Ten Easy Ways to Decorate Your Small Space for the Holidays

Garlands, trees, wreaths, and everything in between to transform your cozy abode into a winter wonderland.

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© Lonny

Do you hear that? It's the sound of the holidays. The Thanksgiving turkey hasn't even been basted, but we can't suppress the December excitement that's right around the corner. Naturally, we're thinking about how we can deck the halls to get into the spirit, and we're focusing on all the small-space dwellers out there. Lucky for us, holiday decorating does not discriminate against house size. We turned to Pinterest, our trustiest online resource, for hacks and tricks to transform even the tiniest houses into a Santa-approved oasis. Scroll through to get inspired. 

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Bloglovin' via Pinterest

Tap into your inner arts-and-crafter with these handmade garlands. Just pick up some pretty paper and get cutting—these festive swags can be hung in every nook and cranny you could desire, from the walls above your headboard to the windows of your living room. 

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BuzzFeed via Pinterest

Chances are you'll have plenty of empty wine bottles in your recycling bin with the bevy of holiday hosting you have planned (and from those chilly nights in, binge-watching Netflix). Transform those pretty green carafes into sleek vessels for slim berry branches. Arrange them on a windowsill or mantel for an instant holiday vignette.

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Apartment Therapy via Pinterest

Nothing sets the tone of the holidays like a bunch of string lights. Forget the exterior of your tiny abode and hang them from the ceiling of a narrow hallway or tiny foyer to create a warm winter glow.

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hankandhunt.com via Pinterest

Sure, your bar cart is stocked and ready for guests, but don't forget to give a little zhuzh to the boozy furniture piece. Simply hang a wreath above the tallest bottles, throw a sheepskin throw onto the lower shelf, and you've got yourself one spirited set of wheels. 

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BuzzFeed via Pinterest

We small-space dwellers can't relinquish any bit of square footage for a Christmas tree. But don't pout. Pinterest proves that there are hundreds of alternatives to a real evergreen tree, like this branch-and-ornament wall installation. You can go as tall as your walls allow. The best part? No vacuuming of needles required.

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digsdigs via Pinterest

All right, all right; we hear you—you just can't imagine December 25th without the presence of a tree. A six-footer won't fit in your studio, but a little Charlie Brown Christmas tree will. Clear off a console table, put it in a woven basket, and enjoy that evergree smell all the way to the New Year. 

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BuzzFeed via Pinterest

We're kinda obsessing over advent calendars this year. Why not go life-size with the tradition? All you need is a narrow sliver of wall to hang 24 little cubbies of joy that'll bring holiday bliss to everyone on your nice list.

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eclecticallyvintage.com via Pinterest  

We've all got a bunch of books laying around, from bedside tables to coffee tables and every surface in between. Round them up, shape them into a triangle, hang with a string of pom-poms, and top with a star for a bookworm-approved tree alternative that takes up only one book's-width of floorspace. 

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blog.pennlive.com via Pinterest

Paperwhites have long been a timeless Christmastime flower. Leaving the bold red hue to the poinsettia, these chic stems will always read classic. Place 8—10 bulbs in clear glass vases, then scatter them above the fireplace or on a narrow table for a much-needed bit of floral freshness. 

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lizmarieblog.com via Pinterest  

No matter your holiday decorating style, everybody loves a good evergreen wreath. Pick up these small styles at a Christmas tree stand or the craft store to stagger across your bare windowpanes for a visual treat that you and your neighbors can enjoy. 

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