We all go a little crazy with home updates towards Christmas don’t we? I know I do, and right now my kitchen is in bits and I have no dining room floor as I renovate and update this month, hopefully in time for the festivities. But what are the updates that really make a difference to your home, bring the biggest changes, and make the freshest statements, as well as being easy to achieve? Well, I’ve done a little research and using experience too, have put together my list of 10 easy updates that revitalise your home for Christmas. Which of these will you be tackling?
This has to be the forgotten room right? But if you’re having guests then it’s quite likely they’ll be using your loo and if it looks shabby, they are definitely going to notice! It doesn’t take long to add new fresh towels, some fragrance and pretty toiletries. Style it up and hide the clutter.
Guest Bedroom Styling:
Got guests staying for Christmas then this is the time to pep up that spare room and get it ready for visitors. Add some fresh soft furnishings, and possibly new sheets. Give the room a change around; it will feel totally new and revived. And don’t forget some storage for their bits and bobs, plus a few hangers if you don’t have a wardrobe.
Quick flooring Makeover:
Image: Wembury Nordic Oak from Woodpecker Flooring
It might sound like a big job but one of the easiest ways to overhaul and room and really revitalise it for Christmas is to update the floor. Woodpecker Flooring for example has some great laminate flooring that is easy to lay and will totally look the business. This is one update that will make a massive difference and you won’t recognise the room once it’s finished. You can also get hold of free samples too, so it’s easy to visualise the end result.
A Fresh Welcome:
Like the bathroom the front door, and entrance way is another forgotten area that benefits from some updates for Christmas. If you love hanging a wreath on your door, then give it a lick of paint, or at the very least a good wash. Add some new planters, even faux ones if you need to, and voila, a fresh and welcoming front door.
Kitchen Sort Out:
No doubt you’ll be spending a lot more time in the kitchen over the festive period, either hanging out with family and friends or cooking up a storm for the next meal. It helps if your kitchen is completely in order so spend an afternoon sorting and decluttering your cupboards. You’ll be thankful you did when you’re looking for that big serving dish for the turkey.
If you’re like me, you’ll have a BIG one. This is the list of jobs that you keep meaning to do but just haven’t got around to yet. The things that finish off a room, but start to become invisible as you get used to living with them. It could be a paint touch up, filling a few holes, fixing a door knob, putting up a few shelves. Give yourself a goal and start working through your list.
Light it Right:
Update your lighting in key rooms. Do a test and see how well your rooms look when lit at night. You’ll be spending so much more time indoors over the festive period, and Winter in general, that getting the lighting right will add to the mood and atmosphere of your home, making is a cosier place to be.
Declutter Kids’ Rooms:
I try and do this one every December. We sort through the rooms, giving away outgrown toys to charity, making way for new gifts that will come later in the month. It helps the children focus on keeping their rooms tidy too, and gives you a chance for a proper sort out.
Rearrange the Furniture:
Do you do this in preparation for the Christmas tree? I do, and it can be one of the easiest ways to give your room a fresh and vibrant new look. Just an hour of effort and it can feel like a completely new room. Check out this post on 25 easy ways to get your home ready for Christmas for more ideas and inspiration.
This is one of my favourite jobs pre-Christmas time. I love to shake up the cushions, adding cosier textures, and bring in a bunch of throws and blankets, either piling them in a corner, of layering them in a basket. Easy, quick and so essential on a crisp and chilly Christmas evening.
Have I missed anything? What easy updates do you make to your home to give it a fresh new look for Christmas?