3rd December 2021

How to Decorate a Small Living Room for Christmas

By Darlings Of Chelsea


Christmas is a special time of year, and you want your home to be festive, magical, and as atmospheric as possible. If you live in an apartment, a maisonette or a studio, space may be at a premium, with you needing to make every Christmas decoration count. No matter how big your living space is, there are numerous ways you can create some Christmas magic and transform your room into a winter wonderland. If you’d like some simple ideas on how to decorate a small living room for Christmas, here are our top five recommendations.

1.    Make Way for Some Wall Décor

If you have a small living room, the key to decorating at Christmas is to make the most of the space you have, and your walls are the ideal place to start when it comes to easy Christmas decorations. Whether you’re going for a rustic look or want to create a contemporary festive theme, choose from a range of ideas to find the perfect style for your home, including:


Fairy lights.

Wall hangings.

If you’d like to stay on-trend and go with the Christmas colours of 2021, think about bright colours, in both traditional styles of reds and greens to more contemporary options, such as blues and magentas. Natural tones such as olive and terracotta are also incredibly popular this year.

If you want to keep the price of your decorations down, there are lots of DIY options to consider. From salt dough stars to baked oranges, and foraging for berries and holly, all of which can be hung from your ceiling, door frames or on your walls.

2.    Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

Not sure where to put a Christmas tree in a small living room? If you haven’t got room for a large tree, there are plenty of alternatives. If a flat to the wall Christmas tree appeals, you can create a triangular wooden mount on your wall and use some fairy lights and foliage to create a beautiful bespoke design. Other alternatives include:

Using a pallet to create your tree.

Use the likes of pom-poms.


Or even just fairy lights by themselves!

Don’t be afraid to be creative – the options are limitless.

3.    Festive Foliage

Small apartment Christmas décor doesn’t lend itself to large decorations but there are plenty of ways you can create that festive feel with only the smallest of spaces. If you don’t have room for a tree, consider alternative ways to bring some greenery into your living room, such as:

Festive bouquet.

Mistletoe above your door.

Sprigs of Holly above your mantlepiece.

A bowl of pinecones on your coffee table.

Just a few simple Christmas decorations can make a real difference.

4.    Easy Festive Wins

When space is limited, look for quick wins, such as some simple Christmas table decorations. It doesn’t have to be a dining table; instead, it could be a side table or even a sideboard. Think candles, berries, hessian and twine – the more imaginative, the better. If you have some old jam jars, fill them with greenery and water and float a tea light on the top for a beautiful but simple Christmas decoration.

You can also look at incorporating your furniture into your festive planning. If you have a small sofa or sofa bed, some new Christmas-themed scatter cushions can help tie into your decor. If you have any overnight guests who will be sleeping on your sofa bed, it’s also not a bad idea to include some Christmas bedding in the mix!

The best thing about Christmas is the time spent with friends and family. If you intend to host, you may need to reconsider how your room is set up and make room for additional furniture. From an occasional chair to dining chairs, kitchen bar stools, and a footstool, you can mix and match your furniture to create a cosy, welcoming space for your guests.

5.    The Scent of Christmas

Christmas décor doesn’t have to be visible – factor in your sense of smell and hearing. You’ll be amazed at what you can create. The sound of festive music (Michael Bublé at the ready), coupled with the smell of mulled wine, baked orange garlands and that cinnamon candle you’ve been dying to try, can combine seamlessly to create a truly wonderful ambience. And the best thing about a small space is that it’s not hard to create a cosier living space.

There are so many small living room Christmas decorating ideas out there, it’s just a case of working out what style you want to go for and how you want to use your available space. And it makes sense to decorate with a glass of mulled wine in your hand to help get you into the festive spirit!

Happy Christmas!