Born and raised in Tehran, Leila Erfan has come a long way from home. Yet, the Iranian design expert is not far from home. Now living in India, Leila is the founder and creative director of ARIA Interior Design, a design enterprise based in Gurgaon. Heading a team of engineers, creative experts, and artisans, she creates unique furniture and home décor items, and designs bespoke living and work spaces around the country.
The art enthusiast shares her simple festive decoration rules with us. Things to try: A collage of playing cards on your walls and gold for your table settings. Throw your doors open and let the fireworks begin.
Colour Keep the balance between subtle and festive colours to brighten your arrangement. A simple way to add colours is to replace your regular upholstery with traditional prints. Embroidered tableware and rustic hues will add a luxurious edge to table settings. Don’t forget the gold! Instead of bright yellow hues, opt for more subtle rose gold sheer textures.
élanstreet DIY Offset plain walls with a multi-hued carpet. Swap conventional Persian patterns for funky floral or geometric prints.
Illuminate What is Diwali without lighting? Illuminate your home with elegant lighting and spruce up your outdoors with diyas and candle. Decorate a corner with fairy lights, hanging them or wrapping them around vases. You can decorate centre tables with fragrant floating candles. Use warm yellow lighting to illuminate the room and enhance the setup with aromatic vanilla and cinnamon.
élanstreet DIY Have a string of old lights? Stick it on a large plain canvas and prop up against the wall for an instant dose of new.
Accessorize The key to getting your décor accents lies in placing the right item in the right place. Mix and match objet d’arts of varied sizes on your coffee table. Diwali demands accessorizing your entrance—place an idol of the Lord Ganesha, surrounded by an arrangement of florals, diyas, and rangoli. Let the florals and lights continue on staircase railings and ledges too.
élanstreet DIY Place a stem of florals in old wine bottles or succulents in mason jars to enliven glum nooks of the house.
Draw The traditional art of rangoli adds a welcoming look to your home. Pick a space where the colour and design can be seen clearly. Add diyas and flower around the arrangement, leaving sufficient space for movement around it. If you are not keen on using powders to create a floor decorative, arrange lamps and flowers. Coordinate with a carpet in the foyer.
élanstreet DIY Can’t draw to save your life? Find a stencil and even the most elaborate rangoli will be a cakewalk.
Paint This may require planning in advance. Transforming your walls with eye-catching textures can transform the entire space. From jewel tones to unusual pastels, embrace colourful walls and experiment with materials such as leather and fabric. You might know that mirrors add depth to rooms—use tinted mirrors in brown or copper to enhance the effect.
élanstreet DIY Have a vintage sari you can’t wear anymore? Frame a part of it to create an exclusive display for your walls.l
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