How to Decorate a Small Living Room for Christmas

Small spaces can be difficult to decorate come festive season. If you too are a little lost on how to decorate a small living room for Christmas, then these decoration tips and tactics for small spaces will help add a little sparkle and a lot of merry to your walls this holiday season.

So what is the best way to decorate small living spaces for Christmas? You need to make sure that every inch of your space is smartly utilized. Invest more in decorating areas that don’t take up the floor space or hinder foot traffic. Ideally focus on decorating plain walls, fireplaces, coffee table and windows.

Following is everything you need to know on how to bring merriment to your living spaces this Christmas season.

Assess Your Requirements

When decorating small spaces, you need to be cautious so as not to make the room look over-burdened. You need to make room for additional seating space and decorations, and if not done right, the room can end up looking cramped.

Before you even climb up the attic or go shopping, you need to first assess your personal needs and requirements for your living space.

  • Will you also be entertaining there?
  • How big is your Christmas tree?
  • How many people will need to be seated in the living area?
  • Will there be small children around?

Well-designed spaces cater to your needs. You could have a very Christmas-y living room, but if it doesn’t look welcoming or comfortable, then all those decorations would fail to bring merriment to the party.

Define Your Style

Designing spaces is not a one-shoe-fits-all kind of a solution. Before you can get purchasing your Christmas decorations, you need to define your personal style. For instance, if you aren’t a fan of clutter and overwhelming decorations, then perhaps your style is more minimalistic.

Opt for small objects with cleaner lines and neutral colors. Just a few white stars above the television or monotoned socks over the fireplace would look uber chic and not take up a lot of space either.

Or if you like a lot of sparkle and fur then your style is more chic and glam and you can go all out with sequined decorative cushions, glittery ornaments like pines and stars, and a lot of shiny objects like lighted reindeer displays. The idea is to identify your style and go all out with it, as it adds cohesiveness and balance to your decorations.

The Right Sized Tree

Buying the wrong sized tree is one of the most common mistakes people make when decorating their spaces for Christmas. Installing a tree that is too large can overpower a small living room. Similarly, a tree too small can make the living space even smaller than it already is.

Following are a few tips and tactics on how to buy the perfect sized tree for a small living room:

  1. First, determine a space where you plan on keeping your Christmas tree. Now, using a measuring tape measure the total floor space of that area. Determine the maximum width that you can use for the tree, now subtract a foot from this measurement, and jot down on a notepad.
  2. Next, measure the height from the ceiling to floor and subtract a foot from this measurement and pen it down. These are your maximum height and width measurements for your Christmas tree.
  3. Take these measurements with you, along with the inch tape, when going to buy your Christmas tree. Note that the maximum height of a Christmas tree includes the tree stand and the tree topper. So if you have already purchased a tree topper, then deduct its height from the maximum height for the tree.
  4. You could also use a small tree decorated atop a stand or table. It would add dimension and height without overpowering the room.

Use or Replace What You Have

The best tip for decorating small spaces is to make the best of what you already have. For instance, if you have picture frames around the room, then replace family photographs with Christmas-y quotes and pictures. Decorate your windows with little ornaments using either suction cup hooks or double sided tape. You could also hang some greenery across the top of the windows or picture frames.

If you have any vases or bowls, add some green bushes, pines, and baubles to make them seasonal. You could also replace the decorative cushions with some Christmas themed cushion ones. Simply sprucing up your current decorative items would add instant glamour and holiday vibes around the space.

Decorate Your Coffee Table

Coffee tables are great conversation starters and attention grabbers that scream for additional decoration and attention. This is the one space where you need to splurge, along with buying the perfect Christmas tree.

One recommendation would be to begin with the coffee table, find a few centerpieces that you absolutely love, and then decorate the rest of the room around it. Your centerpiece could act as a great reference point for purchasing or selecting from your current collection of decorative pieces.

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Following are a few tips and tactics for decorating the perfect coffee table this holiday season:

  • Your coffee table, or even your entire living room, doesn’t need to be too “themed.” Good options are bell jars that you could add a few decorative pieces to, brass candlesticks and some greenery.
  • Add heights and dimensions by using decorative pieces of different heights. Coffee books are a great way to add color and height to a coffee table.
  • Invest in pieces that aren’t too “seasonal” and can be used in different ways all year round.
  • Scented candles are great for additional accent lighting and aroma.
  • Layer your table with different textures and materials. You could add different types of fabrics, some pearls or beads, battery-operated fairy lights, and different sized ornaments.

DIY Decorations

Can’t find the perfect sized advent calendar, pines, or Christmas ornaments for your small living room? No reason why you can’t make some yourself. DIY projects are great to get the entire family involved and add some personal touches to your Christmas decorations.

DIY projects are also able to help you customize your decorations according to the space available. The internet is bursting with DIY projects for Christmas, however, not all those ideas will be best suited for your space or your style.

Pick projects that reflect your style and will be cohesive with the rest of the room. Some great ideas for DIY projects are making your own stockings, advent calendar, banners, small ornaments, and even Christmas trees. You could also fill up apothecary jars with candies and display them on your mantle or coffee table. 


The idea behind decorating any space, at any time of the year, is that it should reflect you. Just because everyone is opting for an all glam style this Christmas season doesn’t mean that you should too. Your living room is your little cozy nook where you’d like to cuddle up with your loved ones on Christmas Eve; so make sure that all your efforts are towards your preferences and style.

Also, never be scared to redefine parameters. Just because some rules book states that you can’t have a large tree in a small space doesn’t mean you can’t pull it off. If you have an idea then go all in with it, no matter how unconventional it sounds; because it is, at the end of the day, your little holiday party, and you need to have all the design freedom required to create something magical!

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