How to Decorate Your Apartment for the Holidays

How to Decorate Your Apartment for the Holidays

If you live in an apartment, you may be at a loss for how to decorate your apartment for the holidays. Though you can’t really decorate the exterior like you might a house, there are plenty of ways you can decorate the interior of your apartment for Christmas time. 

Even in apartments as open and spacious as those at Sandy Shores Village, there is still less floor space than in a typical home. If you’re looking for ways to get creative with your apartment decorating this holiday season, we’ve got you covered. In this blog post, we’ll give you some helpful tips for how to decorate your apartment for the holidays.

Where To Start

First things first, you’ve got to have a tree! Just because you’re dealing with less square footage doesn’t mean you are subjected to a Charlie Brown Christmas tree. There are other alternatives available to you that can easily fit in your apartment without making things feel cluttered. Some options include a slim tree, a half tree, a mini tree, or even a wall tree. We’ll get into the specifics of those below.

Slim Tree

A slim tree is a great example of a tree that still feels full-scale but doesn’t take up nearly as much space. Whether it’s real or fake, you can find a slim tree with virtually any height or width at any place you’d find a regular Christmas tree. If you’re looking to fit your tree into a tight space, a slim tree might be your go-to option. 

Half Tree

Half trees and slim trees are not the same. Half trees give the illusion of a full body tree, but take up significantly less space. This is because they are cut flat on one side, which allows you to push the flat side against the wall. This is convenient because it takes advantage of the space that is not visible to begin with. Many people choose not to decorate the back side of the tree that nobody sees, because why would you? In this case, you won’t even have a back to the tree, ensuring the tree won’t protrude into the room unnecessarily.

Mini Tree

If floor space is too limited for a slim or half tree, you can always opt for a miniature tree. A mini tree can fit virtually anywhere. Shelves, countertops, tables, windowsills, and bar carts are all some places to consider placing a mini tree. The good thing about these is that you can have several at once. Place one in each room or scatter multiple in the same room to really give it that festive feel. 

Wall Tree

If you’re opting for a less traditional route or you simply don’t have any room for a tree, big or small, consider this artsy alternative: a wall tree. A wall tree can be made with anything really, so long as it gives the illusion of a tree. For example, an arrangement of pine garland and lights in the shape of a tree might be all you need. You might also want to try hanging ornaments or holiday cards in a triangle shape to mimic a Christmas tree. Pinterest offers some tasteful examples of a variety of different wall trees.

Focus On A Theme

An easy way to make sure all of your decorations compliment each other is to pick out a theme. This will also make it easier to shop for decor, since you will already have an idea for what it is you want. Your theme could be based on anything, including colors, styles, or icons. We’ll break each of these down below.


When you think of Christmas, the first colors that inevitably come to mind are red and green. You can work with these colors, or you can choose another combination. Some other popular Christmas color combinations include: 

  • Green and gold
  • Green and silver
  • Red and silver
  • Red and gold
  • Blue and silver
  • Blue and gold
  • All white 

Any combination of these colors would look great if placed consistently throughout your apartment. You are certainly not limited to just these colors either. Whatever makes you feel comfortable, cheery, and festive can be made into a color combo that makes your Christmas decor pop!


When it comes to choosing a style, this simply means what vibe you are trying to create. You may want to take into account what your apartment already looks like. Are you more of a minimalist? Is your apartment rustic, antiquey, or classic? Or do you already have a variety of colors and styles dispersed throughout? When considering your holiday decorations, keep the style of your apartment in the back of your mind. The good thing about Christmas decor is that they have some in nearly every style. Whatever the atmosphere that you’re trying to create, there is more than likely decorations that fit in with that.


Another popular choice to base your decorating theme off of is a classic holiday icon. This might be anything from Santa to nutcrackers to reindeers or snowglobes. Having one icon to focus on when putting your apartment together for the holiday season can make shopping easier and can also make your unit look more cohesive. 

All of these theme ideas are simply suggestions, and you don’t have to stick to just one or the other. Find what sticks out to you and go for it. Remember, consistency is key, but always allow room for your personality to show through.

Add Some Christmas Classics

Don’t have a chimney or mantel to hang your stockings? No worries! There is no written rule that requires stockings to be hung above a fireplace. As long as they are hung with care, they can really be hung anywhere. Purchase some stocking holders with weights and you can place your stockings on bookshelves, window sills, TV stands, or countertops. You can also use your Command strips to hang them on the walls wherever you choose.

Another Christmas classic that any floor plan has the room for is a mistletoe. Hang one above your doorway and watch the magic and love fill the air. 

Light It Up

Christmas simply isn’t Christmas without the lights. Just because you can’t line them on your roof doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of them inside. No matter what amount of square footage you’re working with, there’s always room for twinkling lights. In addition to your tree, whichever variation you may choose, you can add string lights anywhere in your apartment. Drape them along the wall, above doorways, or around windows or mirrors. By taking Command strips and hooks, you can hang lights virtually anywhere without leaving any damage behind. Another great thing about these lights is that you can make them last year round without it looking tacky. 

Tie It All Together

By now, your apartment should have that merry feel to the air. However, there’s always room for a few final touches. Candles and greenery can go a long way in creating a cozy, Christmas atmosphere in your apartment. Add some pine cones or garland here and there and watch your apartment come to life! You might even consider draping a festive throw blanket over the couch or adding some holiday pillows to really tie it all together. 

Sandy Shores Village Wishes You A Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

At Sandy Shores Village, we want to make you feel at home this holiday season. Looking for a place to cozy up for the winter? Check out our luxury apartments in the Orange Beach area. Contact us today to learn more about our beautiful community and schedule a tour with us! You can call us at (251) 301-9790 or check our availability here.

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