If it’s your turn to host the family this year for Christmas, you may already be noticing an increase in your palpitations and a mild panic setting into your aura. So your home might not have had a sniff of a lick of paint in a decade, the carpet has seen better days, and the cats have scratched up the sofas. Don’t worry. With a few nifty tricks, you’ll soon have your home ready for the third cousins, great uncles and long-lost prodigal sons. Concentrate on your living room – the hub of your home and the area where your guests will congregate for the majority of the time they are spending with you. Make this room gloriously festive and give it the makeover that it’s been crying out for.
It’s time to get your scruffs on, the roller out and a buy a couple of pots of paint. Forget trying to get the scuffs off the wall and use your impending festive soiree as an excuse to give your living room a much-needed refresh. When choosing the colour, opt for a hue that is light and neutral. You don’t have to be super boring and opt for the magnolia but don’t have a moment of insanity and whip out a deep plum shade. A couple of coats of light duck egg blue later and already you’ve proved your interior design credentials and your living room looks like a brand new entity.
If you haven’t changed the mismatched pine telephone table, the MDF bookcase and the ebonised TV cabinet for a few years now might be a good time to create a more uniformed look. Keep it simple and choose one material be it pine, whitewash or oak. Take a look at the many coffee tables for sale and choose one that fits in with the rest of your new furniture. If your square footage is limited go for slimmer space saving bookcases and storage pieces. And don’t forget to leave the all-important space for your Christmas tree
You might not be feeling the most relaxed and festive host, what with goodness knows who turning up on your doorstep on the 25th, but you can create the illusion of organisation and serenity. Make sure you make your life easier and select a pre-lit Christmas tree. Get the kids involved and ask them to decorate it with baubles, tinsel and the angel on top. Hang a couple of stockings above the fireplace and adorn your balustrades and window sills with twinkling fairy lights. In the evening as you pull out the hot chocolates and the lights are dimmed to generate a more cosy atmosphere, your living room will be the perfect place to spend a Christmas evening.
Preparing for Christmas and having family over needn’t be too taxing. Keep everything simple. Anything that you don’t want to be destroyed by little hooligan nieces and nephews can be moved, and your designer rug can be covered to protect it from any red wine spillages. Remember, this is a time of peace and goodwill to all – Merry Christmas!