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Interior Design Based around the Chinese Zodiac the Snake
The Snake is the 6th sign of the Chinese Zodiac. The snake is the most enigmatic creature in the Zodiac: it is based both in fire and also yin energy.
Snakes are intuitive, private, and reticent. They live according to their own rules. They're the sign of intelligence, wisdom, and health in China and Japan.
They're considered materialistic, but they don't have the patience for shopping. Snakes prefer to work alone. Their solitary creatures. They find too much company annoying, slow-paced, and distracting.
Snake interior design will include:
- Diluted features from the fire element.
- A mix of everything in Feng Shui with minimal amounts of metal.
- Private, secret hideouts: nooks, crannies, bookcases leading into rooms, etc.
- A study, library, or office.
- A peaceful home. They don't like a lot of noise; they like noise canceling features. They like a manageable workload.
- Special possessions are guarded with expertise.
- Beautiful colors and unusual designs: think of the skin of snakes.
The Year of the Snake occurs every 12 years. The Chinese Zodiac has 12 animals. The cycle also goes through five different elements: fire, earth, metal, water, and wood. For instance, there will be the Year of the Fire Snake, the Year of the Earth Snake, and so on. The full cycle takes 60 years to complete.
The following are Snake Years: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025, 2037, 2049, 2061, 2073, 2085, 2097.
Snake + Yin and Yang
It's going to be wild to figure out the energy of your home. The Snake is complicated: it's the fire element + yin. This means you'll need both yin and yang elements in your home. You'll need lots of earth with some water and maybe even metal.
The yin energy will dilute the fire element and vice versa. Since fire is still dominate, you'll want to be careful about adding water and metal elements into your home. Wood will enhance the fire elements. Fire will nourish any earth elements.
If you use metal, I would combine it with earth elements.
If you use water, I would combine it with wood elements.
Fire features: triangles, stars, warm tones, red, orange, yellow, white, images of the sun, jagged objects, long and slim items, candles, fireplaces, chandeliers, lights, glow in the dark items, electricity, technology, modern and contemporary items, futuristic.
Earth features: clay, pottery, porcelain, rugs, carpet, terracotta, urns, towels, clothes, tapestries, yellow items, square items with rounded corners, figurines, zen gardens, rocks, crystals, stones, amber, fossils, sand, earth tones, beige, brown, neutral tones, salt lamps, tile, cement.
Metal features: plumbing, coins, silver, gold, copper, screws, nails, candelabras, silverware, coils, iron, wind chimes, vegetables, fall imagery, foliage, Halloween imagery, tools, swords, armor, bells, buckles, jewelry, glitter, pencils, scissors, shears, shovel.
Water features: fountains, glass, mirrors, ice, steam, showers, sinks, bathtubs, toilets, fishbowls, aquariums, refrigerators, snow globes, reflecting objects, waterbeds, black and white photography, images of the oceans and sea creatures.
Wood features: plants, flora, matches, wood furniture, spring imagery, birds, butterflies, fruits, pastoral images, green and white objects, sticks, spices, citrus, wood flooring, lumber, leaves, blossoms, long shapes, diverse patterns, vines, delicate features.
Now that you know what the 5 elements look like in your home, it's important to figure out whether each item represents more yin or yang. (I have a chart below that goes into this in detail.)
For the snake, I would add in items that you enjoy, that you find valuable. When you start to feel like your energy is off then you should rearrange your home or space.
How do you know if you have too much yin or yang? Here are some examples:
- Too much yang: feeling hot all the time, bothered easily, cranky, irritable, bouts of anger, frustrated, annoyed, headaches, road rage, anxiety, insomnia, restless thoughts, restless leg syndrome, dry skin or hair, impatience, constipation, losing weight rapidly, can't focus because you're overwhelmed, hasty, impulsive, constantly needing to move and take on challenges.
- Too much yin: sadness, depression, lethargy, sedentary, trouble forming sentences, trouble remembering things, overly nostalgic, quiet, constantly feeling cold, extra water weight, greasy hair or skin, excessive snot, constant urination, unmotivated, procrastination, slow to respond, unwilling, can't get out of bed, never ending sorrow.
I recommend that if you are having serious troubles to go see a doctor. Some of your issues could be resolved by simply rethinking the layout and flow of your home. But it cannot be expected that Yin and Yang nor Feng Shui will alleviate all your problems. A medical professional can help you resolve your physical and mental troubles.
