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10 Home Remodeling Projects for the Holidays

Get your home holiday-ready with impactful home improvements.

a dining room addition decorated for the holidays

The holidays bring many things: festive songs on the radio, new latte flavors at Starbucks, wall-to-wall decorations in every store and guests at your home. In preparation for the latter, you’re likely busy stocking the refrigerator with ingredients, cleaning the house top to bottom, and adorning the interior and exterior with holiday decorations. While working to make your home welcoming and festive to family and friends, you may decide some updates and refreshes are in order.


Here are 10 home remodeling projects you can complete in preparation for holiday merriment.


1. Fresh Paint

Rejuvenate any room—or your entire home—with a fresh coat of paint. If your walls suffer from smudges, fading or outdated colors, painting them can be the quickest and most cost-effective way to modernize your home. Opt for trendy colors deemed 2022’s Color of the Year: Laurel Leaf, Art and Craft, October Mist, Evergreen and more.


2. Comfy Seating to Relax & Dine

Most holiday festivities will be spent sitting around the dining room table, indulging in feasts with family and friends. Ensure every guest has a comfortable seat in the dining and living room. Adding plush and cozy chairs or couches is a quick way to transform the appearance and efficiency of the home.


3. Upgrade Interior Lighting

Upgrading your interior lighting can turn drab fixtures into a style-enhancing features. Try these tips:

  • Add a statement-making chandelier above the dining room table.

  • Add dimmer switches on lamps and light fixtures to control brightness.

  • Upgrade foyer lighting to create a welcoming entrance.

  • Incorporate decorative lamps into every room.

  • Install recessed lighting in nearly every room.

  • Add art lights to highlight artwork and other wall decor.

  • Install strip lights under cabinets.

4. Update Exterior Lighting

The exterior of your home is the first thing guests see when they drive up, so it’s important to update exterior lighting as well. Install outdoor motion sensor lights that will turn on when guests walk near the house, ensuring they can find their way to the door or back to their car in the dark.


5. New Flooring

Although installing new flooring may seem like an immense undertaking, an experienced contractor can finish large portions of the home within a couple of days, depending on the type of flooring and demo needed. That means your home can feel refreshed in very little time. Try the latest flooring trends for 2022:

  • Parquet Floors

  • Luxury vinyl flooring

  • Laminate Floors

  • Porcelain Stoneware

  • Bleached Wood

  • Hexagons and Porcelain Tiles

6. Update Powder Room & Guest Bathrooms

Bathrooms tend to be the smallest room in the home so fixing the powder room or guest bathrooms can be completed faster than other rooms. Plus, it’s guaranteed every guest will visit the bathroom at some point during the holidays. To update your bathrooms, install new flooring, paint the walls, upgrade facilities and fixtures, and update lighting.


7. New Kitchen Backsplash

During the holidays, you and your guests will be spending a lot of time in the kitchen, cooking and chatting. One simple and affordable way to update the kitchen without a full remodel is updating the kitchen backsplash. According to House Beautiful, the latest backsplash trends include:

  • Shiplap

  • Neutrals

  • Marine Tones

  • Triangles

  • Painted Glass

8. Refresh the Foyer

The foyer is the first room your guests will see when they walk into your home, so it’s a great idea to start your remodeling projects here. To refresh the foyer, add a console table and seating (i.e. a bench or stools), paint the walls or try wallpaper, update the lighting and add fresh flowers.


9. New Fireplace Mantel

Getting cozy in front of the fireplace is a signature holiday tradition for many. A popular and affordable holiday remodeling project is replacing the fireplace mantel. No matter your budget, you can alter your fireplace with a brand new mantel, tile and accompanying decor.


10. Kitchen Remodel

Because the kitchen is the focal point of any holiday gathering, you may be inclined to start a full kitchen remodel. Transform your kitchen with new countertops, backsplash, cabinetry, appliances, flooring, painting, windows, doors, plumbing, electrical, and lighting. Plus, if you update your appliances, you’re sure to make cooking for the holidays a smooth process!


Happy Holidays, Everyone!



Are you looking to do a remodel project in the Los Angeles or San Fernando Valley area? South Land Remodeling can help you get your home ready for the holidays. Contact us today for a free quote!

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