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Margot Austin's Living Room

Have a small living room? Pay attention to furniture shapes to make the most of your space.

Rounded chairs are pretty from all angles and free of sharp corners — a peril in tight spaces. Choose a sofa with narrow arms to maximize seating, and limit leggy furniture (one or two pieces is enough) to prevent a busy look. H&H senior design editor Margot Austin and her husband Kevin chose white walls to allow their eclectic accessories, art and furniture to stand out. Each new treasure brought in necessitates that another is taken out for a clutter-free look.

Get more ideas in our gallery of living room design principles.

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