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Tips for Decorating Your Small Apartment for The Holidays

When you live in a small apartment, creating a festive atmosphere without cluttering your home can be a challenge. There is not enough space to work with, and it tends to put people off of decorating. Below, you will find five decorating ideas that I, Mark Roemer, know will help you turn your living room, no matter what its size, into the ultimate holiday haven.

Start with A Tree

If you are a character in a holiday movie, a giant tree is a must, but big Christmas trees are just not a necessity for the rest of us. Small trees, in truth, can have just as much impact as big ones. Consider these holiday tree choices if floor space is restricted in your apartment.

Slim Trees: Slim trees take up less room for narrow or small spaces than full-bodied Christmas trees and provide a perfect solution. Trees are available almost everywhere where holiday trees are sold.

Miniature Trees: A smaller tree provides an excellent choice if you don’t want to give up precious floor space, whether your tree fits on a table or a shelf. Even though you may not have space in your apartment for more than one full-size tree, there is probably enough room for two or more small trees. Put one in each room or position three or four around the living space.

Half Tree: Half trees are quite cool. When you look at it, all you see is a tree. Upon closer inspection, you will notice that the tree is flat on one side. This design will allow the tree to mount flush to the wall and free up a lot of space that can be used for other decorations or general living space.

The Wall Tree: If you don’t want a traditional tree or if space is very small, you could always create the illusion of a holiday tree on a wall? Pinterest provides a range of ideas, such as arranging garland and lights or a set of holiday cards in a triangular shape, for making the perfect holiday wall tree. To avoid damaging the walls, hang your wall tree with removable Command hooks.

Choose A Theme

Themes help unify your decorating method and make decorations easier to select. Maybe your theme is based on:

Color: The standard color combination may be red and green, but it’s definitely not the only one. As long as you use them regularly in your apartment, it doesn’t matter which colors you choose. While teal, purple, and other bright colors are becoming increasingly common, popular color schemes include red and silver, green and gold, blue and silver, and white.

Holiday Icons: It can simplify holiday decorating preparation by selecting a specific type of symbols, such as elves, Santa, snowmen, reindeer, or snowflakes. While you would possibly add a few other kinds of decorations and ornaments, it would be simpler to choose decorations by choosing a primary motif.

Holiday Type: If you choose minimalistic decor, over-the-top holiday decorations will look a little out of place. If your apartment is decorated in a rustic, chic, casual, or minimalist style, look for decorations that suit your home’s style without overflowing the space.

Light It Up

Whether white or multi-colored, strings of lights give your apartment a festive air instantly without taking up a lot of space. Drape them around windows and mirrors, doorways and kitchen countertops, or the wall above your head.

Any number of lights that you can add will increase the holiday spirit in your house. In other words, it is no longer acceptable to only decorate your tree. When people come to visit (this year excluded, of course), they want to see that you are in the full holiday spirit. When you think of Christmas at your place, you should consider having the inside of your house looking like the apartment in How I Met Your Mother.

Hang Up Your Stockings

When you don’t have a mantel or fireplace in your apartment, finding a spot to hang your stockings may be a challenge. Buy a few heavyweight stocking holders from bookcases or shelving units or on windowsills, and dangle the stockings. A coat rack also offers the ideal place to show stockings and can be used during the rest of the year to carry jackets, scarves, purses, or other objects.

The point is to hang your stockings. It doesn’t matter too much where, just so long that they are up. For some reason, people associate hanging stockings with Christmas. Wherever you decide to hang them, make sure it is in a place that is easily accessible for you on the big night. If you are empty nesters or a couple without kids, this matters less. However, if you have kids, being easily accessible is key to an easy night for Santa.

Add Subtle Holiday Touches

A furry white throw filled with pine boughs draped over the couch or wicker basket improves the holiday mood in your apartment without taking up much room. Pine garland draped over doorways or the addition to your bedroom of a red plaid comforter might be an essential touch. Still, they are an excellent addition to any decorating scheme for holidays.

It doesn’t matter what decorations you decide to use. Just make sure everyone can see them. While it may be fun to decorate your bedroom, not too many people will see that. Small knickknacks randomly placed around the house will make it feel more like Christmas. This year, we need some Christmas cheer.


Christmas is a special time that people look forward to year after year. I, Mark Roemer, hope that I have provided you with a few ideas to take with you and implement into your holiday decorating. Remember, start with a tree and move on from there. The tree is the main focal point of your holiday decorations. Everything after that is just icing on the cake. This year it is more important than ever to make sure everyone has a lovely Christmas. With any luck, we can move on from this virus and celebrate with our families in 2021.