You may be all prepared for the arrival of the holidays, but is your home? Your abode should be just as welcoming and festive as the holiday cards you send out in the mail. From your kitchen to your home office, here’s how to properly prep your home for the festivities the winter season brings:
In your entryway
Clear closet space: Planning on hosting a few holiday get-togethers? Then you’ll have to make room for your guests’ coats and purses in your entryway closet. Donate any coats or jackets that you no longer wear to clear space for your visitors.
Add an extra-large rug: Having a rug in your entryway helps make the space cozy and inviting. It also gives your guests a place to wipe their feet when they enter your home.
In the kitchen
Paint inside shelves and cabinets: Give your kitchen a cheery pop of red by painting the inside of your cabinets or shelves. The bright color will help your white mugs and dinnerware stand out beautifully. And when the seasons change, simply paint over the color with a more appropriate hue for the time of year.
Dip vases in color: Dress up the vases full of flowers you have around your house with spray paint. Simply cover the part of the vase you don’t want changed with painter’s tape, then spray paint the rest of it. You can create a pattern with the tape, such as diagonal stripes, or you can just have the lower half of the vase covered in color. Opt for a bold holiday hue like red, green or blue, or you can choose to go a more neutral route with gold or silver spray paint.
Display red appliances: Kitchen appliances are a simple way to update the heart of your home with festive colors. Put your bright red KitchenAid mixer on display on your kitchen countertops to warm up your the space and add a bit of personality. The fun holiday color may even inspire you to bake some treats.
Create a centerpiece: Add some holiday decor to your kitchen table with a cheery centerpiece. Fill up a glass bowl with an assortment of colored ornaments. For a glam look on your kitchen table, arrange sparkling gold, silver and white ornaments in the bowl. Place a bright table runner underneath to provide a contrast of color.
In your home office
Decorate with washi tape: Wish your home office desk had a bit more color? With washi tape, that wish can easily come true. Use the colorful patterned tape to bring life to anything from the surface of your desk to your pens, pencils and office supplies. Don’t limit your washi tape use to your home office – this crafting tool can be used all over the home.
Prep your office space with cards: From “Happy Thanksgiving” to “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Holidays” and “Happy Hanukkah,” there are more than a few greetings that you may want to share with family and friends around the holidays. Instead of having to go out and purchase a new card at the last minute, consider having an arsenal of cards on hand. Choose between a number of holiday card assortment packs, from snowflake-themed collections to an elegant arrangement This way, you’ll never be late wishing your friends, family, co-workers and neighbors happy holidays.
In your living room
Swap pillows: Pillows are an easy way to update your home decor without actually making any significant changes. Create your own holiday-themed pillows by getting some fabric and batting from the craft store to sew your own pillows, or purchase your favorite festive pillows to add instant color to your couch.
Draw attention to your mantel: Your fireplace mantel is likely the focal point of your living room. Help draw even more attention to your cozy hearth by adorning the mantel with garland and candles. Wrap white stringed lights around the greenery to emit a soft, welcoming glow throughout your living room.