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LIGHT UP WITH DIWALI

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Thousands of revelers beat drums and dance. Thousands more offer their prayers to the goddess of wealth. There are smiling faces everywhere. Diwali is one festival that illuminates people’s hearts and lives with myriad colors and lights. Diwali is important not only for its religious significance, but also for the happiness of getting together with friends and family. In the society, the celebration of Diwali brings the community together and enriches joyous moments among its residents. While a special puja dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi is an indispensable part of the day, home decoration is integral too.

For NRIs who travel home to celebrate the occasion with their closest friends and family and end up scratching their head in confusion looking at the wide array of decorative items at malls and big discounts getting bigger with the approaching day, here are a few tips.

Lamps (Diya)
There is a reason why Diwali is popularly known as the ‘festival of lights’. No Diwali decorations can be thought of without considering diyas. This time, paint the earthen lamps or embellish them with sequins, beads, minakari work etc. to give them the chic look. Panchmukhi floral diyas can be painted as per your own DIY styles too.

Candles And Lanterns
Diwali lanterns or ‘Aakash Kandil’ create the perfect festive ambience. You may get floating candles as well to float in varied colors on urns filled with colored water. Use as many colored stones, glitters and mirrors to add to your Diwali mood. For something unique, light charcoal in terracotta pots lined with foil to make them look like unique lanterns.

Rangoli
Rangolis, colorful designed made on the floor, is a traditional Diwali decor. Be creative with Rangoli and use mirrors and embellishments. Mix and match your rangoli designs with the areas of your house that scream contemporary.

Flowers
Flowers are the best decorative items. Pick garlands of colorful flowers like rose, marigold, jasmine etc. and fix them along your stair handles to create a festive ambience. Combine string of lights with flowers to add to the elegance. Use old and traditional copper and brass urns a vase with a bunch of lotus buds and fully blossomed flowers.

Bandanwars

Bandanwars are a traditional decorative for the festival of Diwali. Hang up a bell at the entrance to your house and wrap strings of colored lights for added effect. Let the visitors ring it instead of the electric door-chime for the festive feel. You can also use wind chimes.

Diwali is one auspicious occasion when most Indians splurge on high net worth items, mostly houses. Whether you are buying a new house or not, don’t forget to decorate it with all your heart. Once you are done, set up an al fresco dining for them to enjoy the view of the night sky filled with fireworks. We wish you a safe and happy Diwali.

Colours you could use in your home

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Has it ever happened to you that you enter a house and suddenly feel at home? Or maybe, get cranky without reason? Most of us don’t realise by that’s the effect colours have on your mood. The colors of the rooms within your home need to bring out your personality. So choose colors wisely. And once you find something you like, limit the number of colors in a room to no more than three or four. Too many colors can make a room look busy or cluttered.

BLACK, GRAY, WHITE, AND BROWN

These neutral colours are basic because of their flexible nature. Black is best used in small doses as an accent. Indeed every room should have a touch of black to ground the color scheme and give it depth.

RED

Red raises a room’s energy level.So when you want to stir up the excitement, particularly at night, go the read way and create the first strong and intense impression. In the living room or dining room, red draws people together and stimulates conversation.

YELLOW/ORANGE

Yellow communicates happiness and hence it’s perfect for the happy pockets of the house: kitchens, dining rooms, and bathrooms. When used in halls and small spaces, yellow can feel welcoming. But beware. In large amounts, this color tends to create feelings of frustration and people are more likely to lose their temper in a yellow interior. Orange on the other hand, evokes excitement and is an energetic color. While not a good idea for a living room or for bedrooms, this color is great for your workout room. Orange also increases energy levels.

BLUE

Blue brings down blood pressure and helps calm down and relax people. Your bedroom should be ideal for the colour but if you opt for a light blue as the primary color in a room, balance it with warm hues for the furnishings. Warmer blues can also have a calming effect when used as the main color of a room. Stay away from dark blue though as it evokes feelings of sadness.

GREEN

Green is one of the most peaceful colours. Green cools things down and encourages unwinding. Green also has a calming effect when used as a main color for decorating. Green is also believed to help with fertility. So if your bedroom is still waiting to be painted, choose green.

PURPLE

Purple, as it is associated with royalty, is rich, dramatic, and gives a royal feel. It is associated with luxury as well as creativity. But that’s with the darker shades. Lighter versions of purple, such as lavender and lilac, bring restful and peaceful qualities to bedrooms as blue does.

MAROON

If you are ready for some irritability, rage and crankiness around you, then choose crimson. Stay away from this colour as the main color of a room. Sitting for long periods of time in a room painted in this color will likely affect the peace and harmony you are striving to create in your home.

The ceiling never really gets its share even though it represents one-sixth of the space in a room. A coat of white/cream paint is usually used as a general rule. We suggest you to stick to it as ceilings that are lighter than the walls feel higher, while those that are darker feel lower. Colors behave in three basic ways : active, passive, and neutral. The thumb rule is that light colors make rooms seem larger and brighter. Dark colors are sophisticated and give large rooms a more intimate appearance. These are the general rules but color choice is a very personal matter. So go with the hue that works best with you and let your home reflect your personality.