9 Seriously Clever Holiday Decor Ideas for Small Spaces
Love all those gorgeously decorated giant Christmas trees and dramatic decor ideas you’re seeing in stores as you walk by, on Pinterest, and on your Facebook feed? Us too but, as city dwellers, most of us have a much smaller space to work with. Luckily, we’ve become pros at the making the most of a wall, a few pieces of paper, or a string of lights.
Here are 9 clever DIY holiday ideas for folks who are decorating a small space.
1. Patterned Wall Tree: First up, this awesome patterned wall tree! This is one of our favorite projects this year. It’s a great way to use fabric scraps to make the tree and other odds and ends as the ornaments. If you want to do it even more on the cheap, you can substitute wrapping paper for the fabric.
3. Origami Paper Wreaths: How fun and vibrant are these paper wreaths? All you need to make them is brightly-colored origami or craft paper, a hole punch, and tape!
4. Knotted Felt + Leather Garland: If you’re not putting up a tree this year, add some festive decor to bookshelves, mantels, and the like by making a few of these simple felt garlands. You can use any combination of colors you like, and we added a few leather knots in there to add more texture and shape.
7. Washi Tape Christmas Tree: And now, a blast from the past! This was last year’s wall tree hack, made using one of our favorite materials ever: washi tape. You can create triangular shapes, stripes, and even tree toppers. So cute!
8. Fabric Wall Mantel: If you want to create a more portable mantel than the washi option, you can create a fabric one! Adorn with stockings for the holidays, then fold up and save for next year!
9. The Biggest Ornament Ever: Finally, the biggest DIY ornament ever! This is a great way to add instant holiday spirit to any scene, even if you’re not doing any other decorating this year.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)