Chinese New Year is fast approaching, and we’re ushering in the Year of the Dog this 2018, which is the eleventh sign of the zodiac on the Chinese calendar. Specifically, the Earth Dog.

If you’re confused by the exact definition of this, don’t fret — we’ve got a quick crash course to get you started. It simply means that the energy of this specific zodiac sign (case in point: a dog) is expressed in the qualities of the Earth Feng Shui element — namely warmth, reliability, loyalty, stability, nourishment and protection.

And of course, the Lunar New Year means spring cleaning. However, before you get started, it’s important to remember that you need good chi (energy) flowing through your living space. Our homes are where we spend most of our time, after all. This is where Feng Shui comes into play.

Feng Shui sets the tone for the upcoming year and helps to banish negative vibes from homes. This in turn, brings in wealth and prosperity. From auspicious colours to decluttering, we’ve got you covered with these quick Feng Shui tips for your home this Year of the Earth Dog.

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Decluttering is key

While it is a known fact that too much clutter affects your mental health, it can also disrupt your home’s Feng Shui — which definitely isn’t ideal. Therefore, it is important that you start decluttering your home — Marie Kondo-style. For in-depth tips on decluttering your home, check out our very helpful tips here.

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Auspicious colours

While some may prefer electric Ultra Violet interiors over lush Greenery, your home’s colour palette affects its Feng Shui — and sets the tone for the rest of the year, literally. The luckiest colours for your home this year are earthy tones, brown and beige — which represent stability, safety and loyalty. Yellow is also a good choice, as it is energising, stimulative, and brings forward optimism, clarity in ideas, and intelligence.

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Greens and blues

If you prefer vibrant colours, switch things up a little and infuse bright hues such as greens and blues into your colour palette. Additionally, these colours complement earthy tones rather well, too.

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Fill your space with flowers

Fill your space with fresh flowers and display them in beautiful vases, as they are known to bring good energy into your home. Certain flowers are more prosperous than others. For example, peace lilies have been proven to remove toxins from the environment and help freshen up the air — especially since they are beautiful and extremely resilient.

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Fountains

When it comes to Feng Shui cures, fountains are essential in every home, as water is associated with wealth — therefore, a flowing fountain helps with the cash flow of a household. The best place to have an indoor fountain is facing the entrance of your home, as it signifies wealth flowing in. On the contrary, avoid having it in the bedroom as it will represent worry and sorrow.

Dewi Nurjuwita
Senior Writer
Dewi Nurjuwita is a travel and design writer who can be found exploring the streets of foreign cities with passport in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.