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We know – a Christmas article already! But, when it comes to home improvements, there are very few better times to enhance your home than to do it in time for the Christmas holidays. So, with limited time to get D.I.Ying we will have a look at some tips, techniques and materials that you can use to bring out the best in your home in the build-up to winter.
Let’s start with the kitchen. This room will arguably be the most used room during the festive period, so it needs to be able to withstand the festivities and constant use. So, not only should you have the most practical worktops to make the Christmas dinner seem like clockwork, but the flooring should be given some serious thought.
Winter can bring cold, wet or even snowy weather, so people trawling in and out of the house can leave floor surfaces dirty and grubby. But, for homeowners that already have tiles in their home, they will tell you that they are the most thankful for installing tiles in their kitchen to make maintenance minimal. A quick sweep and majority of the dirt is gone! Kairos kitchen tiles by Collinson Tiles are a full bodied porcelain tile that is easy to manage and will compliment any existing work surfaces. Neutral in colour, it means you won’t have to spend hours changing the colour of your walls to suit, which saves both time and money – crucial for the run up to Christmas.
Another important room in the home is the living area. There is not much better than a cosy living space with an open fire, but unfortunately, not all of us are fortune to have a fire or can afford to have one installed. Instead, you should focus on the things you can control. For example, this comfy Classic Tartan Club chair by YOO Studio adds texture, warmth and style in a heartbeat.
If you want to add warmth elsewhere in your living room, then installing hardwood flooring in a dark oak can really help give your space a feeling of comfort and cordiality. Similarly to tiles, this surface is easy to maintain compared to carpets. Although, you shouldn’t end your improvements at hardwood flooring – compliment the dark flooring with a white or cream rug.
A shaggy rug is a stand-out room accessory that will look beautiful laid on your hardwood flooring and next to the tartan chair. Making your home feel homely and warm in time for Christmas doesn’t need to be a chore, and with a few small additions to your existing décor such as these adorable natural decorations from the Personalised Gifts Shop, and transform your living space to make it more practical and look great.