12 Christmas decorating ideas for small spaces

Sara Ligorria Tramp

Christmas is a time to turn your home into a winter wonderland with garlands, snowscapes, wreaths and more. For those limited by small space challenges, decorating for the holidays can be quite the feat. Not to mention that having to decide whether or not to go for a tree can really put a damper on the good news of Christmas. But don’t be afraid! Small spaces can provide great opportunities to showcase the Christmas season in creative ways. There’s no need to skimp on Christmas cheer by following these tips to ensure your home is a true winter dream. Ahead, check out over a dozen small space Christmas decorating ideas to try this holiday season.

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Christmas trees are the centerpiece of the holidays, but finding room for a tree in a small space can be tricky. Rather than skipping the tree completely, opt for a small tree that can fit nicely in a corner or in front of a window. Small trees can make big statements with the right ornaments. Be strategic with the placement of your ornament to avoid a busy or cluttered look.

Your coffee table is the center of your living room space so why not make it the centerpiece of your holiday decor? Add a themed garland or large Christmas decorations to the table to create a cozy centerpiece. You can also incorporate flameless candles to set the mood. We love this floral display in a space designed by Jenny Wolf.


Incorporate subtle touches throughout your home

Subtle touches of holiday cheer throughout your home can be paired with a holiday theme that makes your home comfortable and cozy. A little winter landscape on a windowsill, Santa themed kitchen accessories or an Advent calendar garland on your hood like this will invigorate the holiday spirit in your home.

Hanging displays or floating shelves are a great way to maximize vertical space. Your wall space can replace a mantelpiece or provide a fun way to display Christmas cards. For parents, the floating shelves make a great on-the-shelf elf display. Make use of wall space by spreading shelves and dropping garlands or twinkling lights to create a wintry ambiance.

Your windows are the eyes of your home. Use windows by creating scenes and landscapes on windowsills, or hang a wreath like Emily Henderson did in this living room window. Choose draperies that match holiday themes and colors, but are subtle enough not to overwhelm the space. You can also wrap lights around curtain rods to create a light and airy ambiance.

Go vertical! Use the top of shelves or cabinets to display decor like ornaments and even garlands. If you don’t have a fireplace, you can use a shelf in its place to hang stockings or display Christmas cards.

Swap kitchen towels, sheets, blankets, and bath towels for holiday-themed towels to add a maximized look to your small space. Party linens are a cute touch for any guest entering your home. The same goes for tableware and tableware! Plus, even your windows are fair game for decorating!


Burn holiday themed candles

Festive decor isn’t just about what you can see, it’s also about the smell. Soak up the scents of the holidays by lighting candles that smell like some of your favorite Christmas memories. Candles can also create a relaxing mood, which is a great way to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season.

A perfect way to welcome guests to your Christmas castle is to place a seasonal wreath or doormat right at the entrance, even if it’s only in your apartment. Your guests will know they walked into Santa’s workshop with some pretty festive pieces. Select a wreath (or a hanging, as Emily Henderson did here!) that welcomes the spirit of the season and a doormat that displays a welcoming cheer.


Focus on your table decor

The holidays are a time for get-togethers and parties, welcome your guests with a bar or kitchen table that rings Christmas. Select a table runner that features snowy scenes, grab a candle or two that smells like pine, and don’t forget to add some snacks!

Just go. If you’re a maximalist at heart, why let a smaller space get in the way of unleashing your Christmas cheer? Take note of this small living room designed by Matthew Bees, which features a Christmas tree filled to the brim with rainbow ornaments despite a small footprint.

Finally, replace the basic pieces of your home and don’t add anything to the decor or spaces that already exist. Replacing current decor with themed decor is a great way to maximize your space without overwhelming or creating clutter. Remember that versatile items are essential, and in a small space, functional decor is also space-saving.


Set up a hot chocolate zone

Give your bar cart a makeover by creating a hot chocolate or cider station. Replace shakers with marshmallows and chocolate spoons. Grab holiday mugs that extol the Christmas spirit. You can still keep traditional items in your bar cart to create a hot toddy station for those looking to indulge.

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