Brighten your house with these decor items for Chinese New Year

Usher in Chinese New Year at home with monkey-themed trays, gold-hued chopstick holders, red poufs and more. Alyssa Woo reports

1 Ojami Permia red cushion, $121, and Ojami Jim Thompson "Stardust" cushion, $218, from Takaokaya at Level 4 Tangs, 310 Orchard Road, tel: 6737-5500

Rather than dig out odd stools and chairs from the storeroom during Chinese New Year gatherings, why not try these cute, easy-to-move poufs? Their vibrant colours make them a cheerful addition to the house all year round.


2 Bouclair Home Scarpa table lamp with ceramic base and fabric shade, $39.90 (original price: $119), from Courts stores islandwide, go to www.courts.com.sg

Sharp facets give the bold red in this lamp an edge and its red body is a nod to the festive season.


3 Han porcelain and 24K gold tea pot, $430, matching teacup and saucer, $570 for a set of two, from Asiatique, 14A Dempsey Road, tel: 6471-3146, go to www.asiatiquecollections.com

Bust out this tea set when you have guests to impress - the gold symbolises prosperity and wealth.


4 Fillide soup bowl from Seletti Hybrid Collection, $40, from Seletti at Robinsons The Heeren, 260 Orchard Road, tel: 6735-8838

East meets West in this soup bowl. The blue Oriental design contrasts beautifully against the more delicate and plain left half.


5 Acrylic pantry pitcher with red lid, $38.95, from Crate & Barrel, 04-21 Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, tel: 6634-4222, go to www.crateandbarrel.com.sg

Minimalists may shy away from the bright colours of the festive period, but they can still jazz up their homes with red accents. This simple pitcher and its scarlet lid fits the bill.


6 Fraise paper flower vase in purple, $45, from Desinere, call 9111-5732 to order, go to www.desinere.com.sg

Purple may not be as popular as red for Chinese New Year, but the rich colour symbolises divinity and immortality. Put on a slim vase or test tube, this paper collar handcrafted by local designer Melvin Ong becomes an ornamental planter.


7 Ang ku kueh cushion, $29.90, from Meykrs at www.megafash.com

Keep guests comfortable with a few of these cushions - the tortoise mold of this traditional red cake represents longevity and good fortune.


8 Annick Goutal Ile au The Bougie, $130, from Escentials, 03-02 Paragon, 290 Orchard Road, tel: 6737-2478

A classy way to evoke an exotic, fragrant atmosphere in the house. Inspired by Jeju island in South Korea, this candle has hints of mandarin orange and sweet osmanthus flower carried by the sea breeze, with undertones of earthy volcanic soil.


9 Hay Kaleido trays, $22.90 to $109 , Gallery & Co, 01-05 National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew's Road, tel: 6385-6683, go to www.galleryand.co

Trays come in handy for organising and displaying festive goodies. With these colourful geometric ones that come in different sizes, you can present your drinks and snacks in style.


10 Felli stackable three-tier beverage dispenser, US$79 (S$114), from www.Fancy.com

This handy dispenser will come in useful when entertaining guests. Save precious table space by serving two different drinks in one dispenser or allow guests to mix their own.


11 Lycksalig serving tray with monkey pattern, $13.90, from Ikea, 60 Tampines North Drive 2 and 417 Alexandra Road, tel: 6786-6868, go to www.ikea.com/sg

Make a bold stride into the Year of the Monkey with this limited-edition festive tray.


12 Mei mirror, $238, from Scene Shang, 10A Institution Hill, tel: 9026-9369, by appointment only, go to shop.sceneshang.com

The plum, also called mei, is a symbol of strength in Chinese culture as it blossoms during winter. Hang this plum-shaped mirror at home for good luck.


13 Skultuna herb pot by Monica Forster, $125, from edit lifestyle, Tudor Court, 137/139 Tanglin Road, tel: 6836-5686

Unleash the flashier side in you with this gold plant pot made from sheet metal.


14 Huat plate with pineapple character, $12.90, from The Little Drom Store, 02-01 School of the Arts, 1 Zubir Said Drive, tel: 6884-4651

Feast guiltlessly on this plate - after all, you are doing it in the name of luck. "Huat ah" is a Hokkien term to proclaim prosperity or to "strike it rich".


15 Pewter monkey chopstick rests in 24K gold, $80 for a pair, from Royal Selangor, 01-370 Suntec City Mall, tel: 6822-1559, go to www.royalselangor.com

Add a touch of whimsy to the dining table with these gold gilded chopstick rests in the shape of reclining monkeys.


16 Red tropicana vase, $308 (original price $385), from Lisa Coulson, 01-04 The Coast, 280 Ocean Drive Sentosa, tel: 9646-4175, by appointment only

Introduce some modern chinoiserie into your house with this tall, striking red vase.


17 Acre tribute tableware, $53 a set, from Kapok, 01-05 National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road, tel: 6339-6593, go to www.ka-pok.com

The sets, each comprising a bowl, plate and sauce dish, utilise auspicious colours in Chinese culture. Yellow has long been associated with the emperors of China and red symbolises good fortune and joy.


18 Full Moon table lamp, $332, from EY-Products, go to www.naiise.com

The full moon in this wooden table lamp represents harmony. A round hole in the frame allows you to decorate it with a twig or sprig of flowers.


19 Floral print cushion, $48.90 each, from The Weave Co, go to www.the-weave-co-2.myshopify.com

Do not have traditional paper cuttings? These intricately patterned pillows are as good as the real thing.


20 Acrylic coaster set, $120, from Shanghai Tang, 03-06 Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Road, tel: 6737-3537

Wish your guests good tidings by serving them drinks on these coasters. The graceful red-crowned cranes are a symbol of longevity and the bold, graphic design makes the creatures super chic.


21 Histoire vintage brass pineapple, $149, from Creatively.Active.Minds at Metro Paragon, 02-28 Paragon, 290 Orchard Road, tel: 6835-3322

Get a head start on a prosperous year by getting this brass pineapple. Called "ong lai" in Hokkien, which sounds like "luck come", the fruit symbolises wealth and good luck.


22 Lycksalig paper napkins with floral print and red monkey print, $1.90 for 30 pieces, from Ikea

A good host looks into even the tiny details during parties. Up your game with these paper napkins with Chinese New Year motifs.


23 Lucky cat tray, $36, from Pinyin Press, go to www.Naiise.com

Usher in the new year with this melamine plate featuring hand-drawn illustrations of the maneki-neko, also known as the fortune cat.


24 Success for Generations porcelain figure, $895, from Franz, B1 Takashimaya Shopping Centre, 391 Orchard Road, tel: 6735-4728, go to www.franzcollection.com

This porcelain figure of a baby monkey sitting atop an adult does not just feature the appropriate Chinese zodiac animal, but is also a symbol of success for future generations.



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25 Mandarin orange mat, $39, from Mats Matter at Hipvan.com

Put a smile on the face of your visitors right at your doorstep with this mandarin orange mat.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 16, 2016, with the headline 'SERVE UP PROSPERITY'. Print Edition | Subscribe