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Easy Holiday Home Updates

The holidays are right around the corner, which means soon, you’ll be hosting your friends and family for festive gatherings. Before they arrive, you may need to make some updates to your home to get it ready for holiday entertaining. There may not be much time or money during the holidays for extensive renovations. So, to help get you started, here are some easy home updates this holiday season.

Make a Great First Impression

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The first thing guests see when they arrive at your home is the entrance. You want to make sure it shines. Give your front door a fresh coat of paint. New hardware and even a new door knocker can go a long way. Add seasonal plants or decorative items around your stoop. And don’t forget to add that holiday touch with a wreath. Throw down a clean, festive welcome mat, and you’re all set to welcome your guests. 

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Invite Them In

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Nothing says “come on in and make yourself at home” quite like a warm and inviting entryway. Place a rug or runner leading down the hall to draw visitors into the rest of the home. A mirror in a dark or small entryway can do wonders to brighten and lighten the space. Provide a small place to sit and incorporate a gallery wall on an empty wall or going up the stairs. And don’t forget to take advantage of the opportunities presented by a banister, which can be decorated to match the season.


Never underestimate the impact of a fresh coat of paint. The possibilities are endless with a new color palette. Paint the walls to give each room an entirely new feeling. A fresh coat of paint can breathe new life into old cabinets or shelves. Give used furnishings a fresh look or add a pop of color to a space that is beginning to feel a bit two-dimensional. Remember, when you use color, you don’t have to pick a single shade. And, with a few tools, you can add fun patterns and textures to take things to the next level. 


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Nothing says “new space” quite like updated flooring. With a variety of materials, styles, and colors to choose from, it could be just what your space needs this holiday season. For a quick, easy flooring project, consider new carpeting in your living areas or decorative tile in the bathrooms. When choosing your flooring, take a look at your lifestyle and how much traffic each space gets. Then, think about the style of your home. Is it modern-retro? Rustic farmhouse? Industrial? The flooring you choose should reflect your vision for the space.

Light Fixtures

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An extremely easy home update is upgrading your lighting. Light fixtures are like jewelry for your room; the perfect accessory to bring a space together. They are a simple decorative touch that can make a big statement in any room. Consider a sparkling crystal chandelier in your entryway, modern wall sconces in your hallways, or decorative pendants over your island in the kitchen. When choosing a new light fixture, be sure to think about the style you’re trying to achieve and how your new fixture will complement the room. 

Cabinet Hardware

One of the easiest home updates you can make to your space is to replace old cabinet hardware. Whether your cabinets are painted or stained, new or old, this small change can give your cabinets the facelift it needs. With hardware, you can make your space look clean and modern, transform it into a rustic farmhouse, or elevate it to have a luxurious, high-end feel. 


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Faucets are another decorative and easy home update for your home. They range in price and are typically easily installed. A fancy gilded faucet can lend your powder room a high-end feel. A simple one made from chrome can give it modern appeal. Either way, installing new faucets is a simple but excellent way to spruce up your space.

Trim and Architectural Details

Whether you decide to go with unadorned trim or ornate architectural details, you’ll still elevate the appearance of your room. Crown molding or a chair rail can add contrast to a wall and visual interest to space. These materials don’t cost much and are surprisingly easy to install. If you’re going for a more luxurious feel, choose trim with filigreed patterns. If you want your space to have a more crisp and clean appearance, consider going with features that have straight lines.

New Backsplash

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Your kitchen backsplash is a spot that allows you to have some fun and be creative. You can brighten up your kitchen with a colorful tile pattern, make a real statement with decorative tiles, add an antique touch with pressed metal, or go classic with subway tiles. Whatever you decide, friends are sure to notice and admire the fresh new face of your kitchen.

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Before inviting guests over for the holidays, spruce up your space with these easy home updates. They’re simple, quick, and inexpensive, perfect for getting done in a pinch. Knowing that your home looks its best will give you the confidence to hose all season long, making the holidays enjoyable for everyone. 

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