The holiday season is upon us, the Halloween spirit is in the air is slowly fading and the Christmas cheer is taking over. Some feel joy, Christmas carols, presents and pretty Christmas trees. While other sense the soon to be black hole in their pockets and the everlasting void that comes with it. The kilometre-long queues in toy shops, game stores, clothes shops and just about every other place which sells anything will soon be upon us and the ones doing the buying are already dreading them. It’s getting chillier and windier by the day and the daylight is giving way to the night faster than ever. The fact that it gets dark around 5pm means most people leave work into an already dark street, which does not exactly encourage standing in queues for extended periods of time. But in the end of the day, is it not all worth it? Seeing everyone’s smiles at the dinner table, knowing that the next morning the tree will be overloaded with presents for children and adults alike. Then the next day, unboxing, overeating and merry greetings from relatives you don’t even know. ‘Tis truly the season to be jolly. Now, considering that the guests are probably at least partly coming over to your humble abode for the occasion, you should maybe consider changing the decor up a bit to truly get a comfy little Christmas. Maybe a some new furniture, a fresh coat of paint or a new TV.
Let’s talk furniture
The beautifully portrayed movie-esque Christmas, with children, parents and grandparents gathered around the fire in a dimly lit room, doesn’t have to remain in Hollywood. You can have your very own edition with a bit of work put in. Now, this can be as costly or almost as cheap as you want it to be. If you wish to not empty your pockets too much then think about how you can make the most visible and impactful change without buying too much. A new sofa might be a great place to start, after all, not only is it used by just about everyone at one point during the visit, but it is also probably the centrepiece of the room, taking up the most space and everything being placed in accordance to its placement. A new sofa can really change up the style of the room without the need to change up much else, that does not mean that if you get a minimalistic sofa the rest of the room will also seem modern and spacious, but it is a huge push in that direction. If you’re thinking about the cozy Christmas scenario, think warm or earthy colours. Shades of brown, darker reds, maybe oranges. The colour itself does not define the whole sofa, the shape and design also matters. A longer corner sofa often tends to add an element of “homeliness” to a room, accommodating more people while allowing good TV viewing angles all around.
Going the extra mile
Now that everyone’s seated, let’s address the next gaping issue in this whole scenario, how can everyone gather around a fire with no fireplace in the room? This obviously isn’t for everyone, many people living in smaller than average 2 bedroom flats for already ridiculous prices do not have the facilities to house a proper fireplace. This is probably only possible if you live in a house somewhere and are not scared to do a bit of remodelling, while it may seem like a lot effort initially, just think of the payoff. A beautiful fireplace to call your very own. While you’re going through all this effort, why not go all the way and go for a nice antique fireplace from Westland Antiques? Not only will it do the job perfectly, but it will most probably become an excellent conversation piece. While people gawk at it in amazement, you can act all nonchalant and get complimented for your amazing taste in interior design.
Some fresh colours?
Now to something a bit more grounded in reality and more plausible for the majority of the population living in flats. Why not give the living room a fresh coat of paint? Like the sofa, think of more cosy, earthy colours, after all even outside of the holiday season, the living room is for relaxing. With a fresh coat of paint, comes some general cleaning. Since you need to either dust everything off or cover it with foil either way, making this a two birds with one stone scenario. It is a great way to stop procrastinating, not giving you the option of leaving everything for last minute since you’re not going to have everyone sitting in a room wet with paint. Some new colours can really feel refreshing, maybe even giving you some inspiration for the rest of the house, boosting those productivity levels.