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Finding the perfect tree for your apartment seems like it would be an easy task.

Choosing a Christmas tree is not always so simple and straightforward — there are a lot of factors that can impact your decision to get a tree and which type of tree you want for your space.

You may run into a few issues when considering which Christmas tree to get for your apartment. Your apartment may be too small for a full-sized tree. You might not be too thrilled at the thought of having to maintain a tree in your living room and cleaning up dried pine needles for weeks on end. Or you simply may have a hard time wanting a tree because it feels too generic or mainstream and you want something a little different.

Whatever your situation, if you’re looking for alternative Christmas tree ideas, here are some that may spark your interest as you decorate for the holidays.

1. Balloon tree

Balloon tree

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For a tree that you’ll probably never see anywhere else, tie various balloons together! Blow up some green balloons, then attach a paper clip to the tie of each balloon. Hook the paper clips together and keep adding green balloons until it’s your desired width and height.

To add some extra decorations to your tree, use a star-shaped balloon to top off your tree and add smaller balloons in different colors to look like ornaments. Grab some ribbon and tie it into bows, then use double-sided tape to attach the bows to your tree.

Keep in mind that balloons won’t stay inflated forever, so you may want to use this type of tree for more temporary settings, like parties, or if you’re a Scrooge that thinks Christmas trees should only be left up for a week.

2. Stacked books

Book tree

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For those that love to read more than anything and have a collection of books, you can put your personal library to good use! Place books face-up in a circle on the floor to set the base for how big you want your book tree to be. Stack more books in a circle on top of the existing circle you have, only make the second circle just slightly smaller. Repeat the process until you have room for only one book at the top.

Wrap Christmas lights around your tree of books and add a star to the top! You can even add long strings to ornaments and close the string inside of books to hang ornaments from the tree without damaging any book pages or covers.

3. Garland wall hanging

Garland tree

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Save yourself the floor space by hanging a tree on the wall! Cut a few sections of garland, starting with a large section for the bottom, then gradually smaller pieces that will go towards the top. Secure the garland pieces to the wall using command hooks, starting with the longest piece closest to the floor.

Leave a bit of space (a few inches), then attach the next piece to the wall just above the first one — which should be just a little shorter than the first piece. Repeat this process until your tree has reached your desired size. Then decorate it however you want! Hang some ornaments and lights and start collecting presents underneath.

4. Wood pallet tree

Wood pallet

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Reduce, reuse and recycle with this pallet tree! It has a farmhouse-style feel, so if you’re looking for a more rustic Christmas tree idea, get out your saw and start building your tree.

Disassemble an old pallet — remove the nails and separate each of the boards from the base. Then saw the boards into 8-10 pieces, with the first piece being the longest, followed by a series of pieces that get progressively smaller, with the smallest being cut into a triangle shape.

Get another plank of wood from the pallet and attach the cut pieces of wood, with the triangle (smallest piece) at the top and the longest piece at the bottom. Use a nail gun to get the pieces really secure, but if you don’t have a nail gun, you can use a hammer and nails or wood glue to keep the pieces together.

You can paint the tree, if you’d like, then add some decorations to give it more holiday cheer.

5. A-frame ladder tree

Ladder tree

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Who knew an a-frame ladder could serve a dual purpose? This one is a really easy, quick fix for when you want a tree in a pinch.

Start by setting up a normal a-frame ladder. Then, run a strand or two of Christmas lights between the two sides of the ladder, from the top of the ladder all the way to the bottom. Hang some ornaments from the lights and add a tree topper to the highest point of the ladder.

Wrap a few gifts in holiday-themed wrapping paper (if you don’t have any ready yet, you can wrap some empty boxes to look like gifts) and place them under the ladder frame for additional decoration.

6. Photo tree

Photo tree

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Share your favorite photo memories in the form of a Christmas tree! Place photos on the wall using a renter-friendly method (command strips, poster tack, etc.), starting with a long line of photos at the bottom, then making the next row of photos shorter by removing one photo from the line. Continue adding new lines of pictures until you reach the top with only one photo.

You can outline the tree with lights, hang up a few ornaments here and there and place a glowing star at the top to make it even more recognizable as a Christmas tree.

Which Christmas tree alternative is best for you?

Since it’s your apartment, you’ll have to be the one to determine which of these ideas is best for your personality and your apartment space. And there’s the chance that none of these are going to reflect your style — so don’t be afraid to get creative!

