We all need things to look forward to this year, and next on the horizon is Chinese New Year. 2021 is the year of the ox, denoting hard work, positivity and honesty. We’ve tracked down ten of the best Chinese-style home accessories to help you see the new year in in style – they also make lovely gifts for anyone you can’t be with.
1. Chinese money plant, Leaf Envy
More properly known as Pilea peperomioides, the Chinese money plant has thick spoon shaped leaves and is easy to look after since it can grow from artificial light. Chinese legend has it that the ‘money plant’ symbolises abundance and good fortune – perhaps because the leaves look like coins? £18 (plant only) available from Leaf Envy.
2. Tall red cylindrical Chinese lantern, Shimu
These pretty, traditional Chinese lanterns are in canvas with a metal wire frame. They make lovely ornaments either standing on a table or hung with the attached hook and can also be used to hold a tealight for atmospheric outdoor lighting. Other sizes and styles are available. £55, available from Shimu.
3. Chinese dragon table lamp with Letino Blue shade, Cotterell & Co
Colour and pattern clashing create a statement in this vivid Chinese lamp. The deep and rich blue velvet shade provides the perfect contrast to the red and fiery tones of the ceramic base, entwined with dancing dragons. £254, available from Cotterell & Co.
4. Ceramic noodle bowl set with chopsticks, Marquis & Dawe
These pretty noodle bowls are perfect for cheering up your next Chinese takeaway! Each bowl comes its own black ceramic chopsticks and is designed with two holes so that you can rest your chopsticks easily. Dishwasher and microwave set. £28 for a set of two, available from Marquis & Dawe.
5. Decorative Han Foo dog in light Chinese green, OKA
Despite the name, a Han Foo dog isn’t really a dog – it’s actually a lion. This hand-painted ceramic sculpture is inspired by the traditional Han dogs you find protecting Chinese imperial palaces and places of worship. Lions were first introduced to China during the Han Dynasty through tradespeople and travellers who would share stories of the Asiatic lions they had seen in neighbouring countries. Gradually, the lion earned its place as a temple guardian. This Han dog is ceramic and finished with a celadon glaze that draws on early Chinese pottery. £250, available from OKA.
6. Creeping tigers velvet cushion, The French Bedroom Company
A striking velvet cushion depicting Chinese style tigers in vibrant orange, against a background of soft pencil drawn oriental floral blooms, this cushion will suit traditional or contemporary interiors alike. £38, available from The French Bedroom Company.
7. Gold leaf crane magazine rack, World Menagerie
Channelling traditional Chinese style, this hand-painted magazine rack features oriental-style cranes and is perfect for keeping your sitting room in order. £56.99, available from Wayfair.
8. Oriental crane print, Sweetpea & Willow
Inspired by traditional oriental art, this tranquil print of a crane on a riverbank is a lovely finishing touch for creating a calm and serene living space. This beautiful, vintage art style will add timeless appeal to any part of your home. £125, available from Sweetpea& Willow.
9. Small seated buddha, Shimu
This little seated Buddha is in a stone and resin mix, produced in the southern Chinese province of Guilin. He will invoke the blessings of peace, health and prosperity on your home. £35, available from Shimu.
10. Reed diffuser in cherry blossom, Prices Candles
A delicate, fruity and floral fragrance from the flower of the exquisite cherry tree, which is prolific in Japan and China. £13.50, available from Prices Candles.0