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Getting Your Living Room Ready for the Holidays


The living room is a special place, especially during the holidays. It is the place where children open presents from Santa Claus, where couples cuddle on the couch in front of the fire while watching ‘White Christmas’,  and where families gather around the piano to sing holiday carols. The living room should be inviting and calming, a place where out- of- towners can kick their shoes off and feel at home. Even the smallest updates can make a big difference.  It doesn’t matter if you want to do something extravagant or something simple, read forth, there is something for everyone! :smileyvery-happy:


Let’s start simple. Painting the walls and adding some wall hangings are a great way to change the look of a room.  I have great interest in what color represents and how certain colors make us feel. Blue is a calming color, which would be ideal for a living room. Brown is another good color because it represents wholesomeness and earthiness. These colors together have great power together as well, and are quite popular in Fall and Winter décor.


Behr ColorSmart is a wonderful tool to help you pick the perfect color for your living room. You can upload an actual picture or use a picture they have on their site and virtually paint it.


If you don’t want to paint the whole room, even painting an accent wall would change the look. Martha Stewart Specialty paints are perfect for painting an accent wall. With Martha Stewart’s Faux Finishing Glaze you can achieve a textured fabric look, such as raw silk, or a sponge effect. With the Precious Metals finish you can have metallic stripes. Isn’t that nifty? 


Painting your front door can really improve your curb appeal and go well with your newly painted walls. Glidden Trim and Door paint is perfect for just that. It is a no drip, oil- based, gel paint. It leaves absolutely no brush strokes with an extra high gloss finish.  Other updates you could do to your door include, getting a new knob, knocker and kick plate.


Have you often dreamt about crown moulding? Did you know that it is pretty easy to do yourself? For around $200 you can have brand new moulding. Crown moulding adds value and beauty to your home. From  basic crown moulding  to more elaborate moulding, the possibilities are endless. Click the picture below for crown moulding buying and how to guides.



Crown moulding buying guide


Let’s talk fireplaces. If you aren’t lucky enough to have a fireplace in your home, no need to worry, The Home Depot has a ton of electric fireplaces both online and in our stores. There is something for everyone!


Now, let’s discuss those lights. There are quite a few buying guides discussing different types of overhead lighting. Click the picture below to figure out which kind of overhead lighting will work the best for you.



Lighting guide


Hampton Bay lighting has new fixtures in their collection. New finishes include oil- rubbed bronze and polished nickel. Personally, I’m a fan of oil- rubbed bronze.


Home Decorators Collection also has a huge selection of pendent lights that range from $39.99 to $99.00.


Let’s talk window treatments. Home Decorators also has faux and real wood blinds available. Real wood blinds add warmth and comfort to a room. They block out light and give you privacy. Real wood blinds also give a naturally distinctive look. Faux wood blinds also offer privacy and block out light, and they are more durable, easier to clean and a little less expensive.


Would you like to completely redo the flooring in your living room? Did you know that we sell everything you need to install laminate, hardwood, carpet and tile?


The new Allure Ultra flooring has a waterproof, shock- absorbent construction that provides resistance to skidding, staining, stretching and marking. This flooring is durable and easy- to- install. The floating floor even looks like beautiful hardwood. Here is a video explaining how to install Allure Ultra flooring.


If you are considering laying hardwood floors, click the picture below for this project guide.



Installing hardwood floors


If you would like to lay laminate flooring, there is a great project guide that will walk you right through the process. Click the picture below for this project guide.


Installing laminate flooring



If you would like to lay carpet, click the link below for the project guide. Like the others I have mentioned, it is very thorough and will guide you through the entire process. Click the picture below for this guide.


Installing carpet



On this site we have an entire section devoted to flooring how- to. It includes videos and questions from customers just like you. If you have any questions, feel free to post them here.


For all of these options, you can stop by your local Home Depot and check out samples. That way you can see what it will look like in your home. 


The Home Depot also offers many installation services, including, but not limited to, flooring. Stop into your local Home Depot store and your flooring associate can schedule an in home measure and installation.


Designingwoman has laid out the ordering deadlines for any installation service that you need this holiday season in one handy location.


I hope you found this article both informative and inspiring. We love to see before and after pictures too, so if you have any to share, feel free to do so.


The last article in this series will be about updating your bathroom for the holidays. I look forward to seeing all of you soon!  


Happy Updating!


Christine   :smileyhappy:



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Posted 2011-10-24T17:07:14+0000  by Christine_HD_ATL Christine_HD_ATL