The start of the festive season brings a welcomed opportunity to hit the reset button and give your home interiors a brand new look, welcoming families home for the season of celebration. Festivals tend to bring families together and thus, a home should reflect the celebratory cheer. Let Sujata Chitalwala, the Principal Designer at Designers group light the way for your decor, bringing that festive bling and vibrant colours with a few decor tips.
The entrance of a home sets the design tone for the rest of the house. A few minor additions could go a long way, simply placing a flower pot that is filled with fresh water, blooms and floating diyas could instantly uplift the welcoming spirit and guide the welcoming energy of the festive season. Decorate the doorway with garlands of Marigold which are associated with fire and purity, thus considered auspicious. These can be intertwined with wreaths and strands of lights for additional charm. It is also important to have the interiors smell fresh with the use of aromatic candles and scented incense sticks that add a refreshing vibe to the space.
Make use of string lights on balconies and entrance gateways that offer an understated simplicity of an elegant lighting scheme. LED lights, being energy-efficient, economical and long-lasting, can be used to decorate the indoors. The floored circular inlay within the pooja room of the Jagtap Residence is designed by the team at Designers Group replicating the dome in the ceiling while strips of LED lights serve as the showstopper of the expanse.
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Further, one can make use of tea light candles and place them on candle holders as table decoration pieces. Try popping up a bunched string of fairy lights into a mason jar and place them on a few corner tables for an interesting play of light and shadow.
With the festive season, make use of clay diyas as they can be recycled every year and place them in decorative holders around the house. Add metallic elements into the room to reflect the light and offer an artistic element to the decor aesthetic.
Concentrate on a key wall in the room to create a focused accent. Repaint a wall in the festive colours of red or orange as they represent power & positivity and can be set in the background against a gold-trimmed mirror or mix-media artwork. Alternatively you could utilise a bright-hued wallpaper instead of paint. The advantage of wallpaper is that it can get a feature wall instilled instantly with a readymade design of one’s choice. It can either be in the traditional tones of the festival or add a modern touch to match the design scheme. For instance, at the Jagtap residence, in the entrance lobby, the wall fabricated with wooden louvres lend an elegant vibe to the space.
Give the living space a regal look with the help of rugs. Make use of bright silk or embellished zari & sequins and bring in the cheery bling. Revamp the soft furnishings in a myriad of colours and watch the room transform into a festive spirit. Make use of different textures & shades in home textiles to uplift the room interiors. For instance, the living room of the Jagtap Residence is a white astronomical corollary of grace with accents of blue, gold and black subsumed through furniture like the coffee table and soft furnishings.
While the whole house is being lit up, one tends to forget the remote corners which could be livened by a few colours and lights, through the use of multi-hued tassels, tinted glassware and lampshades.
Make rangolis and bring in the celebratory cheer with the various shades of colours. One can also create floral rangolis as they are biodegradable and easier to clean up than powder. Rangolis at the entrance usually are a welcoming invitation during the festivals to bless the home with wealth, prosperity and good luck.
Bring out the delicate crockery while setting up the dining table with a coloured or glittering tablecloth and candles. Alternatively, one can also give the room a traditional touch with copper vessels for tableware. Add shine to the space with a scattering of metallic gold in the form of vases, candle stands and ornamented plates. Decorate the centre table and fill the space with twinkling lanterns & tea lights to soulfully reflect the festive cheer.
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Hope these decor tips enlighten the festive mood and make your home interiors Diwali ready!