Tips To Make Your Home Ready for the Holidays
Your family is visiting for the holidays and you are horrified at the idea of them noticing that items in your home are looking a little used and worn out. Here are some tips to spruce up your house or apartment in time for the holidays. Each project costs $200 or less, and can be finished in an afternoon. They also include suggestions for renters who can't make permanent changes.
Repaint Kitchen Cabinets - People always seem to gather in the kitchen around the holidays, so freshen yours up by sanding down and repainting your cabinet doors. While you're at it, switch out the hardware, knobs, pulls, and hinges. It is much less expensive than entirely replacing your cabinets and makes a big impact.
Renters: Switch out cabinet hardware for something a little more modern (just be sure to save the original hardware so you can put them back before you move out). You could also wallpaper your cabinets with contact paper, which does come in a wide variety of designs and colors and is easy to remove when it's time to move on.
Make Your Bathroom Feel Like a Spa- New fixtures can make an old bathroom look new again. You can find a really nice waterfall faucet for around $100, or upgrade your bathroom with a new cabinets or pair of wall sconces. If you really want to save money, you can buy gently used fixtures from a 'Habitat for Humanity ReStore' and use the money you saved to also repaint your vanity.
Renters: You can't do anything about the tiles or countertops, but you could find some nice soothing accessories that make it feel luxurious and spa like. Decorate with fluffy towels, a nice shower curtain and fancy containers for your toothbrushes and cotton swabs. Place a few candles on your vanity and around the tub.
Create an Accent Wall - Highlight one part of your room and add energy and personality this will draw your guests' focus away from the things may not want them to notice. Use a bold color on just one accent wall, u, or paint the back of those built-in bookcases for a subtle-but-noticable pop.
Renters: Wall decorations don't have to be permanent. Look at removable stick-on decals in various styles and patterns. Hang framed art in one area to create a gallery. You can even display holiday cards you've received, like hanging them on strips of ribbons with clothespins.
Better Lighting - change out outdated light fixtures with more modern ones can make a huge difference. You can create cozy conversation areas in your living room with table lamps.
Renter: You do have to keep the fixtures that were there originally, but, there's no reason you can't swap out that builder-grade fixture for something a little more modern and sleek. Simply store the old one and reinstall when you move and take the new one with you to your next place.
Switch out Window Treatments- High-quality curtains can make small rooms look larger. Hang floor-length curtains a few inches above your windows, and run the curtain rods to the far outside edges of the windows. This visual effect makes the ceiling appear higher and the windows seem larger.
Renter: Take down cheap looking plastic mini-blinds and store them somewhere until you move-or at least cover them up. Nothing makes a room look more sophisticated and pulled together than a nice pair of curtains.
Whether you own or rent your home, these additional suggestions will help you spruce up your place in no time.
Use Slipcovers- You don't have to replace furniture. Just cover them with a slipcover and they'll look as good as new.
Add Accessories- Liven up a room with accessories around theme-for example, get new throw pillows, picture frames and table lamps in festive tones of red, green and gold for the holiday.
Festive Touches- Everyone loves the feeling of feeling festive. Drape wreaths and garlands over banisters and bookshelves. Dim the light and use candles to set a cozy vibe. Use scented candles or potpourri to bring in more of holiday smells like baking cookies or cinnamon and spice. Even if you still see flaws, your guests will only feel warm and welcoming.
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