Tips to making your home holiday ready

by Shea Homes on October 31, 2012

The holiday season is quickly approaching and Americans are making sure their homes are decorated appropriately to welcome family members. Whether you're expecting a few people to stop by for the holidays or a large family, you should be prepared with the home improvement tips that Lowe's recently suggested.

In order to save money on decorations and seasonal items that can turn a home into a holiday paradise, shopping around for the best prices and deals is a necessity. Preparing for the holiday doesn't have to be costly and drain your bank account. Many holiday decorations can be added without spending a significant amount of money.

The source suggested getting decorations to adorn the entryways in your home, providing a welcoming feel for visitors. Decorating the entryways of a home can make a great first impression and set the mood by improving curb appeal. A new doormat can also play a major role in improving a home's design, in addition to painting the front door to a rich, jewel tone that will continue making a statement long after the holiday season.

Lighting upgrades can also play a major role in the feel of a room when guests enter your home. Adding special lighting to the foyer of your home can be the perfect spot to give a dramatic pendant light or chandelier to welcome guests. Seasonal decor, such as a paperwhites, which is a fragrant, fast-growing seasonal flower, pinecones on a foyer table or other items that are correlated with the holidays could have a significant benefit to a homeowner's style scheme.

The kitchen is also a spot where many homeowners look to decorate for the holidays considering most families spend a significant amount of time in the room around the holidays and the whole year. Giving this room a fresh look during the holidays can be quick and inexpensive, allowing you to spend more time doing other things than looking for ways to improve the design scheme.

Painting is one of the most cost-effective ways to change the look of a space, making the kitchen a great place to paint in order to give your home a new, seasonal feel. The look of countertops and cabinets can also be changed to provide a more seasonal look that family members and friends would appreciate.

The guest bathroom can be one of the most important rooms during the holidays, providing visitors with options. These rooms are usually smaller than the master bathrooms, so it's important to make sure that you de-clutter the room and provide all the necessary amenities just in case traffic is high. Homeowners should add quick updates like new cabinet hardware and accessories, such as soap dishes, lotion dispensers, toothbrush holders, shower curtains and towels to make this small space more efficient.

The guest bedroom is also an important space that will need to be cleaned up and decorated in the event that a friend or family member needs to stay with you. Guests will appreciate a comfortable place to stay, which can be accomplished by adding freshly laundered blankets and providing plenty of pillows and blankets.

The living room could also be an important space, providing visitors a place to entertain each other and talk in a comfortable setting after finishing dinner. A decorated mantel can offer a perfect touch to the living room in addition to a Christmas tree decorated with brightly colored ornaments.

If you're looking to really impress guests this holiday season, you can do so with a custom built house from Shea Homes, making it easier to decorate and be proud to invite guests.

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