Are you counting down to the holiday season with excitement? As the days continue to approach, more and more people have scoured to retail stores for decorations and last minute items for their holiday display. Photos of beautifully decorated interiors (and exteriors) now grace the pages of magazines and online publications. While many enjoy their seasonal journey to a well-styled home, there remain several who struggle to complete their vision. Decorating a small space comes with its own problems that often get overlooking in decorating guides. How can one enjoy decorating a tree when there simply is no room to put it in their home? Luckily, there are ways to bring holiday cheer into a cramped home. Looking to Better Homes & Gardens for guidance, here are 12 tips that will transform your small space into a chic, holiday interior.
12 Ways to Make Your Small Space Chic
Fill a Corner – Nooks, crannies, shelves, bookcases: All are great spots for diminutive seasonal decor. If there’s no space for a full tree, put a single dwarf version — with a few presents — on a midheight shelf. In place of lights, decorate with small-scale ornaments.
Use Space by the Stairs – A small table by the stairs is a prominent small-space spot to start your Christmas merriment. Add a little, lightly decorated tree and a modest display to the tabletop. To give the evergreen a bit of height, place in a tall silver vase.
Create a Faux Tree – If you don’t have space for — or just don’t want — a real tree, you can get the same feel with this evergreen idea. Start with a wide branch; hang on a hook from the wall and decorate with treasured ornaments.
Create a Hanging Window Display – Look out on something pretty — a basic painted frame strung with ribbon and hung with ornaments jazzes up a window and requires zero rearranging.
Go Small with Spaces – Ornaments have tons of pop — utilize their glitter and glow for a small-space display. Glue an ornament to a small, round plastic or glass disk. Remove the hanger and tuck in mini blooms or sprigs of berries. Group the vase ornaments on a tray for a centerpiece.
Use Vertical Space – If space is limited, you might not be able to hang every ornament you own on a tree, but there’s no reason to keep the leftovers boxed up. Look for unexpected places — from a chandelier, at a window, over a doorway — to dangle a few for sparkle and cheer.
Use Wall Space -That lovely solid-color wall in your living room? The perfect home for a holiday display. Here, miniature grapevine wreaths add texture to a green wall. We chose a variety of accents — faux birds, small ornaments, sprigs of berries — and glued them onto the wreaths before hanging the displays from a length of ribbon.
Make an Impactful Wall Display – Old photos are great conversation starters, particularly at the holidays, and this display takes up only minimal wall space. Start with baby photographs; cut them in a circle, mount on foam core, and arrange in a tree shape. Little space, big impact.
Decorate with Small Wreaths – Large and impactful are typical design credos for wreaths, but small can be equally as mighty. Hang a mini wreath with a velvet or satin ribbon from shelves or drawer pulls.
Hang Ornaments on Walls – Making clever use of wall space will ensure that your small-space holiday schemes have impact. To boost the seasonal spirits of small stretches of wall space, try this simple trick: Use a length of ribbon and hang ornaments that spell out a message (tie the ribbon around each to keep in place). Secure with thumbtacks and disguise the ends with a bit of evergreen.
Enhance a Chair – Instead of leaving extra chairs empty, place beribboned packages on, under, and around them for a small-scale version of under-the-tree package bonanza.
Rely on Small Ornaments – Put extra ornaments to use in imaginative ways. For starters, try spelling out a holiday message on a mantel or shelf. Spray-paint small terra-cotta pots a sparkly color; write your message with a craft pen on round ornaments and tuck them into the pots.
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