Don't underestimate the value of an inviting entrance or front porch. "One thing I am encouraging homeowners to think about this year is their entryway to their home, both on the inside and outside," says Matt Olson, district operations manager and former showroom manager for Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery - Idaho.
As District Operations Manager, Olson is inspired by the diversity of the region. “No matter where I travel, the one constant thing I hear is how much everyone looks forward to spending quality time together again. For some of my customers, this will be the first time that family and friends will be coming to visit in a long time. When asked what I suggest for a quick renovation, consider adding a striking new fixture to your entryway to welcome your guests. Make sure the entryway is illuminated, inviting, free from debris and makes a good first impression."
- Chandeliers are a popular choice for entryways, porches and patios. However, for the holidays, consider adding a bold and festive pop of color using double sconces on each side of a door or above a console.
- Inside the home, consider your sources of natural light first. Next, think of layering light in the kitchen based on your needs and work zones, such as food prep and cooking. Consider task lighting under the cabinet, recessed lighting in walkways and pendants above the island or breakfast bar. Uplighting above the cabinets, lighting inside glass cabinets and toe kick lighting can create a beautiful accent or night light.
- From pendants to lamps, there are so many lighting options. When cooking meals for large and small gatherings (both in-person and virtually), you want to consider the best lighting. At the end of the day, lighting serves a purpose, especially in the kitchen – you can’t cook without.
- Consider making your home a little smarter this holiday season by automating your lights and setting the HVAC temperature to welcome guests with a warm home upon arrival.
- For more holiday entertaining tips, visit the Build with Ferguson Learning Center.
Olson also says to plan ahead. Base your lighting fixture timeframe based on what lighting options are in stock. For the best time estimate, discuss with your contractor or electrician. For a major kitchen or bath renovation, start planning now for the next holiday season. Watch Olson's full interview below.