With just a week before the dazzling festival of Diwali, it is time to decorate and get ready to celebrate the Festival of Lights! If you are hosting a party and inviting friends and relatives to visit your house, we have prepared a few easy tips that will help you deck up your house in no time!
Diwali is the only time of the year when households in India are knee-deep in cleaning and decorating their homes to celebrate the auspicious occasion. If you are thinking of doing the same, here are few tips to will help you get started.
1. An Attractive Entrance
It is believed that to invite Goddess Lakshmi into your home and to receive her blessings, your main entrance to the house must be attractive and decorated beautifully. It is common to design rangoli near the entrance with vivid colors and a variety of designs. Nonetheless, you can also make small footprints symbolizing Goddess Lakshmi by mixing flour and vermillion.
Make your entrance bright and shiny by hanging colorful doorbells, mirrors, hangings, and other decorations. The entrance to your home should set the mood for the festivity so that your guests feel ready to celebrate as soon as they enter your house. Alternatively, add more color by some floating flowers or rose petals in an urli.
2. Get Rid of Clutter
We all have a pile of clutter in some corner of the house and there’s no better time than Diwali to get rid of it! Remove all unwanted items in the house like old clothes, furniture, stationery, utensils, etc., that have been collected over the years and make way for new things. Instead of just throwing old stuff away you could donate these to the lesser privileged.
3. Let There Be Light
Diwali is called the festival of lights for a reason. Thus, you won’t be blamed for having too many lights in your home. You can add a welcoming touch to the entrance hall wall by placing candles, diyas, and tee-lights. Decorate your coffee tables, sideboards, and other furniture with some fairy lights to add festive spirit to it.
Diyas are available in various designs and colors. You could use various arrangements of placing them; the more creative the better! You can also put up decorations like string lights and fairy lights that beautifully light up the house. For example, place them on a platter, use floating candles in a bowl of water with flowers, place small candles in hanging candle holders or by just placing them in a line.
You can also bring an ethnic touch to your home with the traditional brass lamps with fresh flowers. Traditional brass lamps are not just ideal gifting items but an elegant lighting option for the occasion. Brass wall hanging diyas or metal diya holders are quite popular and are available in various designs like peacock shaped brass lamps, dancing Ganesha and flower-shaped brass lamps.
4. Clean to Prosper
Cleaning the house is important not just for hygiene but also to bring about positivity and attract well-being and prosperity during the festival of Diwali. It is believed that by cleaning the house during Diwali, the Gods of wealth will be happy and will, in turn, bestow upon us in wealth and good fortune.
So get your home ready to welcome Goddess Lakshmi by cleaning everything inside your house, including your metal accessories like brass, copper lamps, lanterns, boxes, and urns. Don’t forget to polish them until they shine like brand new.
5. Repair and Repaint
Diwali is perhaps the busiest time of the year for house painters as many people will get their home repaint during this time. It is advisable to get upholstery redone in advance to avoid any last-minute rush for Diwali.
If you don’t have the time to do that, at least do a makeover for your interiors. A grand finishing such as gold is good enough. Use it on cushion covers, runners, linen and décor accessories to create a rich and luxurious look. You can also decorate with gold beads and baubles to add glamour to your interiors.
6. Decorate with Rangoli
A rangoli is an intricate pattern, and a form of freehand art specifically drawn on floors of a building. It uses materials such as kolam powder, colored rice, fuller’s earth, or a combination of these to create magical designs.
Rangoli is one thing that as a tradition we do it in our home. Nowadays, people use organic colors and a mold to make the process quicker. You can also use flowers and place them in a certain arrangement. Some may use just colorful candles or diyas to form an arrangement or use chalk powder and glitter along with mirrors to create the magic.
Happy Diwali to All Our Readers!