CNY Decorating Tips for Busy People

For busy bees who have no time to decorate for the upcoming Chinese New Year

Updated on January 09, 2018 12:01 pm

Alexis Wang

Here are some design tips on areas to focus on and traditions to keep your older relatives happy:


1. “We will paste the paper cutting that says ‘Zhao Cai Jin Bao,' which means ‘Let the wealth and riches come into your house’. We will also place pineapple to beckon riches, as the word 'Pineapple' translates as prosperity in Chinese dialect,” said 26-year-old Design student Shermin Sim on CNY traditions that her family abide by every year.


2. Focus your design on places where there is high volume of visitors, such as the entryway and the living room. In an interview with AsiaOne, Blossom Floral Design owner and florist Ivan Sim advised homeowners to focus on the dining table where there are usually sweets for the guests, and to put up some wall decorations for some visuals on the bare wall.


3. Some Christmas décors can be repurposed for Chinese New Year as both festivals use the same colour scheme. For example, you can decorate your wreath with ang bao and CNY plants such as peonies.


4. If you still have those poinsettia leftover from your Christmas table setting, reuse them for a modern take on Chinese New Year.


5. Avoid overpowering your homes with too much red. Use different shades of red such as brown, orange, and fuchsia. Add some gold or pastel accents for a modern twist.


6. Here are some of the common auspicious blooms used during Chinese New Year:

  • Bulb plants such as yellow daffodils symbolise wealth and bountiful gold
  • Pussy willow symbolises the arrival of spring and growth
  • Citrus plants such as orange, lime, and mandarin tree symbolise prosperity


7. If you are tight for time, skip the wall decorations and focus on your table setting instead. Decorate your table with a red table runner instead of a red table cloth to keep the clutter minimal, and place your fruits and flowers in an oriental bowl or clear vase as the centrepiece.

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