Interior decor tips: Ways to make your home monsoon ready

by HomeDecorBeauty


The monsoon provides the necessary relief from the summer heat, however, the added humidity, gloomy days and dark nights make the home dreary, which is why monsoon decorating is all about conquering that gloom. Granted, the monsoon season brings cool breezes and respite from the heat, but it also means our homes can be damaged by humidity.



Therefore, one has to think about making changes to protect the home during this season, with various innovative products readily available on the market, namely humidifiers, paint solutions, varnish coatings, etc., to prepare residential spaces for the monsoon. In an interview with HT Lifestyle, A-Class Marble Director Rajesh Bhandari advised: “Regarding maintenance, there are many tested products on the market to protect walls, floors and other surface finishes from moisture. Also, pay attention to fenestration and façade design , as well as a conscious choice of materials, can prevent your space from being negatively impacted by rain.”

He added: “Different household areas require different measures to prevent rain damage. For example, torrential rain causes the most damage to roofs, patios and balconies. Therefore, they require priority attention. Waterproofing and protective covers are some of the technologies that reduce monsoon damage. Check electrical equipment, wiring and automation systems to avoid accidents. With these temporary measures, people can improve the comfort of their homes during monsoons.”



Ar Anupriya Sahu, founder and head of design at Alankaram, advises that during monsoons, humidity and humidity can take a toll on furniture, “especially wooden furniture, which are highly prone to mold and termite infestations, which are extremely common in this season. Most It is good to keep the room well ventilated as the air movement keeps the furniture dry. Avoid placing wood chips near areas of high humidity such as windows, walls or balconies. One can choose rattan furniture or even treated rattan, which The strips are waterproof and UV resistant, and they are easy to carry. They are a great option for semi-outdoor and outdoor spaces like balconies.”

Another step he shared is recommending at least one coat of paint or varnish on wooden furniture within two years. He says: “Doing this will fill the pores and prevent the wood from expanding, which in turn prolongs its life, i.e. preventing the wood from swelling. Use a dry cloth to wipe or dust furniture parts, this will help eliminate mold build-up. Placing camphor or naphthalene balls will help absorb moisture and prevent Keep termites/other pests out.”



Studio IAAD founder and design concept Rachna Agarwal asserts that monsoons often cause extreme damage to the exterior of any building, emphasizing that using suitable weathering materials and designing in sync with local climatic parameters can help minimise this damage. “For example, sloping roofs help deal with heavy rains by mitigating runoff,” she said. “For coastal homes, sloping roofs help sea breezes meander through the space and help the wind flow on wet days.”

As for the house’s facades and open areas, she said: “They can be clad in a mixture of concrete and textured tiles that mimic natural stone – a material palette that effectively stops moss from building up on structural walls. , thus Minimal maintenance and upkeep is achieved. Other water-friendly material options are HPL (High Pressure Laminate), brick, glass and wood. Lattice screens and well-placed windows aid ventilation and bring in natural light, helping to keep the home dry At the same time, non-slip floor materials or textured floors are also a boon to prevent slips and accidents.”



Devika Khosla, creative director at The Works Interiors, recommends some effective ways to get the most out of the coming showers and suggests:

1. The easiest way to lift your mood is to combine colors and patterns. Sunny yellows, bright blues, plaid and ikat can bring vibrancy and add a new dimension to a space, which can be achieved by adding some cushions and throws.

2. Ventilation is essential to reduce humidity and keep the room ventilated. In addition to convective ventilation, plants such as Boston ferns, peace lilies, betel nut, English ivy, and spider plants absorb moisture and enliven the space. In addition, different herbs such as basil, oregano and thyme add a pleasant aroma that can be used in cooking.



3. Dispel the gloom with heartwarming keepsakes and beloved books. These can be layered on consoles, open storage spaces or bookshelves.

4. Use lamps or accent lights to balance the lack of natural light and create your own warm atmosphere. Also, light some scented candles to amplify the effect and emit a soothing aroma.

5. Organizing spaces to bring in positive energy is an important trend. Clearing up the mess and letting the energy flow freely will help us reduce stress and stay calm. Remove heavy furniture or simply rearrange furniture for a fresh new look.

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