In a small apartment, all that is required in the living room is a couch, chair and espresso table. You may want to place a tiny bookshelf in a area to hold catalogs, and newspapers with small lamp on top. Keep furnishings up against the wall so that the floor space in the center of the area is widely open and easy to walk through. A brightly colored accent rug in this area adds texture and extra color.
When decorating small rooms, you should always keep clutter to a minimum. Display just a few brightly colored accents and accessories to include depth and interest. In the living room, an individual large vase filled up with fresh flowers, a sizable candle and an individual print or painting on one wall are you need to include color while keeping the area open and spacious.
For additional storage and to keep carefully the clutter at bay look for plastic storage bins you can use under the foundation, or buy a coffee desk for the living room which has drawers underneath. In this manner you can keep all those items you do not use often stored away and out of eyesight until you will need them.