Celebrations are a part and parcel of each festival. And, decorations form a major part of the festivities. We bring you ideas to decorate and make your home brighter and more beautiful. Happy Diwali.
By Varsha Venkatesh and Siddiqha Naseem
What is your family most excited about this festive season? Sweets, fireworks, diyas, lights, candles and new clothes will be sure to top the list. So, why not get them involved in doing up your home too? After all, traditionally, during Diwali, we clean and decorate our houses in order to welcome abundance, prosperity, positive energy and wealth.
This Diwali, if you're thinking of ringing in the festivities, we have some simple but oh-so-super home decor ideas to get you started :
Before you begin:
A clutter-free environment at home and areas like the living room is essential to allow positive energy to flow into your house. De-clutter before you begin any repairs. Ensure that the house is well-ventilated and dust-free. Next, visualise the effect you want to achieve. The easiest way to do that is to choose an appropriate colour palette. Having a colour scheme in mind will help you focus and maintain aesthetics. For instance, you can create an welcoming ambience in any room with warm tones like yellows, orange, peach and red. Don’t be afraid to go bold by throwing colours like purple and gold too! Indulge in some tasteful flower decoration as well.
Now, let’s get started. Here is a list of decor ideas to make your home truly festive this season!
There are simple and effective ways to decorate the entrance and main door. A grand assortment of rangoli, flower decorations and lamp arrangements along with colourful garlands and stringing torans on the door, creates a visually pleasing effect. These are also auspicious symbols for welcoming Goddess Lakshmi into your home to fill you with love and prosperity.
What can be better than lighting up cherished memories? This is a beautiful way to transform empty or unused wall spaces. Fairy lights are easily available in the market and also, quite affordable. String up rows of fairy lights, ensure there is ample space between points. Then, print out some beloved pictures of your family and friends. Stick or clip on the pictures in between the lights and watch your memories come aglow! You can do this in any room, especially the living room. Or make it a focal point of interest in the dining room.
Add a creative twist to your rangoli with some vibrant colours and patterns using play dough. Also, arrange diyas alongside interesting patterns, to add a quaint touch to your rooms. You could also use paper cutouts and poster paints to make stencil rangoli patterns on the floor.
Good decor need not always be expensive. A few things found at home and a little bit of creativity can make anything festival-ready! In fact, these are craft ideas you and your family can work on, together. For example, you could make paper cup lanterns to arrange on the floor. Punch small holes in paper cups and paint them in exotic colours. Place tea lights inside each paper cup lantern — the effect is spectacular. Of course, do be careful as paper can easily catch fire. Also, do not allow your child to do this alone.
Are you wondering what to do with the unused corners of the rooms? It's time to take out one of your heavy and little-used kitchen utensils. Paint one in a dark shade so it reflects light well. Fill it up with water, place some floating tea light candles inside. In case you are worried that your mischievous youngster may play with the water or make a mess, place flower petals around the vessel and arrange more tea lights around.
Get your home smelling zesty with an amazing potpourri combo. Take a handful of dried flowers, petals and herbs, place in a decorative bowl or a cane basket. To make the arrangement aromatic, mix your favorite combination of spices, woody scents and essential oils to the bowl.
This is a very popular do-it-yourself decor idea. Do not throw away empty mason jars or bottles. There are a number of ways to reuse them. In fact, we have an amazing home decor idea too. Fill up a mason jar with fairy lights and place it in your room or any dark space. The effect is beautiful and looks like fireflies fluttering about inside the jar.
What an inexpensive nature-inspired way to make your house smell pleasing! Reusing orange peels as candles is another ingenious DIY decor that even your child can try. Eat up your fruit and punch some holes in the orange peel. Then, place a tea light candle inside and watch your own scented glow. Wasn't that easy?
Earthen lamps are traditional decor pieces. These come in many innovative styles today. You can light these lamps and place them around the house. In fact, an earthen lamp in a closed design is even safe for use in your child's room.
Akaash kandil or paper lanterns have an lightness, an effortless beauty, especially when lit up. This oriental decor item comes in attractive colours and patterns today. These are not too expensive and look gorgeous at night. You can even make them with your child.
What better way to celebrate the festival? So, get creative as a family. Choose the craft idea you like and make your home sparkle with love and light, this Diwali.
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Written by Varsha Venkatesh and Siddiqha Naseem on 15 October 2018.
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