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Interior Design for the Dragon
The Dragon is the fifth sign of the Chinese Zodiac. Those born in the Year of the Dragon are described as: energetic, ambitious, relentless, arrogant, supernatural, powerful, and dominate. They're also described as generous partners.
- Their base element is earth.
- Their energy is yang.
- Their Western Astrology Counterparts are Aries and Taurus.
A Dragon's interior design will include:
- Images of dragons, dinosaurs, sea serpents, and mythical beasts.
- Items related to spring and summer.
- Earth based energy: bricks, clay, pottery, terracotta, porcelain.
- Images of scorpions, crocodiles, eagles, lizards, and fish. The Dragon is a communal species. He is also at the top of the food chain.
- A mix of yin and yang energy.
Yin and Yang
Earth has the most balanced amount of yin and yang of all the elements. A dragon home should use a moderate amount of both yin and yang features. There is a slight bias for yang.
I recommend adding in items to your own liking, and then if you're having negative symptoms, you might want to consider changing up your furniture layout.
How do you know if you have too much yin or yang? You'll like start having the following issues:
- Too much yang: bouts of anger, road rage, feeling hot all the time, headaches, sensitive to lights, dry hair or skin, losing weight rapidly, insomnia, restless thoughts, anxiety, overly passionate, restless leg syndrome, can't sit still, overwhelmed and can't focus, easily annoyed, irritable, cranky.
- Too much yin: sadness, depression, crying randomly, trouble getting out of bed, lethargy, sedentary, extra water weight, procrastination, can't remember things, trouble forming sentences, excessive snot, greasy hair or skin, excessive urination, couch potato, cold all the time, clammy hands and feet, unmotivated.
The chart below describes what kind of items are associated with yin or yang. This should help you pick out items for your home, room, or space.
Yin and Yang
Triangles, Squares, Diamonds, Rectangles
Sharp, Lines, Corners
Dark / Dim
Light / Bright
The Moon, Asteroids, Comets
The Sun, Stars
Black and Blue
Red, Yellow, White
Water / Earth
Fire / Air
Fall and Winter
Spring and Summer
Sedentary / Relaxed / Comfort
Excited / Active / Restless
Wide / Short / Round
Long / Tall / Slim
Ox, Rabbit, Snake, Goat, Rooster, Pig
Rat, Tiger, Dragon, Horse, Monkey, Dog
Western Zodiac Signs
Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, Pisces
Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, Aquarius
The Year of the Dragon
In several Asian countries, couples try to have babies in the Year of the Dragon. They believe that a dragon baby will bring them good fortune and the child will grow up to be successful in adulthood.
The push to have children during the Year of the Dragon results in hospitals going over capacity, and it puts a strain on neonatal services.
The following are Dragon years: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024, 2036, 2048, 2060, 2072, 2084, 2096.
The Dragon is a supernatural animal with no parallel when it comes to talent and excellence. Their homes should be amazing. They're not afraid to display their power, their grit, and their weirdness. It is the sole imaginary animal of the Chinese Zodiac.
Dragons have a reputation: they're hotheaded with a sharp tongue.They're expected to become leaders of the world. They have courage, tenacity, intelligence, and confidence. Sometimes they can be too much for people. They're overbearing and pompous. They're a blast of creative energy and change.
- They're not a fan of criticism nor feedback.
- They don't see how they could be irritating.
- They have minimal fear.
Famous Dragons: Charles Darwin, John Lennon, Vladimir Putin, Bruce Lee, Rihanna, Sandra Bullock, Vanessa Hudgens, Liam Neeson, Robin Williams, Nicholas Cage, Reese Witherspoon, Dr. Seuss, Michael Cera, Joan of Arc, Sigmund Freud, Melissa Joan Hart.
The Jade Emperor's Contest
Legend goes that the Jade Emperor held a contest to determine the order of the animals in the Zodiac. Everyone expected the supernatural, powerful, and ambitious dragon to take the first spot. But he found himself in the fifth position.
