Diwali Interior Decorating Ideas For An Attractive, Welcoming Home
By Sarah Crosset
Diwali comes once a year and what better way than to celebrate it with plenty of pomp and cheer. It is best to start your preparations way ahead of time as there is lots to do. Diwali is a festival where Goddess Lakshmi, who is the goddess of wealth, is welcomed into the house and so the house is cleaned and kept ready for that day.
Cleaning the house will take a few days. The main objective at this time is to keep the rooms clear of clutter and have as much open space as possible. Once this is done upgrading the furniture or enhancing the look of the house with accessories will make it brighter and more beautiful. At this time of the year it is auspicious for people to buy new furniture or rugs for the house.
Since the living room is where you will receive guests, which is the room that will need more creativity in terms of design and decoration. There are many home improvement outlets that would help you over here and give you some ideas.
A few bright and attractive cushions to go with the divan or sofa will make the area stand out. Use traditional Indian fabric and Indian designs all over the room. Alternatively, create an Indian corner with a few traditional Indian items placed upon a colorful Kashmiri area rug.
Artificial flowers are lovely and colorful to the eye and easy to maintain, they can be placed in a tall vase. Torans (real or artificial flowers in a garland) are tied on the wall above the doors. You can either buy the individual flowers and string them together or alternatively you can choose from the wide array that is available in shops at this time of the year.
Diwali is the festival of lights and traditionally all houses are decorated with many tiny lights called diyas. Lighting small diyas and placing them on windowsills all around the house can instantly transform the house and make it look very captivating.
Although exotic diyas are readily available for sale at this time of the year, one of the favorite activities at this time of the year, for both children as well as adults is diya decorating. You can paint diyas and decorate them with tiny, shiny beads and sequins in traditional patterns.
Diwali lanterns are usually hung around the house. You can hang several small lanterns from every window and a large one outside the front door. Certain outlets sell lanterns just before the festival; they come in different shapes and sizes and can look very colorful. In India, lantern making or any other form of Diwali decoration is one of the main craft activities for children at this time of the year.
Another traditional home decor at this time of the year is the Rangoli. These are beautiful patterns made with colored powders. Rangoli is usually made on the floor just at the entrance of the house.
Diyas and glass bowls filled with water and fresh flowers, without the stalk like daisies, look very pretty when placed in and around the Rangoli and give the Rangoli its finishing touch.
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How To Celebrate Diwali