The Latest Thing, which is in these days in the Capital, is that People are busy in giving an ethnic look to their houses. You can also do it without spending a lot of time and money and without any expert's help.
If your bedroom lacks brightness and you do not have time to get it repainted before Diwali, put a bright painting, throw in some bright colored cushions, wrap a cotton decorative sari to your curtain and there you are, the room will look different and brighter without much time spent.
Bells can be creative by using conventional and unconventional bells and diyas to decorate one corner of the house. An assortment of bells and diyas of different sizes hanged and placed at different heights will give an interesting effect.
Diwali being a festival of lights, add a personal touch to your lighting; be different. You can design or modify your wall lights by doing simple things. Simple rice paper lanterns can be made. You can even pick a glass globe from the lighting Fixture Company and get a carpenter to make a wooden bracket to accommodate the globe, and put it on the wall.
You could buy inexpensive earthenware pots and urns from the market and give them an exclusive touch by decorating them yourself. You can dye a thick rope of any color you want and apply fevicol and wrap it around the clay earthen pot the way you want & decorate any corner of your house. A combination of pots of various sizes would make it more dramatic. Shallow terracotta vessels could be filled with water, flower petals strewn in them and candles/diyas be made to float in them for that special Diwali feel
For your cushion covers mirror work material and artifacts are readily available in the market. Round or square mirrors can be stitched onto the cloth to make cushion covers, bedspreads, wall hangings and table covers.