Chinese New Year

Red details
Red details


On February 16, the arrival of the New Year is celebrated in China, one of the most significant dates on its calendar.

One of the peculiarities of this celebration is the representation of the zodiac through the rotation of 12 animals; the rat, the ox, the tiger, the cat, the dragon, the snake, the horse, the goat, the monkey, the cat, the dog and wild boar, which change every year.

Those born in 2018 (4715 in their calendar), will be represented by the dog and its qualities.

Dog's year
Dog’s year

We also want to celebrate it in some way, and that’s why through this post we have set out to let you know the 5 keys to attaining an Asian touch in any room in the house.

#1 The separating of environments

An essential element for interior decoration is to achieve very bright spaces, not only to obtain an appealing design, but also for health reasons, which is why in their houses there are few walls separating the rooms and screens are used.

Traditionally their function was to stop the wind. Currently, they have evolved to become a design feature and the wide variety of styles that we find in the market allows us to bring infinite personalities to the chosen spaces.

Room divider by Catalogate Shop
Room divider by Catalogate Shop

#2 The importance of the layout

In all traditional Chinese houses, whether rich or poor, there is one common element: the layout of space according to criteria of importance and order.

Usually, the houses were built around a central rectangular patio, and on all sides of this rooms were built for each of the couples in the family according to the order of importance they had for the eldest couple, who used to occupy the best place of all.

This tradition is reflected in the architecture of buildings as sacred as pagodas, in which a series of rectangles are placed on top of each other, each one with its own meaning and the most important of all is set on the very top.


This tradition also applies to interior design, where it is important to give each space the relevance it really has and thus obtain a balance between all the elements in order to achieve a sensation of serenity.

This practice is known as feng shui, and its main purpose is to achieve a positive influence on those who occupy the space.

#3 Wood as the protagonist

Wood is the most used material in China for building and decoration, so it becomes a simple way to create an oriental theme in any space.

The ideal supplement to achieve a more authentic touch is to arrange the elements symmetrically, in addition to other details, such as tea cups or, for example, a bonsai.

Asian interior design
Asian interior design

#4 Elements in red

Good luck is a key element governing almost all the principles of their culture. For them, it is the best thing that can happen to a family.

Red is the color that has the honor of representing their values, and is therefore to be found everywhere, to a greater or lesser extent, whether in homes, restaurants or public spaces.

Therefore, giving a touch of this color to the space, in addition to helping the more superstitious, will allow the ambiance to adapt even more to traditional Chinese culture.

Red details
Red details

#5 Traditional calligraphy

If there is one thing that defines Asian culture, it is its unique calligraphy. For this reason, adding a detail as simple as a picture or a table mat is enough to transport the mind to any location in Asia.

Chinese calligraphy
Chinese calligraphy

We hope you have been inspired!


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