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Spruce Up your Space for the Holidays

The air is getting cooler and holiday music is playing in the stores. You know what that means: family and friends will be coming over for holiday gatherings. But before that can happen, you might want to make some updates to your home to get it ready for holiday entertaining. There may not be time or money during the holidays for extensive renovations, so to help you out, here are some easy updates for your home this holiday season.

Make a Great First Impression

The first thing guests see when they arrive at your house is the entrance, so make sure it shines. Give your front door a fresh coat of paint in a vibrant color, new hardware and maybe even a new door knocker. Add seasonal plants or decorative items around your stoop. And because it’s the holiday season, don’t forget a wreath and some mistletoe. Throw down a festive welcome mat, and you’re all set to begin receiving guests. 

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Color may seem like the most obvious choice among the easy updates for your home, but ways to use it may not be so obvious. You can 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 brand new 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. With a few tools, you can use paint to make stripes, polka dots, and patterns.

Light Fixtures

Light fixtures are like jewelry for your room. They are a decorative touch that can make a big statement. Depending on the installation, it may even become a conversation piece. How about a sparkling crystal chandelier? What about a modern design? One unique trend that is picking up steam is creating light fixtures out of metal plumbing pipes. When choosing a new light fixture, think about the style you’re going for and how your new fixture will complement it. 

Cabinet Hardware

One of the simplest 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 take your space from a clean, modern look to a homey farmhouse feel and anything in between.


Faucets are another decorative and straightforward 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 chrome one can give it modern appeal. Either way, this is an excellent way to update 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. A 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 a more clean-looking space, you might go with clean, straight lines.

New Backsplash

Your kitchen backsplash is a spot where you can have some fun. You can brighten up your kitchen with a colorful tile pattern, make a real statement with decorative tiles, and 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 with this easy updates for your home.

Before inviting people over for the holidays, update your decor with inexpensive touches. These easy updates for your home will give you some of the biggest bangs for your buck. When you know your home looks good, you’ll feel confident inviting friends and family over. And that confidence will help make the holidays that much more enjoyable.

Imagine Your Bathroom Improved

Since the powder room is where guests usually go to freshen up, this little room can make a big statement. Here are some great ideas for creating a bold powder bathroom.