Finally the much awaited monsoons are here and although monsoons may seem to be the best time to get drenched in the rain, sit lazily by the window/balcony and watch the rain drops fall or simply to enjoy a hot cup of ginger tea they can be challenging when it comes to décor. Rains are those times, when the day may seem too boring, dull and gloomy. The decor at home also goes for a toss. There are washed clothes that don't dry quickly, kids get their muddy footprints right till the living room, and the dark indoors and so the list is endless.
Don't let that gloom affect you and your home. Make your home, monsoon ready by following these tips...
The furniture in our home is hugely affected during monsoons. The prime care that one can take in this season is to keep leather, wooden and metal furniture indoors. Also move them away from walls so that the dampness from the exterior walls does not pose any risk to them. When wiping ensure that you use only clean and dry wipes, to keep the moisture away! You will often find that some of your wooden furniture swells up during this period. Better to keep them oiled and waxed! Try to keep some moisture absorbers like silica gel in your wardrobes .Some natural elements like neem leaves and cloves may also help to keep insects away.
Let's start with the bedrooms. There is a slight temperature drop during these months and that indicates you will need to keep your bedroom warm and cozy. Choosing the right bed linen for your home is very important.
Points to be taken care of while choosing the bed linen are:
Bedspread, duvet, pillows, cushions etc.; all need to be chosen wisely. Since it can tend to be darker inside what with the overcast skies, go for bright and vibrant colours. Yellows, Orange, Green are the preferred colours. Lighter shades can maximize the light available inside home and enliven the space. Avoid darker shades. At the same time do not choose white or beige colours for your bed linen. They can tend to be difficult to clean, if they get muddy.
Make the bedroom warm and inviting by adding pillows and cushions on the bed.
Candles & Fragrances
Make sure you place some candles and mild fragrances to evade the moist smell away from your homes. Keep them handy on your coffee tables or side tables, so that you can light them up in the evenings.
Also monsoons mean more power cut off. This can be tackled by aromatic candles that will serve both the purpose.
This tip is sure to create wonder. Bright colours through the usage of cushions and rugs will make you enjoy the monsoon in the true sense. Now invite your family and friends, get that warm feeling with vibrant colours around your home and get on with endless rounds of laughter, chatter and coffee.
One advantage of rains is the greenery around. So bring the outdoors IN... Literally!
You can place indoor plants in attractive pots and containers in corners of your home. Plants will give a brighter appearance to the room.
Also certain plants like the common money plant, Bamboo shoots, Syngonium etc.; can be grown even in water. Try keeping them on the shelves or window sill of your bathroom. They will not only be helpful in controlling the odour, but also bring in positive energy.
I love the translucent curtains. Monsoon is the best time to bring about a change in window fashion. Heavy curtains during this time are a big NO-NO.
The lighter ones ensure ample sunlight inside home, providing privacy at the same time.
Remember those tall vases, uruli which are lying unused...Ask your local florist to deliver some red roses, geraniums, lilies etc.; Arrange the flowers attractively, not only this acts as stress busters and mood relievers, they enliven your space too...Better still, make full use of your morning walks...all those flowers that fall on the roads and side paths can also be arranged in your home to bring about the same effects...some imagination is only what you require.
Hang them in the balcony or window. Whenever there is a breeze, the music from the chimes will soothe your ears.
Umbrellas & Doormats
Do not forget to keep a tall basket or a designated storage option for the wet rain gear in your foyer or near the entrance. Umbrellas/raincoats can be neatly placed in them so that one does not forget to take it while going out. Similarly guests can also place their soaked umbrellas in them. A good doormat should be placed near the entrance to absorb the mud and wetness that guests might unintentionally bring inside.
Rains also mean increase in appetite and the need for hot piping tea and snacks. Pull out those attractive chinaware from their hidden spaces, treat yourselves to steaming cup of tea or coffee,(whatever you please).Do not wait for special guests or occasions. Enjoy the moment... Enjoy the rains in the coziness of your home.