During the race, the Dragon saw a village suffering from drought. He stopped for them and created a storm. He nourished them instead of trying to win the race. (He may have also thought he could both help the village and win the race.)
The Jade Emperor was pleased to hear of his benevolent act. He placed him in the fifth slot after the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, and the Rabbit.
- Dragons are revered in Chinese culture.
- Some famous people in China have called themselves the descendants of Dragons.
- Emperors were considered reincarnations of Dragons.
The Chinese Zodiac has 12 animals and also cycles through the five elements of earth, metal, water, wood, and fire. It takes 60 years to go through all the animals with all the different element varieties.
Dragons thrive on leadership. They're fighters. They like to go into battle, but they don't always like to take care of all the little details. These types do well to pair up with someone who has more managerial / organizational skills.
Dragons do well in careers related to the arts, politics, and education. Their homes should have plenty of abstract art, Chinese calligraphy, a communal atmosphere, shiny and bright colors, and a sense of pride.
When people walk into the Dragon's den, they will have respect for the beast. No one would be so foolish as to underestimate a Dragon.
- Dragons live anywhere they so choose. They live in caves, on the tops of mountains, on the moon, and in castles. They'll takeover a castle if they want it.
A home around togetherness. The Dragon doesn't really like to be alone nor to work alone. They only stay by their solitary self for so long. They're very talkative when people discover them.
They need people, whether co-workers, a romantic partner, their parents, or their kids. They need to tell someone about their ideas. The home should be spacious so that a large gathering can take place — and so the Dragon's tail doesn't accidentally knock over items.
Earth nourishes metal by creating minerals in soil.
Earth destroys water by drying it.
Metal nourishes water through condensation.
Metal destroys wood by chopping into it.
Water nourishes wood by helping trees and plants to grow.
Water destroys fire by dowsing flames.
Wood nourishes fire by feeding it.
Wood destroys earth by popping out of it and disheveling soil.
Fire nourishes earth by turning into ashes and helping form land.
Fire destroys metal by melting it.
Dragon Interior Design
Bring on the dinosaurs: yes, dinosaurs are related enough to dragons that you can add dinosaurs into your home. Put up that dinosaur wallpaper, display items related to the Jurassic period, and show off that T. Rex skull. A Dragon home should have plenty of mythological creatures partying like it's going to last forever.
Bright colors: Dragons like shiny things. They love gold and silver. They like metal. They adore coins. Yellow is your best friend. Red is another strong choice. Green and blue are not the Dragon's favorite colors. When using green or blue, opt for colors with overtones in yellow, orange, red, or pink.
Avoid wood elements: the Dragon home feels threatened by wood. The element is destructive to earth. Instead of wood furniture, opt for metal. Wood elements should be masked in either water or fire features. Wood is too natural for the Dragon who is a supernatural host.
Add earth based items: the Dragon likes earthy items including porcelain, clay, terracotta, bricks, rocks, crystals, stones, sand, dust, mud, ash, minerals, and the like.
Opt for smartly designed decor: square tables with rounded corners, light fixtures in silver and gold, recliners with massage features, storage pieces that double as furniture, pillows with the perfect degree of gentleness to firmness.
Open spaces for community: don't crowd your home with too many objects. There should be plenty of chairs in communal rooms. You want your house to be accessible for handicaps friends, family, and guests. You should have enough room to dance in your living room or bedroom. Stairs should be wide.
Swords, spears, arrows: the Dragon has an affinity for power. They should have a collection of swords, spears, arrows, guns, armor or a shrine dedicated to veterans. The Dragon cares about the soldiers and the sacrifices they make.
You could also have a noticeable section in your library about wars, battles, and large scale conflicts. The Dragon will learn from history's mistakes, so they can be a better leader for present and future generations.
Opulence, ornateness, outstanding: the home or space of a powerful leader — who puts themselves on a pedestal with the highest of the highest — should have an ornate home.
