If you’re feeling a bit flat after new year, then don’t worry – there’s still Chinese New Year to go! It falls on 22nd January 2023 and this year is the Year of the Rabbit. There are 12 signs of the Chinese zodica – Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig – making a 12-year cycle. The Rabbit is the gentlest of the 12 signs, meaning that 2023 will be associated with relaxation, fluidity, calm and contemplation. We’ve found 10 home accessories to help you welcome the new year in style.
1. Mid-size round Chinese lanterns, Shimu
These mid sized Chinese lanterns are great for atmospheric lighting outside in the evenings, or make interesting indoor ornaments. They are made with a canvas shade and a metal wire frame. Available in either white or red, they cost £135 each from Shimu.
2. Chinese landscape wallpaper mural, Wallsauce
Be transported to distant lands with this pretty wallpaper mural. The fine lines in this illustration capture rocky mountains, ornate oriental house and arching cherry blossom branch. Perfect for a calm bedroom or relaxing bathroom, this beautiful cherry blossom wallpaper will make any space feel zen. Made to your specifications, prices start at £32/m2 from Wallsauce.
3. Chinese tree wallpaper mural, Anna Jacobs
This striking mural wallpaper, designed by Anna from her original painting in plaster and ink on board, is imagined as a super large scale art work to give maximum impact in an interior. It can also be hung in repeat, used with picture rails and dado rails and cropped to fit most wall heights, without compromising the image. It measures 300cm by 210cm and costs £395 from Anna Jacobs.
4. Chinese new year honeycomb red ball decoration, Talking Tables
Add a pop of style to your next event with this striking honeycomb hanging decoration. In a bold red, it symbolises life, vitality and light so it’s perfect for celebrating. £7 each, available from Talking Tables.
5. Chinese lantern solar string lights, Sparkle Lighting
Bring oriental vibes to your garden or party with these attractive solar string lights. £21.50, available from Sparkle Lighting.
6. Gold star recyclable napkins, Talking Tables
With a delicate and dainty design, these gold star napkins are perfect for celebrations throughout the year. Use with a red colourscheme to celebrate Chinese New Year. £5 for 20, available from Talking Tables.
7. Chinese dragon table lamp with blue shade, Cotterell & Co
The playful and ornate Chinese dragons on this lamp intertwine to create a real statement while the deep and rich blue velvet of the shade provides the perfect contrast. £364, available from Cotterell & Co.
8. Rabbit bookends, ad&i
These unusual rabbit bookends with polished bronze touches are the perfect way to add a quirky look to your décor. Made from polyresin, they measure 19.5cm (height) x 8cm (width) x 12cm (thickness) and cost £39.95 for the pair from ad&i.
9. Yuyuan Chinese garden wallpaper, Mind the Gap
Thousands of flowers embellish the jade hills and rockeries made of Huangshi (Yellow Stone), swirling around the charming rosewood pavilions in this vibrant landscape. This vivid design brightens up spaces and adds character and colour to any room. £195 for three rolls, available from Mind the Gap.
10. Small porcelain rabbit cup, Yukiko Kitahara
A surprised rabbit sits on the side of this small porcelain cup that resembles a disposable plastic cup. Yukiko Kitahara is a Japanese artist based in Seville, Spain. This piece is part of Yukiko’s main collection ‘Usar y no tirar‘ (Use and do not throw away). The pieces are designed to mimic single use items, like plastic cups, milk cartons and paper trays, to which she adds artistic and decorative elements, blending manmade and natural objects. The collection invites us to reflect on our use of disposable objects, and Yukiko hopes to inspire a change in consumer habits. The cup costs £56 and is available from Nishura East.