Decorating a small space for the holidays can feel like a challenge in a world that is often dominated by images of towering Christmas trees, elaborate holiday tables, and over-the-top mantel decorations. But in a small space, every gesture counts, and you can transform the tiniest of spaces into a holiday wonderland by focusing on key details, elevating what you have, and finding creative ways to do more with less.
Let these simple, charming decor ideas from a range of small spaces help inspire you to embrace the holiday season by turning your own cozy little corner of the world into a stylish and inviting backdrop for making Christmas memories.
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Start With the Front Door
In a small space it's likely that your front entry leads directly into your living space. All the more reason to set a holiday tone as soon as you step in the front door. Emily Henderson Design hung a wreath on the inside of the door and created a Christmas vignette over the landing table that remind you to appreciate the season every time you come or go.Continue to 2 of 37 below.
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Shrink the Tree
Sandra Foster's white-washed Victorian tiny house in the Catskills of New York is the perfect backdrop for classic Christmas decor. She set a table for two with candles and a white tablecloth, draped antique chairs with white angel wings, and lit a diminutive Christmas tree with real candles (keep an eye on open flames for safety reasons, obviously).Continue to 3 of 37 below.
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Use Multi-Functional Decor
This mini Christmas tree from Maison de Cinq doubles as an advent calendar, displayed on a wooden cutting board on a stack of baskets for a vintage farmhouse look. This would work well on a side table, nightstand, coffee table, stool, decorative ladder, or in a large windowsill.Continue to 4 of 37 below.
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Keep It Minimal
This living room from Frichic features an understated DIY wood dowel tree hung with simple modern ornaments that doesn't take up too much space or interfere with the minimalist contemporary style of the room.Continue to 5 of 37 below.
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Make It Eclectic
In a small space, it's not always easy to find a logical focal point for your holiday decor without rearranging the layout. Instead, take inspiration from this effortlessly chic and whimsical Scandinavian home and decorate a random corner with natural greenery and an eclectic assortment of decor like a stuffed swan perched on a piano stand with a star hung around its neck.Continue to 6 of 37 below.
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Style a Bar Cart
The bar cart is a multi-purpose small space staple. This gold-toned bar cart from Emily Henderson Design houses Christmas spirits and a mini tree that could serve as a centerpiece in a tiny space. A little bundle of mistletoe hung in the door frame and a black ribbon tied on the metallic wreath adds more detail without impinging on living space.Continue to 7 of 37 below.
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Decorate a Peg Rail
Coco Lapine Design added paper snowflakes and star ornaments to a wall-mounted peg rail to ring in the season without sacrificing any floor space. This is an easy solution if you live in a small place or if you are spending Christmas away from home and don't plan to put up a tree but want to add a little festivity until you leave for the holidays.Continue to 9 of 37 below.
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Mix Gray and Gold
Many small space dwellers choose neutral tones to keep visual clutter at bay. If your home is decorated in shades of gray and white, try choosing neutral-toned Christmas decorations for a cohesive look, and add some subtle holiday sparkle with bronze- or gold-toned accessories, like this little trio of bells from Bria Hammel Interiors.Continue to 10 of 37 below.
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If your kitchen table is your sole dining table, add a holiday centerpiece that can stay up all season. This cozy corner banquette from Most Lovely Things features a simple centerpiece of foraged bare branches strung with simple ornaments that adds height and has presence but doesn't block views or take up too much space, and blends well with the neutral tones of the room.Continue to 11 of 37 below.
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Make a Mirror Garland
Decorating with mirrors is a small space trick that helps to bounce and reflect light around the room and amplify views and sightlines. The Merrythought upped the ante by creating a DIY metal tree garland to dress up a leaning mirror, adding an extra layer of shine and sparkle.Continue to 12 of 37 below.
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Opt for a Table Top Tree
Blogger Liz Marie dressed up a miniature vintage-style Christmas tree with neutral-toned decor, and perched it on a tabletop in the corner beneath a wall-mounted bronze rabbit trophy head to add a festive note to her holiday farmhouse decor.Continue to 13 of 37 below.
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Decorate the Windowsill
A simple way to add Christmas cheer to your small space without sacrificing entertaining space is to decorate the windowsill. This seasonal display from The Merrythought includes plenty of greens, gold-toned accents, and a DIY cotton wreath that is neutral enough to be repurposed from year to year or styled for other seasons.Continue to 14 of 37 below.
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Hang Your Stockings From the Bookcase
Emily Henderson Design turned the built-ins into a makeshift mantelpiece and hung stockings from a shelf. Then she turned the books around and added neutral accessories in shades of white and green to complete the easy Christmas makeover.Continue to 15 of 37 below.
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Focus on the Periphery
Brexton Cole Interiors added a running garland around the edges of the room, a small space solution for those who don't have space for a tree that will add plenty of mood-boosting holiday greenery to your space without adding clutter.Continue to 16 of 37 below.
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Decorate the Nightstand
This Christmas bedroom from Lobster and Swan was inspired by the Nutcracker's Sugar Plum Fairy. The whimsical seasonal decor is embellished with purple-toned flowers and floral prints. A sideways pine branch festooned with twinkle light garlands looks like a miniature tree that floats above the bed while visions of sugar plums dance in your head.Continue to 17 of 37 below.
