Chinese Decorations For Home

What Are The Best Of Chinese Decorations For Home?

Most of the Chinese people that I know have a way of incorporating their culture in the furniture, decor and small trinkets that they add to their homes. Today, you will be seeing living room spaces with Chinese touches in them – whether a bit subtle or super bold – take a chance with Asian furniture and design and discover its awesomeness.

Below are photos of stunning living rooms with a Chinese twist. The decorations and furniture in this list are really familiar and fairly common; the designers and decorators just gave it a wonderful feel. You will love the photos in this list because of their Asian feel that makes you hope to travel more and see other countries that showcase tons of culture like the Chinese people. So brace yourselves for this awesome list!

Asian Chic

Asian inspired touches are used to create a serene family gathering place. Please notice the use of natural materials and textures.

Asian Influence

This family room sure is lovely as one Asian living room should look – although, of course, the designer added a couple of accents that are Asian to make it more homey and comfortable.

Burlington Eclectic Living Room

The contemporary-leaning interior, with its soaring ceilings and walls, huge sash windows and plenty of natural light, is an ideal gallery space for Ciambra’s art collection. “I often rotate the art on the walls if I get bored of it,” he says.

Diamond Head Renovation

Another basic room as far as furniture but plants, red-coloured pots and Asian inspired prints.

Eclectic Asian Fusion

Look at the interesting screen behind the red sofa chair – it depicts Chinese culture on a small scale. I love the carpet, though.

Great Falls, Virginia Home

Using wood in decors and details – you can see how wood makes the Asian look come together with a modern sofa.

Hanalei Bay Vista Estate

Beautiful Asian inspired tropical modern estate perched on the bluff overlooking majestic Hanalei Bay.

Hawaiian Retreat

Great looking family room; I especially like the fact it has doors. Love the TV console.

Makena Residence

Soft green with wheat and medium wood tones instead of white.

Marin

Various Chinese antique elements used here for an Asian inspired living room made this room awesome!

Chinese lanterns

Chinese red lanterns (燈籠) are typically used during the most prominent festivals, like the Spring Festival and Mid-Autumn Festival. Though these lanterns are not as popular during Chinese New Year, you’ll still be able to find them hung outside the doors of some shops and homes in the new year. Chinese lanterns are hung to symbolise happiness and are believed to drive out any bad luck. As a result, these are one of the most iconic Chinese New Year decorations that you’ll see across the city.

Chinese firecrackers

Find Chinese firecrackers (炮仗) outside many business establishments this Chinese New Year. These firecrackers represent happiness and festivities as they are loud and start the year with a bang. Traditionally, they are lit in front of homes and stores to create noises that drive evil spirits away.

Paper cuttings

Paper cuttings are designs cut out of red paper and are typically glued on windows or other transparent surfaces. The designs tend to be lively Chinese characters and images, such as fruits like mandarins and kumquat and zodiac animals that reflect the year. Each character, fruit, and animal has a specific meaning, many of them representing longevity, honour, wealth, and prosperity.

Door couplets

These red and golden banners have messages of prosperity, good fortune, good health, and good luck. Door couplets tend to be indoors, such as in the living room, but they can also be found at the entrances to homes, shops, schools, businesses, and more.

Upside down fuk (福)

The character fuk (pronounced as fook) means good fortune. The symbolism suggests that luck is being poured onto the individual when placed upside down. The character is usually written on a diamond-shaped piece of red paper, then placed at the entrances of homes and businesses. So get ready for good fortune pouring in through the door!

Red packets

When it comes to Chinese New Year decorations that everyone loves to see, red packets (利是) take the cake – because they contain! Red packets are typically used as envelopes to hold money from the married to their younger relatives as a sign of good luck and prosperity. Apart from that, you can also find red packets as decorations hung on kumquat, orange, and mandarin trees as a way to represent extra wealth.

Kumquat, orange, and mandarin trees

In Cantonese, kumquat (柑桔) is phonetically transcribed as gum gut. And these two characters happen to sound the same as the words for ‘gold’ (金) and ‘good luck’ (吉). So kumquat trees, orange trees, and mandarin trees are often bought during Chinese New Year and placed in many homes to welcome wealth, luck, and prosperity.

Cherry blossoms, plum blossoms, and orchids

The delicate cherry blossoms, plum blossoms, and orchids are the first to bloom after winter. Hence, they signify spring, renewal of life, and a new beginning, the Chinese New Year. Moreover, these flowers bear long branches, which symbolise longevity. These are why the blossoms are part of the Chinese tradition and are prominent Chinese New Year decorations.

