When I first leased my tiny apartment back in late April, I had no idea of how and when I would be decorating the space. My apartment is less than 500 sqft. and what it lacks in space, it makes up for with it’s fabulous central location in Austin, Texas. There’s a secret art to furnishing and decorating small spaces. You want to fill the space without making it feel over cluttered. And there are tricks to making your space feel bigger as well. Here’s what you need to furnish and decorate a small living room.

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Finding the Perfect Sofa

grey couch with eclectic pillows a kantha quilt and mid century vintage coffee table

Grey sofas are having a moment and for good reason. Grey is a neutral color that goes with just about any color scheme. If you are living in a studio apartment or anything under 500 sqft. opt for a cozy love seat. It will save you space.

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Zshoosh It Up


throw pillows on a grey couch

Another reason to love a grey couch is that it allows you to coordinate different colors and styles of pillows. You’ll see that I have gold, pink, blue, faux fur, and it all works. When I bought this sofa, I really hated the pillows that it came with so, I purchased pillow cases that I loved and filled them with the stuffing from the pillows that I didn’t like. I know, risky move. But I love the outcome!


Alternative Seating

black woman sitting on a floor pouf drinking a glass of red wine


Thank god for cushy floor poufs. They are not only very comfortable, but they also add a bohemian element to your home decor. Use them as an alternative to extra seating. When you don’t have room for a chair add some floor poufs that match your home decor. I’ve styled my space with Indian poufs. They are very colorful and are made from recycled wedding saris.

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The Small Details


potted aloe vera plant on a mid century style coffee tabletwo girls hanging a wall tapestryblack woman serving a pizza

living room with bohemian decor

Never underestimate the power of a vase of flowers. Plants add life to a room and instantly brighten the mood. Incorporate flowers or easy to care for plants in places that feel bare. The coffee table, the corner of the room, or corners of an entertainment center are great places to place plants.

Another thing you can do to add space to your room is to make use of the walls. Hang pictures, wall tapestries, or art. Large mirrors or tapestries with lots of sequins that reflect light can actually give the illusion that your room is more spacious than it actually is.


Some Final Tips

Decorating and furnishing a home can get quite stressful and it may take a while to find those pieces that you absolutely love.

  • Take your time to shop around until you find the pieces that you truly love. I went to over 6 stores before finding the sofa I loved and that matched my budget.
  • Be sure to shop your local thrift and vintage shops for gently used furniture pieces. My mid-century coffee table was thrifted from Room Service Vintage.
  • Don’t go cheap on the sofa. There’s nothing you can do to make a cheap futon look and feel like a good ol’ sturdy couch or sofa that will last you for year. 
    apartment that is barely furnished




    two girls drinking wine while lounging on a couch


  • *For information where to purchase the floor poufs, kantha quilts, and indian wall tapestry featured in this post, please contact Fox in Gown.
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