Spruce up with holiday hints

By Hawaii Renovation Posted in: ImproveTips

Holidays are when most people open their homes for friends and family. Sharing the season’s greetings is always the priority, but these gatherings are also an opportunity to show off improvements made during the year.

This is one of the reasons that fall is a popular time for home improvements. Fifty-two percent of homeowners plan to make home improvements this fall, according to the leading real estate website Zillow. It is also a great time of year for deals as retailers unload inventory to make room for new styles.

Creating a warm and inviting atmosphere includes much more than just poinsettias and Santa Claus centerpieces. There are a number of affordable steps homeowners can take to add a real “wow factor” to their holiday entertaining.

Improve the entry

The front entry provides the first impression of a home, so it’s important to create a stylish, cared-for and welcoming look. Homeowners can complete small projects outside, such as updating house numbers, painting the front door and creating holiday-themed arrangements. Simple decor updates just inside the door — adding family photos and new rugs — will add a warm and personal feel.

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Kitchen updates

The kitchen is commonly one of the busiest rooms during the holidays; it makes sense to make the space the focus for a few improvements before the holidays. Simple and inexpensive updates, such as adding new knobs and handles to cabinets or installing a new backsplash, will make a big difference. Stylish new light fixtures can also give your kitchen a quick facelift that will impress your guests.

De-clutter

It’s important to create inviting open space for guests to enjoy. De-cluttering bookshelves and removing miscellaneous furniture can help make a room feel larger and more open, and will allow room for festive seasonal decor. Spending time to organize the refrigerator will make space for any holiday dishes a guest brings.

Install hardwood floors

The warmth and beauty of hardwood floors can transform the look and feel of your home to create a stunning space. And unlike carpet, hardwood floors do not stain or wear as easily.

This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.