Chinese Decorations For Home

Spring Festival Couplets

Spring Festival CoupletsThe Spring Festival Couplets, also called door couplets, are used to paste on the two sides of the doors to express the good wishes of the New Year. They are always written in black ink on red paper, bright and elegant. The sentences of the couplets need to be written in a form with symmetry and neatness. As for the contents, most people will choose to express their auspiciousness and wishes for the coming year. So it’s also a very interesting thing to observe the couplets of some families, and sometimes the couplets will reflect their ideas about happiness. This traditional custom originated from the Song Dynasty (960 – 1279) but popularised in the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644) until now.

Fu Characters & New Year Paintings

Fu character Fu characters and New Year paintings are essential Chinese New Year decorations. In Chinese, the Fu character means’ blessing’ and ‘good fortune’, so this character frequently appears in the New Year. Interestingly, people always choose to paste it upside down on the door or window because the inversion in Chinese called “dao” has the same pronunciation as the ‘coming’ in Chinese. So an inverted Fu character means good fortune is coming.

The images of the New Year Paintings are full of variety, including auspicious legendary figures and some gods from mythology. The Door God and the God of Wealth are the most popular paintings since Chinese people think the former can keep the house safe and the latter can help make money.

Chinese Knots

Chinese KnotChinese knot is a handicraft with a long history. In ancient times, knots were used for simple recording, and then they gradually became accessories and decorations. They are mostly used as interior decorations and gifts to friends or relatives. It is also one of the most popular Chinese New Year decorations. The Chinese knot is generally knotted from a single rope, and several single knots can be grouped into a complicated ones. Various shapes of knots have different meanings, and their names are always concerned with ‘safety’ and ‘auspiciousness’. So people love to use it to decorate rooms during the Chinese New Year for its good meaning and beautiful design.

Paper Cuttings

Paper-cut Window DecorationAnother traditional Chinese New Year decoration is the paper cuttings, and it’s folk art to cut paper with scissors or a cutting knife. The paper cuttings are usually pasted on the windows, doors or walls, representing peoples’ good wishes for future life. The designs of paper cuttings are mostly the zodiac image of the New Year and some random characters’ Fu’, ‘Lu’, ‘Shou’ and ‘Xi’, which respectively mean luck, wealth, longevity and happiness. Besides that, some auspicious plants and interesting legendary stories can also become a part of the New Year paper cuttings’ themes.

Chinese Red Lanterns — Drive Off Bad Luck

Chinese lanterns are used in important festivals such as the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year to the Lantern Festival) and the Mid-Autumn Festival.

During Chinese New Year, it is not uncommon to see lanterns hung on trees in the streets, office buildings, and doors of houses. Hanging a red lantern in front of the door is believed to drive off bad luck.

Door Couplets — Best Wishes For The Coming Year

New Year’s good wishes are usually posted in pairs (i.e. couplets), as even numbers are associated with good luck and auspiciousness in Chinese culture. Couplets are brush works of Chinese calligraphy in black ink on red paper.

The two usually-seven (or nine)-character lines of the couplet are affixed on the two sides of a doorway. Many are poems about the arrival of spring. Some are statements about what the residents want or believe in, such as harmony or prosperity. These might remain up until renewed at the next Chinese New Year.

Paper Cuttings — Luck And Happiness

Paper cutting is the art of cutting designs out of paper (any colour, but typically red for the Spring Festival) and then glueing them to a contrasting backing or a transparent surface (e.g. a window). For example, it is customary for people in northern and central China to paste red paper cuttings on doors and windows.

A good plant or animal image typically provides the New Year’s paper cutting theme. However, each animal or plant represents a different wish.

For example, the peach symbolises longevity; the pomegranate, fertility; the mandarin duck, love; the pine tree, eternal youth; the peony, honour, and wealth; while a magpie perched on the branch of a plum tree presages a lucky event that will soon happen.

New Year Paintings — A Symbol Of New Year’s Greetings

New Year Paintings (年画 niánhuà /nylon-hwaa/) are pasted on doors and walls during the New Year for decorative purposes and as a symbol of New Year’s greetings. Images on the paintings are auspicious legendary figures and plants.

Upside-Down Fu Characters — Luck ‘poured Out’

Like New Year couplets, and sometimes as paper cuttings, is the pasting of big diamonds (squares at 45°) of paper calligraphy with the inverted Chinese character 福 (fú /foo/) on or over doors.

The fu characters are deliberately inverted. Fu means ‘good fortune’, and posting the character upside down means they want the ‘good fortune’ to “pour out” on them.

Blooming Flowers — Wishes For A Prosperous New Year

Chinese New Year, also called Spring Festival, marks the beginning of spring. Therefore, it is not uncommon to decorate houses with blooming flowers, which symbolise the coming of spring and wishes for a prosperous new year.

The most popular blooming plants traditionally used are branches of plum blossoms, orchids, peonies, and peach blossoms.

Plants and flowers are extremely popular in Hong Kong and Macau as Chinese New Year Decorations.

