Our 10-step budget-friendly guide will see your home looking its best for guests over the festive season.
Spruce up your place in time for the silly season with a budget-friendly makeover and quick tips for a festive feel that won’t break the bank.
1. Freshen up paintwork
Paint is expensive. But you don’t have to wear the cost. Freshen up interior walls and exterior paintwork in an instant by cleaning with sugar soap and a healthy serve of elbow grease. It’s brilliant value for money and gets a great result.
2. Set the mood at the doorway
Add festive flair to your entranceway with pots of seasonal blooms in tones of red. Petunias, poinsettias and Christmas Bush all set a seasonal tone. Even better, poinsettia and Christmas Bush are perennials so with good care they’ll be around for many Christmases to come.
3. Make the great outdoors great again
Backyards are great places for families to work off Christmas lunch with a game of cricket. If your garden is looking a little overgrown after spring, trim hedges and shrubs, prune spent flowers, and give garden pavers and patios a hose and brush.
4. Select a colour theme
Red and green may be the traditional colours of Christmas but hey, it’s the silly season, so let your personal colour palette run wild especially if your home décor already focuses on particular tones. Powdery blues, silver, crisp white and even bright pink and purple all work well as festive colour themes.
5. Let your nose in on the holiday
There’s no need to spend a fortune on expensive oils to fill your place with the scent of Christmas. Simmer thick cut orange peel with sprigs of rosemary and a few cloves and let the aroma flow through your home.
6. Tis the season to declutter
No matter how little or long you’ve been in your first home, chances are you have plenty of stuff you just don’t need. Make your home’s interior appear more spacious (and make way for this season’s gifts) by clearing out clutter. Try selling unwanted items on sites like Gumtree to pocket extra Christmas cash.
7. Dress the dining table
No need to spend big on expensive decorations. Dip pinecones or sprigs of gum leaves in gold glitter paint and pile them into baskets for the table. Or fill glass bowls to the brim with sparkly baubles. Tie oversized red ribbons in a bow around dining chairs to create a festive feel for guests.
8. Splash a sparkle of edible colour
Place glass bowls of brightly wrapped chocolates around your home that guests can treat themselves to.
9. Bring a touch of Christmas to every room
Guests are sure to want to check out your new home. Give each room a clean, then add a festive touch. Christmas hand towels in the bathroom; sparkly place mats in the kitchen; or just hanging fun wreaths on each door help to share the festive spirit.
10. Resist the urge to splurge
It can be tempting to spend up big buying new accessories for your home prior to Christmas. But this will put more pressure on your festive budget, and bear in mind, regular household outgoings like home loan repayments should take priority. A welcoming home is what your guests really want to see – and that’s something you have already achieved!