Not all of us are fortunate enough to have sprawling houses with large wall spaces to put up subway poster-size masterpieces. Many of us, in fact, live in small studio or one-bedroom apartments in the city. If you have a small space, does that mean you cannot decorate your apartment with paintings? Of course not! By using small paintings, there are many ways you can utilize your cozy space to make room for beautiful artwork which can brighten and even open up the room, making it appear larger than it really is. The first thing you will need to consider when deciding on a small painting for a room is whether there are any windows in the room. Windows let in natural light, which can illuminate and change the hue of a painting throughout the day, as the sun passes overhead. Taking advantage of natural light will aid you greatly in choosing a painting. When you have picked out the one you like best, move it to different areas of the room at various times of the day to observe the way the sunlight changes the mood and hue of the painting. Then choose the location where the light strikes it best. Keep in mind, also, that oil paintings and acrylic paintings fare especially well in direct sunlight, as they will not fade or crack.