Hey everyone! My name is Aami from GujaraniCreations and today we will be getting into my quick tips on how to decorate and style your home for Diwali.
What is Diwali?
Diwali (Deepavali) is a beautiful and important time of the year for many people around the world.
For those who aren’t too familiar with the holiday Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights that usually lasts five days and is celebrated during the Hindu lunisolar month Kartika (between mid-October and mid-November). The term is derived from the Sanskrit words dīpa which means lamp or light. It also symbolizes the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.
During this time our homes are decorated with beautiful colors and plenty of rangolis (designs drawn on the floor using colorful sand/ rice). The doors and windows are kept open in the hope that Goddess Lakshmi will find her way inside and bless the residents with wealth and success.
This year, I’ll be celebrating Diwali with my husband and his family. This will be our first Diwali together as husband and wife, and I couldn’t be any happier. This will also be the first time I’m decorating our home together for Diwali.
I’ll be sharing 3 simple ways you can decorate your home for the holidays!
1. Simple Marigold Garlands
I, personally, am a huge fan of neutrals but love styling with natural elements. Flowers are the perfect way to bring in color during this time of year, particularly marigolds!
Last October, the fam and I used so many yellow, orange, and white garlands for my sister-in-law’s wedding; so many, in fact, that we don’t even know what to do with them. However, we didn’t like the fuller look of the garlands and, instead, wanted a more airy and lighter version. So we cut each piece out and re- stringed each individual marigold into a sequence of 3,2,1 and repeat. We ended up loving these so much that we use these all over our home for any Indian holiday.
If you don’t want to go through the hassle of buying these from India, you can easily buy a 15 pack from Amazon. This quick DIY takes only 30 minutes, and I highly recommend having these as a staple. I styled these garlands in our entryway, and it really helps set the tone for the rest of our home!
2. Diwali Tablescape
One of our new traditions I’m implementing this year is a Diwali dinner with close family. I’ve been obsessed with tablescapes lately and don’t get why they’re such an underrated décor statement in homes. I always keep my dining room set according to the seasons, never anything crazy. At the end of the day, it still needs to be functional and dog-friendly. I don’t need to wake up to broken pieces in the morning.
Always start off with the bases- select your tablecloths, dishes, napkins and runner. I recommend going neutral for the bigger pieces and adding color and interest through smaller accent pieces. I did this by adding beautiful brass silverware I only use for the best occasions paired with my stoneware plates and woven placemats. The serving tray and wooden brass roti box were another beautiful touch I paired to bring in my natural and color elements.
I finished off my beautiful table with scattered rose petals and a floating centerpiece. My floating centerpiece was made of glass globes with diyas. After all, it’s the Festival of Lights, and you need to bring in light somehow! The goal of this centerpiece was to keep everything off the table to make room for the food. I needed this to be a statement piece but functional, which I accomplished by tying my globes to my chandelier.
Finally, my last styling tip, light. This is Diwali, the Festival of Lights. We need candles and tealights. The whole shabang! Some of my favorite lighting I love to incorporate are fairy lights. Fairy lights are thin and delicate and super flexible. They are a great way to light up your entryway, your fireplace, and your staircases.
If you don’t have access to fairy lights, diyas, candles, and battery-operated tealights are also a great alternative to use around your house.
I hope these quick tips gave you the inspiration you need to decorate your home for this upcoming Diwali! Thank you so much to Ammu for featuring me today on her blog! I had a great time writing this piece for y’all and super grateful for the opportunity. I would love to see all your decorations and styling on IG, and I would love to hear from you. Feel free to reach out at my handle @gujaranicreations
Till next time,