Christmas Decoration Ideas For Small Spaces

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Even if you don't have the space for a traditional Christmas tree, you can still get into the holiday spirit with these holiday decorating ideas.

Getting Started In The Living Room: Working With What You Have

When you don't have lots of room to bring in large dramatic decorations, working with the existing features and furniture of your space goes a long way toward bringing home the holiday spirit. Here are a few ways to get started with Christmas decorating that won't take up any additional space:

  • Seating: Cover existing couches and chairs with plush Christmas throws or fitted slipcovers in holiday colors or patterns. Accent with Christmas-themed decorative pillows.
  • Windows: Replace your regular window treatments with curtains, shades or blinds in warm reds, greens or gold tones. You may also want to put up a fun, Christmas print curtain or valance.
  • Floors: Try a holiday area rug with Santa, Christmas trees, snowmen or just a red and green pattern.
  • Walls: Replace you framed artwork with holiday-themed prints.
  • Tables: Cover end tables and coffee tables with decorative Christmas tablecloths.
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Small, Decorative Christmas Accents

A traditional Christmas tree may take up half your living room; however, you've still got lots of options for small Christmas decorations that are fun and attractive enough to bring back year after year. These decorative accents work well even in tiny apartments:

  • Mini Christmas tree: Enjoy a live, fragrant Christmas tree on your tabletop with a miniature pine, or decorate an artificial miniature tree.
  • Ornament Centerpiece: Create a dramatic centerpiece by arranging shiny, colorful Christmas ornaments on a tiered pastry stand.
  • Clear Glass Figurines: Clear glass Christmas figures enhance small spaces without making them look cluttered.
  • Mini Nativity Scene: Remember the story of Christmas with a nativity scene small enough to fit on a bookshelf.
  • Tabletop Christmas Village: Create a storybook frosty village that fits on a table or shelf.
  • Christmas Stockings: Everyone has room for pretty Christmas stockings! If you don't have a fireplace, hang them from a string across a wall, window or doorway.
  • Hanging Ornaments: If a tree doesn't work for you, you may enjoy suspending some Christmas ornaments from hooks on the ceiling with yarn or wire.
  • Advent Calendar: Have fun opening a different door every day as you count down to Christmas, without taking up any more space than a painting on the wall.
  • Christmas Corkboard: Decorate the frame of a corkboard with paint, glitter, ribbons or small pine branches and use the board to display Christmas cards or holiday family photos.
  • Wreaths: Hang a pretty Christmas wreath on your wall or door.
  • Garlands: Drape garlands of pine or tinsel around the boarders of your living room, or across furniture.
  • Window Clings: Plastic or gel window clings are easy to put up and remove, and make the room feel festive without taking up any space.

Working With Light And Scent

Lighting and scent enhance the holiday mood in subtle ways, and take up little or no living space. Try scented candles or room sprays in cinnamon, bayberry, peppermint or sugarplum. Or display a few strings of white Christmas lights around the borders of your room or windows.

Christmas Bathrooms

Extend the holiday spirit to your powder room with images of Santa, Christmas trees, ornaments or snowflakes, and bring a smile to your guests as they freshen up. Even the tiniest bathroom has room for these festive Christmas decorations:

  • Holiday shower curtain
  • Christmas toothbrush holder and bathroom cup
  • Christmas toilet seat cover
  • Christmas themed soap dispenser
  • Decorative soaps
  • Holiday bath towels, hand towels and washcloths.

Sweet Christmas Dreams

Bring Christmas fun to the smallest bedroom without losing living space by adding:

  • Christmas Themed Bedding: From subtle holly prints to wild Santa scenes, you'll find a holiday comforter set that fits your taste.
  • Holiday Curtains: Choose a fabric that matches your bedding, or a coordinating solid color.
  • Christmas Switch Plate Covers: You'll find a wide variety of traditional and modern designs including snowy Christmas scenes, Snowmen, Christmas trees, reindeer, ornaments and more.
  • Nightstand Lamp: Write out your Christmas list by the light of a small, holiday themed Christmas lamp. Choices include lamps that look like Christmas trees, Santa and Christmas candles in a variety of materials including stained glass.

Christmas Kitchens

Make holiday meals special by decorating your kitchen for Christmas. Here are a few ideas that work well even in very small kitchens:

  • Christmas tablecloth
  • Christmas dishes
  • Holiday mugs and glasses
  • Festive silverware
  • Decorative Christmas table centerpiece
  • Holiday placemats

With a little planning and imagination, even the smallest living space can be filled with holiday spirit, flair and joy.

Last Updated: December 19, 2011
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About Roberta Pescow Roberta Pescow holds a bachelor's degree in communications from City University of New York, Queens College and is a freelance writer and editor in the NJ area. The author of "A Life In The Service" and "A Monster's Tears," she enjoys writing informative articles, personal essays, fiction and music.  Roberta is a proud mother of two. Her other interests include fitness, photography, sculpture and meditation. She is a voracious reader and holds a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwan Do. Roberta enjoys decorating her hectic, but happy home and garden in original and affordable ways.  

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