Aidilfitri is coming very soon and by now, everyone would have begun preparing for the festivities. One of the preparations you may be pursuing would be decorating your own home. There’s a fine line between overdoing it and making the decorations work.
Remember that less is always more, and you don’t have to pile on the decorations for it to look lovely. For starters, here are some ideas:
1. Matching Table Runners and Cushion Covers
Traditional motifs and middle eastern themes are popular choices for Hari Raya, and having cushion covers and table runners with the same patterns creates a feeling of harmony. Think of them as highlights to a simple monochromatic colour scheme for the rest of the room. You can add matching curtains for a more schematic look.
2. Fresh Flowers Everywhere
Fresh flowers in the dining room and living room will create a natural yet refreshing setting to the space and make your guests feel more comfortable and welcomed. It’s also a simple decorative element as you only need to place an order for a bouquet or drop by your local florist. Try not to use artificial flowers as the main centrepiece as this may make your space look less dignified or refined.
3. Fairy Lights to Create Magic
Fairy lights are small running lights that are very versatile and can be hung up either inside or outside your house. Keep them one colour, and gold or white lights are the best to create a luxurious and more classy atmosphere.
4. Bring Out The Moon and Stars
The moon and stars are common decorative elements in Muslim culture, and you can always hang these in your house to give it that extra sparkle and festive mood. 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. It will be even better if they light up, for that extra festive cheer.
5. Go Green and Natural
Green is a popular colour for Hari Raya, and the more natural greens you put in your home, the better. 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.
6. Add Religious or Ethnic-Themed Wall Decorations
From batik hangings to Islamic calligraphy, you can fill an empty space with art that reflects your heritage. It can be framed up, or just adhered to the wall directly. Be sure to choose a method of putting up these hangings that won’t damage your wall and can be easily removed after Aidilfitri is over.
Your homes can really shine this Raya with just a few simple touches that don’t have to cost much. You can always add a more professional touch to your preparations by getting in touch with renovators.
written by Michelle Chee