Create a welcoming, stylish home for the holidays
(NC) If you're looking forward to holiday entertaining, but have made yourself a promise this year not to do last-minute scrambling, there are some simple and cost-effective ways to turn your house into a warm and welcoming space.
Home décor experts at RONAsay that with a little guidance and preparation, anyone can get their home ready for guests and spend more time with family and friends during this special time of the year. Here are a few of their quick tips to make things beautiful around the house in no time:
A fresh coat of paint is a relatively easy and low cost way to breathe new life into a dated room.Take a look at your furniture and style of your home, then select a colour that will brighten and warm the room, and don't forget about mouldings, casings and doors.
Replacing older knobs on cabinets and drawers can completely change a room, bringing a more modern or even more classic look, depending on the choice you make. And because it is a simple project, you can also involve the kids in the selection and installation process to create a fun family project.
Good lighting can embellish a home's décor and colour scheme − it welcomes guests and creates ambiance. Consider adding a floor lamp, sconces, or changing bulbs to change a room's lighting profile. The soft glow of LED candles adds just the right amount of warmth for holiday celebrations, and they can be used year-round to reduce fire hazards around the house.
Carpets redefine the texture of a room. Thicker shag rugs give rooms a cozy, luxe vibe, while area rugs with lower pile open up and streamline living spaces. A carpet welcomes guests to make them feel at home. If you have an accident-prone family, consider spraying the carpets with a protective spray.
Placing ornaments in unusual locations such as on chandeliers and lampshades adds holiday spirit throughout the home. Consider colour and style to create a cohesive theme that will be sure to impress.
Extra seating and dining space provides a host with the flexibility to be able to welcome surprise visitors or larger groups. A set of folding chairs and a collapsible table can be easily stored out of sight when not in use.
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