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Creative Apartment Holiday Decor Ideas

  • Emily Rice

Emily Rice

4 min read
Creative Apartment Holiday Decor Ideas

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and that means it's time to deck the halls and hang the stockings by the chimney with care. But what if you don't have a chimney, and your "halls" are a one-bedroom apartment?

Just because you may live in a smaller space doesn't mean you can't get in on the holiday cheer. There are plenty of space-saving ways to decorate for the holidays. Here are a few creative holiday decor ideas to help get you in the spirit of the season.

Tiny Trees

Even the smallest apartment will have room for a space-efficient and adorable tiny tree. If floor space is an issue, you can go with a tree small enough to fit on top of a table, dresser, or shelf.

Holiday Artwork

Artwork is a great way to decorate apartments of all sizes. A beautiful seasonal landscape or a jolly holiday saying hung on the wall or propped up on the shelf will instantly brighten up any room. Just be sure to check your apartment's rules before hanging anything on the wall.

Throw Pillows

Festive and functional, holiday throw pillows are a great way to make your living room or bedroom merrier. Look for pillows with bright holiday colors and patterns, fun sayings, and even a bit of sparkle. Cozy fabrics like fleece and faux fur are also perfect for the season.


What's prettier than a strand of twinkling lights? You can hang them around doorways, windows, mirrors, your headboard, and even the ceiling.

Festive Aromas

Scents like cinnamon and pine go a long way toward creating a holiday atmosphere. Plus, they don't take up any space at all!

Get classic holiday smells wafting through the air with candles, potpourri, or other room fragrances. People will think you just got done baking a batch of holiday treats.


Is there any holiday decor more classic than wreaths? Wreaths are great for apartments because they're so festive and hardly take up any space.

Holiday wreaths aren't just for greeting visitors at your front door. You can hang them anywhere you want, such as in a window or from the ceiling. If you prefer, you can even lean them on a shelf next to some holiday artwork for a laid-back look.

If you opt for a tried-and-true natural pine wreath, you get the added benefit of a fresh scent. Or if you prefer something more unique, you can DIY your own wreath for a personal touch.


Much like wreaths, garland is a classic and low-key way to dress up your home for the holidays. It looks great draped around doorways and windows or wound around railings. You can choose classic green or go with a glamorous, metallic garland in red, silver, or gold.


Ornaments aren't just for the tree! You can decorate your windows with ornaments on string, or hang them from the ceiling for a whimsical effect.

Gift-Wrapped Cabinets

Decorate the doors of your kitchen cabinets with wrapping paper and ribbon. They'll look like presents just waiting to be opened (even if there's really just pots and pans inside).

Chair Cushions and Covers

Living room chairs and dining chairs alike can benefit from some holiday cheer. Invest in some chair cushions or covers with bright holiday colors or sayings.

Table Cloths and Runners

Update your usual table decor to make holiday dining a festive experience. Look for a tablecloth in a fun holiday color or pattern or get creative with a decorative table runner.

Paper Snowflakes

Paper snowflakes are a classic holiday craft that's so simple and cute (not to mention budget-friendly). Unique, handmade snowflakes look great in the window or hanging from the ceiling. This is a fun craft that kids would love to help with.

Wall and Window Decals

Decals are an easy and affordable way to add some pop to windows or walls. Plus, they're easily removable and won't damage surfaces.

Things to Consider Before Choosing Holiday Decor for Your Apartment

Decorating an apartment for the holidays comes with a few practical considerations. Here are some things to keep in mind to make sure your holiday decorating goes smoothly.

Check Your Lease First

When choosing your holiday decor, it's important to know what is and isn't allowed by your lease agreement. There are most likely guidelines about how you can decorate.

For example, many landlords won't allow you to use paint or nails on the walls. Some places don't allow real Christmas trees, as they can potentially be a fire hazard. Check your lease before bringing in any big decor items or doing anything that can't be removed in five minutes.

Measure, Measure, Measure

When picking decor for an apartment, your measuring tape is your best friend. There's nothing more disappointing than when your big, gorgeous Christmas tree won't even fit through the front door.

Be Considerate of Your Neighbors

In some cases, your apartment may allow you to decorate outside your front door or in common areas. If you choose to do this, make sure your decor is tasteful and won't offend or bother your neighbors.

Steer clear of decorations that are excessively large, bright, or loud. You might think your singing wreath is super cute, but the people next door may not agree with you.

There's No Place like Home for the Holidays

Decorating for the holidays is a big part of the fun of the season. You can make your home feel holly and jolly no matter how much space you have to work with. Get creative with space-saving holiday decor to make your apartment merry and bright all season long.

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