Christmas is just two days away, which has left us scratching our heads and wondering where the time has gone. There is no doubt this year has been another whirlwind, and the team at WoW are certainly keen to have a well-deserved break with family and friends. Christmas and the holiday season certainly looked a little different last year, and chances are for many of us it will remain a little different this year too as we try to stay as safe and healthy as possible. If you are staying home for the holidays, there is no denying a little Christmas and holiday cheer will add some happiness to your home. In honor of staying home for the holidays, we have put together a small guide on simple decorating and home improvement ideas to make your home holiday ready. Enjoy!
Map Out Your Route
You know how when you travel for the holidays you map out a route before you go? Well, making your home holiday-ready is no different. It is a good idea to dedicate some time to figure out what home improvement projects you want to tackle, to ensure you avoid any unwanted “detours”. Write down all the projects you want to start (ensuring they are achievable – so start small!), and then think about all the tools and equipment you will need to get it finished. For example, a new roof might not be a wise home improvement project in time for the holidays, but fixing some old siding is certainly achievable with some forward thinking.
K.I.S.S - Keep it Simple, Stupid
Do you often feel like you have to go all out and turn your home into Santa’s Workshop to truly embrace the holiday spirit? Well, we are here to tell you that sometimes, simple is best. You do not have to go crazy on the pricey Christmas ornaments or light displays out the front of your home (but of course you are more than welcome to). This tip is for people who often feel overwhelmed at the thought of making their home Christmas-y and perfect for the holidays. All you need to do is choose a few festive colors and keep that theme going through your home. You can do this by using ribbons, flowers, candles, pillows and more.
Get Your Hygge On
Hygge is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment. Sounds lovely, does it not? We think Christmas and the holiday season is all about hygge and it can be a very easy way to bring Christmas cheer to your home. For example, dim lighting, scented candles, plenty of blankets and a lit fireplace (if you have one).
Improve the Important Spaces
When planning home improvements in time for the holidays, it is wise to only focus on the areas your guests will be spending the most time, such as the living room, kitchen and bathroom. You do not have to stress yourself with entire remodels, either. For example, to make it look like you have had new kitchen cabinets installed, you can get a new backsplash, which can easily be replaced in a week. And, some bathroom cosmetic remodelling can make a very big difference, like replacing old grout, adding a fresh coat of paint, or installing a dimmer switch to the light overhead.
Insulation is the Answer
Another holiday home improvement idea is adding insulation. There is really nothing worse than seeing your guests rug up with jackets and blankets when inside your home! On the other hand, you do not want to be cranking the heat non-stop because you will undoubtedly get a big surprise when paying your next utility bill. One solution to keeping your home toasty without over-using your heating system is ensuring your home is properly insulated and sealed. Installing insulation can be costly, so simply start with the rooms that get the most use. The good news is insulating your home will keep your house comfortable throughout all the seasons, not just during the cooler months.
Feeling Overwhelmed? Call in a Professional Home Improvement Contractor
With the holiday season fast approaching, consider hiring someone to help get all your home improvement jobs done. Hiring a professional home improvement contractor means you can relax and enjoy the festive celebrations with peace of mind that a professional is taking care of the rest!
These are just a few of our home improvement and decorating tips to make sure you enjoy the holidays at home this year. For any advice or to get a free quote on a project, get in touch with WoW today.