How to decorate for Christmas when you have a small home

‘Tis the season to deck the halls, but it’s not always easy – especially if you have a small home.

It’s a Christmas-lover’s dream when December rolls around. Cue the tree, baubles, tinsel, wreaths... you get the picture. But, sometimes the festive look isn’t always easy if you’re living in an apartment or a small house.

Christie Turvey, Interior designer and owner of lifestyle/homeware brand Neue Blvd, shares her top tips for adding a festive touch when you’re light on space.

Downsize the Christmas tree

First, decide where you want your Christmas tree to go and size it up. “You need one that doesn’t take up much floor space,” Christie says. “Find one that is slender (when branches are fully extended) yet in proportion – you do not want anything oversized if you have a small space.”

There are so many different sized Christmas trees on the market now, so there's truly one to fit anyone’s home. Christie suggests even giving a wooden tree a go.

“Alternatively, a tree on top of a furniture item (table, buffet or cabinet) also saves a lot of space,” she says.

Decorate smart

While you can, of course, decorate your home and tree as you please, there are a few tricks of the trade that will help you avoid overcrowding your home.

“A simple tree with minimal decorations is best,” Christie advises. “Use colours that match your décor. Naturals, whites, golds and silvers are great minimal colours and will tie in well with any surroundings.”

Use light

Keeping everything light and bright can dramatically change the perception of how much space you have.

“You can also purchase pre-lit Christmas trees, and these look great just by themselves,” Christie adds.

Don’t be afraid to use light in other decorations you place around your home, too.

Simplify centrepieces

Avoid elaborate wreaths or centrepieces for your table and choose smaller items so you'll still have enough space to eat.

This doesn't mean scrimping on pretty table settings, but it does mean being clever with what you put on your table. 

"Save table space by choosing a centrepiece that fits your table, be it a full-length table runner or a simple candlelit lantern in the middle," Christie says. "Add Christmas cheer with greenery and baubles, or surround the lantern with a wreath for extra effect." 

Dress up your chairs

A great way to inject some instant Christmas joy without using any space at all is to dress up your dining chairs.

Simply throw a cover over the chair, then pin a festive wreath or bow onto the back.

Smart kitchen décor

Cluttering kitchen benches with cute decorations may look great, but isn’t always practical.

Instead, try tying a ribbon to small wreaths or ornaments of your choice, and secure the ribbon onto the backs of cupboards so the decoration sits flush on the front of the cupboard. Or, Christie suggests hanging one large simple wreath on the wall. 

For more small space inspiration, check out Tiny House Nation, Monday to Friday at 7.55am on Lifestyle.

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