Rules of Chinese New Year design

Red tidings overhead 红包拿来 My eyes, my eyes!

The Chinese New Year is almost upon us, which means it’s a good time to remind ourselves of the rules of Chinese New Year design:

  • Use as much bright red as possible, accompanied by as much gold detail as your heart can take. Repaint your home red and gold, if possible.
  • Make everything as large as it can be. Don’t let minor considerations like good taste or cost hinder your creative impulses.
  • Strike a good balance between using traditional Chinese characters and motifs like oranges (in gold, of course) with modern innovations like cartoon animals that sing and dance!
  • Did we mention to indulge in red and gold already?

Ah, the Chinese New Year — giving everyone an excuse to be tacky.

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