After a year spent living the digital nomad dream of hopping about from city to city, I can safely (confidently, gratefully, enthusiastically) say that I’ve settled down somewhere that feels like home. While many of us romanticize a mobile, move-on-a-whim lifestyle, the reality can be a lot more challenging. But now, in a space I can truly call my own—I’m not pulling out my suitcase that could fit a large child anytime soon—it’s time to lean into all things cozy. And yes, that means stocking up on all the best apartment Christmas décor.

It can be hard to know what to do with a small space. Sure, you don’t want to overwhelm it with too many pieces, but the opposite approach can leave a room feeling sparse. And of course, there’s the whole storage component, too—where the heck are you going to store the fake Christmas tree once January rolls around? There’s a lot to solve when you’re shopping for apartment Christmas décor. Thankfully, as someone inhabiting a space that barely tops 1,000 square feet, I have a few answers.

Featured image by Michelle Nash.

Image by Michelle Nash

Tips for Decorating for Christmas in a Small Space

It’s always been my dream to deck the halls in a huge home with an unlimited budget. But over the years, as I’ve moved from apartment to (sometimes larger, sometimes smaller) apartment, I’ve grown to enjoy the ways a lack of space challenges my creativity. I’ve discovered that I like being forced to make design choices: instead of saying yes to everything on my Christmas décor wish list, I have to select what I love most and what I think will fit best in my space.

With this in mind, I’ve come up with a list of tips that have supported my search to perfect my apartment’s Christmas décor. Step number one? Less is more.

Pick a statement piece. If you’re decorating for a small space, you don’t want to send the eye in a million directions as soon as someone walks through your door. Instead, I like to think of a single object that I center my décor around. For me, that’s always been the tree—but you can let your tablescape shine, deck out your mantle, or create a beautiful dried floral arrangement that sits on your coffee table. Whatever you choose, stick to the plan—and resist the temptation to go overboard.

Stick to a focused color palette. Similar to the first tip, this is all about creating a coordinated, cohesive décor scheme. I like to pick three colors that will dominate the majority of what I choose to bring into my space. Typically, this means a neutral that I pair with two colors that sit opposite the color wheel (which explains why white, green, and red go so well together). Or, I try to pick a theme and identify three colors that evoke what I’m trying to express—this year, I’m all about browns, greens, and white.

Get creative with your tree. If you’re on the hunt for apartment Christmas décor, you might be having a tricky time figuring out the tree situation. Don’t worry, no one’s making you buy one! Yes, it might seem like a must-have, but with space constraints, you’re welcome to ditch it. Or even better—rethink it! There are plenty of tabletop options to choose from as well as creative alternatives. Find all the inspiration you need here.

Image by Michelle Nash

29 Apartment Christmas Décor Pieces to Outfit a Small Space

For the Tree (And the Tree Itself!)

Garlands, tree toppers, and ornaments of every stripe. And if you’re Team Fake Tree, I’ve rounded up the cutest (and small space-friendly) Christmas trees.

Cody Foster™ Felt Merry Merry Garland

u003cpu003eThis garland definitely screams merry. If you like a little festive color on your tree, this is the pick.u003c/pu003e

Wondershop™ Christmas Tree Ornament Set

u003cpu003eI love the idea of an assorted set of ornaments that brings variety and interest to your tree while still feeling cohesive. And those little deer? So sweet.u003c/pu003e

Food52 Gingham Linen Holiday Tree Skirt

u003cpu003eGingham’s the move, y’all. It’s classic and crisp, while still adding a touch of whimsy to your tree.u003c/pu003e

CBD Burst Gold Christmas Tree Topper

u003cpu003eThe topper to top them all.u003c/pu003e

5ft. Layered Washington Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree

u003cpu003eBendable branches! Comes with lights! This tree is a lazy girl’s (i.e., my) dream.u003c/pu003e

Farmhouse Pottery Mini Mug Ornament

u003cpu003eA coffee lover’s dream ornament. I’d be tempted to hang these up all throughout the year.u003c/pu003e

Felted Wool Mushroom Ornaments (Set Of 3)

u003cpu003eMushrooms are having a moment! These sweet felted ornaments give your tree the perfect woodland touch. u003c/pu003e

Hearth u0026 Hand™ with Magnolia Wooden Bead Christmas Tree Garland

u003cpu003eIf you like to lean a little boho when it comes to the tree, this garland gives the perfect vibe. It’s a beautiful backdrop to more natural, textured ornaments.u003c/pu003e

Mueller Handcrafted German Beechwood Star Tree Topper

u003cpu003eI’ve been coveting this tree topper for years and 2022 was finally the time for me to make it mine. Trust me, it’s just as gorgeous in person as it is in the picture. Now, how many online buys can you say that for?u003c/pu003e

