1. FOLLOW THE 'ONE IN, ONE OUT' RULE
When looking for ideas for Christmas living room decor, you may feel your room has not even an inch of available space for a tree, so in reality, you need to make room for it. 'If you want to squeeze a Christmas tree into your small living or dining room there are a few things to keep in mind,' say Jenna Choate-James and Mariana Ugarte, founders of Interior Fox. 'Apply the one in, one out. If you are bringing a large tree make sure you take away one item from the space so it's not too cramped. Perhaps removing the footstool or the potted plant that's taking up extra floor space could help. It is important to free up some floor space.'
2. MEASURE YOUR REAL ESTATE
Making your Christmas checklist? Why not take a moment to measure the space you have to put a Christmas tree in the process to help you when browsing for a tree. It's especially important when buying a real tree. Take out the measuring tape, and check the width of the corner where you're planning on placing the tree. Consider its widest point, and mark it so you don't forget.
3. LOOK FOR SLENDER-STYLE TREES
You could also look for a tree with a small footprint – one that can fit into a small room more easily. When choosing a tree for a small living room, go for height rather than width. This will make the room feel bigger because it draws the eye upwards. Add string lights or small bulbs for Christmas tree lights, to make it the center of attention.
4. OPT FOR SMALLER ONES THAT CAN BE PLACED ON TABLES
Make use of your corner tables, consoles, or even the Christmas fireplace mantle area, and place a small, scaled-down tree here. For added impact, put it by the window. Not only does it look pretty, with the lights reflected in the glass, but the openness of the window and the twinkling visuals against the glass will make the room feel bigger and less claustrophobic.
5. KEEP DECORATIONS MINIMALIST
Christmas decorations don't need to mean large baubles, wreaths strewn around the place, decorations taking over the room, and more. If you have a small living room, you don't want it to be a space that looks like one may have to take a step back before entering it. With simple, minimalist Christmas decor, you can create a joyful interior that doesn't seem too overcrowded.
6. CREATE A COORDINATING COLOR SCHEME
The more odd colors and elements your room has, the more cluttered it will look. Since you're operating in a small living room, you want to make sure that your small Christmas tree doesn't stick out like a sore thumb; instead merges beautifully with the room's decor.
WHERE SHOULD I PLACE A CHRISTMAS TREE IN A SMALL LIVING ROOM?
In a small living room layout, the best place to keep the tree would be in a cozy corner, away from the entrance and out of the normal walking space. The other option is by the window, or if you don't mind a scaled-down version of the tree, then atop the console or mantel.