Their furniture should have frills, intricate designs, tassels, abstract powers, little touches of fire, triangles, diamond chandeliers, golden faucets, a golden ceiling, and golden picture frames.
The Dragon wants to show-off their home. The Dragon is also attracted to wealth, good fortune, and abundance. They want to show they can provide. They can be a surplus unto themselves.
Bright lights: the Dragon needs to be celebrated and seen. Buy lights to really make a spectacle of your home. Lanterns are a favorite of dragons. Add some moon lamps, pool lights, candles -- your home should be bright. The Dragon likes to be the king or queen of its castle.
It's always a good idea to add items in your house related to your Chinese Zodiac. There are dozens of video games, movies, and books related to dragons including:
- Dragon's Lair
- Pete's Dragon
- How to Train Your Dragon
- Game of Thrones
- The Neverending Story
- A Natural History of Dragons
- Dragon Champion
- Tooth and Claw
- Tea with the Black Dragon
- Dragon Keeper
- Zelda Games
- Final Fantasy Games
Yin or Yang
1, 6, 7 (Avoid 3, 8, 9)
Yellow, Gold, Silver (Avoid Blue and Green)
Dragon Flowers, Bleeding-Heart Glory Bower
East, North, South
Time of Day
7:00am to 9:00am
The Dragon Living Room
The Dragon living room should be spacious. A large gathering should be able to fit into your home. You need enough space to move, jump, dance, and play. The Dragon doesn't like tight corridors. Everything should be wide.
Earth is your main element, and the living room should cater to that. Add pottery bowls, porcelain teacups, a brick fireplace, terracotta. Add figurines, clay weapons, and urns with ashes.
Bring the room together with a yellow rug. The Dragon likes carpet and tile in their home — avoid wooden floors. In rooms where you plan to have more earthen objects, I would opt for carpet or a soft material so that items don't break.
The living room would look nice with bits of yellow, red, gold, silver, and copper. The Dragon likes for their rooms to shine and look glorious.
Opt for metal furniture over wood furniture. IKEA might be your best friend, however, the Dragon wants their home to look opulent, so buy unique and abstract designs.
I would opt for furniture in sharp shapes rather than circles and ovals. Triangles and squares are a good choice. Square furniture with rounded edges is perfect because it's the right blend of yin and yang.
- Add gorgeous curtains to the windows in luxurious materials.
- Avoid green and blue in this room because they're the Dragon's unlucky colors.
- The color scheme and materials should be fit for a king or queen.
- The pillows should look beautiful, perhaps appropriate for a professor's lounge. Pillows with tassels look fancy.
- Have a drinking cart with scotch.
- Have a shrine to veterans or a library of books dedicated to war materials.
- You should have plenty of seating. The Dragon living room should be communal.
- For patterns: opt for stripes over dots.
- Wallpaper of intricate designs.
- Books, movies, and video games with references to dragons.
The Dragon Kitchen
Whereas the living room is dedicated to the earth dragon, the kitchen is dedicated to the fire dragon. Your kitchen should look and feel hot. The walls would look smart in red or orange. Add triangles throughout the room.
- Leave out items related to earthenware: bricks, dirt, clay, pottery, porcelain, terrcotta.
- Obscure metal and wood items. Metals will get destroyed by the warmth of the kitchen. Wood items will harm the earthen objects.
I'm a fan of dedicating each room in your house to a different elemental dragon. Add some red dragons into this room, fire-breathing animals, dinosaurs, and volcano explosions. The kitchen should look hot, feel prehistoric, and be a place for carnivores to gather. If you're vegetarian, add some green into this room.
Opt for a long rectangular table. Add a vase with snapdragons in it. The furniture should be in red, yellow, or white. Add lights to this room, even red lights.
Support the kitchen with the latest technology. You should have up to date cooking devices. Electronics should be on display. Great gifts for people born in the Year of the Dragon are air fryers, Instapots, griddles, grills, and toasters.
The Dragon kitchen should have plenty of meat in storage. Beef, chicken, lamb, and other proteins. If you're vegetarian, make sure to have an abundance of plant foods with protein: chickpeas, lentils, tofu, and beans.
