The holiday season is approaching and you want to decorate your home, but trying to fit a full sized Christmas tree in the living room of your tiny apartment seems as fantastical as Santa Claus fitting enough toys for all of the boys and girls in the world into his sleigh. Living in a small and compact home has a number of advantages, because it is cheaper, easier to clean and more practical. However, it can pose some challenges when it comes to decorating for the holidays.
It is possible to create a charming Christmas atmosphere within your home, no matter how small it is. You simply need to think outside the box and get creative with your decorations. Here are a few ideas to keep in mind when you are decorating your small home this holiday.
Mini Christmas Tree Alternatives
Perhaps putting a large eight foot Christmas tree in your apartment would take up too much room and make you feel like you are living in a forest. This isn’t your only option for Christmas cheer, however. Many people who live in small flats choose to decorate with a tabletop tree instead. This is a 2-3 foot version of a Christmas tree that will sit on top of a table or a dresser. They are artificial (so there are no needles to clean up) and you can even find mini-trees that are sparkly, metallic or fun colours.
When it comes to decorating your mini-tree, you will need to consider the scale of the ornaments – because full sized Christmas tree ornaments might look too large and can overwhelm the tiny tree. Look for smaller and daintier ornaments, such as little bells, tiny books and decorative figurines. If you are looking for ideas for Christmas ornaments, you can visit ornamentshop.com/family-christmas-ornaments-c157 and take a look at some of the pretty designs. .
Festive Christmas Wall Decals
Another creative idea for decorating a small space at Christmas is a wall decal. They will not take up any space and all you need is a blank wall. You can buy large stickers that are made of vinyl and they come in a range of festive designs such as elves, Santa Claus, snowmen and other seasonal themes. There are even decals that are designed to be used on the windows, so that you can create a snowy scene for all to see.
Front Door Decorations
No matter how small your home is, you will be able to decorate your front door in a festive way. By adding a wreath or another Christmas decoration to the door you will be able to welcome guests into your home with holiday cheer. There are many beautiful wreaths available out there – from wreaths made of fabric, pine cones, silver wire and much more.
Keep it Simple
When you have a large space to decorate, you can feel free to add all of the ornate and opulent Christmas decorations you like in bold red and green colours and big prints and patterns. However, when you are decorating a small space this can be overwhelming. Instead, stick with simple and elegant patterns and colours, such as silver and blue. Keeping your decorations simple, elegant and charming will be much more effective in a small space.
Make the Most of Vertical Space
If you don’t have a lot of room in your flat or your small house, think about how you can decorate the vertical spaces in your home. Can you hang Christmas decorations from a chandelier, or run a strong of lights along the top of the room by the ceiling? Hanging decorations from the ceiling will draw the eye upward, which will make your rooms appear to be larger.
Set a Festive Table
Another way that you can add more Christmas cheer into your space is by sprucing up your table decorations for the season. You can add a holiday table cloth and use decorative Christmas plates and glasses. You might even considering finding a decorative festive centrepiece to place in the middle of your table, along with some candles to set the mood.
Decorating for a small space can be a challenge, but with a little bit of creativity and innovation you can make a flat or a house of any size feel happy, welcoming and festive.
Paula Wilson is a freelance writer and blogger. She often writes about crafts, art, home décor and culture. Recently she helped her 22 year old son decorate his first (tiny) flat for Christmas.