As living spaces become smaller and the need to utilize every inch of space increases, the set up strategy for a small living room is to think little and find pieces that perform double-duty. To set up your small living room, you can start with balance your overall look, whether your small living room is a separate space or linked to other rooms through archways or open passageways. Use colors that complement each other or are shades and hues of the same color palette as the beginning of your small room decorating plan. Choose three basic colors and one highlight color to build around. Place your furniture asymmetrically, creating at least two centers of attraction so the eye has space to wander. Create a focal point by placing your sofa at an angle to a wall, with a sofa table behind it. Use a fireplace with a decorative mantle or an incredible view beyond the living room as additional focal points. Keep your eyes moving with pockets of interesting decor emerging from all corners. Include furnishings that are airy and open: a sofa with simple arms and a low back, or chairs that have open spaces in their design.
Choose furniture that is small for a small living room and work within the scale and proportion of your room; for instance, use a love seat in place of a sofa, a small television and entertainment rack, and a cocktail table that allows you to walk around it. Place additional seating, like an ottoman or a bench that opens up for storage, along a wall or under the cocktail table if space allows. Use an area rug under the cocktail table and a runner leading into the room if the room design allows. Be sure both are color coordinated yet individualized.