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For many of us, Christmas is the most delightful time of the year. When the bells start jingling, people get a sense of joy, warmth, and nostalgia. Wherever you may be, whether you are living in your own house or in a condo, decorating your living room to get that yuletide vibe is a must! In this guide, we will discuss how to decorate your small living room for Christmas, to create a vibe that mimics the wondrous and nostalgic spirit of Christmas!

Indeed, a small living room should not be a hindrance in having that Christmas vibe in your home, as you can just manage and design your living room in such a way that it maximizes space. However, if you are canvassing for homes to lease this holiday season, look no more! DMCI Homes has got you covered. DMCI Homes Leasing has many properties for rent in premier locations that you can look into.

DMCI Homes Leasing provides a plethora of benefits, such as gated entrances and 24/7 security. Moreover, DMCI offers flexible and customized terms fit for every home seeker’s requirements – furnished, semi-furnished, or bare units that can be leased for six months or longer terms and more!

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When can you start decorating for Christmas?

According to Christmas tradition, Christmas trees and decorations are usually put up on the first day of Advent, which is the fourth Sunday before Christmas. Indeed, the Christmas season is quite busy, our schedules are packed, and we sometimes have barely any time to think because of all the stress. With that said, however, decorating your small living room can, in some cases, be a good stress reliever and bring in some much-needed Christmas spirit.

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How can I make my house feel like Christmas?

We all want our homes to be festive, from the lights outside to the decorations on the tree. If you're not sure how to decorate your home for the holiday season, have a look at these four wonderful ideas to make your home feel like Christmas:

  • Christmas treats as décor – Using candy canes and other Christmas treats is a festive and inexpensive way to make your home festive for the holidays! And you can find them at practically any grocery shop.
  • Make a festive display – Make the most of empty surfaces like corners and small spaces. Simple interior designs would do. Fill these areas with something as simple as a throw blanket, a scene of bottle brush trees, or one or two miniature holiday houses.
  • Outdoor fairy lightsFairy lights are another simple method to make your house merry and comfortable for the holidays. Fairy lights may be used to decorate practically any room in your home.
  • Touch up your home with some tinsel – Tinsel is a traditional Christmas ornament that is sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit! Whether wrapped around a Christmas tree, draped on windows, the backs of chairs or even wrapped around banisters, it will add a seasonal touch to any space.


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A Renter's Guide on How to Decorate a Small Living Room for Christmas

Your present home may have a small living room, and you may struggle to decorate it without cluttering or going over the top. If you have a small living room, here’s a guide to help you decorate this Christmas!

  1. Measure your space – The goal of measuring is to ensure that your Christmas furniture will fit into the living room and that you buy the proper furnishings for the space.

  2. Establish your intentions – Establishing what you want in your living room is particularly important when your space is rather limited. Doing this will give you a clear vision of what you want your living room space to look and feel like. Maybe you want to create an ambiance that’s reminiscent of Christmas movies or keep it simple with holiday decorations consisting of a tree and some candles.

  3. Focus on your aesthetic – Since your living room sets the tone of your whole home, this is likely where you'll spend most of your time with your family during the holiday season. So it’s rather important that your living room has an aesthetic vibe that lets you and your guests experience Christmas cheer.

  4. Make a "room board" – Similar to a mood board, making a room board creates a visual representation of your ideas. Putting them in one place can help give a feel of the place's design. From photos to color schemes, these are just a few of what you can include in your room board.

  5. Go shopping – A very essential task to revamping your space. Before decorating a small living room for any festivities, shopping for decorations should be done in consideration of the design that you are aiming for.

  6. Address your wallsDesigning your walls not only provides for a wonderful color palette but also creates a focal point in your room. This will draw the eye of your guests to a specific space.

    Addressing your walls can be made in a variety of ways. You might want to go for art pieces, a gallery wall or even hanging up mirrors to give the illusion of space.

  7. Don't forget about greenery – Indoor plants not only improve the overall beauty of a space. Studies show that they improve emotions, stimulate creativity, reduce stress, and eliminate air pollutants, resulting in a healthier, happier you.

