Home Design: Welcoming the Year of the Dragon

Invite luck and prosperity into your home with these design tips.

Home Design: Welcoming the Year of the Dragon

Invite luck and prosperity into your home with these design tips.
Photo by Tong Su

Usher in the auspicious Year of the Wood Dragon with home design tips from the Chinese zodiac to invite all the swerte into your home this Lunar New Year. With the dragon’s powerful energy, this year offers an excellent opportunity to infuse your home with designs that reflect this magnificent creature’s wisdom and strength to welcome abundance into your life.

What Does the Year of the Wood Dragon Symbolize?

home design for year of the dragon 2024
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The dragon is the fifth sign in the Chinese zodiac and is also known as the symbol of strength, leadership, ambition, tenacity, nobility, and success. However, it also should be noted that each Chinese zodiac year has one of the five elements associated with it, namely wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. These elements also have corresponding traits that may give insight into the coming year. 

As 2024 is the Year of the Wood Dragon, we can expect the traits of the wood element to come into play. According to Nations Online, wood is the element of spring, which brings out the creative urge to achieve, look into the future, plan, and grow (a.k.a Asenso era na natin!).

Therefore, the Year of the Wood Dragon, beginning February 10, 2024, and ending January 25, 2025, reflects both the dragon’s and the wood element’s qualities and is characterized as a whole by the energy of growth and renewal, creating the perfect atmosphere for transformation and new beginnings. 

How to Prepare for the Year of the Wood Dragon

sweeping the floor
Photo by Cottonbro Studio

As this year is about growth, the first step is to clear away any stagnant energy by decluttering anything you don’t need or use (even digital clutter in your cell phone and gadgets!) and giving your space a thorough, deep cleaning. This helps invite fresh, vibrant chi into your living space, as clutter may block positive energy flow. You can also consider smudging sage or creating saltwater cures to purify your home. 

Opening your space is another good way to create a positive energy flow throughout your home. Move furniture out of the path of doorways to avoid energy disruption. This method also applies to your windows, as plenty of natural light promotes positivity. Keep windows free from clutter, and consider using sheer curtains to keep your space looking maaliwalas and fresh. 

Fixing broken furniture or appliances also helps attract positivity, as damaged items symbolize unresolved issues.

Embracing Wood Dragon Themes in Home Decor

earthy green room with wooden furniture and plants
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Like how Pantone releases trendy color predictions yearly, the Chinese calendar has prominent colors that bring luck and prosperity. In 2024, emerald green is the lucky color, aligning with the Wood Dragon’s growth, vitality, and balance qualities.

From furniture to cushions to artwork to accent walls, there are plenty of ways to imbue your home with a sense of nature’s harmony by adding emerald green to your home decor. You can also explore complementary colors to create a prosperous atmosphere in your living space, such as golden yellow to promote wealth and rich red to invite vitality, motivation, and enthusiasm — perfect for boosting your personal goals. Pair earthy tones with emerald green, which promotes stability, and orange hues as accents, bringing vibrancy and passion to the home. 

This being the Year of the Wood Dragon, wood furniture and earth accents, such as clay or ceramic pottery, can harmonize with the mythical creature’s energy. You can also add dragon symbols through artwork or figurines to amplify the Wood Dragon’s influence.

condo unit with emerald walls and red accents
Photo by Nika Indunan

Draw inspiration from Kapitbahay Nika’s stunning condo unit, affixed with wooden paneling, a green accent wall, a large window, lush plants, gold accents, and neutral-toned furnishings. Plus, their kitchen includes pops of red — swerteng swerte!

year of the dragon artwork
Photo by Donard Sape

If you’re going all out on artwork, peep this incredible piece created by Kapitbahay Donard: regal, classy, and bongga to the max.

Tips on Optimizing Positive Energy Flow by Room

Do you need some help thinking of where to place these lucky colors? Here are some tips by room and how to ensure you keep that energy flowing.

green living room wall decor
Photo by Dan Gold

Living room: Incorporate the lucky colors of the year through throw pillows, artwork, rugs, or table decorations to bring vibrance and a sense of balance to your most social space. We also recommend facing your sofas and chairs toward the room's entrance to welcome energy and guests better.

bedroom with green comforter and pillow cases
Photo by Beddable

Bedroom: To promote restful sleep and harmonious relationships, add lucky colors to your bed sheets, pillowcases, blankets, and curtains.

red coffee mug
Photo by Skylar Kang

Kitchen: Upgrade your tableware with color-coordinated red plates, utensils, and cups! You can also explore adding red kitchen tools to balance the wood energy with fire. Keep things organized and ensure your stove is in good condition to further promote abundance, wealth, and nourishment.

home office with plants and candles
Photo by Mayis

Work Space: Use lucky colors in your home office or workspace through small desk accessories or wall art. Position your desk facing the door for a clear view of the space, and add fresh plants to encourage career growth.

Photo by Denny Müller

Bathroom: Promote relaxation and well-being using the lucky colors in your towels and shower curtains. 

Do you have any decorating tips you’d like to share for your Lunar New Year setup? Share it with us on our Facebook group

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