Chinese New Year is in a month. Have you started on your decorations already?
I love CNY (mainly because of the red packets 😉 ) but I always feel the decorations looked really…tacky. And it looked identical, every year. I have come to a conclusion that it was mainly due to the colour red.
Does these look familiar?
Red is the colour of CNY. And so every piece of scrolls and lanterns and flower, etc, is red. But I feel that red is a very strong colour. And when there is so much of it in a room, it just makes the room feel stuffy.
But you want to impress, don’t you?
Today’s theme is Modern CNY.
Main mission: go easy on the red for god sake.
Now let’s start with the door!
Door wreath: Instead of the traditional scrolls and lanterns, try out door wreaths this lovely year. You can just hang this one piece on the door and call it a day, it is basically a piece of art. While making use of red, incorporate other complimenting colours like white and pink.
But I know, you gotta display them rows of garlic garlic. Hang them at the side, one row on the left, one row on the right. Beautiful framing.
Plants, plants, plants. Plants are an essential part of CNY decorations, I’m not sure why but it always have been. Honor the traditions! Usually we see pussy willows, money plants, lucky bamboos being messily hung with ang pows and lanterns, WHICH is made of ang pows.
Go for a minimalist look and opt for colours like yellow and pink. Hang decorations sparsely so as to not distract people from the main focus: the plants.
Tired of the same plants? This year, try something different.
Dancing ladies, Marigolds, Chrysanthemum, an a Mandarin bush, because why not.
The main thing here is, try new ways to decorate and make use of different colours. But through all these experiments, your decorations should still translate the spirit of CNY.
B O N U S !!
Why not go all out this year and claim the trophy for Most Awesome House to Visit by setting up a backdrop for selfies and wefies?
Your guests will love you. Though do make sure the backdrop is not too clustered or else it’s going to steal the attention from the subjects of the pictures.
Add in props like fans. Traditional stuffs you know.
Have fun getting ready for CNY and try not to spend all your ang pows in one week.
❤ LX ❤