Furnishing a small space can be a challenge. Many apartments and smaller homes are not just limited on space, but can also have unusual shapes and sizes when it comes to rooms making it an even more difficult task. Fortunately, there are quite a few stores that create furniture just for this. Ikea is obviously a common place, as well as Target, but you'll find pieces at places like West Elm and CB2, too. When furnishing a small space, the key is to measure first. Take the dimensions with you when you shop in the store or online -- you'll know exactly what can work and what won't. In terms of color, just because a space is small doesn't mean that you can't work color in. As a rule you want to keep walls lighter shades -- save the bold colors for furniture and accessories.
Small space solutions from top: A chaise or sectional couch can be a great piece without taking up much room, CB2; The butterfly chair has decorated smaller spaces since 1938; CB2. A trunk or chest can be a great space saver and provide storage, Z Gallerie; Storage ottomans can work as chairs or tables -- stow things like blankets, books, etc. inside, Target