In a small apartment, all that is needed in the living room is a couch, chair and coffee table. You may want to place a tiny bookshelf in a place to hold catalogs, and publications with small lamp at the top. Keep furnishings contrary to the wall so that the floor space in the center of the room is wide open and easy to walk through. A brightly colored accent rug in this area adds texture and extra color.
Any room appears larger when it's filled with natural light. Most apartments rentals come supplied with mini blinds, but if you want to help make the room look bigger there's a simple trick that truly makes windows look larger. Hang up a curtain pole that is about double the width of the windowpane; use light or colorful sheers that are pulled back to both sides. You might hang the fishing rod near the ceiling to provide the impression of the tall home window as well.
During your apartment, use furnishings that are light shaded to help make the rooms look bigger. Dark colors make an area recede; lighter tones aesthetically increase space. Consider light fine sand, pastel peach, butter yellow and other light tones for upholstery, accent rugs and draperies. You can add additional splashes of color with highlight pillows and throws.