The Chinese New Year is around the corner and you will need to decorate your home in preparation for it. The best way to do it is to start at least 10 days before the celebrations. That way, you will have a lot of time to do everything that needs to be done. Here are 13 stylish ideas for decorating your home for the CNY:
- Chinese Red Lanterns
Chinese lanterns are an integral part of all the festivals that happen during the year. For the CNY, you may hang red lanterns on your door to get rid of bad luck.
- Door Couplets
Paste couplets at the door to convey statements of good wishes. Paste the New Year good wishes in pairs to bring about good luck. Have the messages written in black Chinese calligraphy on red paper.
- Paper Cuttings
Emulate the people of central and northern China by pasting red paper cuttings on the windows and doors. The cuttings could be the image of an animal or plant associated with your wishes for the CNY.
- New Year Paintings
Paste paintings on your walls and doors to symbolize greetings for the New Year. The images could be those of legendary plants and animals.
- Upside Down Fu Characters
You may also paste paper with inverted Chinese calligraphy characters on your door. ‘Fu’ is used to mean ‘good fortune’. The fact that the characters are inverted means good fortune is being poured out.
- Kumquat Trees
The kumquat tree is used to symbolize the wish for good fortune in the CNY. You may plant your kumquat tree in a planter box like the ones supplied by bfgfurniture.com.
- Blooming Flowers
Since the CNY coincides with the coming of the spring, you could decorate your home with blooming flowers. It is symbolic of the wish for a prosperous CNY. You may use orchids, plum blossoms, or peonies.
- Red Ribbons
Since the theme of the CNY is red, you don’t have to buy expensive decorations. Hung red ribbons on the walls and prepare your home for the festivities.
- Repurposed Items
There are a lot of things in your home which you could turn into decorations for the CNY. For example, you could repurpose a red lantern into a flower vase.
- Red Lantern-Shaped Macarons
Decorating your home doesn’t have to be all about flowers, paper, and Chinese characters. You could also try baking a red lantern-shaped macaron to complete the picture.
- DIY Ang Pows
Ang Pows are basically cards with CNY goodwill messages. Instead of buying from the store, you can design your own and customize the messages.
- Colourful Paper Fortune Cookies
Don’t underestimate the power of colourful paper fortune cookies. You may involve your kids in the design and creation of these decorative pieces. That way, the young ones will learn to appreciate the meaning of the CNY.
- CNY Themed Wallpaper
If the wallpaper you used last year is discoloured, you could replace it with an appropriate one for the coming festivities. In line with the theme of the season, make it a flowery red affair.
Make your CNY festivities better by appropriately decorating your home.