Ways To Improve Your Austin Home for the Holidays

Tyler Jorgensen

Now that the holidays are here and upon us, it's time to get your Austin home in order for visitors. Of course, there’s the usual trees lights and present wrapping that needs to be done before company is allowed in. But is your house, itself, ready to go? Or could it use some new chairs, lights and energy-efficient plantation shutters?

If you want to provide a warm and cozy home, try a few of these ideas to improve your home for the holidays.

Give Your Windows Energy-Efficient Shutters

Holiday spread in festive dining room.

After putting up the tree and garland, you may discover that your windows look dull and drab. By installing plantation shutters on your windows, you give your room a classic look that also accentuates your holiday embellishments. Plantation shutters also can effectively mitigate sun glare from sunrise to sunset. They are perfect in places like the living room, so no guest has to drink egg nog with a harsh sunset hitting them in the face.

By improving your Austin home for the holidays with plantation shutters, you attain both elegance and energy-efficiency. That’s because when the cold wind starts blowing, you can close the treatments for an energy-efficient boost. Plantation shutters are one of the top window coverings to stop heat loss through your windows -- so you keep the warm air 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 treatment, like our Polywood® shutters. Polywood is up to 70% more energy-efficient than wood shutters and up to 1600% more energy-efficient than cheap aluminum blinds. You can even cover your arched and oval shaped windows with Polywood shutters, ensuring every window will look beautiful while still keeping the room toasty. 
 

It’s Time For Updated Furniture In The Family Room

Living room with hardwood floors and plantation shutters. 
After your windows are covered, it’s time to determine what guests will be seated on. If your furniture pieces are starting to show their age, the holidays can be a great time to upgrade. By switching out a worn-out couch, or adding a set of leather chairs by the fire, you can give your rooms a feeling that’s perfect for family photos. Plus, your family will feel cozier sitting on something that wasn’t made during the Great Depression. After all, how many times can you turn that cushion anyway?. 
 

Decorate Every Room In The House

Traditional bedroom with Christmas tree.

You put up the tree and decked out the downstairs in full holiday cheer. But there’s no better feeling for your guests than waking up to a touch of the holidays in their own bedroom. And a tiny wreath in the kitchen can raise your spirits when you’re worrying about dinner and desserts.

Decorations shouldn’t be overblown, and you shouldn’t feel like you need to cram inseveral fully decorated trees. But a slight bit in the corners can raise your holiday morale.

Improve Your Austin House For The Holidays By Changing Out Ineffective Lighting Fixtures

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

New furniture, decorations, and energy-efficient plantation shutters are nice, but it won’t matter if they are poorly lit. Improving your home for the holidays should always include definitely include upgrading ineffective lights. Your floor lamp may provide enough light when it’s just you lounging around, but when friends and family come calling, you’ll need plenty of brighter lighting.

Most lights are easy to put up and can effortlessly liven up your space. Lights can eliminate room shadows that make the room seem smaller. If a new lights aren’t in the cards, just make sure that your current ones are full of new bulbs. And using a dimmer switch will help you to adapt the fixtures to you holiday decorations.

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

Getting ready for holiday company might encompass some needed improvements to your home. Sunburst Shutters will help you choose the perfect energy-efficient interior window treatments that will keep your house cozy for the holidays. Simply send in the form below or contact us at 512-549-6077 for a free in-home consultation.