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Simple & Budget-Friendly Ways to Jazz Up Your Home for Raya

April 15, 2021
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Ramadan has officially arrived and this also means that it’s time to revive your home for the upcoming Hari Raya celebration. Although this year’s Hari Raya might be celebrated in a slightly different atmosphere, it doesn't mean that you can't have a cheerful and memorable celebration at home to mark the joyous occasion.

Tiara Duta, Ampang by Haven Interior & Construction Sdn Bhd

And luckily, you don't have to spend a fortune to spruce up your home for Raya either. Here, we have rounded up 6 simple and budget-friendly ways to make your home Raya-ready!

1. Rearrange your furniture

One of the easiest ways to refresh your home for the festive holiday is by switching your furniture around. For instance, if the first thing you see when you walk into your living room is the back of the sofa, that big piece of furniture blocks traffic. Simply moving the sofa to the opposite wall can create a new focal point, improve traffic flow, and make the room look more inviting, all at the same time.

No. 54, Setia Alam by Reliable One Stop Design & Renovation

If you can’t find a good way to make a comfortable arrangement of the furniture in the room, that doesn’t necessarily mean you need new furniture. Before you hit the stores, try browsing around your house. Perhaps the very piece you need is already sitting in a different room, and all you need to do is swap it for one of the pieces you’re using now. You’d be surprised at how versatile your furniture is!

No. 54, Setia Alam by Reliable One Stop Design & Renovation

2. Decorate with string lights or lanterns

String lights are a common sight during Hari Raya, and it's such an easy way to amp up the celebratory mood. Add a little extra glow in your home by hanging string lights outside your house, along with your windows, over your doorway, or along the staircase to make your home more festive and inviting for the guests.

Henry Goulding Home, Bangsar by MIL Design & Construction

Besides string lights, lanterns are one of the most elegant forms of lighting that set the mood and add to the ambience of a space. Lanterns can be made using an old birdcage or jewellery box, however, if DIY is not your thing, Homeware stores sell a variety of lanterns for you to choose from. The best part is, they're relatively inexpensive to purchase either!

3. Create small vignettes throughout your home

Decorating one room for the Hari Raya celebration is relatively easy, but decorating an entire home can feel like an impossibly difficult (and expensive!) task. Rather than decking out rooms from head to toe, create small vignettes throughout your home using items you already have.

budget friendly home decor

For example, you can create coffee table vignettes displaying glass jars filled with your favourite kuih raya, along with ketupat cases and candles. Take it space by space, and remember that a little decor goes a long way!

4. Decorate your wall with arts

If you happen to have an empty wall that you just can’t seem to fill up, you can consider creating a wall gallery, hanging up artworks, calligraphy or ketupat cases using plastic ribbons. You can also consider hanging stars crafted from recycled materials at the window to spread some festive cheer.

Casa Tropicana by DesignLah

Interior Firm: DesignLah

Keep in mind that these festive decorations don’t have to be over-the-top. Just keep them simple, add some vibrant elements to make it pop. It’s one of the easiest DIY decorations to convey Hari Raya greetings to anyone who visits your home during the festive holiday!

5. Replace your cushion covers and rugs

Changing up your cushion covers is another simple and affordable way to refresh the look and mood of your home for Hari Raya. While green and yellow is the traditional colour for Raya, you can also mix textures and materials to add layers to your interior decoration. Having the right mix of shades and materials will help to create a comfortable and harmonious environment that reflects the Raya vibes.

Setia Eco Glades, Cyberjaya by Lakar Design & Construction

Besides cushion covers, you can also add a festive vibe to your home with rugs. Rugs not only add comfort to your underfoot, but they can also help to enhance the overall appearance and the atmosphere of your living space too. A worn-looking rug, for example, can add a special character to your space and it fits both modern and traditional furniture.

6. Dress up your dining table

Your dining table should not be overlooked as well. Whether you're using it to host a big family feast or just a small brunch, make your Raya feast extra special this year by creating a table setting using a combination of different materials that you have at home.

Setia Mayuri by Sachi Interiors

Interior Firm: Sachi Interiors

For example, you can consider adding unexpected colours to a formal dining room with multicoloured glassware, pastel-coloured plates and a vase of fresh-cut flowers to add some cheerful vibe to your dining table set up. Meanwhile, simple yet affordable classic white serving plates and dinnerware can create an elegant dining table setting and make your festive dishes stand out!

Setia Mayuri by Sachi Interiors

Interior Firm: Sachi Interiors

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