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Sprucing up for Diwali

3 months ago / by Bindu Gopal Rao

With the festival around the corner, give your home a makeover that dresses it up as well.

Pic courtesy Beyond Designs

If you are hosting a festive get-together this Diwali, make sure your home is ready to welcome your guests in style.

Ideas Galore
Arguably the best way to celebrate Diwali is to have friends and family home. The celebrations are also known for the yearly ritual of deep cleaning, so this is the time to add a zing to your home.

According to Rajiv Merchant, president of Domestic Retail, Boutique Living, “The easiest way to make your house Diwali-ready is by placing string or fairy lights across the windows along with beautifully lit T-light holders over a small floral rangoli. A few elegant art pieces and new lamps will also amp up the look of your homes.”

An Amoliconcepts design

Custom Cues
Today homes are a mix of traditional and contemporary décor. table settings, corner settings.

One can opt for flowers like baby’s breath, which are not very expensive but look classy, say Sangeeta Vasishta and Rachna Dhawan, co-founders and creative stylists at Amoliconcepts. The trick is to avoid clutter and too many things in a small space. Pick and choose what works for your home and then plan the setting, they say.

This festival is a time to make purchases and bring in the new and it is worthwhile investing in upholstery or wallpaper.

Velvet cushions can go on sofas or with vases and artworks, thus playing around with the accessories,” says Rohit Khemka, founder of RR Décor. Sheer fabric curtains can change the perceived dimensions and feel of your space. He suggests you revamp an old shelf with new and cool accessories. Fabrics are another great way to jazz up an old piece of furniture. If reupholstering is difficult, just throw cushions to match with the festive season. Enhance accents with a splash of colors.”

Visually rich spaces engender hope and optimism and bring cheer to people living there.

All it takes is a careful curation of the accessories by mixing different types of materials, colors and textures, say Sachin and Neha Gupta, interior designers at Beyond Designs. Whether it is tabletop décor or setting up a beautiful centerpiece for the dinner table, you can create eye-catching displays, they say.

An RR Décor design

Do It Right
Keep a few patterns and colors handy to suit the mood of the day. These can be ready accessories to spruce up the table.

“On festive occasions, you could go for exclusive silk, organza, embroidered or sequined table runners. If you want to get a little more creative, try out a unique idea – a runner woven using Rajanigandha flowers, like we did for our Diwali setting.” says Ajay Arya, founder of A Square Designs.

According to Meenu Agarwal, founder and interior designer at MADS Creations, “Whether as delicate candles or large installations, in vibrant colors or muted watercolor effect, lights are timeless features that never fail. The best part is you don’t have to do much to add to them. Just toss in a few cushions, a throw on the sofa, a rug, an artwork, and nothing beats the zesty nature of fresh flowers.

An interior from A Square Designs

Simple and Sustainable

You can select to fill the glass plate or brightening containers using potpourri. Dried petals and some herbs will give a natural appeal to the home’s aroma and also add to the overall style and design.

“You can also go for reed diffusers and scented candles to make your home ambience fragrant and welcoming,” says Ridhima Kansal, director, Rosemoore. “A happy-smelling home speaks wonders of festive home décor and gives a very inviting essence to the home. Be it decorating with the torans, rangolis, lights or flowers, colors play a vital role inside the home.”

Consider silver or gold floor lamps, vintage-styled candelabras, wall sconces, and designer pendants to add glitz to your space.

Nikita Karnani, product head, Mason Home, says, “Use luxurious marble on your drink tables or votive holders. Create cozy corners and light them up to create that warm glow. Adding mirrors to your walls is one of many interior home décor ideas to create a fancy atmosphere.”

This Diwali, let your imagination run wild and give your home the festive look it deserves.