5 Ways to Refresh Your Home Before the Holidays
The most wonderful time of year is upon us. But with twinkle lights, hot cocoa, and cozy sweaters comes parties and house guests, making your home the most visited it has been all year. During an already busy time, the last thing you need to worry about is your home not being up to par for visitors. Beyond the usual cleaning and decluttering, here are five ways to refresh your home before the holidays.
Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays.‘Cause no matter how far away you roam.
If you want to be happy in a million ways.
For the holidays, you can’t beat home sweet home.
– Al Stillman & Robert Allen
A Fresh Coat of Paint
One of the best ways to give your home a facelift is with a fresh coat of paint. Like a new haircut, painting your interior will instantly refresh your space and give it new life. Consider significant traffic areas like the stairway, mudroom, and bathrooms that see the most wear. Or, if you don’t want to paint an entire room, simply repainting the trim can make a big difference. As the first impression guests get of your house, your front door is another excellent option for a fresh coat of paint. Also, consider repainting it with a brand-new color for a more significant impact.
Upgrade Your Kitchen Hardware
Another quick way to refresh your house is by upgrading your kitchen hardware. The kitchen is the heart of the home and, during the holidays especially, one of the rooms people will spend the most time in. Swapping out your drawer knobs and pulls to something new and exciting is the perfect way to give your kitchen a new look without breaking walls or the bank. It may seem like a small detail, but it can significantly impact the room’s overall design.
Revamp Your Entryway
As the first look guests get inside your home and one of the most functional rooms in the house, a well-designed and organized entryway is crucial to your guests’ experience. Upon entering, people will immediately want to find a place to hang their coats, kick off their shoes, and put down their packages or purses. Adding some built-ins gives guests a place to store their belongings and keeps your household’s outerwear organized. If that’s too big of a project, simply mounting hooks or making space in your hall closet for coats can help. Also, consider pulling in a bench or console table to give guests a spot to place any items down they might be carrying.
Upgrade Your Lighting
Another great way to refresh your home is by replacing outdated light fixtures. Lighting has a significant impact on how your home looks and feels, and new light fixtures have the power to transform a room completely. Not only will the fixture design make a difference, but it will also change the overall lighting and ambiance of the space. Having well-lit rooms all year is essential, but this is especially important during the holiday season, the darkest time of the year. If you’re taking the time to change your lights, consider also installing a dimmer switch to add a little mood lighting to your holiday gatherings. And remember, your exterior lighting is just as important! Adding new scones to your porch or lanterns to your walkway will make your home feel inviting and, on the practical side, ensure guests can easily see where they’re going (especially if it’s an icy night).
One of our favorite ways to revitalize your home is with a pop of wallpaper! Nothing wakes up a dull wall more than wallpaper. Adding wallpaper to your powder room or creating an accent wall in your living room will instantly make it feel fresh and inviting. Depending on the design, it can also make for a great conversation starter. If you’re afraid to do something too bold, consider a more subtle design that adds some texture to the room.
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