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How to Decorate Your House for Diwali on a Budget

Diwali, the festival of lights, is almost here and every household is gearing up for some major spring cleaning sprees and Diwali decorations. Even the most laid back of people can’t help but get into the Diwali spirit to spruce up their house with a thorough cleaning of every nook and corner. From wardrobes, and kitchen cabinets to bookshelves, closets and even those forgotten lofts are touched with the magic wand of Diwali.

Diwali or Deepawali is the beginning of a long festive season in India that continues till the New Year, and it is customary to redecorate your house during this festival. The market is choc a bloc with shimmery and glittery decorations for Diwali, which will transform your house into its dazzling best for Diwali.  It is easy to go overboard with Diwali shopping during this season with so many attractive options around you. To help you control your spending this holiday season we bring you five simple and budget-friendly ideas for you to decorate your house this Diwali

Paint your colours

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Traditionally, people used to paint their entire houses for Diwali, but with rising expenses, paucity of time, and sheer inconvenience, you can choose to just paint a single wall in each room or even paint the living room in a different colour. Brighten up the dark corners of your room with a fresh new colour. You can either go with the festive reds, oranges, and maroons or go wild with your own palettes. I love the texture or stencil paint for a focal wall, which instantly gives a makeover to your room while saving on expenses. You can also go for wall decals, which will create a beautiful art piece on your wall without making a dent in your pocket. See how Patty from ColoursDekor brightened up her room by changing a single wall colour in the above pic. 

Change up your Furnishings

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Drapes and furnishings are the easiest ways to create a new look for your home this Diwali. Take a look at what needs to be changed or refreshed, like curtains, sofa covers, table covers, bed covers, etc. To stay within budget, choose one item that will create the maximum impact. I find that changing the drapes creates a whole new look for any room. You can use old silk, crepe, or chiffon sarees for creating new curtains, bedcovers, quilts, etc. You can also use old embroidered shawls as throws. I love how even a few new colourful cushions can dramatically increase the festive quotient of any room. Check out the awesome range of cushions at

Buy a Focal piece

 If you are not big on making many small changes but still want to create an impressive Diwali look, then you need to buy a statement piece for your house. Keep it in the entryway or the living room where it will garner the maximum number of eyeballs. Keeping with the Diwali theme, you can buy an ethnic accent piece or an artefact that will complement your wall colours. I personally love this handmade black and beige wooden wall panel.

DIY Decor

It is time to head to our trusted friend Mr. Google and search out DIY decor ideas for Diwali. You can make paper lanterns, and candle votives from mason jars and even paint your own diyas. If you love candles, then there are lots of ideas out there to make your own candles at home. Rangoli making is an art that most of us have dabbled in at one point or the other. It is also the perfect frugal decoration for the Diwali season. Learn how to make these beautiful votives using glass jars from FellowFellow.

Reuse, recycle and upcycle

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Our Diwali cleaning spree usually ends up with a lot of trash, and if you think a bit creatively, you can easily turn this trash into treasure. Paint old beer bottles into vases. Plain glass bottles filled with fairy lights or Diwali lights make a beautiful centrepiece. Big glass bowls can be used for floating candles and flowers. Repaint wooden boxes as magazine holders, make torans with flowers and leaves and use old sari borders as runners for your dining table. The ideas are endless, just think outside the box. See how The Ochre Elephant converted waste yoghurt cups into a gorgeous Diwali welcome sign. 

I am off in search of some cool, budget-friendly and beautiful Diwali decorations.

How are you going to decorate your house this Diwali? Share it with me through the comments below. 

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