As the year draws to a close and the holidays approach, you may find yourself wanting to upgrade a few things around your home before company arrives. From replacing your cabinet hardware to incorporating a new living room rug, we’ve compiled a list of seven easy upgrades that will make your home holiday-ready in no time.
Front Door Refresh
Because your front door is one of the first things your guests see as they approach your home, why not show it some extra love this season? Think of the old adage, “First impressions are everything.” It’s amazing what a gallon of paint in a fun new color can do. You don’t have to stop there, though. Add new door hardware, street numbers, potted plants, and a vibrant new welcome mat to complete the look.
Incorporate a New Rug
You want your home to feel cozy and inviting for your guests during the holiday season. Incorporating a new area rug is a simple way to transform a room without actually renovating it. The holidays are the ideal time to add earthy Persian patterns and jewel-toned bohemian motifs to your living space. Layering is the key to creating a cozy atmosphere; finish the look with colorful, richly textured pillows and throws.
Have you been eyeing that old kitchen faucet and wishing that Santa would bring you a new one for Christmas? Todays faucets are gift-worthy for sure, ranging from sleek contemporary works of art to elegant turn-of-the-century masterpieces. Even something as simple as changing your faucet can revitalize your entire kitchen, but make sure your faucet configuration matches that of your existing faucet unless you are planning to replace your countertops as well.
Cabinet Hardware Upgrade
If you’re looking for a quick weekend project, consider spicing up your cabinets and drawers by replacing your existing handles and pulls with new cabinet hardware. Have some fun with it; this is your chance to show off your distinct style. When it comes to incorporating different sizes and finishes, think outside the box; but if you don’t want to redrill new holes, make sure to measure your existing handles. Updating your cabinet knobs or pulls is a quick and easy way to add a modern touch to your home.
New Light Fixture
Replacing a tired dining chandelier or dated foyer light is one of the easiest instant refreshes you can do before the holidays. In both the foyer and the dining area, the light fixture plays the lead role in setting the tone and style of the space. Take the leap — that beaded chandelier you have been eyeing on Pinterest will be just the piece you need to transform your space for the holidays.
Your kitchen is the main focal point of your home and the spot where all holiday cooking takes place. A patterned backsplash is an excellent way to showcase your own distinct style and personality without requiring a lot of time or a large financial investment. Have some fun with it — from bright mosaics to classic marble subways, the sky’s the limit.
Create an Accent Wall
Incorporating an accent wall is a simple way to change the atmosphere of a room without diving into a major project. Accent walls work especially well in areas with limited wall space, such as dining rooms and foyers. Perhaps you like the idea of a dark moody color, a bold graphic, or a natural wood element, but are afraid it will overpower your space. An accent wall is the ideal solution for adding visual interest to your home without overwhelming it.
Chances are, you’re busy enough getting ready for the holidays, so don’t add any undue stress. With all of these tips in mind, concentrate on the areas of your home where your guests will spend the most time. And, most importantly, enjoy time with your family and friends.
If you missed last month’s blog post on the do’s and don’ts of bathroom remodeling, check it out here.