Dress Up Your Festive Home 

Brighten up your home this festive season like never before. Some festive décor ideas will get you in the spirit and give your home a new soul.

Dressing up your home in the festive spirit is so much easier than you think. As we are nearing the festive time of the year, Diwali and Dussehra, the card parties around the corner, it’s time to get your home festive ready. When it comes to festive decorating, often straightforward and chic is manageable and note-worthy. You can add the festive touch to your house by working with monochromatic or vibrant palettes, a sprinkling of fresh greens around the apartment. This is not all; you can even perhaps elegantly arrange the sweets, play with the lighting and take the traditional decor to a whole new level. So just check out your budget, combine what you have on-hand besides a few items from decor stores. Grab the candles, lights, diyas, lanterns, rangoli, fresh hues, and fusion décor accents, get every inch of your home into the festive spirit with these easy ways to deck the house.

Festive Ready Homes

  1. Lights

Lights are the most important factor to be considered during the festive season so you can strategically place them at home. We suggest following the Oriental style of paper lanterns this Diwali for a delicate, striking yet beautiful decoration. You can look out for Chinese or Gujarati lanterns. You can also make lamps out of paper cups, get creative with old paper cups by painting them and cutting them out into floral shapes that can be stuck together, eventually, add a light bulb to it and create a chain. You can make a DIY decorated candles to light up your homes, only spice up your regular candles by decorating them with dry flowers, dry leaves, sparkles, ribbons, pearl stones or crystals, so they look beautifully lit. Instead of the regular candles, make candles in sea shells and place them around the house. Alternatively, use painted clay oil lamps for a traditional look or arrange diyas in a pot with water and flowers as centerpieces or in your porch. Place scented floating candles in a glass jar or earthen pot and create an eye-catching look for the evening.

  1. The living room is the heart and soul of the house, and the choice of the furniture for the room becomes the essential part of the decoration. Go for contemporary, elegant sofas for the living area and toss bright cushions on them with colorful carpets.
  2. In the dining area, use a lot of dimmers, mood lighting or indirect cove lighting.
  3. Usage of flowers and aromatic candles together will accentuate your whole ambiance of the space.
  4. Go for a quirky or chrome glass coffee table with little stools and keep books, scrabble or some stationery on it.
  5. If you have more room—spread out a rug and throw in some blingy, over-the-top cushions.
  6. A single sensational piece of furniture or accessory adds drama and focus. Like a stunning oversized cabinet or bar.
  7. Add in statement mirrors to brighten up any room or foyer.
  8. Strategically place bowls filled with potpourri all over the house to have it smell divine.
  9. Go for gold, silver, plum, midnight blue and maroon hues which reflect the festive season.

Neelanjan Gupto, of Neelanjan Gupto Design Co, gives us the top trends that will rule the world of interiors in festive look! He says, “The 1950s and 1970s hot trends are back in fashion design collections. Mid-century mod with brass, gold, and metallic finishes are in vogue, currently. Get ready to embrace some retro bling. Decorative backsplashes have gone strikingly for a long time. Designers are expecting to see consumers gravitating towards more geometric patterns that feature fluid movement. Cement and even wood are going to play a significant role in achieving this. Whether it is a backsplash, an intricately patterned floor or a countertop, fluid geometry is coming in strong. Industrial look office with a more comfortable feel and bright colors with loads of decal and ambient lighting is the latest trend in the market. This trend is going to get bigger in the coming year. Organic shapes and textures will rule the roost this year.

Forget the matchy-matchy look: Decorate a room with different furniture styles, colors, and patterns. This gives a fashionable look and makes the room feel fresh. Refurbish an antique décor furniture, say for example one may pick-up an antique corner table and give it a distressed look with the help of metallic paint to make it more appealing.

Use contrast and texture: While a bright purple on one wall might look striking, you need to assess whether it works well with the décor in the rest of the room. Seamless transitions play on tones and pick up elements of design and décor. Use textured look for more efficient ambiance, and keep contrasts muted unless you are trying to create a particular theme, like the rising sun, the morning twilight and the young trees all ready to bloom—are equated with the freshness and purity of childhood. Such kinds of themes reveal the simplicity and innocence of just being there.

Feature walls: You can use it to define a space in an open plan, focus on an element like a niche, entrance, fireplace or the wall behind a wall mounted LCD. Rather than a single swathe in a bright color, you may want to consider wallpaper, stencils or textured finishes.

The soft curve: There are certain areas of the home that allow the creativity a bigger canvas. The powder room, kids’ room, and staircase hold sway here, followed by corridors, kitchen backsplashes, and entry rooms.

Excellent faux: Colour wash in tones of beige, stripes in pale yellows, combine techniques in muted gold and sponged tones of khaki, all very subtle but can make a wall come alive and yet not become too overbearing. Get low on contrast and high on tonal variations. If you are feeling adventurous, you may want to consider metallic bronze, leather finish or a natural crackle. When using the deeper colors like blue, orange, green and red, you need to focus whether you can merge it with the décor in the room.

Mural magic: Not just restricted to kids’ rooms, murals can be used effectively in niches and walls to create an illusion of space and light. Murals are best left to professional artists. As kids of all ages love themes, it will help you to decide on how to design the room and consider things your child has shown an enduring interest in.’

Happy decorating