After the sweltering heat of the long Indian summer, the first shower of monsoon is rejuvenating. We welcome the rains with open arms as they wash everything, making the world look fresh and beautiful. When it is pouring outside, it is nice to watch the rain from the comfort of our beautiful homes. However, to enjoy the best of what the season has to offer and to minimise the occasional issues that it presents, it’s advisable to get your house ready for the season. You don’t need the expertise of professional interior designers and decorators to bring in these changes. These simple tips can help to make your home monsoon-ready!
Get a cosy corner ready in your home. Pick your favourite nook in the house and spruce it up so you can enjoy the monsoon magic with a hot cup of tea or laze around with a book.
Put away the thick and dark curtains that you used to keep away the summer sun, and replace them with a lighter fabric, which dries quickly even if it gets wet in the rain. Otherwise, they will become prone to being attacked by mould and mildew, and the damp odour will permeate the room, making the environment unpleasant.
While some of the plants in your garden might be strong enough to brave the monsoon wind and rain, for others, it might prove fatal. Check your plants and relocate them if required to spots where they continue to flourish.
Of course, it is not possible to change the wall colour of the house before every monsoon. However, you can introduce bright and lively colours into the home décor through the upholstery and linen. Choose vibrant colours for the curtains, bedsheets, bedcovers and cushions to give the house a cheerful and lively feel when the weather outside is gloomy.
Cane and bamboo furniture are not entirely water-resistant. If exposed to the rains for months, the natural materials can absorb moisture and become prone to damage. The same is true of wooden furniture. If you have balcony furniture that is made from natural materials, it’s best to give them a waterproof coating to improve their durability.
The monsoon comes with minor bumps. In some areas, when it rains continuously, the roads get flooded and can hinder accessibility to supplies. It’s advisable to stock your kitchen cabinets and refrigerator with groceries, fruits, vegetables and all the essentials so that you can manage for a few days without stepping out of the house and struggling to navigate through the rain-soaked city.
During a torrential downpour, you need to protect your home against flooding caused by water coming into your home through the balcony or windows. Cover them with sunshades or awnings that prevent water from splashing into the house. Choose a durable material for the canopies so that you won’t need to replace it every year.
The simplest thing to do is to rearrange the furniture and change the seating arrangement of the living room, or the position of your bed so that you can get the best view of the rain tumbling down as you lounge on the couch or bed.
In city homes, open spaces such as balconies are precious even if they are small. Protect the balcony with a temporary or permanent shade from above. It will not only save your outdoor furniture and landscaping but also present a beautiful place for enjoying the cool breeze when it isn’t raining.
Even your indoor furniture needs protection from moisture and dampness. Ideally, it would be best if you gave your furniture a coat of wax before the onset of the monsoon. However, if you missed doing so, then you can protect your furniture by moving it away from damp walls, floors as well as windows and doors that connect to the outdoors. If they do get splashed by the rain, use a dry cloth to wipe them down immediately. You can also place bay leaves, camphor or neem in sachets inside cupboards and wardrobes to protect the interiors from attack by fungus and mould.
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