Axel Leather Sofa (89″)

Providing a small residential area is one of the most important things to keep in mind. You want every room to reflect your personality and sense of style without being overwhelmed by designs, colors or furniture that are too large or overwhelming. Fortunately, furniture is available to fit all spaces, large or small, and scaled-down, multi-use furniture is often specially designed for smaller homes.

Multi-purpose options can include everything from bedside tables, coffee tables and beds with built-in storage, to rolling kitchen trolleys with butcher block tops for cutting and cutting. When it comes to the living room, less is definitely more. You don't want to fill the space with too much furniture; your goal is to create a cozy, intimate space for conversation and relaxation!

One of the smartest investments you can make when decorating a smaller living room is a sectional sofa. A properly scaled section is available in two or three sections that you can move around in different configurations to suit your needs. Where three or four furniture such as sofas and oversized armchairs can overwhelm a small living room, a three-piece section can really make the room look more spacious.

You can arrange two small sofas in an "L" shape - just right for corners - and place a chair or ottoman at an angle. Just add a coffee table and lamp and your living room is decorated. If you have people over, you can move the pieces on your sectional sofa to create distinct seating and conversation areas. Or use two small sofas as a point of contact and set them against each other in the middle of the room. You can also use sections to separate the living room from the kitchen or bedroom in a studio apartment by using the sofas as a room divider. Some double sofas even double as sofa beds so that you can accommodate a guest at night or transform a living room into a bedroom in no time.

Since sector sofas come in a variety of sizes, it is imperative to measure not only the dimensions of the room, but also the stairwells and doorways to ensure that all pieces fit during the move. Once you know what size sofa you want, start shopping at local home furnishing stores. Look for retailers that allow you to buy or return each piece individually or in its entirety. That way, if a chair or sofa is too big, you can subtract it, and if you move to a larger place you can add pieces later. Some stores even let you combine different designs and colors on small sectional sofas so that you can create your own special decor. Some good places to look for sectional sofas include IKEA, Crate & Barrel and JC Penney.

Remember the importance of scale when choosing sofa upholstery colors and patterns. For smaller spaces, rather than choosing a sofa with a large print, you can try a more delicate print or pattern, or go with a light solid color in a lush fabric, and use pillows and fabric throws to create more interest and panache.