Downsize the Furniture
Overstuffed chairs and a couch long enough for four to sit comfortably will seldom work in a small space, even if you have the square footage to cram everything in. Furnishings that look good in small spaces are typically abbreviated, streamlined and spare. Plush and supersized pieces may be perfect for the burbs, but when you're decorating your small apartment or studio, opt for lean pieces. Stick with solids or small- to medium-sized prints in your upholstered furnishings, and blend the colors in your furniture, flooring and wall covering rather than going for dramatic contrasts. If you love bright colors, indulge yourself with a couple of accent pillows or a decorative throw.