Burlap Wrapped Light-Up Tabletop Tree

u003cpu003eThis mini Tenenbaum is unbelievably charming. How sweet would it look on a window sill?u003c/pu003e

Let There Be Light

Wondershop™ 100ct Incandescent Smooth Mini String Lights

u003cpu003eNothing beats the classic string lights. These provide 21.12 feet of warm illumination. u003c/pu003e

Thymes Frasier Fir Pine Needle Candle

u003cpu003eI go through at least two of these candles every holiday season. If you love a pine scent, this candle offers the purest, longest-lasting scent.u003c/pu003e

Threshold™ 8oz Tree Electroplated Metallic Finish Holiday Candle Gold

u003cpu003eI always keep one of these on my dining table and think they’d be beautiful on the mantle. Bonus: The container can be reused long after the wax is gone.u003c/pu003e

West Elm Brown Wrapped Light-Up Branches (Set of 2)

u003cpu003eLooking for a creative way to add some festive light to your space? A vase of these sculptural branches creates a soft, warm glow.u003c/pu003e

West u0026 Arrow LED Curtain String Light

u003cpu003eThere’s something so magical about a million little lights strung behind a curtain. These come with eight light modes so you can switch up the sparkle.u003c/pu003e

West Elm 20′ LED String Lights

u003cpu003eI love a good battery-powered string light that lets me illuminate any corner of my apartment. Stylish and convenient.u003c/pu003e

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It Ain’t Easy Being Green

Hearth u0026 Hand™ with Magnolia Needle Pine u0026 Snowberry Seasonal Faux Wreath

u003cpu003eThe bells, needles, and berries make this the most romantic wreath I’ve ever seen.u003c/pu003e

Afloral Real Touch Faux Juniper Holiday Greens

u003cpu003eI placed one of these in a thrifted clay vessel in my bathroom and the impact is pure, elegant Christmas.u003c/pu003e

West Elm Pre-Lit Faux Mixed Seeded Eucalyptus Botanicals

u003cpu003eChoose from a wreath, arrangement, or garland—or, better yet, one of each! No one will ever guess it’s fake.u003c/pu003e

World Market Faux Seeded Eucalyptus and Pine Wreath

u003cpu003eI’ll forever love the natural look of eucalyptus. It brings such a fresh vibe to any holiday scene. u003c/pu003e

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To Top Off the Table

Pottery Barn Santa Claus Mugs (Set of 4)

u003cpu003eMy mom was gifted a vintage collection of these mugs from my grandmother, and I’ve grown up sipping hot chocolate (then coffee) from these every Christmas morning. There’s nothing more nostalgic.u003c/pu003e

Anthropologie Holiday in the City Dessert Plate

u003cpu003eChoose from your favorite city or collect them all. Is there any better way to enjoy your favorite holiday dessert?u003c/pu003e

Meri Meri Festive Motif Large Napkins (Set of 16)

u003cpu003eThese sweet, illustrated napkins come courtesy of one of the most iconic Christmas brands. If you’re hosting a holiday get-together, these are perfect for appetizers and small bites.u003c/pu003e

Williams Sonoma ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Embroidered Napkins (Set of 4)

u003cpu003eThere’s something about having a dedicated set of Christmas napkins that just makes the holidays feel so special. I love pulling out my treasured holiday décor, and to set the table with these would be such a treat.u003c/pu003e

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Small Touches That Add a Festive Flair

Cody Foster Mini Holiday Bottlebrush Trees (Set of 12)

u003cpu003eIt’s my hope that the bottlebrush tree trend will never go away. Well, even if it does, I’m keeping mine for life. Setting a few out on a shelf or the table is an easy way to create a lovely Christmas vignette. u003c/pu003e

West Elm Village Tealight Candleholders

u003cpu003eHow stunning are these? I love the romantic, soft light that shines through each house. It’s reminiscent of a small, charming town illuminated during the holiday season.u003c/pu003e

Simon Pearce Glass Snowmen Collection

u003cpu003eThis one might be more of a splurge, but these sweet snowmen are the easiest way to create an indoor winter wonderland. Each piece is handblown in their Vermont factory. The craftsmanship and care is a sight to behold.u003c/pu003e

Threshold™ Small Ceramic Decorative Tree

u003cpu003eCan’t stop by the woods on a snowy evening? Bring the evergreen feel home.u003c/pu003e

Garnet Hill Whimsical Felted Critters

u003cpu003eMy apartment is filled with so many fantastical creatures (my favorite is a felted penguin all cozied up in his scarf and hat). These little guys bring just the right amount of Christmas cheer.u003c/pu003e

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