Any room appears larger when it's filled with natural light. Most apartments rentals come supplied with mini window blinds, but if you would like to make the room look bigger there is a simple trick that truly makes windows seem larger. Suspend a curtain rod that is around double the width of the home window; use light or brightly colored sheers that are pulled back to both sides. You might hang the rod near the ceiling to give the impression of your tall windows as well.
For additional storage space and to keep carefully the clutter away look for plastic material storage bins you can use under the foundation, or buy a coffee stand for the living room which has drawers underneath. In this manner you will keep all those items you do not use often stored away and out of view until you need them.