With the holidays on the horizon and fall settling into place, it’s the perfect time to start updating your home in anticipation of hosting your family. From adding new fixtures and décor to swapping out hardware and cabinet finishes, you can easily give your home a refresh just in time to impress your guests.
Hang a Chandelier
If you are looking to impress your guests, replace your dining table light with a chandelier or update the one you already have. Some of the most impressive tend to be multi-tier chandeliers, but don’t discount more modern styles, such as a linear chandelier. That would go well with other modern fixtures you may have, such as industrial ceiling fans. If you have a smaller dining room, mini chandeliers and pendant lights are great options. Even with their smaller size, these can become a statement piece of the room, drawing the eye and inviting conversation. For a traditional and elegant option, choose a chandelier made of crystal.
Refinish Your Cabinets
Changing the look of your cabinets can give an entirely different feel to a room, such as a kitchen. Refinishing or painting your cabinets is an easy way to give the room a facelift without having to do major remodeling. Choosing a different wood stain or switching to a vibrant paint color can make the room feel new. If you are staining the wood and have other wood in the room, such as on windmill ceiling fans, you can complement the finishes by trying to match them. Or, choose a light finish for upper cabinets and a dark finish for lower cabinets to create a beautifully contrasting style.
Choose New Fixture Hardware
While you are refinishing or painting your cabinets, consider switching out new hardware, especially if the new color scheme is significantly different from the old. You can, for example, go from wooden hardware on a stained cabinet to metal hardware on painted cabinets. For painted cabinets, one striking option is contrasting colors, such as white hardware on black-painted cabinets. Using concealed hinges for the cabinet doors helps to create a clean look. Shiny metal like chrome can give the cabinets a contemporary flair while black hammered metal can provide a rustic aesthetic.
Finally, update your decor for the changing seasons. Choose colors that match the colors you see outside or ones that match your new chandelier, cabinets and hardware. Add festive framed prints on your walls and decorate your bookshelves and tables with small pumpkins. Bring in multicolored leaves to add rustic warmth to the color scheme. Swap out pillow shams and throw pillows for cozy fall-themed ones. Drape blankets over your couch or chairs. If you need inspiration, oranges, reds, yellows and plaids are common. You can complement or contrast your new colors with the decor, adding pops of color and drawing the eye around the room.
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