Diwali is a festival, where home owners endeavour to illuminate their homes in various ways. Nowadays, there are various lighting options available in the local market and online stores, from humble earthen diyas and candles, to LED and battery-operated lights and exclusive creations from designers.
Diyas for Diwali
“Creative and artistic earthen diyas are not only reusable and colourful, but are also pocket friendly. There is a huge range of such diyas, available in shape of various flowers like rose, lotus and sunflowers for the main door. Diyas shaped like oranges, apple, melons, etc., are ideal for the dining table. Diyas with Om, Lakshmi and Ganesha designs, are ideal for the temple. For the passage and foyer, you can opt for funky, emoji-shaped diyas. Ornate gold and silver metal diyas, embellished with semi-precious gems, can be used to light up the living room,” suggests Khushboo Jain, founder, Urban Haveli, a home décor studio in Mumbai.
Use accent pieces for home lighting
During Diwali it is better to select lighting options, according to one’s home décor – for example, modern, Bohemian, ethnic, vintage and so on. “Wrought iron tea light stands are indigenous and made by local blacksmiths. These days, a variety of tea light holders are available, which are crafted in shapes of elephants, kettles, pots, human and animal figurines, which can be used in the living room. Besides illuminating the home during Diwali, these holders also serve as showpiece items,” adds Jain.
Quick and inexpensive ways to light up the home
Diwali is also a time, when you can involve children in the decorations, as they usually have vacations or holidays. “You can get them involved by letting them paint earthen diyas, which can then be arranged on a rangoli. Opt for mirchi lights around the doorways and for the temple, hang tiny lights along with colourful duppattas. Instead of using fairy lights as is, you can weave flowers with it and then hang it up. Another inexpensive trick, is to put some colored paper cones or sheer cloth on lamps, to create mood lighting,” says Lekha Gupta, senior architect, L.A.B. (Language Architecture Body).
Lanterns are one of the easiest ways to brighten up the house. They are available in plethora of designs and are perfect for this festival. “If you believe in eco-friendly celebrations, opt for paper lanterns, to light up balconies and windows and even indoors. To add some colour, you can buy kites in bright colours or translucent papers and stick them on the windowpanes and then light up the window,” adds Gupta.
Quirky lighting options
These days, there are various options to illuminate the home, including neon sign art for walls with various messages, LED-lights for paintings, wall plaques, illuminated name plates and torans with lights. These can be used in any home for dramatic effect. Multiple lighting options such as chandeliers, accent lights and lamps, combined with candles and diyas, can be sued, to create a festive ambience at home. The important thing, is that the design of lamps and fixtures, should match the style of the room.
Tips, to light up your home for Diwali
- In coloured bottles and chai glasses, place candles and arrange them in any room.
- To keep your house smelling fresh, use lemon grass or citrus-scented aromatherapy candles.
- Arrange a bunch of candles of various heights, in a secured glass container, surrounded by flower petals and keep them in any room.
- In a transparent glass vase, add some coloured water and add glass pebbles, flower petals, rocks and marbles, as well as some floating candles.
- Stick at least six multi-coloured metal bangles together, place them on a coaster and place diyas inside it.
- Battery-operated LED mirchi lights can be strung all around dining table or the center table.
- Avoid too much of red and blue lights indoor. The lighting should create a serene and festive effect.