Amazing Diwali decoration ideas for your home
Diwali is a very important festival for Indians and the festive spirit at that time of the year is somewhat infectious! Homes are spruced up and decorated to welcome Lord Ram returning from vanvas (according to mythology Diwali (deepawali) – the festival of lights is celebrated to welcome Lord Ram returning from vanvas after 14 years). Fasting, partying and distribution of sweets as well as giving and receiving gifts – all these make the life and soul of Diwali. Here are 10 decoration tips to make your home look more festive during Diwali. Diwali decoration ideas
As Diwali is the festival of lights, let me shine some light on this aspect, to begin with. String twinkling fairy lights on the gate, on the shrubs in the garden, along the drive and pathways if any. Apartment dwellers may decorate the balcony railings, terrace railings, pergolas and other structures and entryway with fairy lights. This simple method will usher in the festive look in a jiffy.
There are many decorative lights to choose from – for the outdoors as well as for the spaces indoors. Antique style lantern lights look good in the outdoor areas. You may even go for terracotta lanterns and lights with cutwork patterns or even rock lights – these look beautiful when paired with plants. Craft unique lights with empty bottles and jars, fit them with light bulbs or use them as votive candle holders.
Decorate with candles, they certainly add to the festive look – there are many shapes and sizes and colours to choose from. A floating arrangement in a traditional copper container or an urli in brass or bell metal at the entrance will make for striking décor – float decorative candles along with flowers or petals of marigold, roses etc. Votive candles and t-lights may be used on the dining table, side tables etc and even to decorate platters for serving snacks or sweets. LED candles are available in various sizes and shapes – use them outdoors or indoors. Line the pathway from the entrance with LED candles on either side, there are ones that are remote controlled.
Diwali and diyas are inseparable! Go ahead and light up your home with decorative diyas – you may use them anywhere and everywhere in your home. Just make sure that you adhere to safety rules. Decorate your doorway with diyas, make use of them for table décor or even place them in the middle of snack platters.
Rangoli made with flowers and leaves, coloured powders, grains etc at the entryway will make an apt decoration for Diwali, enhancing the festive look. Add a little bling in the form of glitter powder; it looks good especially at night. You may even decorate a portion of the coffee table in the living room, with rangoli. This may be done on a glass (clear) topped coffee table with a sunken base that has concealed cable lighting within. The rangoli will show through the clear glass top, creating a beautiful effect.
Use flowers in abundance and spread festive cheer. Marigolds are the favourite pick for Diwali décor. Use marigold garlands to decorate the entrance, string them onto pelmets and curtain rods, use them in floating arrangements, scatter the petals along the sides of walkways, use them for dining table décor with diyas…..the options are many.
You may also use other flowers for arrangements and décor. Incorporate greenery into the décor, use potted plants to enhance the festive décor.
Make an innovative ‘thoran’ for the entrance of your home, incorporating fresh flowers, leaves and coloured glass beads. Multi-coloured bangles may be strung together in an artistic manner to make ‘thoran’.
Decorate with idols of Lakshmi-Ganesha – use them not only to decorate puja thalis but also to add a festive look to your living/dining space. A large sculpture (in stone, terracotta, wood or metal) of Ganesha decked with marigolds and accompanied by diyas, lamps or candles will look striking at the entrance.
If you have traditional oil lamps, this is the time to take them out, polish them and incorporate them into your Diwali decoration. Deck them with flowers, place them with a beautiful rangoli or in the center of your dining table – just use your imagination and create stunning effects with lamps.
Decorate gift boxes and boxes of sweets with hand-painted Ganesha motifs (or any other apt design) or stencils. Use sheer fabrics like tissue with a touch of brocade to make gift pouches.
Go ahead and incorporate unique ideas while decorating your home this Diwali and make your home look more festive!!!