(This article was originally published on the 9th June 2017 and updated on the 12th May 2020).
The home is a place you return to for rest and comfort, therefore it is important to ensure that it reflects your persona. When decorating your home, take this opportunity to express yourself and turn it into a one of a kind space that specifically reflects you.
With Hari Raya just around the corner, it is good to start planning and thinking of ideas on how to decorate your home. In this article, we would like to share simple ways on how you can decorate your home without needing to dive deep into your pockets.
The first step is to have a concept or an idea. Start visualising on how you want your house to look like. Inspirations can be from anywhere or anything. Once you have that concept ready, you can add some of these ideas listed below to complete the entire look and feel of your design. Here are some simple ideas to get you started with:
1. Create Paintings
Rather than buying art pieces from galleries, frame up your handmade arts and craft! You can also hang up framed artwork done by your children. Whether they are just watercolour or paper origami, personal touches like this can transform a space and give it more character. You may want to look up for inspiration on Pinterest for more ideas. Turn Raya decorating sessions into family projects and get crafting with your kids and even your elders.
2. Visit the Dollar Store
You will be surprised at what you can find at budget stores like MR.DIY or Daiso sell everything for a low or fixed price. From rugs to vases, you do not have to spend more than RM10 for these items. Follow your chosen desired colour scheme and purchase the items accordingly.
For Raya, popular colour options include green and yellow, but it will also do well with bright colours like pink and red. However, do not pick more than two colours at a time as your decoration then may look cluttered. If you are planning to buy decorative items, stick to ceramic, metal and other natural materials to give your home an air of elegance and refinement.
3. Recycle Leftover Materials
Remember those ‘ketupat’ shaped lights and oil lamps sitting in the store room? Well, now is the time to bring them out! Usually, most decorative Raya items can be recycled year after year. You just have to ensure that you pack and store them well. Cover them with paper or place them in a bag away from damp areas so that they last longer.
4. Go Back to Nature for Decorative Items
Instead of buying decorative items, use what nature has provided to custom make your own Raya decorative items. Hang up seashells in your hallway or place smooth pebbles in a clear glass bowl on your dining room. Hang some bright and freshly woven ‘ketupat’ cases up on your eaves to create a natural and homely Raya atmosphere. You see, sometimes there are many ways you can decorate without needing to buy anything.
5. Repurpose Old Furniture
Do not throw away old or shaky furniture. All you have to do is repaint and use them for another purpose. For example, if you have a rickety wooden chair, sand and repaint it to be used as a side table.
Old wooden ladders can be turned into a display board and a tired-looking headboard from your bed can be turned into a spot to hang clothing after you have attached a few metal hooks. Decorating your home for Raya can truly be a fun and enriching experience, especially since you get the chance to be creative and experiment with different styles and colours.
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