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Seasonal Decorating Tips

By Statepoint



Getting a home ready for the busy holiday season and guests can leave even the most prepared planners overwhelmed. But you don’t need to be. With the right inspiration and some handy tips, you can easily spread cheer from room to room. Simple updates can change the whole look of a room, according to designer Lisa LaPorta, host of HGTV’s “Designed to Sell” and “Bang for Your Buck,” and KILZ brand spokesperson. For example, a fresh coat of paint and some new throw pillows may be all you need to settle in for the season, whether you are ringing in the new year with a bash or curling up by a crackling fire. {{more}}Don’t Stress More than half of people who plan to make updates to their homes say they are concerned they won’t be happy with the results, according to the sixth annual KILZ Brand Roller Report survey titled “Overcoming Redecorating Fears.” The report finds that while do-it-yourselfers are overwhelmed by the redecorating process, particularly choosing paint colors, in the end they ultimately find the sense of renewal they were looking to achieve. “Planning ahead will ease your mind and brighten your mood. You will be much more confident in your decisions and ultimately happier with the results,” stresses LaPorta Small Changes, Big Results This year, LaPorta recommends adding thoughtful but less expensive touches to make family and friends feel at home. Consider adding some festive updates like embroidered towels for the powder room, a new throw rug or painting in the entryway, or an accent wall behind the Christmas tree. “Picking your favorite color from a room and highlighting it on one wall will create a dramatic pop of color,” she says. “Try a darker shade for a cozy feel or a brighter color to lift the spirits of your guests.” Set the Mood More than 80 percent of re-decorators believe interior wall colors and decor can affect mood. To ensure you get the right shade and mood with your new paint color, first prime your walls with a primer like KILZ Clean Start. If you’re going from a bright color to a neutral one, a special primer, such as KILZ Premium, will hide evidence of your former bright shades. Also, keep in mind a decor change can be done in less conventional ways, such as painting a ceiling or the back of your built-in bookcase. Stay True to You One of the most challenging parts of decorating for the holidays is choosing a color theme. It’s easy to stick to the popular seasonal colors and designs, but not all holiday decorating trends complement your personal style and home decor. Try to find a balance between being trendy and your personal style. The decorating process will feel a lot less risky and you will be happier with the end results. Visit for more information on the study and tips from LaPorta.

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