Do you have a fireplace but have no mantel or maybe you just have limited space to decorate for Christmas. That’s the category I fall into in my Cottage in the Mitten. Having an open concept can sometimes limit your areas to decorate. Today I’m going to share some easy decor ideas for Christmas in a small space.

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Easy Christmas Decor Ideas

My home is an open concept. When I say open concept, I literally mean that the entry, living, eating and kitchen are all in one open room. Not one wall or partial wall divides the areas. The room is surrounded by windows, so there is very little wall space. Therefore, I have to get decor creative with the banister that leads upstairs, and the furniture pieces near my front door and kitchen table.

This side hutch next to my table is one of my favorites. It serves as the perfect place to keep my table linens and extra dishes. Some years, I’ve used it to house a hot cocoa bar for family and friends, and other years, I keep the decor festive and simple like you see below.

Keeping the decor simple means that if you need the extra space for serving the decor can temporarily be moved.

I added red candles to my recently transformed candle holders and a faux Christmas arrangement. Easy and just enough!

Another easy decor idea is to use a blanket ladder. I have so many knit throws, quilts and homemade blankets that I change them out for each season. An easy transition and it costs nothing to do.

Christmas Artwork

Adding some Christmas artwork is a great way to add some holiday cheer. There are plenty of places to print free artwork and use some existing frames you have. Artwork is easy to display on a table top or wall. I’m actually on the hunt for some more Christmas artwork, this year.

Isn’t that the cutest Santa picture? I had my eye on this canvas for a long time. I finally made the purchase and I hope my grands love it as much as me!

This canvas isn’t really as large as it looks. It didn’t come in the size I needed to fill this space, so I ordered the biggest size I could get. Want to know a secret? The canvas looks like it’s framed but it’s actually hanging on top of another piece of artwork, with command strips.

You would never know, right?

An easy way to change things up and make a big statement piece!

I have one other cabinet near the front door that I seasonally change out, as well. I can’t call it the foyer because it’s not.

There is no foyer in this Cottage in the Mitten!

The front door opens directly into the large open space. However, it’s the first place that is seen, so it’s important to decorate it and make the cabinet look Christmas ready.

Finding some beautiful new items was exactly what I needed for this space.

Although I’m a girl who loves the traditional colors of Christmas, neutrals are currently very popular. The reindeer and neutral trees complement the gold and cream Santa. The little house and pine cones were items that I already had.

Mixing old with new is the best!

The Stockings Were Hung

I had a mantel in every one of my homes until this one, therefore hanging Christmas stockings was a no brainer.

You know the old Christmas saying, “The stockings were hung by the chimney with care…”? Without a mantel, I have learned to get creative with hanging our stockings. For me the saying should say, “hung on the staircase with care!”

I have a small bannister which leads to the second floor. I’ve tested out other ways to hang my stockings but the bannister seems to work the best. As our family continues to grow, I may have to rethink it, but for now it looks and works out great.

I used my favorite garland with pinecones, some pretty plaid ribbons and artificial berries to dress it up.

Other Ideas For Your Christmas Stockings

Bookcases – Using a bookcase is a great alternative. I think this option is used probably more often than you think. You can use a free standing bookcase or if your space has built-ins that will work just as well. Using mantel hooks for your stockings works great on the book shelves too.

Garland – I showed you how to hang stockings from garland on my staircase, but you can also hang garland around a doorframe or on a hutch. Hanging the stockings here will look great too.

Fireplace Screens – Maybe you’re like me and have a fireplace without a mantel. If so, do you have a detached fireplace screen? A detached screen is a great place to hang your stockings and lends to the place that they should naturally be!

My Easy Decor Ideas For Christmas

I hope I’ve given you some easy decor ideas for Christmas in a small space. Remember, you may not have a large area, or enough wall space, but you can always add decor to other places in your home.

Happy Holidays!

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