Get Your Home Ready for Holidays
"Guest-ify your house."
Prepping for the holidays can be stressful — there's no doubt about that. But with a little cheerful planning and a few updates, you can turn your home into a comfy and cozy space for guests.
Follow these helpful tips to guide you down the right path for a stress-free holiday season:
Spruce Up the Entryway
Your home’s entryway is the first place guests see, so it’s important to make a good first impression. A tidy, well-tended entrance lets guests know you're looking forward to seeing them.
Here’s how you can transform your entryway into a showpiece that provides guests with an inviting entry point to your home that makes them feel comfortable and welcome:
Clear out the clutter
Add a welcome mat and extra storage for coats and shoes
Place festive decorations and showcase it all with brilliant natural light – adding a tubular skylight to an entryway makes a big impact
Embellish the Kitchen
The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s so much more than food prep; it’s inevitably where everyone will congregate when entertaining, so be sure to clean, declutter and decorate this space too.
Often overlooked is proper lighting that is both functional and comfortable. Natural lighting can enhance your kitchen by bringing out the color of food and making the meals you serve more appealing. Plus, natural lighting can help reduce eye strain, making it easier to read recipes’ small print.
And, what better way to improve the look of your kitchen and enhance your holiday décor than by adding natural light?
Prep the Bathroom
This will be one of the most heavily used spots in your home while you have guests, so make sure your bathroom is prepared.
Humidity will be extra high due to the cold weather, steamy showers, flushing toilets and running sinks. And with major moisture comes potential problems: mold and mildew, a funky smell, peeling wallpaper and even lifting or splitting of laminated plywood vanities.
Ventilation is key to help keep the humidity under control. For a stylish, low-profile ventilation design that will wow your guests, try a Solatube Daylighting System with Ventilation Add-On Kit. This 2-in-1 system combines daylighting and ventilation into one attractive fixture, leaving your rooms humidity-free and your bathroom bursting with natural daylight.
Cozy-up the Guest Room
Make your guests feel welcomed and loved by taking the time to tidy up the guest room. For a quick transformation:
- Declutter the space and make room for a suitcase
- Upgrade the bedding to a comfortable down comforter
- Add extra blankets to keep guests comfortable in chilly weather
Additionally, to ensure safety and help prevent stumbles, integrate nighttime lighting throughout the house.
A simple solution for any area in your home is the Solatube ISn System – it features a built-in, solar-electric nightlight. This fully contained photovoltaic (PV) system is mounted inside your daylighting system’s reflective tubing, where it captures and stores solar energy, then converts it into electricity to power the soft, low-wattage nightlight. This unique capability lets you bring the beauty of natural light into your home during the day, while making it safer and easier to navigate hallways, kitchens, bathrooms and stairwells at night, especially for any guests.
If you are interested in adding daylighting, solar-electric nightlighting, or ventilation into your home, call your local Solatube Premier Dealer to schedule a free in-home consultation. Solatube Premier Dealers are trained and certified residential daylighting and ventilation experts. They can assess your needs, provide a customized solution, and install your new daylighting or ventilation system in about two hours.
To find your local dealer, you can visit Solatube.com, or call Solatube International, the industry leader, at 888.SOLATUBE.