Big holiday decorating ideas for cosy spaces
Living small doesn’t mean you can’t deck your halls with tasteful touches of festivity
If you have barely enough room for your dining room table, where do you put a Christmas tree, let alone host a party?
The key to decorating a small space is to focus on creating a festive, cosy mood without the clutter. Whether you live in a tiny apartment or a cosy house, here are some simple tips to add a little holiday spirit to the place you call home.
Keep it simple
When a Christmas tree is nonnegotiable, try a tabletop version with a smaller footprint. Whether you choose fresh or faux, place the tree inside a pretty pot or basket for display on a spare chair or footstool.
No room for a tree? Focus on vignettes. Add fresh greenery to small vases or jars and display This mini rainbow woodland of bottle brush trees fits on a shelf. (Indigo, $69.50)
them on a windowsill or add a candle, a little fresh greenery and a bowl of ornaments to display on a pretty tray. Keep decor simple and not too themed so that it’s easy to repurpose once the season is over.
Swap out everyday cushions or throws for something with a seasonal feel, but avoid anything too holiday-centric so you can enjoy it throughout the winter. Classic plaid will still look great once the holiday decor is packed away. A Squeeze in celebrations by turning a sideboard, bookshelves or a windowsill into a makeshift bar or serving area where guests can help themselves.
plaid throw is cosy enough for you to enjoy all winter.
Focus on the mood
Create ambience with lighting and scent. Whether it’s the sparkle from a string of lights or the warm glow of a candle, both will up the cosy factor of a
room. Add natural elements that smell great and don’t need to be stored after the holidays are over.
In a small space, pretty much everything should have multiple uses, whether it’s furniture This handmade red circle garland adds holiday cheer. (The Paper Place, $5.95)
or everyday accessories. A coffee table can become a dining table with the addition of a few throw pillows on the floor.
Use the vertical space
Lacking floor space? Look up! Use the ceilings and walls to hang holiday decor. Hang ornaments from a chandelier, string twinkle lights across the ceiling, drape a garland around a mirror or let it cascade down a wall.
More decor advice at thestar.com/holiday