FLOAT FURNITURE: In this small guesthouse in Salt Lake City, Utah, designers Marshall Watson and Jeffrey Kilmer kept furniture central — not pushed against the walls. "If you create space beyond the furniture, it adds volume to a room," says Kilmer.
An antique gentleman's chest has multiple personalities: desk, bar, child's bureau, and — when the child was in diapers — changing table. Read more: Small Apartment Decorating Ideas - How to Decorate Small Spaces - House Beautiful
balanced arrangement works especially well when you have a direct view toward a fireplace. Here, the bookcases, sofas and even the jars on the mantel are all placed symmetrically. The painted bookcase backs pick up the color of the green mantel jars.