The kitchen should also have plenty of fruits and vegetables in the colors red, orange, and yellow.
- Red foods: strawberries, apples, cherries, bell peppers, red onions, watermelon, radishes, raspberries, pomegranates, cranberries, tomatoes, grapes, rhubarb.
- Orange foods: pumpkins, carrots, oranges, mangoes, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, apricots, squash, nectarines, tangerines, papayas.
- Yellow foods: bananas, pineapples, lemons, peaches, yellow onions, corn, maize, pears, passion fruit.
The Dragon kitchen should seem powerful, aggressive, and intelligent. You should feel as though you have walked into the Dragon's den hidden in the most terse mountain crag.
The Dragon Bedroom
I would dedicate the Dragon bedroom to the metal dragon. Metal is supported by earth, so these two elements are in agreement.
Opt for metal furniture, silver is an excellent metal color for relaxing. You should also have plenty of mirrors.
The metal dragon belongs to the moon. Add images to your walls of the moon, asteroids, and comets. Add circular objects in pale colors. Bring the room together with a circular white rug.
Display a collection of jewelry and coins. The Dragon loves wealth, so coins make them very happy. Your most valuable items should be put in a safe in a closet.
Add images to your walls of the nighttime sky. Add blackout curtains to shield out light, so you can get better sleep. The floor should be carpet. Add ceramics to shelves. This is a good room to put sentimental objects: pictures of your family, trophies, childhood heirlooms, items only special to you.
The mattress should be the perfect amount of gentle and firm. It should be on a metal frame or resting directly on the floor. Add metallic fixtures to the room: chandeliers, candelabras, goblets, medieval armor.
You want this to be a room where you can sleep, hide from the rest of the world, and meditate. Put a gong in a corner, roll up a yoga mat and put it in another corner, have a miniature zen garden with elegant stones.
To add some zest or passion into the room: add accents of red. You can do this by adding pillows, ornaments, a red wall, hanging red items, or adding abstract art. (I would prefer this room be mostly silver and gray.)
This bedroom should be attractive. It can either have a traditional or futuristic feel. The imagery around space will help remind the Dragon of its supernatural origins. Magical items can also do the trick: Tarot cards, a fortune telling ball, holy books, crosses, and other religious iconography relevant to you.
The Dragon Bathroom
The Dragon Bathroom belongs to the water dragon. Instead of utilizing blue and green, I would encourage you to use black or very, very dark colors. This will be an unusual room because you do want to retain some earth elements (which destroys water).
- I would argue you want this room to be a blend of earth, metal, and water elements.
- Avoid wood.
- Darker colors go along with the water element.
- Water and metal elements naturally occur in bathrooms.
Add images to the walls of mysterious landscapes: beaches with black sand, terse crag, black and white pictures of flora, and caves.
The bathroom should feel mature, elegant, and like a superior place for hygiene. The Dragon doesn't want to be pampered, so they don't want pretty lilies, cute decorations, and happy colors. They want a hot spring, they want thick towels, and they want steam.
Tile floor is superior to wood flooring. The plumbing should be noticeable and look like precious metal. The bathtub should be big to accommodate a Dragon. The sinks should also be big and spacious.
The Dragon doesn't want a bathroom that feels like a closet. They like big, wide open spaces. This room could also be decorated to fit the Kraken or sea serpents.
- Add rugs near the shower, toilet, sink, bathtub.
- Add a fountain and add coins into it.
- Add pottery in deep dark hues.
- The Dragon needs big, thick towels. Yellow and gold make for good colors here.
- Opt for scents that are more masculine: musk, frankincense, myrrh.
- Handmade soaps have an earth like quality to them.
- Opt for animal cruelty free hygiene products. The Dragon isn't for senseless cruelty.
- Keep this room fairly dim. You want more yin energy in the bathroom.
- Add candles around the bathtub or even the counters.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Andrea Lawrence