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10 tips for making your home monsoon ready

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4bhk Residence, Grant Road Modern style bedroom by SPACE DESIGN STUDIOS Modern
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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!

1. Prepare a cosy corner for enjoying the weather

Master Bedroom Balcony Modern style bedroom by SPACE DESIGN STUDIOS Modern
SPACE DESIGN STUDIOS

Master Bedroom Balcony

SPACE DESIGN STUDIOS

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.  

2. Swap the heavy curtains with lighter ones

2bhk, F Residencies Modern style bedroom by AARAYISHH Modern
AARAYISHH

2bhk, F Residencies

AARAYISHH

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.

3. Relocate the plants

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. 

4. Make your home interiors bright and airy

Living Room Minimalist living room by Rebel Designs Minimalist Iron/Steel
Rebel Designs

Living Room

Rebel Designs

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.

5. Coat your outdoor furniture

Kojagiri anil Dhawale Residence Modern garden by Sunil Patil and Associates Modern
Sunil Patil and Associates

Kojagiri anil Dhawale Residence

Sunil Patil and Associates

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.

6. Stock up the kitchen shelves

Samrath Paradise Modern kitchen by IMAGE N SHAPE Modern
IMAGE N SHAPE

Samrath Paradise

IMAGE N SHAPE

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.

7. Protect your balcony and windows with awnings or shades

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.

8. Rearrange the seating

Living room Modern living room by Ashleys Modern
Ashleys

Living room

Ashleys

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.

9. An umbrella for the open space

Garden decoration by scioscape Minimalist
scioscape

Garden decoration

scioscape

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.

10. Get the wooden furniture monsoon ready

living area or informal space Modern living room by flamingo architects Modern
flamingo architects

living area or informal space

flamingo architects

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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