Easy Ways You Can Turn Decorating A Small Apartment For Christmas Into A Success

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 than 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 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 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 tone 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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crazybeanrider 3 years ago from Washington MI Author

Hi bodylevive, I live in an apartment complex that doesn't allow real Christmas trees, I just put a table tree as well.And am generous with lighting and other Christmas decoration. Thank you for sharing.


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bodylevive 3 years ago from Loachapoka, Alabama

Hi there crazybeanrider, I'll trade you my porch for your balcony. Thank you for sharing all the tips. My home is tiny, only a thousand square feet. I would love to have a gigantic real tree but my space won't allow it, so I have a table model.


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crazybeanrider 4 years ago from Washington MI Author

Hi Moonlake-All excellent ideas for your small apartment...you only have so many places to put anything.

toosmallhouse-like Moonlake get super small tree and lights with some red bows will brighten up for the Christmas spirit. Tiny gift packages in place of knick knacks to add some color and ambiance. They don't have to be real gifts, just small wrapped boxes. Sometimes less is more. But I feel lights anywhere you can hang them with red or green bows will help. I am sorry the chief is anti Christmas. I am going all out this year, as my mom is sick and I want her to LOVE everything she possibly can about Christmas and her family. So do whatever small decorating you can. Lights are the key if you can't have a tree.


Toosmallhouse 4 years ago

Where living in a tiny apartment the size of a stamp but the chief of the house says Christmas is just tacky what should I doooooo :) :) :)


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Very good ideas. We live in a small house and have had to cut down on the size of our tree. We also decorate outside on the deck and add lights on the top of the cabinets in our kitchen.


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crazybeanrider 4 years ago from Washington MI Author

Thank you, i hope your decorations come out beautifully! Have a great holiday :)


CG 4 years ago

Great ideas!! Totally will be using them all this year, thanks so much :)


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crazybeanrider 5 years ago from Washington MI Author

Family is most important I agree, and that includes friends. Christmas without family or a friend or two can be pretty lonely for some. I tend to decorate simply and to the point. With the small space I don't want to over doit, but want it to look inviting for those that drop by.


naturalsolutions 5 years ago

I love the word simple yet elegant. In a small apartment maybe the most important decoration is a cute and attractive Christmas tree, 3-6 gifts beside the tree will surely looks wonderful. For me the spirit of Christmas is not on the decoration but it is on the priceless bonding of the family. I'm so excited for this tears Christmas.


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crazybeanrider 5 years ago from Washington MI Author

Awww Brent I am sorry. I know I have had cats that have climbed into my trees and tried to eat icicles. So I always go with lights, and decorations they can't reach. Like hanging decorative balls in the opening of the kitchen/dining area. Lights around entryways and of course I do the balcony with lights and a tree of some sort. Kitty's sure love Christmas decorations don't they?


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brentwilliams2 5 years ago

I wish my cat would stop eating all the Christmas decorations! So until we figure out a solution to that, minimal decorations for us... :(


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crazybeanrider 5 years ago from Washington MI Author

Thanks carrie. I know I am always trying new things.


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carrie450 5 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

Wonderful tips that I hadn't even thought of. thanks


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crazybeanrider 5 years ago from Washington MI Author

Thank you Seakay, it is my mom's balcony. She lives in the apartment next to me. She always does something nice, one year she found a small tree (real) and put it on the balcony. It was beautiful. The best thing about Christmas is the lights :) Doing just the walkway can be enough. It is easy to get roped into doing more more more when you live in a house. I live in a back apt so I always put up white lights so it is nice and bright.


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Seakay 5 years ago from Florida

Love the "balcony"! I have a relatively large house and am not looking forward to decorating it! May just do the walkway this year.

Great ideas and thanks for sharing!


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crazybeanrider 5 years ago from Washington MI Author

Hi blogggerone- No I live in Detroit MI, I have a fairly small apartment, but not as small as some of the places in NYC, or even dorm style apartments that I have lived in as well. You have a decorating mecca, that's a lot of decorating.


blogggerone 5 years ago

Do you live in a small space? Do you live in a big city? I am always amazed by people living in places like NYC. 5 Million people take the subway everyday! Yikes! I live on 12 acres of woods in the country.


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crazybeanrider 5 years ago from Washington MI Author

Pinkchic18-thank you :) I appreciate your comment.

rgarnett-LOL! I used to worry about my cats crawling up the middle, but now the older one just swipes it off the table on a whim.

Deborah-Thank you, and your welcome :)


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Deborah Demander 5 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

These are great, space saving tips. Thanks for writing.

Namaste.


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rgarnett 5 years ago from KC, MO

I love this! I have a balcony and a bookshelf. The only thing I am worried about is putting up my little tree, which is a six foot fake tree and not having my dog eat it! :P


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Pinkchic18 5 years ago from Minnesota

Great tips! It's tough to decorate a small space, so these tips help!

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