Christmas trees come in all sizes, which makes it easier to find one that fits well in your small space. Small tabletop trees that are 1 to 2 feet tall work well when space is limited. If you prefer a taller tree, look for a narrow option, sometimes called a pencil tree. You still get the look of a tall, full tree with a slimmer profile. These trees fit easily into corners or along the wall to minimize how much space they use.
Decorations that sit on the floor can take up precious space and create a tripping hazard. Tabletop decorations can make your space look cluttered if you add too many items. Using your walls to decorate can keep your walkways and tabletops clear. Here are some ideas for wall decor:
When you live in a small home, you might think lots of small decorations will look good. However, it's better to choose a few larger items that make a big impression in a small space. This keeps clutter to a minimum but still delivers the Christmas look you want. It also makes everything you display noticeable. For instance, you might display a large nativity scene on your coffee table with no other decorations. It draws the eye and ensures everyone notices it. Pick a few key decorations you want to emphasize instead of packing as many small things as possible into the space.
Your seating and bed can get an easy Christmas makeover with holiday-themed throw pillows and blankets. Not only do they make fun holiday decorations, but they also warm up your space. Choose bold designs with things like stockings and Christmas trees on them, or go more subtle with Christmas colors or patterns like snowflakes and plaid. You can get throw pillow covers that slip over the pillows you already have for the holiday season to make this option easier. That way, you don't have to find storage for extra pillows after Christmas.
Look around your living space to find current decor you can easily swap out for festive decorations. Maybe you have an artificial flower arrangement you can replace with a poinsettia for the holidays. A print hanging on your wall can come down temporarily to make way for a holiday print. You could replace your current tablecloth with something in Christmas colors or patterns. This is an easy option that won't get in the way since you already have decor items in those spots.
Another way to decorate without adding clutter or interfering with the functionality of your space is by decorating features of your home. Tying green, red or plaid ribbon around the back of your dining room chairs is one example. You can also decorate the table with festive place settings, including place mats, napkins and plates with a holiday theme. Finish it off with a Christmas centerpiece. Decorate your windows with fake snow spray so you can enjoy a snowy scene even in Phoenix.
You can even add touches to your lighting. You might tie Christmas ornaments onto a chandelier with ribbon or wrap the body of a floor lamp with garland. These simple accents dress up your current items but still keep your walkways clear.
Pine boughs throughout your home offer a simple way to create a Christmas feel. Real pine boughs also add festive smells, but they can be a little messy indoors. To decorate with greenery, tuck little pieces of pine branches into vases, around battery-operated LED candles or on decorative trays you have around your home.
Small wreaths also add this festive greenery to your space. Put them on your front door, on windows, on kitchen cabinets or in other places throughout your home. Garlands also work well along railings, above cabinets or along other areas.
When adding holiday decorations, keep a focus on safety. Make sure none of the decorations cause a tripping hazard or block your walkways. Keep the main paths through your home clear to prevent you from falling.
Avoid candles with real flames, as they're a fire hazard. It's also important to be careful when decorating around lights. The bulbs can sometimes get hot depending on what type you use, so be sure the decorations don't touch the bulbs. Live Christmas trees and fresh pine boughs can dry out quickly, especially in the warmer Arizona weather, throughout the season, making them more flammable. Use caution with heat sources to prevent them from catching on fire.
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