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Designing Home The Monsoon Way
Sunshine has long bid us goodbye and the dampening monsoon is on, enclosing everything in its dull and Designing Home The Monsoon Waydreary look. What better way to burst the monsoon gloom than doing up your home in bright monsoon colours. The decor should be a fusion of luxury and contemporary taste. With the monsoon arriving, just make a few simple readjustments to add to the comfort levels, and to brighten up the mood when the skies are grey and overcast to welcome the rains in a greater way.
Monsoon is associated with warm bright colours such as fuchsia pink, pastel shades like orange, pink, green, earthen and pale colours which brighten up any decor and gives you the natural feel. If you want to revamp your outdoor then go for environment-friendly furniture which requires no maintenance.
For interiors, take off your heavy summer drapes; get translucent or lacy curtains. Roll up your carpets and rugs and consider options such as bamboo mats or moisture resistant acrylic carpets for the floors. Also, get foot rugs at your doorstep to ensure mud or slush is not carried into the house. To brighten up your house during the rainy days, change the decor to bright and earthy colours. If you have installed the wooden flooring, then make sure they are free from moisture and non slippery. In every monsoon, while we may enjoy getting drenched in the rain once in a while, we also crave the warmth of our home. So, as Designing Home The Monsoon Wayyou spend your time indoors, be sure to spruce up your home with these easy tips and tricks:

For Your Living Room
The versatility of the living room allows for a multitude of options. Complement your otherwise plain sofa with a range of colourful cushions. The range of cushion covers spans from solid colours to retro prints. Alternatively, you could even opt to create a cover yourself by modifying your colourful vintage saris and fabrics.
Place two or three aroma candles in tall candlesticks to add some pleasing fragrances and uplift that pall of gloom. It can also come handy for days when the electricity may go off, which occurs often during monsoons. Whether you're fond of flowers or not, a vivacious vase will instantly add a zing to the room's decor. For occasions that call for floral arrangements, go for the minimalist look with fresh flowers taking centre stage. Use colourful flowers that add liveliness while balancing them with ferns. The days of doing up one single wall as an accent wall is passe. Instead of keeping one wall as the focal point, the trend is Designing Home The Monsoon Wayto use the same colour on all the walls. And for accent pieces one can use bright cushion covers.

For Your Bedroom
We often hope to sleep in on rainy days. Make your bedtime even more perfect for those cosy moments with these elements. Replace those heavy, summery curtains with lace curtains to allow the little light to enter the house. Nothing spells comfort more than soft, luxurious bed sheets. Soft, pure cotton fabrics are ideal for long, lazy afternoons. Try and avoid using silk or woollen bed covers and carpets as they tend to attract moisture. Opt for furnishings in polyester and nylon instead. Using a dimmer is a great way to add some mood lighting Designing Home The Monsoon Wayin the bedroom.

For Your Balcony Or Patio 
The balcony or that little patio can serve as a great getaway that helps you unwind. Attach some wind chimes at the entrance of the balcony to let positive energy enter your home. Liven up your patio by setting up a fascinating dining table with charming chairs. You don't have to go for chairs that are identical to each other. Assorted chairs with different furnishings and patterns but in a similar style can really add that quirky element to your outdoor space. But remember to have a large sized umbrella or a canopy covering your regal furniture and do pull it all back in or the rain will ruin it. 

For Your Kitchen
The kitchen can be a mundane space as you struggle to figure out each day's meal. You can alter that with just a few additions and subtractions. Change your containers and display your ingredients in creative ways. Pour your oils in unique glass bottles or try bowls in different shapes and sizes to place Designing Home The Monsoon Wayyour fruits in. Try quirky, colourful cutlery to jazz up even the dullest dishes. A brightly-painted wall can also help in adding some cheer in the otherwise plain kitchen.

Go Green
The colour for walls this season is either mint or avocado. It not only looks striking but gives a soothing and fresh feel to the room. And, this colour has a Feng Shui effect too.

Muted Effect
Beige, gray, mushroom and dull metallic colours are very hot these days. Fabrics for wall treatments and muted natural colours for curtains also work.

Let's Do Glass
With the constantly escalating price of real estate, average homes are getting smaller, but people are no longer just resorting to white to make their homes look larger. Glass, mirror and reflective metallic colours are in, and have taken up the important role to give your home a larger-than-it-is look.

Shutter Talk
Wardrobe shutters or doors are being made partially reflective to make rooms look spacious. Back-painted, toughened glass, is very popular these days as wardrobe shutters. They give your room a very sleek look.

Prepare Your Home For Rain
The rains may bring relief from the heat but it's a season when your home and furniture need special care and attention. Here are a few tips to take care of your house this season:
Paint the iron grills before they get rusted in the rain. Check your terrace for any leakage and cracks. During this season, wooden doors or cupboard screws should be loosened a bit as the wood puffs up due to moisture. Also, use oil or varnish to protect wooden furniture. The electricity problem should be resolved before the rains set in as there is always the danger of short circuiting. So, make sure to check any wiring that you have at home. Use tarpaulin sheets to prevent rain from coming inside the house. This season dampens the house. To avoid pests and mosquitoes, clean the house properly and also take care of plants. Carpets get damp, giving off a musty smell during this season. Rugs should be rolled up and wrapped in polythene sheets with a little camphor to protect them from water and insect infestation.


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