When you live in a small space, every single inch counts. This becomes even more apparent during the holiday season when you’re faced with an influx of guests and the urge to impress them with an array of decorations. But believe it or not, just because your space is short on square footage doesn’t mean you can’t embrace a little seasonal cheer.
Curious about the best holiday decor options for apartment dwellers? Click through for 30+ ideas to celebrate the holiday season and make the most of your petite space.
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Go for Stars
A simple grouping of white stars, especially above your television, is all that’s needed to make your living room feel merry. The best part? They take up no space at all.
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Arrange a Winter Bouquet
When you’re decorating a small space, every inch counts. Rather than struggle to make a traditional tree work in your apartment, settle for a small winter bouquet that’s decked out in colorful ornaments and candy canes. It’s just as chic!
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Make a Candle Holder
If you’re looking for the perfect opportunity to express your creativity, get crafty with a candle holder. Simply wrap your candles in garland and pinecones to create an eye-catching holiday look that’s sure to impress your guests.
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Try Simple Poinsettias
There’s no denying that poinsettias are a Christmas classic, so if you’re not up for carving out space for a traditional tree this year, they’re a failsafe option. Rest one on a side table, a window sill, or even a bookshelf to add charm to your interior for the holidays.
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Decorate a Ladder
A simple ladder is one of the best organizers for a small space, but for the holidays, use yours to showcase an assortment of small, perfectly wrapped gifts or even ornaments.
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Make Your Cards Part of Your Decor
Overwhelmed with your holiday cards? Keep clutter to a minimum by using a few of your favorites to dress up your bookshelf for the season.
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Hang Lights on Curtains
Warm white lights never fail to make a space feel more appropriate for the season. A few strings of lights directly over curtains is a no-fuss decor idea that always looks stylish.
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Plan Smart Kitchen Decor
As much as you’d like to cover everything in baubles, you need your kitchen counter space clear to craft holiday dishes and cocktails. Keep things tidy and instead make use of your cabinets, like this set-up from it all started with paint. Tie ribbon to small wreaths or ornaments, and secure them to the back of your cabinets for a festive touch that won’t interfere with your day-to-day life. You can repurpose the idea for bathroom or storage cabinets throughout the house.
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Reach Your Highest Potential
When your space lacks width, you can capitalize on any height by hanging these simple cardstock snowflakes from IHeart Organizing. You also don’t need to breakout the nails for these lightweight snowflakes. Just hop on a ladder and grab the tape for easy installation and removal once the holiday passes.
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Use Light Wherever Possible
The warm glow of Christmas lights always turn on festive cheer, and you can display this cozy yarn wreath from We Are Scout long after the holiday ends. It’s perfect for homes with neutral color palettes, and you can add in red or gold accents for extra flair.
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Add Festive Shelving
You don’t have room for a tree, and you don’t have the storage space to display decorations. The solution: this hanging shelving tree from Lia Griffith. You just need poplar wood and clothesline materials to craft the project. You can evoke the scent and charm of a real tree by adding fresh boughs, and keep it up year-round by switching out decorations for every season.
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While we typically think of wreaths as a door or wall decorations, you can go low and use them to jazz up a side or end table. The red cranberries of this wreath from Hi Sugarplum add an unexpected dash of color to a mostly gold display.
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Simplify Your Centerpieces
You may not have room for huge bouquets or glittering sculptures, but you can pull together a dinner table with these charming, compact centerpieces from The DIY Playbook. Just add water, greenery (real or faux), cranberries and a candle to a mason jar or vase, then go back to watching holiday movies.
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Work The Decor Around Your Lifestyle
If you’re already working with a kitchen/dining area/living room packed into one petite space, you need to be realistic about how to style your holiday decor so that it complements your day-to-day routine. Not big on sit-down parties? Put a full-sized Christmas tree in the dining room. Lacking in floor space? Make use of all those blank walls.
This dining area by Craftberry Bush allows the fabulous tree to be the room’s focal point, while incorporating hints of greenery throughout the all-white space. Glam and functional.
