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This Diwali, budget tips for revamping your home written by Purnima Goswami Sharma, published in October 21, 2019

Considering that home owners cannot spend huge amounts to renovate the home for every festival, we look at some pocket-friendly tricks, to deck up the home for Diwali


Diwali is a time, when one spruces up the home to make it look clean and fresh. For the festival of lights, it is important that the house looks bright and cheerful. &ldquoThe first thing to do, is to thoroughly clean all the walls, fans and lights. All chandeliers and lamps should be cleaned, so as to emit more light and give a sparkling look to the home. Keep the rooms well-organised and clutter-free,&rdquo advises interior designer Meghna Mirchandani, of Dimensions, Delhi. Dry cleaning the sofas and curtains, can also give a fresh feel to the house and is an inexpensive option, compared to changing the upholstery, adds Mirchandani.


You can also use colourful throws, or lustrous silk and shimmery brocades, to decorate the house. &ldquoChange the cushion covers and add a few more, on the sofa. One can opt for raw silk fabrics in various colours to spruce up the home&rsquos décor. The right size and mix of colours, can make the space inviting,&rdquo states Saheba Singh, director, This is it Designs Pvt Ltd, Delhi. The walls can be given a quick makeover, with some acrylic emulsion and block print patterns on the entire wall, adds Singh. &ldquoYou can opt for a single colour or use multiple tones of two chosen colours. Embellish it with crystals, shimmer, or whatever else you might fancy,&rdquo suggests Singh.


Ways to brighten the home for Diwali, with accessories and lights


Beautiful metals accessories like silver, brass and copper, can add subtle glimmer. Add a few ornamental brass pieces in the rooms, or decorate a fancy silver tray table with a few lights and flower petals and keep dry fruits and chocolates in it, for guests. LED lights are easily available. You can spread them over trees, balconies, window sills and outdoor spaces, to add a warm glow for Diwali. When opting for lights, don&rsquot limit your choices to merely wall and ceiling lights. For example, there are statues and stones, with built-in lights. Glass bottles filled with LED string lights too, can be placed in gardens, the balcony and near the main entrance.


Use plants as accent pieces


Aesthetic plants can also be used as accent pieces. &ldquoAdd some lush green foliage indoors. You can paint the earthen pots with easily available geru, (brown earth powder) and arrange them in the corners of the room. Potted plants, shrubs, creepers, bonsais, and sculptural stems can be arranged in any room,&rdquo states Mirchandani. You can set up a temporary vertical garden indoors, by keeping a wooden ladder in a corner and arranging plants on each step and twirling fairy lights on the ladder.


Decorating the main door for Diwali


Decorate the main door for the festival, to welcome positive energy. If one has the space near the door, place a large metal diya stand and marigold garlands on the floor. For a classic look, place huge white candles in jars and sprinkle pink roses and white mogras, around it. &ldquoFor the dining table, make an arrangement with flowers, fruits and candles. Choose a single colour for all three. For example, marigold, tangerine or tiny oranges (clementine) and yellow and orange candles on the table, can spruce up the table instantly,&rdquo says Singh.


Diwali decoration tips


  • Arrange fresh flowers like lilies, hydrangeas, lotus, carnations, or tulips at home, in tall vases or in flat brass urlis with candles.


  • For Diwali, add a stunning lamp at home, as a symbol of the festival. You can choose a carved metal lamp or one with metal fittings or merely opt for a brass lantern.


  • For tableware, you can choose ethnic rustic crockery for flat plates, dip bowls, sweet platters and so on. Dress up the dining table with desi textiles and colours like red, purple and turquoise.


  • Rangoli and torans are a must, to decorate the main door. You can make a traditional powder rangoli and also draw Laxmi&rsquos feet and swastika with kum kum, which is considered auspicious.


  • On the floor near the temple, arrange diyas.


  • To spruce up the walls, you can use washable colours and designs.


  • Ensure that the Diwali decorations in the house do not hinder movement.


  • Use traditional &lsquoitra&rsquo for fragrance at home.