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How To Improve Your Seattle Home for the Holidays

December 17, 2019

As the holidays are in full winter bloom, it's time to get your Seattle home ready for visitors. Of course, there’s the usual decorating, cooking, and cleaning that needs to be done before family is allowed in. But is your home, itself, ready to go? Or does it use some new furniture, lighting fixtures and energy-efficient plantation shutters?

If you think your guests deserve a comforting place to stay, try a few of these ideas to improve your home for the holidays.

Give Your Windows Energy-Efficient Interior Shutters

Christmas spread in festive dining room. Once the tree and garland are decorated, you may find that your windows look bare and unfinished. By putting up plantation shutters on your windows, you give your home a inviting feeling that also highlights your holiday decorations. Interior shutters also can effectively block sun glare during short winter days. They are especially nice in places like the kitchen, so no one has to make cookies with a harsh sunset hitting them in the face.

By improving your Seattle home for the holidays by getting shutters, you attain both elegance and energy-efficiency. That’s because when the cold wind starts blowing, you can shut the louvers and get an energy-efficient assist. Plantation shutters are one of the top window coverings to stop heat loss through your windows -- keeping the warm air inside and the cold air out.

Of course, if you want to combine energy-efficiency with style, you should use a faux wood interior 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, ensuring all your windows will look beautiful while still giving you energy-efficiency. 

Now’s the time For Updated Furniture In The Family Room

Living room with hardwood floors and shutters. 
Once your windows are covered, you need to determine what guests will be sitting on. If your chairs, couches, and tables are starting to show their age, the holidays are a wonderful time to upgrade. By switching out disheveled couch, or adding a set of leather chairs for guests, you can give your rooms a style that’s perfect for a Christmas card. Plus, your friends will feel happier sitting on a chair that hasn’t been around since the 1930’s. After all, that book can’t level your recliner forever. 

Decorate Every Room In The House

Traditional bedroom decorated for Christmas.

You hung the ornaments and decked out the downstairs in holiday flourish. But there’s no better feeling for your guests than waking up to a tiny piece of the holidays in their own bedroom. And a bit of mistletoe in the kitchen can raise your spirits when you’re worrying about getting everything in the oven.

Decorations don’t have to be overblown, and you shouldn’t feel like you need to fill the house withseveral decked-out trees. But a modest touch here or there can do a lot for your holiday mood.

Improve Your Seattle House For The Holidays By Replacing Inadequate Lighting Fixtures

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

New chairs, 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 include upgrading ineffective lights. Your floor lamp can work when it’s just you at home, but when guests arrive, you’ll need to get some brighter lighting.

Most lighting fixtures are a snap to install and can effortlessly liven up a room. Lights can fix room shadows that make the room seem smaller. If new lights aren’t in the cards, just make sure the ones you have aren’t missing any globes or hoods. And installing a dimmer switch will help you to modify the fixtures against your holiday decorations.

Sunburst Can Help Improve Your Home For The Holidays With Energy-Efficient Plantation Shutters

Getting ready for holiday visitors might encompass one or two needed improvements to your home. Sunburst Shutters will help you find the best energy-efficient interior window treatments that will keep your home holiday ready. All you need to do is complete the form below or give us a call at 360-464-2277 for a no-cost in-home consultation.