Decor Ideas for Narrow Living Room?

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Q: Hi folks! I need some advice on this decorating dilemma at a small town house in Brazil. The living room is narrow (it's an open plan living room and kitchen) and I don't have a full wall where I can hang some artwork. My couch is a dark brown (I would prefer a grey one, but couldn't find one that I can afford).
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Anyway, now I have a boring living room with no artwork, a brown rug, a brownish silk shaggy rug and no style! I am using a grey curtain that I had before, but I am also looking to change it:

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We also have this empty space under the stairs, so any ideas would be very much appreciated.

I love Scandinavian style and also organic and creative spaces, but I am lost on how to make my living room look decorated! The lounge unfortunately does not fit right in front of the TV. There are two doors, as you can see: one is the front door and the other one is a small restroom.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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