Make your home look festive for Diwali with upholstery fabrics and drapes

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Make your home look festive for Diwali with upholstery fabrics and drapes

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With the festival of lights just a few weeks away, it’s that time of the year when most homeowners in India consider giving their home decor a new look. Festive decorations like colourful rangoli, beautifully decorated diyas, plush furnishings and fragrant flower arrangements are as much a part of Diwali celebrations as the aromatic delicacies prepared in the kitchen for the festival. Since it is a season for house parties, it is common to deck up the living room, dining area and the adjoining balcony or veranda to welcome guests, but it doesn’t mean one should miss the opportunity to spruce up other parts of the house as well.

The easiest way to give a festive look to the furniture is to change the furnishing fabrics or to use decorative accessories. There are a host of upholstery fabrics available in the market, but you should keep in mind factors such as durability, cost, maintenance and the decor theme of your house before selecting a suitable option.

  • Cotton: This fabric is popular for its affordability and comfort during hot Indian summers, making it the perfect choice for upholstery, curtains and cushions. However, cotton is not as durable as other materials, and it isn’t fade-resistant, which diminishes the look of the furnishings due to washing or exposure to sunlight.
  • Silk: This natural fibre is best used for curtains, cushions and also as sofa upholstery for a luxurious finish. However, silk is susceptible to damage from moisture, sunlight and stains. 
  • Velvet: Although it is considered luxurious, velvet is tough to maintain due to its tendency to capture dust mites and stains. It is unsuitable in a house with pets and children.
  • Performance fabrics: The best performance fabrics, such as the range from Sunbrella, come with a host of benefits as they are water-resistant, fade-resistant and stain-resistant too. They come in a host of exciting hues, including bright tones that make them perfect for Diwali decor. The fabrics are made from fibre treated with UV-stabilized pigments, and as a result, the colour goes through all the layers of the textile, ensuring that it stays vibrant for years to come. You can choose solid tones or bright festive hues with unique prints and patterns to refresh the look of your home this Diwali.

How to refresh the living room with home decor fabrics?

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The durability of fibre and colour play a significant role in fabric selection for different applications like sofa upholstery, curtains, cushions and other accessories. Performance fabric is suitable for:

  • Sofa upholstery – While sofas can be upholstered with several materials like cotton, silk, velvet and leather, each of them has pros and cons in terms of cost, maintenance and durability. Performance fabrics are the most recommended upholstery fabric as they are stain-resistant, mould-resistant and available in an extensive array of shades to match any decor theme. In India, diwans and couches are mainstays in large living rooms, but futons are the new trend in apartments due to their small footprint and casual elegance. Upholster them with colourful performance fabrics and accessorise with printed cushions or throw pillows to enhance the festive ambience.
  • Curtains and drapes – Nothing spruces up the living room like a charming combination of curtains and drapes in vibrant colours that brighten up the doors and windows. Choose drapery fabrics to reflect your taste and the overall theme of the Diwali décor.
  • Cushions – When cushions and pillows in jewel tones are placed against solid coloured sofas, they look like twinkling gems in a jewellery box. Decorated with tassels, sequins and delicate embroidery, cushions made with performance fabric will stay stain-free even with rough usage.
  • Other accessories – Give the central coffee table and side tables a smart look for Diwali with charming and colourful table runners that will protect their polished surfaces from stains and spills whether you set decorative diyas or food on them.  

Ideas for refreshing the look of the bedroom with home décor fabrics

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While the living room is getting a new look why should the bedroom be left unattended? The versatility of performance fabrics from Sunbrella comes to the rescue of interior designers again by providing colourful stain-resistant options for giving a festive look to the bedroom.

  • Bed Cover/duvet cover – Whether you opt for floral, geometric or solid-colour bed covers for the room ensure that it complements the furniture and décor theme.
  • Pillows and cushions – Use pillows and casually thrown cushions on the settee with metallic and ornamental accents to bring festive vibrancy to the room.
  • Upholstery for stools and benches – Add life to window seats, stools and divans in the bedroom by decorating them with colourful upholstery fabric, throws, handcrafted covers and table runners in ethnic designs.
  • Headboard – Make your bed’s headboard the focal point of the room with artwork, colourful fabric upholstery or even fairy lights. After all, what is Diwali without some attractive lighting arrangements?  
  • Curtains/blinds – Infuse the bedroom with light and colour by mixing lace curtains with thick drapes with pretty prints or bold colours. Drapery fabrics from Sunbrella are ideal for Indian homes as they won’t fade from exposure to the sunlight. 

Some creative ideas for bringing a festive mood to the home with performance fabrics

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Now that the main areas of the house are decorated let’s work on spreading the festive spirit to other parts of the home. The trick to beautiful Diwali decor lies in being able to create something stunning without going overboard with excessive use of colours and accessories. You can use the delightful performance fabrics from Sunbrella to redo every part of your home in these innovative ways : 

  • Dining table decor – Refurbish the dining table with a table cloth, napkins and runners made from Sunbrella fabric. Add some fairy lights and arrange delectable sweets and savouries to welcome guests.
  • Partition panels – Bring your creativity to the fore by draping fabrics in different designs around the partition panels in the home and hang colourful lights over them.
  • Lampshades – The festival of lights is incomplete without colourful hanging lights and diyas in every corner of the house. While paper lamps with string lights are often seen, how about draping lampshades with fabric in an eclectic mix of colours and patterns to make a design statement? You can undertake this as a DIY project to keep costs low.

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  • Runners, shelf liners, table cloth – Don’t miss the opportunity to change every part of your home room with vibrantly hued fabrics. Customise them with colourful embroidery and arrange décor accessories to add festivity to the atmosphere.
  • Wall hanging – If you have a bare wall that looks dull, make a DIY wall hanging with mirror work and sequins to serve as a backdrop for the dining table decoration or on the living room wall.
  • Floor seating – Families have a tradition of hosting card parties for friends and family members so if you are planning to organise one in your home, spread colourful cushions and mattresses on the floor and cover them with bright and beautiful throws so everyone can relax while having fun.

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When renewing the furnishings this Diwali, opt for performance fabrics to get value for your money. Sunbrella’s award-winning range can be used for furniture upholstery, cushion covers, table linen, duvets, bed covers and curtains, among other home décor accessories. The fabric’s water-resistant, stain-resistant and fade-resistant qualities make it ideal for use in both interior and exterior areas of the house.

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