No time for a complete home makeover? This Raya, elevate the look and feel of your house with these quick and fun decorative ideas.
With the Raya festivities just around the corner, it’s time dust off the current decorations at your house and revamp the space into a cheerful and vibrant atmosphere. Hari Raya is all about new beginnings and joyous celebration, and what better way to ring the happy occasion with some fresh Raya décoration. Generally, interior décor is all about expressing yourself. So take this opportunity to transform any area in your house to fully reflect on you and your personality.
However, the process of preparing it can be a hassle, especially for busy mothers and jetsetters. Most people would give the whole house a fresh coat of paint, upgrade their furniture and tableware, install new lights, all of which can be time consuming and probably dig deep in your pockets. But, we can assure you that things don’t have to be such. Here are 4 last minute simple decorations that will add the feel of Hari Raya to your home.
1. Matching table runners and cushion covers
Nothing screams Hari Raya more than matching decorations. Traditional motifs and Middle Eastern themes are beautiful choices for this festival. Opting to have cushion covers and table runners with the same patterns will create a harmonious environment. However, remember to make them only as highlights against a simple monochromatic colour scheme for the rest of the space. In interior designing, less is always more. If you’re thinking of following the matching theme completely, you can add curtains of the same pattern for a more schematic look.
2. Fairy lights and pelita everywhere
This sounds simple but the beauty that fairy lights and pelita create is magical. This small running lights are extremely versatile and can be hung either inside or outside your house, while pelita adds elements of tradition and nostalgia to the ambiance. Our suggestion is to keep them your fairy light in one colour – either gold or white lights as they are the best to create luxurious and classy look and keep the pelitas to two colours at most.
3.Moon and stars hanging all around
These celestial motifs are common decorative elements in the Muslim culture, and are a mainstay for most homes during Ramadan and Hari Raya. Hanging them in your house instantly gives your home that much needed sparkle. It’s one of those things that you can’t go wrong with, and common colours you can choose are gold, silver and pale green. If you’re feeling of going all out, you can ensure they are all lit up for that extra festive cheer.
4. Add a touch of green colour everywhere
We all know that green is the colour of Hari Raya, and the more natural greens you put in your home, the better it is. You can either paint the walls in green or place fresh flowers in the living room as it will create natural yet refreshing setting, making your guests feel more comfortable and welcomed. Besides that, fresh greenery is a simple decorative element as you only need to place them at the corner of the space or as centerpiece and it will be a subtle but beautiful décor. If you’re thinking of something more traditional, then you can weave some ketupat cases with real leaves and place them around your home, together with some leafy plants so that you weave in the green elements seamlessly into your home, rather than forcing it into the setting.
There you go folks, Selamat Hari Raya and Maaf Zahir Batin!
Written by Rubaa Shunmuganathan | Edited by Mira Soyza