and stool add a touch of quaint charm to the space.
#5. Creamy comforts
This lush, yet breezy bedroom actually belongs in a couples apartment designed by talented Russian designer Sergey Baskakov. The light and simple color scheme works like a charm with the very low bed. It is actually an ingenious sofa, extended to accommodate two occupants. We also like how the bed is placed directly underneath the window, so it can bask in the glorious morning sunlight, for a cozy awakening. The contemporary art on the wall adds just the dash of color this otherwise neutral room needed.
#6. It’s all ‘bout the lighting
Small, simple, and Scandinavian-looking, this tiny, yet cozy bedroom makes great use of modern lighting style elements. On the one hand, there’s a desk lamp-like fixture on each side of the bed. It’s for those lazy evenings spent curled up with your favorite novel. On the other, the romantic chandelier that hangs above the bed reminds you that each night can be special. Provided you’ve got your better half by your side, of course. To boot, the window lets the light of the sunshine in each morning, as if to make sure you wake up to yet another beautiful day every day.
#7. A loft bed and plenty of storage space
Espace Loggia is a French furniture design company that offers innovative bed designs – such as this beautiful, elegant, and highly functional loft bed, specially designed for couples. Aside from the king-sized bed above, the set also includes stairs fitted with drawers for storage. It also hhas asofa with drawers beneath it, in which you can store everything you need. The loft bed is a perfect solution for couples living in one-bedroom apartments or studios, especially for homes with very tall ceilings. Why clutter up space horizontally, when you can reach for the sky and enjoy a lot more comfort for it?
#8. Romantic times in a couples apartment
Some might scoff and deem this bedroom set up as ‘too girly’, but we’re thinking it’s entirely appropriate for most young couples out there. The color scheme is as simple as it is effective. It’swhite and dark brown, with dashes of red, meant to remind you how sweet life together can be. The truly magical design element is the canopy with the overhanging garlands of LED lights. You don’t need to be out in nature to enjoy the sight of a starry sky, do you? You can also enjoy it from one of these studio apartments for couples.
#9. Blackboard inspiration
When you’re young and in love, everything is a source of inspiration – and, as this creative kitchen from Inte Architecture goes to show, your kitchen can inspire you, too. This open kitchen was designed with a small home in mind and it’s fresh enough to belong in an urban young couples apartment. We particularly like the bright color scheme, the apparent brickwork on the walls, the use of typography. We obviously love the blackboard covered wall section, which can become a canvas for all your projects, designs, and ideas.
#10. Earthy and minimalistic
This sleek, contemporary kitchen belongs in a hip couples apartment designed by Design ART-UGOL. You wouldn’t guess just how small this entire home is, by looking at the pictures.That’s because the designers gave it impressive stylistic coherence by solely employing a white, black, and gray color palette. These hues are complemented by luminous tones of mixed wood. The open-plan kitchen is fully functional. It includes all the appliances a young couple would need to turn every meal into a feast.
#11. Small & cool from Tel Aviv
This kitchen encapsulates the look of the entire home in which it’s located. It sits inside a 635sqf apartment in Tel Aviv,. Itsowner describes it as “colorful, yet calm”. The overall look of the design is clean and contemporary,. However, there’s plenty of retro chic detail on each shelf and in every nook and cranny. The challenge of designing this home lay in the fact that it actually is a young couples apartment. The two residents work from home as graphic designers. Theywanted to give each other plenty of separate space, but also take advantage of the open floor plan to spend quality time together.
Not bad for a couples first apartment, right?
#12. Tiny & cozy in Madrid
Think your kitchen is small? Then try this “miniature” kitchen, located inside a 395sqf apartment in the Malasaña neighborhood of Madrid. The home belongs to a young couple who moved there from L.A. Theywere faced with the challenge of barely having a kitchen to speak of. However, this didn’t prevent them from designing a charming space to enjoy together. To boot, it also taught them discipline and thriftiness, since the kitchen only fits a tiny freezer and countertop oven. They learned to do the groceries on the daily and, we’re sure, became that much more creative with their cooking.
As far as apartment ideas for couples on a budget go, this one has to take the cake.
#13. Mixed up tiles
Funky patterns and bold colors should feel right at home in any young couple apartment. This layout goes to show that sometimes color and pattern coordination is overrated, at least where bathroom tiles are concerned. The crazy mix of tiles on the wall is beautifully offset by the square recessed sink and the wooden counter
#14. Four across
That spells ‘love’! This funky set of bathroom tiles from Birdaria is suitable both for a kids’ bathroom, as well as for the funky bathroom of a young couples apartment. It’s cute enough to work in any style of décor. Also, it’s bound to keep you inspired and entertained during your morning routine over the sink, as well as during a prolonged, relaxed bath.
#15. Marbled luxury
There’s more than just a whiff of luxury in this sleek bathroom found on Beacon T, with its tones of beige and brown, offset by the sight of the bright red storage unit in the hallway. The floating cabinet and counter are minimalistic and edgy, while the round mirror and circular sink add a touch of femininity to this otherwise imposing space. Metal is also a notable presence in this bathroom, both in the chrome finishes of the faucets, but also via the décor elements on the counter. Talk about a couples apartment!