How To Decorate Your Living Room For Diwali?
You can use a combination of natural and artificial lighting to enhance the decoration of your living room. Pair custom-made diyas and scented candles together to make it more lively and fill your house with a soft and calming fragrance. You can even put string lights into stylish and modern mason jars/glass bottles/prisms and create something completely unique and aesthetic. String lights can also be draped around windows, doors, sheer curtains or over a garland of flowers.
These days, people have also started replacing diyas with tea lights (with votive holders) to maximise the burn time and add another layer of interest to the overall vibe of the space. Who says you need to keep the wall empty? Embellish them with pretty hanging lights, ceiling lamps and rows of paper lanterns (kandils) that contrast with the wall colour to create some visual depth. If you don’t want to spend much then simply putting a new lampshade near your sofa set can make all the difference and instill freshness into the area.
Fabric And Upholstery:
Take your Diwali decorations up a notch in your living room by playing around with the look and feel of your fabrics and upholstery. Invest in some good carpets/dhurries and throws/cushions with floral or hand-embroidered patterns that complement the existing color scheme to instantly revitalise your living room. Hang torans (bandhanwar) around your main entrance to bring in positive energies. Throw in some carefully-selected ornate placemats as well.
Add a touch of nature into your living room with fresh banana/mango leaf and marigold/rose flowers. All these elements are completely eco-friendly and are considered sacred. Not only this, but their fragrance is also known for improving one’s mood, marking new beginnings and bringing a homely vibe to the area. Oranges, yellows and reds are some of the favorites colors you can opt for.
You can place them in a nice pot/vase as your space permits or get innovative and use multiple flower garlands vertically to create gorgeous curtains/dividers in your living room. Incorporate natural elements like brass and copper into your decor as these precious metals are known to appease the gods.
If you’ve planned an exclusive budget for your Diwali decor then don’t hesitate to add some new piece(s) of furniture to your existing collection. You can either buy elegant corner tables or a large coffee table to act as a functional centerpiece. Add a large decorative mirror to make the living room look more spacious and create a somewhat formal environment. The possibilities are endless so experiment all you want.
Making rangolis at the main entrance of their homes during Diwali is a staple tradition. You know why? Coz it’s thought to bring in good luck and instill a feeling of generosity and strength in the community. Literally meaning “row of colours”, you can choose between a wide variety of vivid patterns (most popular is the Kundan pattern), colours and ingredients to beautify your piece of art. Some of the elements include rice powder, flower petals, crushed limestone, chalks, etc.
If you’re bored with the look of your walls and want to break the monotony, use mandala wallpapers or a simple and traditional wall painting/gallery-wrap canvases to give your memories and artwork a modern twist. Experiment with something new in this festive season.
Here’s our round-up of some amazing Diwali room decoration ideas. Skim through it and let us know which one catches your attention.
Bright Lights Everywhere
Keep the room dividers open and light up each side of your main entrance with lace lanterns, floor lamps, string lights , flower garlands and diyas. However, make sure that it doesn’t look too jumbled and overdone. Change the old frame of your bulbs with patterned ones so that they emit light in mesmerizing patterns, just like in this picture. The overall colour scheme of this living room for Diwali seems almost perfect, doesn’t it?
There is a graceful yet striking beauty in keeping things minimalistic as well. This living room entrance looks super festive and appealing with the flower-made rangoli, yellow flowing curtain drapes and soft lights popping out from here and there. The wooden divider and the tone of the furniture also completely complement each other and enhance the overall design aesthetics of the space.
Going The Eco-Friendly Way
If you’re an advocater of eco-friendly practices then you can opt for this living room/drawing room decoration for Diwali. You can make paper diyas and innovatively place them on columns of string lights to create a wonderful piece of wall art. Similarly, you can use battery-operated diya-style lights to demarcate the corners of your room. Go in for a traditional wall painting to elevate the living room instantly. And how can you even forget those brightly-coloured cushions? They remind us of those lip-smacking Diwali sweets.
If you have sufficient time to prep up your house this Diwali, opt for painting a Mandala pattern on your accent wall or using a full-size Mandala wallpaper instead. Known as “magic circles”, they are used as a symbolic decoration during this time to represent a body-mind-soul reconnect and a period of powerful existence. This Mandala pattern stands out in contrast to the brown wall colour and also blends in perfectly with the existing living room decor.
Simplicity Meets Auspiciousness
Immerse life into your static home decor by simply placing a potted banana plant indoors, a brass/copper bowl full of water and some nice floating candles on this modern centre table. Copper and brass (precious metals) are used to please the gods who in turn shower their blessings over us. Also, the natural sunlight peeking through the window and the patterned carpet takes decor of this living room to the next level.
A Creative Interplay Of Textures And Colors
Set the festive theme in your living room by adding yellow and orange Marigold streamers. It is a lovely way to welcome guests and make them feel right at home. The soft glow of the lights and a woven wall art piece look stunning while the colourful sofa set brings in a sudden pop of color.
All in all, give your living room the much-needed upgrade that you were waiting for this Diwali using our curated list of Diwali decoration ideas. Make sure you tweak it as per your personality and make it look inviting to your guests. On that note, the Design Cafe team wishes you a safe, happy and fun-filled Diwali!
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