Michelle Hinton

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Celebrate the New Year

Starting January 25, 2020 is this year’s Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rat, associated with such characteristics as wealth, cleverness, creativity and midnight hours. If your looking to freshen up your interior style, perhaps its time to ring in the new year with some Chinese New Year-inspired design tips and tricks. From oriental furniture and art to luxurious fine finishes, you can find all the inspiration you need to start this new year right!

Clever Finds

In Chinese Zodiac culture, Rats are clever, quick thinkers; what a way to reflect that in terms of furnishings! The best way to reflect this choice is through pieces that serve multiple purposes. Take the Markus Multi-Functional table, designed by Marco Pozzoli, which features a gas-powered structure that lifts and divides, quickly transforming it into a comfortable desk/table with extra bench seating and generous proportions — a superb home-office desk or dining table. 

Photo courtesy Go Modern Furniture.

Or even these beautiful Urban Chic nest of tables. The tables slot inside each other to minimise the amount of space taken up when not in use. 

Photo courtesy Wooden Furniture Store.

Rich Midnight

Because of the cleverness of Rats, the year of the Rat is said to encompass wealth and rich fortune. Rich tones, such as reds, deep blues, and metallic shades like gold are perfect color choices to represent this characteristic. According to Chinese culture, the Rat is also associated with “midnight hours,” which in design terms can be interpreted as the color black, a great complementary shade to the other rich tones. 

Whether these colors are utilized in furniture, accessories or painted walls, showcasing these tones throughout will help create a cohesive look throughout your space. 

Photo courtesy Orchid Furniture.

Fine Creativity

Because of their independence and imagination, Rats often display characteristics of creativity and artistic excellence, as well as an affinity toward fine details. To accompany the overall color palette, pieces should showcase creative design and fine, intricate detailing. 

This can be found in a framed artwork or a handcrafted piece of furniture, no matter its style. 

Photo courtesy Orchid Furniture.

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