There are two types of people in the world. People who love and appreciate Christmas for what it is supposed to be; quality time with loved ones, reconnecting with family members, and one too many glasses of champagne at work Christmas parties. Then there’s the rest of us. Those who see Christmas for what it really is - four weeks of total stress as we realise that we are in no way prepared for anything. We haven’t done our shopping, we still don’t know how to cook a turkey and our home feels about as Christmassy as a sunburnt man lying on a beach in Cancun.
Luckily, we’re here to help you spruce up your home in time for Christmas, with a serious focus on the two most often neglected rooms - bathroom and kitchens. While these rooms seldom feel Christmassy, putting just a little effort into your bathroom and kitchen décor is guaranteed to get your guests talking - they might even forget about the burnt turkey!
So, settle down with a glass of mulled wine and take a look at our top tips for getting your house Christmas-ready.
Preparing For Guests
A Deep Clean
If you’re anything like us, you don’t really think about the cleanliness of your house until there’s the possibility of visitors. Clutter ‘adds character’ and mess is simply tomorrow’s job. Until an unexpected visitor arrives and suddenly, it’s not quite so charming.
Get a head start on sprucing up your home for Christmas by putting some effort into a deep clean, before you get stuck into decorating. A deep clean need only be done once or twice a year, and the lead up to Christmas is the perfect time to do it leaving you with, quite literally, a clean slate to start decorating.
Stock Up On The Essentials
Take as much stress away from hosting visitors as possible by making sure you have stocked up on all essentials. We’re not just talking toilet paper and teabags. It’s the festive season which means your guests deserve more than the bog-standard biscuit. Stock up on something a bit nicer, as well as fresh towels and perhaps some fancy soap. Of course, Christmas is an expensive time, but including these essentials in your budget will ensure you’re not caught off guard when the fussy in-laws turn up unannounced.
Spruce Up On A Budget
A notoriously expensive time of year, people are often put off doing too much to decorate their homes, as the pennies add up so quickly. Money is often spent on presents, food or (and we’re not judging) a glass of wine or five at the office party.
While living rooms and bedrooms can instantly be made more festive by the addition of a Christmas tree or a box of Quality Streets on the table (again, we’re not judging!), making your bathroom and kitchen feel Christmassy often leaves a lot of people stuck. But, Christmas themed kitchen and bathroom décor can be easily sourced, often for a lot cheaper than you think.
You don’t have to spend a whole load of money to add a few Christmas touches to your home. In fact, sometimes all it takes is a few splashes of colour which can be added to your rooms in a variety of ways.
It’s not only the traditional red and green that can add a little festivity to your home, although these, of course, have their place. Midnight blue paired with silver can add a richness to a room, bringing a Christmas night-sky feel, or other great colours include wintery white, gold, or warming, darker colours like burgundy. Investing in a few bathroom and kitchen pieces in these colours, which can be used year-after-year, is a great way to add something a little extra to your bathroom and kitchen décor without breaking the bank.
Easy Kitchen Décor
Sprucing up your kitchen, Christmas-style, can be done in a variety of ways, but some festive kitchen décor is one of the easiest and budget-friendly. Of course, a Christmas tree is the obvious choice but not everyone has the space. You don’t need a 6ft tree to fill your kitchen with the Christmas spirit this year. Here’s our favourite ways to make your kitchen a little more festive:
A Christmas Centrepiece
A festive centrepiece is bound to get a few compliments and it can be made as low-key or over the top as you like. Make your own if you’re feeling extra creative, think pine cones, candles or even a wreath. Your centrepiece can be displayed on any kitchen cabinet or perhaps even your dining table. If you have kids then this is the perfect chance to get them stuck into doing something creative!
Christmas cards are an easy way to spruce up your kitchen. Hang them up on pieces of string across the room. It might seem a bit of a faff to start with but trust us, it’s worth it. It’ll add a personal touch to your festive decoration and make your kitchen much cosier in the process.
A Festive Table
Finally, festive placemats, coasters and candles are a great way to add something a little extra to your table, making Christmas dinner all the more special. If there’s ever a time to bring out the fancy cutlery, this is it! We don’t want it to be the same as any night of the year, it’s Christmas! Anything goes.
Easy Bathroom Décor
Next up, the bathroom. Not a room to be neglected, a Christmas-themed bathroom can make your whole bathing, teeth-brushing, you-know-what experience a whole lot more festive. And you really needn’t go over the top - check out our simple, and low-cost ideas for adding a touch of festive charm to your bathroom décor.
We all know and love the trusty bathroom candle. Necessary for the ultimate pamper evening whilst also masking any…unsavoury smells, bathroom candles are a must have item.
An easy way to spruce up your bathroom is to swap your usual candles for more festive scents. While fresh and clean scents can be used throughout the year, come Christmas time we love to go for something a little spicier - think cinnamon, spiced apple or even a wood fire scent! And these aren’t just limited to your bathroom. Swapping the candles throughout your home for something a little more festive is an easy and relatively low-cost way to give a room that Christmassy feel we all crave.
We’re not advocating towels covered in Santa’s face (although if that’s what takes your fancy then be our guest), but towels in festive colours will instantly make your bathroom more merry in time for the Christmas season. Swap your usual towels for a combination of red and white or any other Christmas colours.
If you fancy going a little over the top this year, Christmas bathroom accessories can be as subtle or as ‘out there’ as you like. We’re not just talking Christmas soaps. We’re talking shower curtains, bathmats or even toilet seat covers. Investing in festive themed items which can be brought out every year with the rest of the decorations is an instant road to that festive feeling. Pinterest is a great place to get some more inspiration.
Treat yourself - and your home - this Christmas with something new. It needn’t be extravagant, but if your kitchen or bathroom is looking a little tired then just a couple of extra pieces can spruce it up. You’ll enter the New Year with a fresh, updated look and may even feel inspired to start to spruce up other rooms in the house.
Bathrooms can instantly be updated by some new furniture and, contrary to belief, it really doesn’t take much to transform this room. So, don’t go tripling your Christmas budget just yet, low-cost pieces are easier to find than you may think! While we’ve got a whole load of bathroom furniture, it’s the little touches that can add character to a room without breaking the bank. A new mirror can instantly jazz up a bathroom, and our selection of bathroom mirrors start at just £32.99. Luxury can easily be created on a budget, you just need to know where to look!
Onto the kitchen. If you fancy treating yourself, and your kitchen, this Christmas then have a look at our range of kitchen products. From a new radiator, to the ultimate luxury; underfloor heating, Christmas is the perfect time to cosy-up your home in time for an even chillier January.
There we have it, our top tips for sprucing up your bathroom and kitchen this winter to prepare yourself for the festive season. Don’t neglect your bathroom and kitchen this Christmas, both rooms can be instantly updated with just a few little touches. Get creative, keep your budget in mind and remember that it’s okay to occasionally treat yourself - you’ll be rewarded with a home fit for Santa himself!