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Tips To Improve Your Washington DC Home for the Holidays

December 17, 2019

Now that the holidays are swiftly approaching, it's the perfect opportunity to get your Washington DC home ready for friends and family. Like every year, there’s the usual trees lights and present wrapping that has to be done before company arrives. But is your house, itself, looking festive as it could? Or could it need some updated furniture, lighting fixtures and energy-efficient interior shutters?

If you think your guests deserve a warm and cozy atmosphere, try a few of these tips to improve your home for the holidays.

Install Energy-Efficient Interior Shutters

Christmas spread in festive dining room. Once the tree and garland are up, you might find that your windows look bare and unfinished. By putting up plantation shutters over your windows, you give your rooms a inviting look that also highlights your decorations. Interior shutters also can effectively mitigate sun glare in the morning and evening. They work great in rooms like the kitchen, so no one has to make cookies with a annoying sunset hitting them in their eyes.

By improving your Washington DC home for the holidays by getting shutters, you gain both elegance and energy-efficiency. That’s because when the cold wind starts blowing, you can shut your shutters for an energy-efficient assist. Plantation shutters are one of the top window treatments to block air flow through your windows -- and that keeps the nice temperatures inside and the wintry air out.

Of course, if you are looking to pair energy-efficiency with durability, you will want to use a faux wood shutter, like our Polywood® shutters. Polywood is up to 70% more energy-efficient than basswood shutters and up to 1600% more energy-efficient than aluminum blinds. You can even cover your arched and oval shaped windows with Polywood shutters, which ensures that every window will look great while still giving you energy-efficiency. 

Now’s the time For New Furniture In The Living Room

Family room with horse painting and plantation shutters. 
After your windows are adequately covered, you should determine what guests will be seated on. If your chairs, couches, and tables are starting to come apart, the holidays can be a great time to find replacements. By replacing an old couch, or adding a set of leather chairs for guests, you can give your rooms a style that’s perfect for lounging around. Plus, your family will be much cozier sitting on furniture that wasn’t made during the 1930’s. After all, that matchbook can’t level your sofa forever. 

Add Decorations To Every Room In The House

Traditional bedroom with Christmas tree.

You strung the lights and decked out the downstairs in holiday flourish. But there’s no greater feeling for your family than falling asleep to a bit of the holidays in their own bedroom. And a sprig of holly in the kitchen can calm you down when you’re stressing about getting everything in the oven.

Decorations are better when they aren’t overbearing, and you shouldn’t think that you need to cram insix to seven fully decorated trees. But a slight bit sprinkled about can raise your holiday spirit.

Improve Your Washington DC House For The Holidays By Replacing Inadequate Lighting Fixtures

Ensuring that your lighting fixture fits your needs should be on your holiday wish list.

New sofas, decorations, and energy-efficient window treatments are great, but it doesn’t matter if no one can see them. Improving your home for the holidays should always include definitely include replacing ineffective lamps and chandeliers. Your shaded table lamp might work when it’s just you at home, but when friends and family come calling, you’ll want plenty of brighter lighting.

Most lighting fixtures are a snap to put in and can do wonders for an area. Lights can fix room shadows in the corners. If a an updated light isn’t an option, just make sure that your current ones aren’t missing any globes or hoods. And adding a dimmer switch lets you adapt the fixtures against your holiday tree lights.

Sunburst Will Help Improve Your Home For The Holidays With Beautiful Interior Shutters

Getting ready for holiday visitors might encompass some needed improvements to your home. Sunburst Shutters can help you install the perfect energy-efficient interior window treatments that will keep your home holiday ready. All you need to do is fill out the form below or contact us at 240-339-2588 for a no-cost in-home consultation.