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Amidst the festivities and joys of the festive Chinese New Year, the unevitable stress of decorating and serving guests dawns upon us. Some traditions such as having red in the house will definitely be unavoidable during this highly tradtional festival. For those who do not want to compromise your quintessential interior, here are some ideas you can consider for a modern Chinese New Year:
1. Rethink traditions and conventions
Traditions and practices are important, but that does not mean we cannot rethink these traditions and recreate them in a different style! This way, you don't have to worry about clashing decors in your home, yet at the same time you get to celebrate the lovely tradition of CNY. It's a win-win situation for everybody!
2. Hints of red
Does red clash with most (or all) of your home decor and colours? We get that. Loud and bold, pairing red with other colours can be rather tricky. Instead of going all red for this CNY, here are some ways you can subtly add splashes of red into your home without looking too gaudy.
3. Festive florals
Floral patterns are elegant and timeless, and also symbolic of chinese tradition. Instead of having red, florals will also help your home achieve its festive vibes. Furthermore, you will not need to spend the time taking down these floral decorations even after Chinese New Year because they will never go out of style.
4. Modern art pieces
Who says CNY art pieces have to be traditional? Infuse tradition with a touch of modernity with these modern art pieces that channel Chinese New Year vibes without compromising style.
5. Get cheeky
Since 2016 is the year of the Monkey, here are some adorable ways you can inject some playfulness into your home this Chinese New Year.
6. Frame your art pieces
Your traditional Chinese art pieces will look much more stylish and contemporary if you frame them up. Unwilling to let go of old Chinese New Year posters? Simply reuse or purchase new frames for them and you're good to go.
7. Serve to impress
Instead of serving your snacks in the traditional red containers that every household seems to be filled with, place your snacks in a creative and modern manner. Serving them in plates and trays instead of containers will not only make your snacks stand out, but it is also much more hygenic this way.
8. A different kind of snacks
Let yourself get creative with CNY Snacks! While we all love pineapple tarts and bak kwa, that does not mean it has to end there. This year, try out different treats such as speically customised CNY cupcakes and desserts, that will look absolutely adorable!
9. Decorate with CNY plants
Buying fresh blooms and fruits during CNY is more than just a nice tradition, it is also a great way to spruce up your home! There are actually a range of plants and flowers that are widely used for CNY - such as Peach blossoms, peonies, Azalea and many more! Put them in pretty vases or pots and make your home look inviting and cosy for CNY.
10. Replace Lanterns with stylish lamps
In Chinese tradition, red round lanterns are a symbol of reunion and prosperity. If you find the traditional round lanterns to be too loud and difficult to match with your other furniture, it's time to switch things up this Chinese New Year with round hanging lamps instead.
There are many ways you can decorate your home for CNY by playing around with the traditions! Get creative and have fun!