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Try A Tiny Tree
Keep it small and simple with an adorable mini holiday tree, like this set-up from The Merrythought. Ideal for rooms lacking in square footage, keep the surrounding decor Scandi-chic with neutral colors (yes, even presents!), a few cozy blankets, and the daintiest of fairy lights.
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Reimagine Your Furniture
Decorate an everyday stool with Christmas decor for a simple, rustic-inspired look that makes use of what you already have! This arrangement from the The Merrythought includes a framed print, candles, and minimalist gifts, which look perfect in a living or bedroom for some added cheer.
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Use Color Wherever Possible
The best way to make a small room feel festive is to go big on color. Even if your home has a relatively neutral color palette, adding a few vibrant red pieces will shock your design system…in the best way possible. Style your tree like this holiday vignette from Planete Deco with colorful ornaments and playful paper decorations.
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Go All Out With Your Mantel
During wintertime, the fireplace is the focal point of your living room. Give your mantle a holiday makeover that will catch everyone’s attention by decking it out with garland, candles, and chic mini trees, just like in this home featured on Craftberry Bush.
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Dress Up The Chairs
Jazz up your everyday furniture with Christmas flair without taking up any extra space. In this festive vignette, Burnett’s Boards adds a a sweet touch to wooden dining room chairs with a small wreath and neutral ribbon.
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Focus On The Bar Cart
If there’s one holiday vignette your guests will all gather around at a Christmas party, it’s the wine and spirits. Take inspiration from Hank & Hunt and decorate your bar cart with faux fur, cranberries, whimsical candlesticks and a wreath.
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Hang A Half Wreath
Continue the minimalistic theme of your decor with a wreath that has just enough foliage. Freckle And Wulff created this wreath with a metal hanging ring, twine and an assortment of greenery and flowers such as eucalyptus, holly leaves, ivy and baby’s breath.
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Make Your Wrapping Paper The Decor
You already have presents out, so let them double as decorations. Adding a few sprigs of festive foliage to brown paper wrapping with twine is a tasteful way to celebrate the season’s bounties indoors (and draw attention the holiday’s goodies), as proven by this approach to gift wrapping by These Four Walls.
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Make use of those out-of-reach areas, and possibly get a holiday smooch in doing so. Rustic Wedding Chic arranged this romantic bundle from cedar, pine, holly and, of course, mistletoe.
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Use Place Cards As Decor
If you don’t have room to stagger wreaths throughout your home, situate them on place settings instead. These adorable place cards by Camille Styles are created simply by tying fresh rosemary sprigs to mini grapevine wreaths.
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Substitue A Branch For A Tree
If your space is small, don’t fret — one branch is plenty. In this pretty holiday decor, Anastasia Benko placed a fir branch in a green vase and frosted it with ornaments for that ever-charming “Charlie Brown” Christmas tree aesthetic.
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Swap Stocking Holders For A Curtain Rod
If there’s no room on your mantle for, say, six stocking holders (or you’ve already filled it up with other decor) opt for an inexpensive curtain rod — in this example from Maison de Pax, the rod is made of reclaimed wood. Sting your stockings, hang the rod with just two stocking holders and wire, and deem yourself a brilliant space saver.
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Hang A Mini Tree
This sweet and rustic decoration can act as an ornament, or be a replacement for a large fir. The Lovely Drawer simply strung twigs together with copper wire to create a miniature holiday vignette — something that can be placed anywhere throughout a small space.
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Give Your Shelves A Seasonal Makeover
If you gravitate toward monochromatic design, just a few elements can transform your home decor from “everyday” to seasonally magical. In this vignette from Only Deco Love, a simple black star garland, lights and a few logs of firewood bring a winter wonderland to a basic shelf.
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Opt For Micro Trees
With a few pinecones and a splash of green, you have a holiday tree that requires no more than an inch of space. This über-simple craft by Scissors and Spoons can be placed on a desk, nightstand or even a window sill — aka, it’s the perfect space-saver.
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Improvise A Mantel
No mantle for hanging stockings? Consider this crafty (but easy) improvisation. For a small-space solution, The Golden Sycamore strung twine from a dining room shelf and added a pine garland for a cheery place to display Christmas stockings.
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