Here’s How to Decorate Your Home for the Year of the Metal Rat

Chinese New Year marks the start of the Year of the Metal Rat; how can you decorate your home to make the most of this year's good luck? By Mel Cabral

The Chinese New Year has begun! Also known as the Lunar New Year and the Spring Festival, this 15-day long celebration marks the start of a new cycle in the Chinese calendar.

2020’s celebration marks the start of the Year of the Metal Rat, a period that is full of fresh starts and prosperous beginnings. This is because, according to legend, the rat was the first animal to arrive at the Jade Emperor’s party. When it comes to yin and yang, the rat is the latter, symbolizing the dawn of a new day. Additionally, the rat is also considered to be a symbol of wealth and surplus.

With all this in mind, why not decorate your home in a way that will welcome the luck and prosperity of the rat? To get started, read on for some tips and tricks on how to usher in the rat’s positive energies into your home:

Clean Up Your Home

Before anything else, it’s important to clean your home even before the Chinese New Year begins. To encourage a fresh start, sweep away every trace of dust to bid farewell to the previous year. By doing so, you’ll be making room for positive energy. The New Year is also a great opportunity to declutter your space, as clutter is believed to block the flow of good energy around the house.

Do keep in mind, though, that you shouldn’t sweep during the Spring Festival itself. This is because you’ll end up getting rid of all the incoming good luck for the year!

Pick the Right Color Palette

In feng shui, each year is represented by a different color and element. The element for 2020 is metal, represented by the color white. Metal is believed to provide a fresh and dynamic quality of energy. Hence, it’s best to bring this color in when embarking on new projects or life experiences.

Meanwhile, the rat is linked to the Earth Branch called zi. This is why the rat is often associated with water, represented by the color blue.

For this year, we recommend incorporating a lot of white and blue when decorating. This is especially important for rooms you spend a lot of time in. For example, blue comforters and fluffy white pillows would be a great fit for your bedroom.

Incorporate Water Elements

Because the rat is associated with water, it won’t hurt to add some decor to represent this element in your home. In feng shui, water symbolizes prosperity and abundance. Flowing water, for instance, symbolizes a steady income. Meanwhile, an accumulation of water symbolizes great wealth.

If you have room to spare, you can buy a small table fountain to represent water in your home. You can even bring in a small aquarium with some goldfish and a statue of a tortoise for good fortune. Hanging photos and paintings of bodies of water such as lakes, oceans, and rivers also work well. In fact, any image with a predominant shade of blue will do.

Liven Things Up with Flowers

The Lunar New Year often coincides with the beginning of spring. Hence, people associate blooming flowers with the event, as they represent rebirth. To encourage prosperity in your home, you can fill your home with some gorgeous flowers.

Some of the most common plants during this time are orchids, peonies, and peach blossoms. Plum blossoms are also popular during the Spring Festival, as they symbolize perseverance. Bamboo is also a good alternative, as it represents flexibility during trying times.

These are only a few of the ways you can decorate your home to attract the Metal Rat’s good luck. But if you feel like your current living space just doesn’t do it for you anymore, you may want to consider looking for a new one. And what better time to do so than the year of new beginnings?

You can start by taking a look at Avida Land‘s various houses and condos for sale. With condos in Makati, Pasig, Manila, and more, you’re sure to find a place overflowing with the positive energy you need. Starting with the basics offered by a fresh Avida living space, you can incorporate feng shui elements from the get-go, too.