Freshen up your home
The holidays are a great time to give your house a thorough clean and welcome in the new year in a fresh space. Take this time to give the walls a new coat of paint, if needed. You might also want to consider painting the kitchen cabinets for a budget friendly kitchen makeover that won’t cost a fortune.
Give your floors a VIP treatment
Shampoo the carpets and polish hardwood floors as a quick way to brighten up your rooms. Sparkling floors can make a space look brand new, airy and inviting.
Pick a colour theme and set the tone - red and green are traditional but sticking to a white and metallic theme is a good way to bring your Christmas decor into the 21st century. Create a great first impression and add a wreath to your front door and seasonal blooms throughout the house. Fresh flowers can be expensive; fortunately, you can buy high quality realistic artificial flowers that you can keep long-term. You can also find high quality artificial wreaths you can buy and reuse for years to come.
Dress your kitchen table with rustic fabric like hessian. Create centrepieces with eucalyptus leaves, which stay fresh for weeks and fill bowls or clear vases with fruit with (like) red apples, pomegranates and cinnamon sticks.
Add some gold accents to living spaces in the form of plates, cutlery, vases and picture frames.
Let there be light
If you live in an apartment or house with limited natural light, you might want to consider adding fairy lights and a lamp or two to your living areas. This is an instant way to open up a room without breaking the bank. Try not to be too deliberate with the placement of your fairy lights; instead, drape them over the mantelpiece, staircase, window sills and bookshelves.
Add candles throughout the house - choose a theme, all white or red, white and green for example and buy similar looking candles in varying heights you can scatter around the house. Avoid too many scented candles as the smell may overwhelm a space but a scented candle in the bathroom or living area can help remind any guests of the season and make a room feel more welcoming.
Jazz up your garden
If you’ve been neglecting your garden over the year, this is a good opportunity to give it a quick makeover. Pull out any overgrown weeds and shrubs and pick up some native plants at your local garden centre. You don’t have to have a green thumb to keep them alive and they will look great throughout the summer.
The holiday season is a good time to take stock of your financial situation. You may have started thinking about your goals for the new year. Why not book in a time to speak to your local mortgage broker to learn if you’re still in the right home loan for your needs and if you might be able to access equity or top up your loan to give your home a makeover.