As Chinese New Year approaches, it’s time to do a little spring cleaning and redecorating. Give your home a fresh start and get rid of the accumulated bad luck of the past year. There’s more to decorating than just sticking up festive posters. To help enjoy an abundance of good fortune, happiness and prosperity, take advantage of these essential home decorating tips to usher in the Lunar New Year on an auspicious note.
1. Clear the clutter
Remove all unnecessary items to make way for new blessings. You can donate, dispose of or even sell items that you no longer need. For those that you keep, prepare storage areas to eliminate unwanted clutter.
2. Avoid tables with sharp corners
Go for tables with rounded edges as sharp points are believed to cut away good luck. As Chinese New Year is a time for reunions, round dining tables are perfect for hosting dinner with the family.
3. Use plants to bring energy back into the room
Bright, colourful plants don’t just bring cheer to a room, but they also help to bring positive energy as they are full of vibrant Chi. Blossom your wealth with yellow oncidiums, or embrace the celebrations with deep red hydrangeas. Arrange them in a modern oriental vase for the perfect festive touch.
4. Illuminate dark corners
Bring light into your home to encourage good health and well-being. Expose windows to let in natural light when you can, or illuminate dark corners with lamps and chandeliers. This allows positive energy to flow through your room and invite luck in.
5. Decorate with splashes of red, purple or green
In Chinese culture, colours are filled with lucky meaning. Decorate your home with splashes of red to bring in happiness and good fortune, while purple and green attracts wealth. Choose one or two areas in each room to accent rather than decking out the whole room in these colours.