Saturday, January 31, 2015

Home Decoration Ideas: Decorate Floors with the Art of Rangoli, Kolam or Muggu


Home Decoration is an art. You can decorate your home in many ways with various appealing techniques. Decorating with furniture, decorating with lights, wall hangings, sceneries, dolls or decorating with art, rangoli and designs on walls and floors. Each one of these are some of the superb ideas for decorating your home and making it a beautiful and appealing place to live.

If you own a spacious flat or home with much spare space in your drawing room or hall, you can allot a corner of it to create a very beautiful scenery with a combination of wall hangings, paintings, rangoli designs and dolls.

Decorating the floors of your home with colourful rangoli designs is one best method of making it beautiful as well as hygienic and eco-friendly.

What is Rangoli?
Rangoli is the art of drawing or making designs and patterns with the rangoli powder or chalk or paints on the floors inside your living rooms/ hall/ pooja room and at the entrance of the house, at the back door of house and in your alleys and courtyards so that the entire atmosphere becomes an awesome place of art and culture.

Rangoli is a great tool for Home Decoration. Rangoli ensures keeping your home and environment neat and clean as well as hygienic. Further it boosts your spirit and talents by engaging you in daily touch of art and drawings.

Rangoli is a Hindi word. It is also known as "Kolam" in Tamil language and "Muggu" in Telugu language.

Rangoli Powder
Rangoli powder is made up of either rice flour or chalk powder or white stone powder or a mixture of all these items and which can be also mixed with other synthetic colour powders and petals of flowers. It is widely available in all markets in India and at some of the other southeast asian countries. It can be prepared at home also by mixing the above mentioned items.

How to make patterns and designs?
There are many ways of making or drawing patterns and designs.

1) Patterns and designs with simple lines and dots for those who are interested in daily making of rangoli or kolam (muggu):

These designs and patterns get erased and new ones prepared daily on temporary basis.

  • Make dots of any design and link the dots with white rangoli powder. For example, you can make round shapes, squares, stars, leaves, corn shapes or any pattern and designed shapes as per your imagination and skills.
  • Or, if you are good at drawing and art, you can straight away draw the designs and patterns with the rangoli powder or thick wet chalk.
  • You can fill some of the portions of the design with rangoli powder and flower petals also to make it more appealing and visible as shown in the left side first image. 
  • You can make colourful designs also using coloured powders and chalks and colourful flower petals as shown in the other image in front of the door which also gets erased and new one prepared daily.
These designs can be made outside your door entrances or alleys and back yards on daily basis.


2) Permanent designs and patterns inside rooms with paints:


  • Draw and make designs with paints on the lines or patterns and designs instead of spreading or filling
    with your rangoli powder to make them permanent for many months You can make any pattern or design of flowers, leaves, vines and of paddy/wheat/cereal corns, etc or whatever designs you may like.
  • Use different colours of paints with beautiful combinations for each part of the designs showing your skills.
  • These designs can be made in all four corners of the room with a large design in the center of the room as shown in the images below. The left side image is meant for the four corners of the room and the right side image is for the center of the room.
  • Make matching designs when decorating all four corners and the center of the room. 
  • You may also like to draw lines or chain like designs joining the four corners along side the wall border to make it a complete whole floor design. 
  • These designs will not erase for many months and even years unless you erase them. You can clean the floors with damp cloth also without hampering the designs.




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