This post was originally published in 2014. LaTonya is still writing and updates her blog regularly. You should go check it out.
Decorating a small space can be tricky, especially during the holiday season! This is our second year celebrating in our small apartment, and it’s definitely a lot easier than last year. I think when it comes down to it, you’ve got to change your expectations of what Christmas, or any holiday you’re celebrating, is in your mind. Changing your expectations isn’t a bad thing at all. But sometimes with a smaller space, you’ve got to have a bigger imagination and just simply simplify.
There are a few things that I’ve learned along the way that I apply when decorating my small space for this wonderful season!
1. Try to decorate with more natural pieces and natural tones. When you mix a small apartment and loud festive things, chances are your space will feel too overwhelming. Instead of a chunky store-bought wreath, we decided to make our own using a few branches from our tree. And instead of having a large holiday table centerpiece, I used a vintage lace tablecloth to give our space a more festive feel. Since the tablecloth is white, it keeps the room feeling a bit more spacious. You can use things found outside as a centerpiece as well (It’s also a great way to get the kids involved in decorating).
2. Decorate with smaller, more sentimental decorations. If you’re decorating a small space, it’s best to decorate with things on the smaller end. Try using more lights and less ornaments. All the extra stuff just becomes stuff.
3. Don’t be afraid to downsize your tree. Since I have River, and she’s at that age of really developing her own voice and expectations, I want to mold her idea of what a grand Christmas is. Even if we move into a larger space, I don’t want her expecting a huge tree every year. Keeping things small and simple, but still beautiful and fun is important.
I am so excited for yet another holiday in our small space as an even bigger family! Happy holidays! –LaTonya