Simple Ways to Effectively Decorate a Small Apartment for Christmas

Updated on November 21, 2017
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Christmas is the perfect time to create a beautiful inviting space for friends and family during this special and exciting holiday!

Lighting gives warm cozy feelings to a small living space
Lighting gives warm cozy feelings to a small living space

Decorating a Small Space Is a Snap

If you live in a small apartment or house, then you know decorating during the holiday seasons can be quite challenging. At Christmastime especially, when decorating with a Christmas tree is a special treat. But of course, cutting up a beautiful big pine tree or hauling out a dozen boxes for Christmas is not exactly ideal for your small living space. But you don't have to let that stop you from making your apartment a quaint treasure for this holiday season.

If you are short on space for a life-sized Christmas tree, there are several excellent and very doable solutions just right for your small living space. You could choose a beautiful, artificial table-tree or something in a smaller size that can be placed in such a way that it won't take up a lot of space. A tree doesn't have to take up a large amount of room.

Most apartment complexes will not allow you to have a real Christmas tree, so an artificial tree is one way to spice things up. Walmart, Target, Kmart, Meier, and other name brand stores always carry a variety of sizes, colors, and shapes to choose from. They also carry trees that have pretty lights already placed on them. All that is left for you to do is add your favorite Christmas decorations.

A pretty table tree with white lights saves space
A pretty table tree with white lights saves space
A nicely lit balcony with white light, red ribbon and colored balls
A nicely lit balcony with white light, red ribbon and colored balls
A inviting entryway with pretty reds and a small tree lighten up the space.
A inviting entryway with pretty reds and a small tree lighten up the space.
Don't forget the snowman! That is always a great addition to any decoration.
Don't forget the snowman! That is always a great addition to any decoration.

Decorate With What You Have

More decorating ideas include placing soft, white lights around windows or sliding glass doors. White lighting gives off a warm and cozy feeling as opposed to the often brightly-colored lights. Choose what lighting gives you the most comfort. Putting lights around a mirror also reflects a soft, happy feeling at Christmas time. Wrap a short string of lights around a floor lamp or other shelving in your apartment. Using a white string of lights offers a soft elegant mood.

Bookshelves are another way to add the holiday spirit to your home. Wrap some colored garland around the bookshelf to add a pretty hue to the lighting. Garland now comes in a variety of colors, like silver, gold, blue, and red. Pick your favorite color and go with it. You may also add some holiday stockings since most small apartments have no such thing as a mantle.

If you have an outside porch or balcony it is an extremely ideal place to add a couple strings of lighting. Add some bright red ribbons and a wreath to complete your holiday look. Or if you have a bit more room you could put a small artificial tree and other holiday decorations in this area as well. At night there is nothing like looking at a well lit Christmas scene on your outside living area.

Temporarily replacing the photos on the wall with a Christmas ones is also one way to bring the holiday spirit into your small apartment. I have a very large bulletin board that I decorate each season with that particular theme. At Christmastime, I enjoy putting photos and art from my family and add a string of soft white lights around it to accent the items on the beautiful board.

Small lit candles add a soft illumination
Small lit candles add a soft illumination | Source

Simple Yet Elegant Illumination

Accent your kitchen with a selection of decorative hand towels, pot holders and holiday dish cloths. These might include little Christmas tree designs, bells, or other holiday delights. Place an assortment of scented candles like cinnamon, pine, and apple on your counter space. These are perfect scents to create that warm and fuzzy Christmas ambiance right in your kitchen.

The idea is to add small, yet personal, touches here and there throughout your apartment. You can't go big because of the lack of space, but that doesn’t mean you have to nix the whole decorating for Christmas just because you live in a small apartment. So I suggest getting out those holiday decorations and get busy decorating to your heart’s content.


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      7 months ago

      Beverley, show us your award winning lights. I would love to see what you did

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      Beverly Guariglia 

      10 months ago

      I live in a apartment , and we have a decorating contest for our patio. An I won 2 years in a row. I love decorating for Christmas.


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