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Create a Coffee Table Vignette
This modest-sized living room from Unique Homestays has a small fireplace that makes it extra cozy. Adding warm lighting around the room and creating a coffee table vignette with candles that can serve as a focal point even when the fire isn't lit ensures that there's a quick way to set the holiday mood all season. This trick works even if your small space doesn't come with a fireplace.Continue to 19 of 37 below.
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Drape the Headboard
If you live in a studio with the bed on display, consider it a holiday decorating opportunity rather than an eyesore. This Christmas bedroom from Brexton Cole Interiors gets a seasonal refresh with a garland draped across the headboard, a Christmas pillow, and a scented candle on the nightstand.Continue to 20 of 37 below.
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Hang the Tree on the Wall
If you don't have the floor space for a tree, get creative and claim some blank wall space to hang an alternative tree instead. This tree-shaped DIY advent calendar from Most Lovely Things is made from driftwood, greens, and drawstring bags hung with clay tags that is neutral enough to would work in any small space.
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Light the Ground
A gilded antique-style mirror looks instantly Christmassy come December, but blogger Ursula Carmona of Home Made By Carmona went a step further and styled hers with a simple holiday wreath, adding some jars of LED string lights on the floor in front of it to bring home the holiday vibes.Continue to 22 of 37 below.
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Layer It Up
In a small space, you can achieve a cozy holiday feel by adding layers of decor to an existing piece of furniture. Inspired By Charm styled a vintage glass-front china cabinet with cold-weather blankets on the inside, a collection of Christmas trees on top, and a DIY gingerbread wreath hanging on the front.Continue to 23 of 37 below.
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Ring the Doorbell
A set of gold bells wrapped around a door knob from Bria Hammel Interiors adds metallic brightness and a jingly reminder that it's the holidays every time you open or close the door.Continue to 24 of 37 below.
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Use Vertical Space
If you live in a small space and don't have room or inclination to decorate a tree, try turning a tall free-standing bookcase into a holiday installation. This living room bookcase from Inspired by Charm is decorated with an assortment of decorative vintage Christmas trees, woodland creatures, and a Merry Christmas sign that celebrates the season without taking up additional floor space.Continue to 25 of 37 below.
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Adding a metallic wreath to the wall in the corner of this living room from Emily Henderson Design adds shine and will reflect light, giving your small space a pleasing holiday glow. Pairing gold with red and plenty of natural greens is a classic combination that works every time and will give your small space a sense of classic seasonal grandeur.Continue to 26 of 37 below.
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Decorate Open Shelving
If your small space kitchen has open shelving, you can turn it into a Christmas-themed display by adding a few choice accessories that work with the style of your space. A Beautiful Mess added bottle brush trees, a green-striped teacup, and some red beaded garlands to chunky wood shelving, extending the holiday theme all the way down to the countertops with the addition of a green-handled rolling pin nestled in with the jar of utensils.Continue to 27 of 37 below.
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Keep It Simple
This little Christmas tree from The Merrythought is perched on a small rustic wood stool, wrapped in kraft paper from a paper grocery bag, and decorated with simple DIY wooden bead ornaments strung up with jute. A trio of pillar candles and a holiday garland strung on the wall completes the pint-sized vignette.Continue to 28 of 37 below.
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Make a Garland
This Christmas banner from The Merrythought takes up no room at all but sends a loud and clear message.Continue to 30 of 37 below.
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Decorate the Kitchen Countertops
A vintage Christmas tree statuette cheers up this kitchen countertop from Inspired By Charm and could substitute for the real thing in a tiny space.Continue to 31 of 37 below.
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Add Ambient Light
You can never have too many points of ambient light in a small Christmas living room. Emily Henderson Design included a lighted garland on the built-ins, a scented candle on the side table, a pair of illuminated Christmas tree statuettes on the coffee table, and a convex mirror on the wall that reflects the candlesticks on the other side of the room.Continue to 32 of 37 below.
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Create a Centerpiece
Inspired By Charm created a centerpiece for a modest-sized apartment dining area by filling a tray with miniature trees and houses under glass cloches.
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Add a Window Garland
This small living room from Unique Homestays has giant picture windows with an endless coastal view that make it feel larger than it is. A dramatic lighted garland made of preserved flowers and dried greenery confined to one corner makes a big impact with a small footprint that doesn't mess with the view.Continue to 34 of 37 below.
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Use All Available Wall Space
Inspired By Charm added a warm Christmas message over the sink of this apartment kitchen that takes advantage of unused wall space and keeps spirits lifted while you're cleaning up holiday party dishes.
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Decorate Every Corner
In a small space, use a light touch and spread your holiday decor around the room so that the space will feel full of Christmas cheer without feeling cluttered. Most Lovely Things topped a mirror by the front door with pine cones, berries, and greens that echoes natural decor elements scattered throughout the room.Continue to 36 of 37 below.
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Make a Sign
Blogger Liz Marie made a lighthearted wall sign memorializing the names of Santa's reindeer that adds another layer of holiday decor behind the tabletop tree.Continue to 37 of 37 below.
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Decorate a Reading Corner
While we tend to focus on holiday entertaining when thinking about decor, one of the pleasures of the season is having a little down time to enjoy simple pleasures like catching up on a favorite book. Decorating a reading corner will encourage you to take some time for yourself to relax and recharge between social events. Inspired By Charm added Christmas flair to a small reading corner by adding a small wreath to the gallery wall, a red plaid and faux fur pillow to the armchair, and a mini tree and scented candle to the tiny side table.