Year of the Rabbit 2023: 5 Feng Shui home decor tips for a Zen home

Year of the Rabbit 2023: 5 Feng Shui home decor tips for a Zen home

By Iona Bower on
If you love the fresh start of a new calendar year, why not do it all again for the Lunar new year, too? The new Lunar year began on Sunday 22 January. As well as representing a clean slate, it also gives us a chance to do a bit of life admin: to declutter, reimagine rooms, maybe even redecorate.

2023 is the Year of the Rabbit - specifically the Water Rabbit (water is this year’s element). This is a wonderful combination that is said will usher in a period of peace and serenity after the more volatile year of the Tiger that we are leaving behind. The Rabbit is all about calm, elegance, peace-making and healing. The water element, meanwhile, makes this year’s Rabbit even more ‘feeling’ and gives it empathy. In a Water Rabbit style home, the atmosphere is relaxing, beautiful and all about making its inhabitants feel happy. 

Could you do with a little more Water Rabbit in your home? Follow our Feng Shui tips to create a Zen feel for the start of the new Lunar year. 

Star of books and a plant branch photographed in front of a neutral wall painted with YesColours Calming Neutral paint colourGet calm and enter full Zen mode with our Calming Neutral paint colour.


1. Create space for relaxation.

Rabbits are all about tranquillity. Find an area of your home that you can dedicate to relaxation. Maybe rearrange the spare room to be a yoga space? Or invest in a freestanding screen to create a private area of your bedroom for morning meditation. If all that’s a zen too far for you, how about a simple armchair just for music appreciation and podcast-listening in a corner of your living space?


Black rattan patio chairs surrounded by plants and photographed in front of a peachy pink wallIf 'relax' is part of your 2023 to-do list, then have a look at our Fresh Peach paint colour. It's a gentle, nurturing and comforting shade that would definitely help you unwind, snuggled away from the city's noise.


2. Use colour for calm energy.

Rabbit colours include fresh, aquatic blues, apple greens and pearly whites. YesColours’ Fresh Aqua paint colour will give you that ‘breath of fresh air’ feel you might yearn for in a Water Rabbit hallway.

The Fresh Collection is designed specifically for that ‘new start’, ‘let’s switch things up’ vibe and it’s perfect for entranceways, which are so important to Feng Shui and should be kept open and airy to allow positive energy to flow in.

Meanwhile, the Calming Collection also includes a green, a blue and neutral colours, which are tempered with just a little bit of black in them for a slightly muted feel. These are great for wall paint in a Feng Shui bedroom. Your bed, in particular, represents your ‘self’ in Feng Shui, so calming linens in muted blues and greens or pearlescent accessories will help bring rest to a cluttered mind.


Living room with a neutral white sofa, wooden side table and coffee table and plants, photographed in front of a green wall painted with YesColours Calming Green paintCalming Green for calm energy. The name of this paint colour says it all... we don't make the rules.


3. Incorporate the water element.

Celebrate the peacefulness of water with artworks that incorporate the theme. But you can be more subtle than that if you prefer, with undulating curves on furniture or patterns that echo the shape of waves - you don’t have to go full coastal chic (though we won’t stop you).


4. Balance water with wood. 

Feng Shui is, of course, all about balance - dark and light, yin and yang… So while you’re incorporating the water element into your home, add some wood, the element that balances water. That might mean some houseplants in your living space, or earthy tones to balance the water element colours.

Natural materials, such as cork, clay and stone, used in flooring, wall paints or just one or two natural accessories will bring the element of nature you’re looking for. Look for paint supplies, flooring and accessories that are sustainable, too, so they’re good for your wellbeing and the wellbeing of the planet, as well as looking good.


Split wall with wall painted in pale Serene Green paint and wall panelling painted in dark Loving Green paint colour, photographed in a bedroom with a wooden bedside table and a light wood bed with white beddingSerene Green and Loving Green paint colours pair incredibly well together and bring the best of both worlds: the serene, peaceful and relaxing atmosphere of Serene Green and the earthy, bold biophilic nature of Loving Green.


5. Add a lucky rabbit.

The rabbit is the luckiest of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac, so bring some good fortune to your home with a rabbit or two. We like these bold Kissing Rabbit towels from Anorak or this Rabbit Lamp stand from Margo and Plum, with just a hint of Magic Circle wonder about it. 


We hope these home decor tips have inspired you to decorate your home following the Feng Shui guide. And, in case you're still looking for that perfect Zen paint colour, feel free to book a colour consultation with us and we’ll sort your colour puzzle in no time. Free option is available too!


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