12 Christmas Decorating Ideas for Small Spaces


Sarah Ligorria Tramp

Christmas is a time to transform your home into a winter wonderland with garlands, snowscapes, wreaths and so much more. For those of that are limited by small space challenges, decorating for the holidays can be a true feat. Not to mention, having to decide whether or not to opt for a tree can really put a damper on the yule tidings. But fear not! Small spaces can provide great opportunities to showcase the Christmas season creatively. There is no need to skimp on the Christmas cheer by following these tips to ensure your home is a true winter dream. Ahead, discover about a dozen small space Christmas decorating ideas to try this holiday season.

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Christmas trees are the centerpiece of the holiday but finding room for a tree in a small space can be tough. Rather than skip the tree altogether, 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 your ornament placement to prevent a busy or crowded look.

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

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Incorporate Subtle Touches Throughout Your Home

Subtle touches of holiday cheer throughout your home can tie in a holiday theme that makes your dwelling feel comfy and cozy. A small winter scape on a window ledge, Santa-themed kitchen accessories, or an advent calendar garland over your hood like this one will invigorate the holiday spirit in your place.

Hanging displays or floating shelves are a great way to optimize vertical space. Your wall space can become a replacement for a mantle or provide a fun way to display Christmas cards. For parents, floating shelves make a great elf-on-the-shelf display. Make use of wall space by spreading out the shelves and laying garland or twinkle lights to create a winter atmosphere.

Your windows are the eyes of your home. Make use of the windows by crafting scenes and scapes on the windowsills, or hang a wreath as Emily Henderson did in this living room window. Pick out drapery that is on par with holiday themes and colors yet subtle enough not to overwhelm the space. You can also wrap lights around the curtain rods to create a bright and airy vibe.

Go Vertical! Utilize the top of shelves or cabinets to lay out decor like ornaments and even tinsel. If you don’t have a fireplace you can use a bookshelf in its place to hang stockings or display Christmas cards.

Swap out kitchen towels, sheets, throw blankets, and bathroom towels with holiday-themed ones to add a maximized look to your small space. Festive linens are a cute touch for any guest entering your home. The same applies for dishes and tableware! Also, even your windows are fair game for decor!

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Burn Holiday-themed Candles

Festive decor is not only about what you can see but also about the smell. Lean into the scents of the holidays by burning candles that smell like some of your favorite Christmas memories. Candles can also generate a relaxing ambiance which is a great way to take a break from all the hustle and bustle of the season.

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

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Focus On Your Tablescape

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

Simply go all out. If you’re a maximalist at heart, why let a smaller space hold you back from unleashing your Christmas cheer? Take note of this small living room designed by Matthew Bees, which features a Christmas tree packed to the brim with rainbow ornaments despite a smaller footprint.

Finally, replace staple pieces in your home and do not add to already existing decor or spaces. Replacing current decor with themed decor is a great way to maximize your space without overcrowding or creating clutter. Remember, that multipurpose items are key and that in a small space decor that is functional is also space-saving.

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Set Up a Hot Cocoa Zone

Revamp your bar cart by creating a hot chocolate or cider station. Swap out shakers for marshmallows and chocolate spoons. Grab holiday mugs that tout the Christmas spirit. You can still keep traditional items in your bar cart to create a hot toddy station for those wishing to indulge.

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