Homedit.com offers ideas on how to arrange the furniture in small living rooms. Wayfair.com and Forbes.com also have tips on decorating and furnishing small living rooms.
It is important to determine which pieces of furniture are essential and then arrange them, starting with the largest ones. Usually the largest piece is the sofa, although some designs do not to include a sofa, if the space is too small. Designers encourage homeowners to experiment with different configurations.
Some tips for making a better use of a small space include using multifunctional and small-scale furniture, using both natural and artificial light, and using built-in storage.
A light color palette helps create the feeling of a wider space. Cool colors have the same effect. However, some decorators choose warm colors to allow a room to feel cozy and intimate.