Now that the Navratri festival is over, it is time for the Diwali festivities to begin, and before we move into Christmas and New Year. It’s a time to redecorate your home, and enjoy memorable times with family and friends. Make sure your space is ready to welcome the festive cheer!
Whatever the festival, cleanliness must come first. People make sure that their home is fresh and ready to welcome during the festivities. This is also the best time to throw away things that you do not require and will not be using. To make cleaning easier, especially in cases of big homes, do not clean the entire place in a day. Instead, begin cleaning a week before the festival and clean one room thoroughly each day. By the time the festival arrives, your whole home will be spic and span!
Traditionally, people used to paint their entire houses for Diwali but with rising expenses, paucity of time and sheer inconvenience, you can choose to just paint a single wall in each room or even paint the living room in a different colour. Brighten up the dark corners of your room with a fresh new color. You can either go with the festive reds, oranges, maroons or go wild with your own palettes. Also try using floor or wall rugs, old colourful sarees, rangolis, flowers, and other pretty items on the wall.
Changing small items in the home can make a big difference. Curtains, cushion covers and door hangings can be given a makeover with bright and fresh colour materials. Start by rearranging the furniture, the room will look definitely look different. Bring in plants and flowers for freshness. Drapes and furnishings are the easiest way to create a new look for your home this Diwali. Take a look at what needs to be changed or refreshed like curtains, sofa covers, table covers, bed covers etc.
Festivity is all about lights. Check all the lamps in the home and make sure that they are working. Clean those lovely chandeliers that serve as a centre piece in the living room till they sparkle brightly. Look for new lamp shades, if needed. Diyas can also be used especially for Diwali, while arranging them, try to create different shapes.
While decorating your home, search for items that look good by themselves and have that ‘wow’ factor. Such items give a different look to the room. These are the most basic and fundamental ideas that ideally should be incorporated in any home. If you are not big on making many small changes but still want to create an impressive look then you need to buy a statement piece for your house. Keep it in the entryway or the living room where it will garner the maximum eyeballs. Keeping with the theme of your house, you can buy an ethnic accent piece or buy an artefact which will compliment your wall colours.
So how are you going to decorate your house this festive season?