You can come up with your own fun alternative to a Christmas tree. Try using things like garlands, lights and ornaments to see what you can come up with that will represent your apartment’s style.


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Finding your interior design style and choosing the right decorations for your home can make your rooms feel more comfortable and appealing and help you create a space that you’re going to enjoy for years.

So, it makes perfect sense to think of it as a long-term investment and choose quality pieces that are going to stand the test of time.

But even if you’ve found the perfect blend of colours, furnishings, materials, and accessories, seeing the same décor daily can get dull. 

However, you can’t change your whole house and start redecorating from scratch every time you get bored with your interiors.

Not only would it be extremely exhausting and time-consuming to give your home a full makeover on the regular, but it would also put a considerable strain on your finances. 

Fortunately, there’s a much more affordable and enjoyable way to update your home’s look and keep things fresh and interesting in the long run without breaking the bank or your back: you can switch up your décor with the seasons and make your home reflect nature’s changes.

So, here are some simple tips and ideas that can help you transition your interiors for the seasons.  

Have a solid base 

If you want to play around with different décor elements, you first need a base that will allow you to make all the changes you have in mind later on.

Think of it as creating a canvas that you can paint on using different colours and techniques. This means you need to find your style and decide what pieces you’re going to keep all year round. 

A timeless neutral style comprised of versatile items that work well with various other elements will make it easier for you to integrate seasonal décor into your home, as you won’t have to worry about unfortunate combinations.

If you worry that a more toned-down style could make your rooms look a bit lacklustre, you can always add character and showcase your creative side by choosing bolder decorations and accessories, whether it’s artwork, pillows, planters, rugs, window treatments and so on. 

Play with colour and texture 

One of the simplest ways to capture the essence of each season in your home is to experiment with different colour palettes.

Since colours have the power to evoke emotions and influence perceptions, you can create a seasonal ambience by adding a variety of hues and shades throughout the house. 

Each season is traditionally associated with a different colour scheme. Spring is a time of renewal and growth when nature slowly comes back to life after the cold winter months, so soft colours like blush, warm yellow, grassy green and pastels are best suited for this time of the year.

Summer is all about vibrant hues like bright red, hot pink, turquoise, or vivid orange. Autumn comes with a wide range of rusty colours like brown, deep orange, burgundy and mustard.

Finally, winter brings in the greys and the whites, but livelier shades like evergreen, blue or red are also welcome.  

Textures can also help you achieve a similar effect and further refine your seasonal style. Heavier materials like wool blankets and knitted throws are perfect for the colder months of the year, while lighter textures can be used throughout the warmer seasons.  

Let plants set the tone

There is no doubt that plants can serve as great decorating elements and can also help you reflect the changes that happen in nature in your home, so whether you’re a green thumb or not, you should consider adding some greenery to your décor.

In spring and summer, bright fragrant flowers and big lush plants will make your home feel like a green oasis. During autumn and winter months, when vegetation is less abundant, you can decorate your home with dried plants and perennials, to make your rooms feel warm and cosy. 

Potted plants and evergreen shrubs are perfect to put on display all throughout the year. Make sure you choose some nice flowerpots that complement your décor style and use planters on wheels for heavier plants as this will allow you to move them around the house with ease and switch up your décor as you see fit. 

Make use of seasonal accents 

Apart from colours and textures, there are other less subtle ways to mark the changes of seasons in your home. Let’s call them seasonal accents.

There’s a wide range of accessories, decorations and other paraphernalia that can help your home keep up with the seasons.

For spring, you can fill every room in your house with green plants and fragrant flowers. In summer, you can include elements that conjure images of the beach and the sea to refresh your home, such as navy patterns, cocktail umbrellas, seashells, and so on.

Autumn décor is usually dominated by pumpkins, rusty leaves, warm candles and the scent of spices filling the air, while winter is the time for chunky throws, cosy pillows and all things Christmassy. 

Since you’ll be using many of these décor elements every year, it’s wise to have a storage system in place and keep them properly organised in different categories, so you don’t spend ages looking for them when the season changes. 

Keep it simple  

While you may be tempted to use as many elements to transition from one season to another, you don’t need to go overboard to give your interiors a nice seasonal vibe. It’s often the little details that matter the most.

So, instead of changing your entire colour palette every few months and decking every corner of your house with season-appropriate decorations, try to focus on just a few impactful touches that can help you achieve the right ambience. 

Transitioning your home décor with the seasons can be a fun and effective way to transform the space for less and increase your home’s appeal in the long run, so make sure to give these tips a try and see how it goes.