1. Avoid traditional high-backed sofas with large rounded arms and over-stuffed cushions as they are visually bulky.
2. Choose a neutral or pale coloured fabric - darker colours will instantly absorb light, making the room feel more crowded.
3. Modular sofas are rarely a good choice in small spaces as they take up a great deal of floor space. However, if you must have a modular, be sure that they are only ever positioned into the corner of a room so the return doesn't 'float', creating an unnecessary barrier.
4. Low, narrow, streamlined sofas with metal legs are a good choice as they will promote a sense of openness.
5. Avoid pattern at all costs - it will only create visual chaos.
6. Draw up a scaled plan of the room so you can see how much space you actually have - it is difficult to accurately visualise furniture in a room.