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Bare bannisters? Bows. Unloved kitchen chairs? Bows. Plain candle sticks? Bows. 2017 is the year of the bow.
Ribbon is easily available, as well as festive and cheap! From bannisters and doorknobs to garlands and houseplants, a jovial bow will help your home look more Christmassy with minimal effort.
It is advisable to stick to one colour pallet of ribbon, and make sure this compliments your existing décor. If you want block colours, red with gold or silver or- for a more on trend colour palette- silver and navy will perfectly combine Christmas and chic. For a more festive, flamboyant feel, gingham or patterned ribbon with snowflakes or fir trees will add extra impact without looking garish.
Not only do candles look pretty and instantly make your home feel and look warm and cosy, turning the lights out in the evenings will help your electricity bills and the planet. Lighting a fire in the fireplace (if you are lucky enough to have one) will also add a cosy aura to your room.
If you’re feeling creative then why not make your own candles? Melt soy wax chips in the microwave, and then add fragrance oil and pour into a container to set. You can use glasses, jars or tea cups to give your Christmas décor a personal, vintage-esque touch. These can be tastefully placed on mantle pieces and table tops to spread some festive cheer throughout your home for a truly authentic ‘homemade’ Christmas look.
Simmer pots are easy and can make your home smell incredible. Having a seasonal aroma in the air can help make your home feel extra Christmassy this winter, as well as potentially making it easier to sell. Cinnamon, pine and orange are notoriously popular scents around Christmas. To achieve these natural air fresheners, turn your slow cooker or oven hob into a simmer pot. Simply add your scents to water and gently heat to fill your home with festive cheer.
While the ‘traditional’ Christmas lights might be a multitude of different colours, the best way to utilise this Christmas classic without it looking too garish is to use lights in one colour, advisably white, to keep your tree looking simple and stylish. Chris Chapman, our managing director for sales, knows his stuff when it comes to selling houses. He says “potential buyers don’t want to see the exterior of a house obliterated by a giant inflatable Father Christmas, or more lights than the Blackpool illuminations. They’re going to want to see how it looks for the remaining 50 weeks of the year
While you might go Christmas tree shopping and fall in love with the biggest, tallest tree in the shop, it’s important that your living room isn’t more than half tree when potential buyers come knocking. Having a huge Christmas tree will make the room seem smaller – not something you want when trying to sell your home. Even if you aren’t trying to sell, who want their living room taken over by tree when the Christmas chaos descends? ”.
Back to our expert, Chris Chapman says: “At any time of year we advise potential sellers to give thought to how they stage their home prior to putting in on the market. No-one wants to see so much personal clutter when viewing a property to buy. In many respects, this is even more so the case at Christmas. Potential purchasers don’t want to see half the lounge taken up with an enormous Christmas tree”
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