Grace Maldarelli, a medical student in Baltimore, says her 330-square-foot studio unit feels “impersonal.” She wants to decorate and loves warm colors, but with white walls, white wall-to-wall carpet and a 7-by-6-foot sleeping alcove, the apartment hardly feels like home.

(Leah L Jones/For the Washington Post)

See the designer’s sketches on the next page.

(Julius Goyanko/For the Washington Post)

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