Get home ready for holidays in nick of time

As you prepare to celebrate the holidays, welcoming loved ones into your home is a highlight of the festivities.

You may eagerly look forward to gathering with family and friends, but is your house holiday and houseguest ready?

Preparing your home for holiday guests does not have to be time consuming or costly. By focusing on areas that receive the most guest traffic, you can create a fresh, welcoming environment within budget. The home improvement experts at Lowe’s recommend updating five key spaces:

1. Entryways

Start by making a great first impression and setting the mood by enhancing the entryway and improving curb appeal. By adding a new doormat and painting the front door an inviting, rich jewel tone, you will be sure to make a statement year-round about the personalities inside your home.

Next, step inside and consider lighting upgrades. The foyer is the perfect spot to add a dramatic pendant light or chandelier to welcome guests with a warm glow. Add some festive holiday decor by layering a centerpiece of paperwhites—a fragrant, fast-growing seasonal flower— paired with pinecones on a foyer table to create a look that combines two popular seasonal standbys. Roomier entryways can benefit from a decorative urn filled with a variety of greens. Heap allen + roth ornaments on top to create a “holiday topiary.”

2. Kitchens

The kitchen is the hub of the home, especially during the holidays. Giving this room a refresh can be quick and easy, regardless of budget.

Painting is one of the simplest, most cost-effective ways to completely change the look of a space. Experiment with rich food-and spice-inspired hues that will provide an appealing backdrop for holiday decor and remain relevant when the seasons change.

It is easier than ever to change the look of countertops and cabinets. While you are swapping out knobs and drawer pulls, consider giving tired laminate countertops a coat of paint. Add a new backsplash in ceramic tile or natural stone, or go quick and easy with peel-and-stick metal tile that evokes the look of classic tin.

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