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Impress your guests with a reno-free facelift for your home

With the festive season edging closer, it’s the perfect time to start preparing your home for the inevitable influx of guests. If a good old fashion spring clean won’t quite cut it, try a few of these a few quick fixes and easy updates to give the house a facelift before your visitors arrive.

First impressions

Impress your guests from the moment they step inside with an enviable entry. A slim and stylish console adorned with fresh flowers and a place to leave the keys is the perfect start while hanging new artwork on the walls creates character and charm. Indoor plants, hanging or potted, make a home feel welcoming while also offering a sense of sanctuary and if you have a long, lacklustre hallway, add decorative wall panelling for some texture and depth.

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Finer details

Everyone appreciates some attention to detail, so it’s time to sweat the small stuff. Replace your well-worn outlet and light switch cover plates with something brand new – brass-look or matte black options will add a touch of luxe. Follow suit with the handles on your bathroom and kitchen cabinetry – this simple swap out can help to create consistency throughout the house, tying everything back to your signature style. Finally, clear out the clutter. Make time for a room-by-room sweep, shifting those out-of-place items back where they belong leaving a trail of tidiness behind you.

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Living in style

The living room is a constant hotspot when you are hosting guests, and even more so if your home is open-plan. Dress things up with some new cushions, throws and furniture covers and rearrange the layout to maximize on space – at this time of year, there is never enough. A new floor rug goes a long way in making a statement, and freshly cleaned curtains are always a nice touch. If time is on your side, repaint the walls in a sweet, subdued hue to balance out the craziness of the season, or try a feature wall using textured wall panels.

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Powder room

Make your visitors feel pampered with a stocked and stylish powder room. Embrace the creative freedom you have here, without the restrictions of traditional wet rooms like steam and spillages – It’s the perfect place to try out that wallpaper you’ve been eyeing off. Easy additions like candles, luxury hand soap and greenery create a resort-like atmosphere, and if you have the budget, some new tapware will certainly breathe new life into the space.

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