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How to Freshen Up Your Home for the Holidays

The coronavirus pandemic may have dampened our plans for 2020, it certainly won't stop us from making important changes around the house. [...]

The coronavirus pandemic may have dampened our plans for 2020, it certainly won’t stop us from making important changes around the house. You might have handled numerous quarantine-induced home improvement projects by now, but you still have time to do a few more before we bid this tumultuous year goodbye. 

The fact that the holiday season is fast approaching and that limited social interactions are still encouraged give you more than enough reason to give the interior of your home a much-needed makeover. Even if you are not inviting anyone over, you could make your home stand out, especially if it hasn’t been freshened up for some time now. Here are a few great ideas to guide you:

1. Change your interior wall colors

Nothing can make a lasting impression better than a new coat of paint for the interior. Not only does this give your home a fresh new look, it also gives you the opportunity to hide unsightly stains, fix dents, and give your walls a flawless finish.

You can go to town with the living room, hallways, dining room, and kitchen using the right color swatches that will make these areas standout. It all depends on the effect you want to accomplish.

If you want to emphasize space, then it’s always best to opt for neutral colors like gray and white. You may also use beige or subtle hints of blue for a more pastel-like effect. Neutral colors are today’s standard, but it shouldn’t keep you from trying out other colors to give the idea a rebirth. You can go for mint-green or brown to give your living room a turn-of-the-century look.

Choosing the best color for the interior can be tricky. You wouldn’t know if a certain shade lets the interior standout until you apply the coating, so make sure to use apps like the Behr Paint Color Visualizer or Paint My Place to test which color variations are best for your home.

2. Prep your floor

While you might not expect a lot of guests this year, you can still take this opportunity to make the floor sparkle and shine. If your floor is made from engineered hardwood like oak or maple, you will need to wipe it down using a microfiber mop and a non-abrasive cleaning solution. Most commercial cleaners can stain the surface, so opt for the safest options available. Better yet, you can use a simple water and dish soap solution. It’s also best to wipe away spills immediately before they settle on the wood.

In case of tile flooring made from vinyl or ceramic, you will need to keep it free from dust or debris. Regular vacuuming followed by a good mopping should do the trick. Then again, you shouldn’t limit yourself to just cleaning the tiles. You can try creative and cost-effective ideas to “refurbish” the floor without removing the tiles by overlaying it with vinyl. While this method doesn’t seem like an authentic way to refresh your home, it does do a good job of changing the way it looks.

3. Get new furniture

When was the last time you replaced the furniture in your home? Chances are, you have cabinets that have been worn down and ornate chairs that could break at any moment. Replacing old furniture with upgraded pieces is a great way to spruce up your home’s interior. To give your home a modern look from the inside, consider swapping worn down wooden furniture with ones that suit today’s minimalist and retro-inspired standards. You might want to opt for high-quality minimalist furniture if you are planning to allow for more breathing space.

If you want a more comfortable atmosphere in time for winter, consider buying an ottoman chair and getting polyester sofas. These are available at suppliers like Washington-based Kasala, which also sells interior accessories and rugs that will bring out the coziness of the interior. 

Then again, sprucing up your home doesn’t necessarily mean you can change everything from the top down. If you are on a tight budget, you can always restore damaged and old furniture. This works best if you want to give your home a fresh face without changing the overall style of the interior.

4. Opt for great lighting

Indoor lighting sets the mood, so if you want a cozier atmosphere during the cold winter, consider investing in lighting fixtures. To give the interior a sense of sophistication, you can add shelf lighting and accent lights to illuminate dark corners. These lights are also great for drawing attention away from areas or items that aren’t interesting. Consider placing these lights near art pieces like paintings or sculptures or just around the Christmas tree. 

In addition to mood lighting, you might want to consider installing a dimmer so you can control how intimate the atmosphere will be. If you are not much of a fan of dim lights and you want the interior to look bright for a virtual holiday party you are hosting on Zoom, you can paint the ceiling with bright blues or whites. Again, neutral colors can make any room appear larger as well as brighter, so you might want to complete your paint project by giving the top space a good coat. You can also consider matte walls and metallic fixtures which are always best for reflecting light and emphasizing the decorations and holiday lights you will be putting up. 

Bonus: Focus on the outdoors

Preparing your home for the holidays wouldn’t be complete without putting the exterior in a festive mood. After all, people will still want to see a semblance of normalcy, so make sure to give your home a much-needed makeover. You can start by cleaning the roof,  and improving the patio through deck lighting. Plus, it’s too cold to repaint the exterior walls anyway, why not give it some color by adding the roof and windows with decoration lights?

The holiday season might be different this year, but it’s still important to keep our hopes up and think about the better days to come. Changing the appearance of your home can help a lot in keeping the festive spirit alive.  

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