Use vertical space
Look for unexpected places — such as a chandelier, window or over a doorway — to hang ornaments and decor. This is a great trick because hanging pieces from the ceiling forces the eyes to look upward, making the room feel larger. Just because you live in a small space doesn't mean you have to sacrifice the tradition of a Christmas tree. A tabletop tree will fit nicely on an entryway or an end table. Add small ornaments to complete the look.
No space for a tree? Get creative with a wreath!
Don't relegate your wreath to the front door when it can add so much charm to a room. Try a re-imagined style and hang it in front of an existing window or mirror where it can serve as the focal point of the room.
Replace some of your small year-round decor pieces with holiday accents
Combine two or three seasonal pillows with a rich, cozy throw to give your couch a spirited makeover. It's a simple but effective touch.
Ornaments are not just for a tree
They can be used in many DIY projects to create a warm and welcoming effect. Pick up a variety of ornaments and matching festive ribbon. Drape the ribbon across one wall of your living room, about 18 inches below the ceiling, then add the ornaments spaced evenly across the ribbon. Or, create your own Christmas tree ornament mobile.
Select serving pieces that add color to your meal or appetizers
Target's Threshold Woodgrain Ceramic Bowls are lined in a vibrant red or green and add punches of color to any table. Place green pears against the bright red lining for a modern take on a classic Christmas element, and then fill the green bowls with traditional mini red candy canes. These simple touches can be placed throughout a room, no matter the size, to spread holiday cheer.
OK, so we've armed you with the do's and don'ts of small apartment decorating. Now comes the fun part! Bring the holidays home with these joyful Christmas design ideas.
Create a focal point
Embellish with ornaments
The final touch
Bonus: Space-saving Christmas trees
Can't get into the spirit without a Christmas tree? These sprightly sprigs are ideal for apartment living.
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