The holiday season is just around the corner. That means it’s time to unpack all of your decorations! If you’re new to condo living it won’t be long before you realize that your decorating routine might require a bit more creativity this time than in year’s past. But while there may be a few less square feet to work with, there’s no end to the creative and innovative ways you can spruce up your home for the Christmas season. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
A Mini Tree
The mini Christmas tree is an obvious first step in adapting to your new condominium. The full, bristly fir tree is always ideal, of course, but for condo dwellers who have limited space, there’s no shame in embracing a smaller tree.
The neat thing about having a mini Christmas tree is it provides a lot more flexibility. Find one small enough and you can perch it on top of an end table for all to see or tuck it neatly into the corner of your living room, an impossibility with most trees. Best of all, you can feature your most cherished ornaments and there won’t be nearly as much clean up to do post holidays. Check out these Christmas tree alternatives for more ideas.
Another popular holiday item is the Christmas wreath. While wreaths are most commonly hung on the outside of the front door, there’s no rule against bringing them inside. For condos that have smaller entranceways that open up into the main living space, a unique wreath will add some holiday cheer to a high traffic corner of your home. But if the entranceway isn’t an option, you can always hang a smaller wreath in front of a mirror or window.
Lights, Lights And More Lights!
Did you think Christmas lights were reserved for the outdoors? Think again. Stringing coloured lights around the home can add some holiday cheer to any room you choose. Wrap some white lights around a curtain rod or tack them under your kitchen cupboards and you have some soft evening lighting that’s equally as functional as it is festive. When it comes to Christmas lights the more the merrier; there’s just something comforting about their glow.
Looking for an easy way to make your living room look more festive? Take any sofa or chair cushion and throw a decorative pillowcase over top. It’s a great way to make your living space a little more fun and using pillowcases instead of new pillows ensure that you aren’t using up any more storage space. And, with a little ingenuity, you can even make your own!
Do you have decorative bowls or vases lying about? It’s time to fill them with holiday merriment! No matter the size, glass bowls are a great option for decoration. Pine cones, pine branches, popcorn and berries, candy and chocolate, the choice is yours.
Don’t Forget To Look Up
If you're looking for more places and spaces to decorate your home; look up. Chandeliers, light fixtures, fireplace mantels and curtain rods are all great places to hang holiday ornaments. Don’t stop there though; satin ribbon and garland also make great decorative accents. And of course, there’s always the mistletoe.
The holiday season is full of fun. Don’t let a smaller space take the fun out of decorating your new condo. Get creative as you decorate and take advantage of some of the possibilities you may not have considered before. The neat thing about decorating after downsizing is you get to feature your very best for your guests. The happiest of holiday seasons to you!