For additional storage and to keep the clutter away look for clear plastic storage bins you can use under the bed, or buy a coffee desk for the living room that contains drawers underneath. This way you will keep all those items you don't use often stored away and out of eyesight until you will need them.
When decorating small rooms, you should keep chaos to a minimum. Display only a few colorful accents and accessories to add depth and interest. Inside the living room, a single large vase filled with fresh flowers, a large candle and an individual print out or painting using one wall are you need to include color while keeping the area open up and spacious.
In a small apartment, all that is needed in the living room is a sofa, chair and coffee table. You might place a little bookshelf in a spot to hold books, and magazines with small light fixture on top. Keep furnishings up against the wall so that the floor space in the heart of the area is wide open and easy to walk through. A brightly colored accent rug in this area adds texture and additional color.