My son is moving to his first single flat after living with roommates for the last 5 years. It's a railway design with the living room in the center with no windows.
This is a place on a budget - because it's not meant to be long term and easy to sell off if needed for a move overseas.
Mirrors and artwork will help
Removing the doors from the living room to the bedroom will give more space for the sofa and movement in the room.
Add a curtain for bedroom privacy.
Give me the dimensions and I can get linen ones made here for CHEAP in China and bring them back.
Memorial Day Sales in NYC produce this leather and fabric sofa for a steal.
The leather outer shell makes it easy to maintain and the cushions make it soft and comfortable.
This accent chair is a recliner and will blend with the outer shell of the sofa. Also during parties it's easy to maintain.
Now, to add some color to a small space with no windows because the brown is dark. This fabric is from onlinefabrics.com and it's Robert Allen Mint and brown stripe.
This looks like blankets were tucked around the sofa cushions and then bright pillows added.
The large artwork with cream background brighten up the walls.
Also add a carpet - this is outdoor carpet - and you can sweep it. This 8 x 12 is very inexpensive for it's size from Home Decorator.com
This round coffee table is on sale and moves up and down again from Homedecorator.com. I like the round design for a small space.
Now Accessories. Bring Color with the artwork - with cream matting that will brighten the space.
This frame is so Cheap at $28.00 and $12 shipping. Buy 2 and place behind the sofa for reflection of light.
Then add a carved wood lamp or glass lamp to give interest .
This floor lamp is retro and repeats the metal look on the coffee table.
THE FINISHED LOOK.
Finished look is about $2500 for the living room.