One of the basic interior design rules is that if you want to make a space look bigger, you should work with a light color palette. While true, I also think that a studio home can benefit from lots of character and personality, which can be more easily achieved with a paint color that is a few shades darker.
White wood flooring can have a very clean look when combined with all-white walls (see a perfect example here), but it can easily look clinical as well. The clean lines of the white sofa with the warm-colored area rug and the brown leather chairs work very nicely against the white floors and the grey walls, while the deep colors of the art prints stand out so nicely against this wall color as well. The round vintage dining table works well with the moody look in the rest of the living room and the white of the candle, vase, and pendant really stand out against the dark wall and color of the wood. Both the original built-in cabinet as well as the new storage solution have all been painted in the same color as the wall, which gives this room a beautiful tone-on-tone look.
When it comes to small space living, you should always start with the room designs first: selecting the color of the wall, what’s the focal point in the interior and how can the layout work.