CHINESE New Year is the season of auspiciousness and prosperity.
According to Chinese feng shui traditions, auspicious colours are important factors to be incorporated in daily life, especially in familiar and intimate spaces like our homes.
To usher in the Year of the Rabbit, Nippon Paint has collaborated with three feng shui experts from Way Fengshui Group to curate favourable colours that one should incorporate in their homes for an enhanced quality of life for the coming year.
Coined as Colours of Fortune 2023, this forecast – based on the Chinese zodiac – provides a comprehensive list of colours that can be used in homes, on all surfaces.
The top three zodiacs with the most auspicious Colours of Fortune in 2023 are the Dog, the Rat and the Rabbit.
Those born in the Year of the Rat can bid goodbye to a challenging 2022 and welcome a prosperous 2023, with good fortune coming their way in the form of benefactors.
You can use colours like Sheer Batiste (NP BGG 1691P), Oak Parquet (NP N 1870D) and Ash White (NP 0W 1082P) to drive away misfortune, while the experts warn of schemers and rumours in the coming year.
Oxen need to be strong in 2023 as various problems may befall them and make them feel drained.
At the same time, they need to be wary of the efficiency trap which will lead to more work on their plate.
It is recommended that those born in the Year of the Ox should use colours such as Bosco Blue (NP PB1524P), Crater Black (NP N2030A) and Blue Instinct (NP BGG 1571P), for maximum success.
Tigers will have fluctuating luck in the coming year, with positive experiences and hardships in tandem in 2023.
One important thing to take note of is their health, as those born in the Year of the Tiger should focus on their well-being, and always remember to rest and take care of themselves.
Colours such as Knockout Red (NP R 1281A), Glory Yellow (NP YO 1129T) and Artist’s Impression (NP N 1864T) will guide Tigers to achieve this goal.
Although people born in the Year of the Rabbit are in conflict with the zodiac year itself, there are still lucky stars in 2023 that will shield them from difficulties, which can help Rabbit babies to hop to new heights.
Rabbits will also have to control their emotions, with mood swings being prevalent in the coming year.
To increase fortune, adopt colours like Green Barricades (NP BGG 1617A), Silky Veil (NP YO 1137P) and Roxbury Brown (NP N 1891D) in your home.
Dragons will find that they have stable luck in 2023, as it will be a year filled with opportunities and challenges in their career.
They will also experience more time with loved ones and co-workers, but should be on the lookout for schemers to avoid major losses.
To ensure maximum prosperity, it is advised that they use more Blue Tune (NP PB 1545P), Gossamer White (NP OW 1015P) and Golden Charmer (NP YO 1191D) hues in the coming year.
Snakes can anticipate a drop in luck and increase in stress next year, but are advised to stay positive and be wary of health and safety threats.
The increased stress, however, will grant them wisdom to take on work challenges that will help them reach new levels of success.
Colours such as Cortillion Red (NP AC 2071A), Gold Dust (NP YO 1146P) and White Lace (NP OW 1004P) will help with this.
Horse foals will have much to look forward to in 2023 as they continue their ride to prosperity, being placed just behind the Dog, Rat and Rabbit in terms of prosperity.
They, however, will need to remain calm and utilise agile thinking to navigate difficult situations.
Horses should also be prepared for a particularly busy 2023, with colours such as Potenitilla (NP YO 1108T), Lemon Yellow (NP YO 1090P) and Tavern Buff (NP N 1867P) benefiting them in the hectic year ahead.
Those born in the Year of the Goat will experience a major uptick in their career and learning in 2023 as predicted by the feng shui experts.
However, there will be some setbacks and restlessness, which may lead to conflicts and disputes.
To get an edge and focus on the things that matter, colours like Green Dash (NP BGG 1789P), Alpha Red (NP AC 2072A) and Field Daisy (NP YO 1184D) will give Goats an advantage in the coming year.
Monkeys are forecasted to have a smooth sailing year, with a windfall of money from various sources of opportunity.
Making full use of this positive news is only possible if they face challenges boldly and be on high alert for any unsavoury love interests who might bring relationship entanglements with them.
Monkeys are also advised to sleep more and pay attention to their health, with colours such as Liberty Blue (NP PB 1533A), Slight Embrace (NP YO 1103P) and Tavern Buff (NP N 1867P) being of good use.
Roosters need to be extra careful in 2023, while avoiding the need to make drastic changes at work, as it could potentially become overwhelming this coming year.
One way to do that is to let go of stubbornness and to keep an open mind, which can protect their wealth and career.
To improve luck, attend more celebratory events or seek blessings at places of worship during the Lunar New Year.
Another way is to incorporate colours such as Yellow Blaze (NP AC 2053A), Friar Tuck (NP N 1869A) and Foggy Day (NP N 1858P) into their daily life.
Those born in the Year of the Dog are in for a treat as they top the charts in terms of prosperity in 2023.
The Dog should expect good opportunities and positive encounters in an easy-going year.
As fortune smiles on them, the only thing keeping them from achieving more is themselves. To shift things in their favour, those born in the Year of the Dog should add Vantage View (NP BGG 1809P), Talk of The Town (NP AC 2070A) and Orange Bedder (NP YO 1198D) colours into their life.
Piglets are going to have a lot of mood swings this coming year, which will undermine their efforts and motivation towards success.
They should also be wary of danger that can potentially result in injury, and should stay away from sharp objects.
Those born in the Year of the Pig are advised to be open-minded and focus on learning and self-improvement to tackle all hurdles that come their way.
Colours like Lingering Blue (NP PB 1532P), Bedrock Bottom (NP N 1981A) and Greek Legend (NP AC 2113A) will provide them with some protection in 2023.
Nippon Paint hopes that its customers will be ready to tackle the new year and celebrate Chinese New Year with a bang, now that everyone is familiar with all their lucky colours for the coming year.
To get more colour inspiration for your house makeover, visit Colour of Fortune 2023. For more specifications regarding feng shui forecasts, feel free to refer to the Nippon Paint Colours of Fortune 2023. Buy now at Nippon Paint Malaysia or head over to any Nippon Paint dealer stores for colour selection.