“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”—well, not really. We haven’t had any snow and luckily it’s been a pretty mild autumn. But all the same one of our favorite holidays is on a not too distant horizon and many of us are excited to deck the hallways and get jolly. For countless urbanites though, there isn’t always enough space to put in a big tree or go all out with decorations, but that doesn’t mean you have to feel left out. Small space could also mean less (decorations) will go further. Here are some ideas on how to get into the spirit of Christmas without sacrificing too much room:
An easy and inexpensive way to bring in the holidays is by decorating with lighting. Mini lights around doorways, windows and even furniture like bookcases can easily add a bit of sparkle without taking up precious real estate. For the more ambitious, opt to hang them from the ceiling. Feel free to get creative with your lighting choices: with choices like icicle lights, orbs and net lights on the market you don’t have to stick to the traditional mini-string lights.
Christmas and wreaths go hand in hand. Attach one to the outside of your apartment door using a magnetic hook or an over door hook or bring the scent of pine inside by putting one up on an internal door. For the less traditional, you can set it down on a piece of furniture or put it in a bookcase.
Draping this decoration around a doorway or entryway or setting it on a table or on a fireplace ledge is a sure way to bring some of that conifer into the home without encroaching on space.
Who says you need a tree to have ornaments? Hang these around the house such as on door handles, hooks, and chandeliers or get creative. Examples include putting up twine on a wall and hooking on a whole bunch of ornaments or hanging them individually or grouped into a holiday installation from the ceiling.
“Oh ho, the mistletoe, hung where you can see,” you get the idea. Hang it in a doorway on attach to a ceiling and if you’re lucky you might even score a kiss out of it.
Sometimes, you just want a tree and there’s no reason you can’t have one due to space restrictions. Get a small tree—some are pre-trimmed and even come with a stand.
Tree branches or cuttings from your neighbor or friend’s Christmas tree are a simple and elegant way to add a touch of the holiday spirit without going overboard.