Monday, Feb. 8, is the Chinese New Year and it's Year of the Monkey. Here are some ways to add a bit of monkey magic to your home.
Paper a room in the “Treetops Monkey” wallpaper, shown above. It’s by A Shade Wilder, a design collective in Lancashire, U.K. that’s dedicated to bringing “the passionate, sometimes risqué (and always stylish) pieces” to the marketplace.
Their monkey paper is a riot, but not over the top. From a distance it reads as a modern classic with rich velvet flocking. The monkey tails are graceful. Up close, the paper shows its cheeky side.
“Treetops” comes in color six options. For the adventurous, there are purple monkeys on a chartreuse backdrop. Those with more conservative tastes may be drawn to grey monkeys on a gold grounding or silver ones on navy. Rolls, covering 56 square feet, are $215 online at Finest Wallpaper.
If wild wallpaper is not your thing – and we’re all about wallpaper in our current R●Home issue – simply follow the Chinese New Year lead of the Monkey’s lucky colors of white, gold and blue. The monkey is a metal and water zodiac sign, as well.
Adding a small gilded table or lamp beside a bed could be all it takes to spark good monkey fortune. Curl up in a soft blue mohair throw. Place a simple bouquet of Chrysanthemums, the monkey’s lucky flower, in your foyer to foster good tidings and happiness.