Winter sure came in a hurry, and now that it’s here, Christmas is almost upon us. Soon, family and friends will be gathering at one another’s homes to celebrate the festive season. Is your home ready? If not, don’t worry. Here are a few ways you can quickly and easily spruce up your house without going broke.
Staircase and Doors
Doorways and staircases are our homes entry, exit and transit points. As such, their appearance wears down over time, regardless of how well we try to keep them cleaned and maintained. Fortunately, there’s no need to replace them if there isn’t anything structurally wrong with them. Instead, call a joinery professional to inspect, repair and refurbish them.
A joinery professional will charge an awful lot less to refurbish your stairs and doors than you might think, and it sure beats replacing them. This option provides a cost-effective way to give your home’s interior an instant update and visual boost without breaking the bank.
Lighting and Fixtures
Every room experiences an immediate update and lift when lighting fixtures are replaced. If you don’t want to replace them all, focus on those in the kitchen and other rooms where your guests will be visiting.
Even if you don’t need to replace any of your fixtures, do replace your fluorescent lighting with LED lighting. The difference in ambience is clear, because LED bulbs replace the harshness of fluorescent lamps with an element of warmth.
Replace Area Rugs
Of course, prior to any visitors arriving, you’re going to clean your carpets and other flooring. However, how about replacing the small floor rugs you have in the kitchen, bathrooms, hallways, and entryways? Just as with the lighting fixtures, only focusing on the areas that will be most visited also works as an option, and it will save money, too.
Eliminate Clutter and Rearrange Furniture
Well, before guests arrive, remove excess magazines, books, and personal items from the areas where you will be entertaining. Do the same in the kitchen with unneeded small appliances and other kitchen tools.
Next, strategically rearrange the areas where you’ll be entertaining. The goal is to create an open, welcoming space that doesn’t feel crowded. Twenty people in the home may not sound like much until after they’ve all arrived.
Add Accentuating Accessories
It’s easy to get into the holiday spirit and want to decorate our homes in anticipation of guests. However, that’s not the stress-free way to prepare our homes for Christmas. Instead of overindulging the interior decorator inside of you, choose one or two small things to focus on in each key room. Here are a few examples:
- Change the shower curtain in the bathroom, choosing a colour scheme that complements the existing décor. That way it becomes a focal point, and you save money on extras.
- Perk up the front room by adding or swapping out furniture and floor pillows in festive colours.
- Use covers or accent bows on the chairs (in addition to the holiday tablecloth) for an easy, eye-popping dining room presentation.
The Christmas season can be a stressful time, especially when hosting family and friends. Use these simple stress-reducing tips to cut corners where you can, and your house will be guest-ready in no time.