Chinese New Year Decorations To Feng Shui Home

Who should decorate the north-eastern and northern parts of the house for Chinese New Year with white and shiny ornaments? Bright red ornaments and colourful paper lanterns are great Chinese New Year decorations for the central part of the house also.

Chinese Feng Shui experts say it would help if you did not place garlands above the mirror, as they can cause conflicts in the house after Chinese New Year. Do not bring New Year decorations into your bedrooms. Ornaments hanging near and over your bed can make you feel tired during holidays. (Feng Shui home design, Feng Shui for bedroom)

Dining tables, especially holiday tables, should be round or oval to help Feng Shui home. If your dining table is square or rectangular, cover the table with a white tablecloth after drawing the infinity symbol (horizontal inverted number eight) with chalk to Feng Shui your dining room and holiday table. (Feng Shui colour for home design, colour meanings)

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Holiday Tables Centrepieces For Chinese New Year Celebrations

The dining room is a special place that helps create a festive mood and unforgettable Chinese New Year celebrations.

Dinnerware for the Chinese New Year table should be in white-gold tones. Red, white and golden Chinese decorations and holiday table centrepieces create impressive decor and Feng Shui homes. These noble colours make the fun and joy of the Chinese New Year festival last longer and open your home for fresh, positive energy, Chinese Feng Shui teachers explain. (Year of Rabbit, Feng Shui colour schemes)

Vases with pine or fir branches and tangerines attractively decorate holiday tables for Chinese New Year. In addition, branches and fruits create a beautiful colour combination with bright orange and green colours, adding Asian accents to holiday decor.

Homemade cakes, traditional spring flowers and natural fragrances bring pleasant aroma to Chinese home decor, offering wonderful holiday tables, centrepieces and edible decorations. (Modern flower arrangements, unusual table centrepieces and gifts)

 You can make all sorts of Chinese holiday table centrepieces with candles, flowers and fruits for your dining table. For example, place a candle into a clear bowl and fill it with juniper berries and spicy cinnamon sticks, which create a subtle oriental fragrance for a Chinese New Year party.

Use your imagination. Decorate the dining table with long pine needles. Place pearl beads or red beads on some needles on the table for modern chic table decor.

Also, you can create attractive table centrepieces for lunar New Year celebrations with a traditional money tree. It looks great in a glass vase filled with rice, dried fruits and tender flower petals.

Interesting and meaningful Chinese New Year decorations and holiday table centrepieces can be made of cypress or pine branches, placed in glass vases, filled with copper coins. (Feng Shui home, colours and Chinese symbols)

Candles are perfect Chinese New Year decorations. According to Feng Shui home decorating experts, the energy of candle colour and flame offer a powerful and meaningful combination that Feng Shui home.

Shades of blue with fire energy bring peace and balance into your home. Yellow candles are vibrant Chinese New Year decorations for attracting dynamic changes in the new year. Red candles are symbols of passion and power.

A candle’s flame enhances feelings and thoughts. You have to be happy and think of new opportunities and wonderful changes, making traditional or contemporary Chinese New Year decorations and holiday table centrepieces to invite positive energy and great people into your life.

Conclusion

While there are many different types of crochet home decor, we’ve highlighted some of the best and most popular patterns to help get you started. So, if you’re looking for a little bit of inspiration, be sure to check out the amazing work these designers have done. We hope you find the perfect pattern to suit your needs with many great options. 

FAQs About Builders Melbourne

Which Typical Decoration Do Chinese People Put In Their Homes On New Year?

Chinese lanterns are hung to symbolise happiness and are believed to drive out any bad luck. These are one of the most iconic Chinese New Year decorations that you’ll see across the city.

What Is Chinese Interior Design?

The Chinese design style is noted for its Zen-like aesthetic and simplicity. It is about clean lines and the character of shape. Spaces designed in Chinese style are often serene and peaceful. There is a visual flow that is welcoming and relaxing.

What Colour Should You Use For Chinese New Year Decorations?

Red is the traditional colour of the Han — the dominant ethnic group in China — that signifies good fortune, luck, vitality, celebration and prosperity. Especially during the Chinese New Year, the country’s people adorn themselves in red apparel to boost luck and ward off evil spirits.

Why Are Chinese New Year Decorations Red?

Red is considered the colour of luck. Once the new year arrives, new red outfits are worn to visit relatives and friends, to exchange blessings and gifts. During these visits, children will get red paper envelopes filled with cash notes (红包), symbolising that bad luck is driven away and good fortune is passed on.

What Is The New Chinese Style?

New Chinese style refers to adding new elements based on Chinese style but not departing from the overall Chinese style. For example, mix and match the East and West elements, or the modern Chinese elements are all new Chinese style. The new Chinese style is very open and inclusive.

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