  8. Design your windows – Emphasize that Christmas feel by creating a frosty design on your windows. Consider using decals or handmade paper snowflakes. Decals are also ideal for decorating your home since they are inexpensive, simple to install, and, most importantly, simple to remove without leaving any scratches, markings, or residue.

  9. Make it light and bright – The first rule of decorating a tiny space is that brighter colors make a place appear larger.

  10. Take advantage of vertical space – Think beyond the typical table centerpiece as you prepare for the big day of eating and gifting (and more eating) by suspending ornaments and pendants from the ceiling! Taking advantage of your vertical space allows you to use more space creatively.


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Christmas small living room design ideas

If you are a condo renter, it might be tough to fully immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit when your lease limitations put a damper on your design ideas.

However, a no-damage policy does not have to get in the way of spreading holiday cheer. These nail-free and detachable decor ideas are ideal for your rental and your next Christmas party, whether you live in a small apartment or a single-family home.

Whether you want to keep it simple and discreet with just a few ornaments or turn your home into a festive production, we’ve got you covered! We've compiled a list of our top 14 Christmas decor ideas fit for a small living room space!

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  1. Make room for the Christmas tree – The most obvious but crucial decor of all! However, if you do not have enough space, you can always opt for a midsized tree.


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  2. Start a Christmas village on a console table or buffet – Another nice part of this season is the plentiful supply of delicious food. Bake some gingerbread men, mince pies or a yule log and store them in beautiful glass jars to keep them fresh while still serving as a centerpiece.

  3. Don’t be afraid to mix old ornaments with the new – Before you go out and buy holiday decorations, take a look at what you already have. Don't be scared to use your existing decor and mix it with a few new ones to create a well-designed Christmas display.

  4. Mix in some Christmas throw pillowsChristmas cushions will provide a festive touch to your sofa! You can easily add throw pillows to any sofa or bed to make your home feel cozy, festive and ready for the holidays.


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  5. Add in festive Christmas lights – Nothing says "Christmas" like candles glowing on a cold December evening. Shop for candles, especially ones with lovely, festive scents that really give off that nostalgic Christmas vibe. However, if you live in rented housing, there may be restrictions on having candles in your home, so try electronic candles instead if real candles aren't permitted!


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  6. Make your own Advent calendar – Instead of buying the typical supermarket chocolate Advent calendar, why not get creative and make your own calendar filled with various surprises? Spend an afternoon constructing your own DIY Advent calendar to make it more personal for you and your loved ones. Fill it with candy and toys, or perhaps something more personal like makeup or little bottles of alcohol - whatever tickles your fancy!


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  7. Papercraft Décor – Command hooks are by far the most popular way for renters to hang Christmas decorations, but they can only hold so much. Instead of displaying heavy items and risking harm to your decor or walls, go for a homemade vibe this year by making your own paper decorations.


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  8. Give your shelves a makeover for the holiday season – If you prefer a monochromatic design, a few simple touches can elevate your home decor from "everyday" to "seasonally amazing." A collection of wooden cottages, gold reindeer, and miniature trees can turn a plain shelf to a cheerful space.


Letting the Christmas spirit in

Christmas is all about cheer and thanksgiving with your loved ones! Creating your own Christmas playlist and preparing fun Christmas activities can certainly get you excited for the yuletide season.

In fact, the simple task of decorating your small living room by hanging garlands, lights, and wreaths, setting up a Christmas tree, listening to Christmas music, and even baking and displaying some cookies can certainly get you that Christmas feeling.

Key takeaways

Decorating, especially when you have a small living space, is never easy, especially during the holiday season. You must take into account every inch of square space that you have so that your home does not feel cluttered with all the Christmas decorations. And while the task is hard and cumbersome, it is still not impossible! Here are some takeaways that you can bring with you as we finish the article:

  • Consider a mid-sized Christmas tree – A mid-sized Christmas tree not only saves you space, but it can also provide you with just enough “tree-space” so that you can put those Christmas lights, tinsels, and other Christmas decorations on it!
  • Take measurements before decorating – Measuring the space of your living room not only ensures that you have enough space for your decorations, but it also gives you the proper foresight on what to include in decorating!
  • Always address your walls – Maximize your space by hanging fairy lights and even paper decor on your wall for that holiday cheer.


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