Yin and Yang
Squares, Rectangles, Triangles, Diamonds, Trapezoids
White, Yellow, Red
Rounded, Soft, Curves
Sharp, Lines, Corners
Dark / Dim
Light / Bright
Time of Day
Water / Earth
Fire / Air
Wide / Short / Round
Long / Tall / Slim
Winter / Fall
Summer / Spring
Ox, Rabbit, Snake, Goat, Rooster, Pig
Rat, Tiger, Dragon, Horse, Monkey, Dog
Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, Pisces
Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, Aquarius
The Jade Emperor
Legend has it that the animals earned their positions in the Zodiac with a race. When the Snake came up to a river during the race it admitted it was a poor swimmer. It hitched a ride on a horse's hoof. When the horse got to land, the Snake spooked the Horse and it darted away. This is how the Snake got ahead and secured the 6th position.
The Snake and the Dragon were good friends because of their similar looks. The Jade Emperor put the Dragon ahead because he noticed him first because of his big size.
Famous Snakes: Mao Zedong, J. K. Rowling, John F. Kennedy, Pablo Picasso, Anne Frank, Audrey Hepburn, Billie Eilish, Robert Downey Jr., Muhammad Ali, Bob Dylan, Taylor Swift, Arnold Palmer, Barbara Walters, Shania Twain, Stephen Hawking, Pierce Brosnan, and Grace Kelly.
A home based around the Snake should have certain noticeable features. Here is a list of what you might find in the Snake's home.
Colors: the Snake's favorite colors are red, light yellow, and black. They don't really like white, gold, or brown.
Look to the skins of snakes for more color ideas. Red gives to fire, light yellow to earth, and black to water or yin.
The Snake likes a good mix. They're cold-blooded animals, so they absorb the temperature around them. If things are too cold or too hot, they can be bothered. You're more likely to find a snake in the desert than the tundra — we are talking about a summer Zodiac.
Think about what temperature the colors you pick project. Does it make you feel really cold?
Stripes: Snakes prefer stripes over circles or dots. Snakes are like long sticks, rods, or swords. They have yang energy in this way. Their bodies often have rings of stripes. The Snake feels like it can blend in with stripes around it. Snakes = stripes.
Flat surfaces with defined edges: a Snake likes to climb onto things, and circular furniture can really throw them for a loop. The Snake likes to sprawl out, so their home should have furniture that offers plenty of space, especially length. Snakes = length.
Hidden private spaces: the Snake should have hidden rooms, secret storage spaces, places to hide if there are intruders, a place to hide their precious collections. They love designs that allow them to hide their materials and help their home not look as busy.
Eggs and egg shaped things: when I think of Snakes, I think of them eating big giant eggs or laying eggs. Egg related items can look expensive, trendy, and desirable. The Snake wants to look like they have good taste.
Triangles: the Snake somewhat resembles the squiggly lines of flames. A triangle in a way points up like a flame. Snakes can take on many different shapes, they can coil into a circle, they're long like a stick, and they can squeeze themselves through a triangle.
The Snake home should have plenty of distinct shapes. Snakes are geometry wizards.
Numbers 2, 8, 9: the Snake loves the number 2. Two of a kind is their thing. They roll dice to get Snake eyes. Double things in your home. Two sinks in the bathroom, a chair always has its pair, two pets, bunk beds, two of a kind pleases the Snake lord.
- Dice belong to the Snake.
- Add games into your collection that resemble gambling.
- Poker cards and poker chips.
Orchids and cacti: the Snake prefers the challenging orchid in its home rather than easier flowers to grow. It's really fond of cacti and succulents because they don't require too much water. They like jagged things. They like pointy things. The cacti reminds it to be on the lookout for predators. The Snake wants a cactus friend.
Amethyst: add some amethyst into your world. The Snake will like the jagged texture and the darker the color the better. The Snake prizes shiny things, but has no patience for metal. Crystals that glimmer are a better idea than coins.
Summer imagery: the Snake belongs to summer. Your home should be dedicated to June, July, and August.
Bring on the fireworks, bring out the platter of hot dogs and burgers. Add a swimming pool, bring out some lounge chairs, turn up the heat on the grill, and wear sunglasses.
The Snake wants the perfect summer vacation home that's also a mysterious Sherlock Holmes wonder piece. They're a deep thinker with a need for sunny and long days. Solar energy is a major plus for the Snake.
Snakes in Media
I encourage people to put items in their home related to their Chinese Zodiac. You can find snake figurines everywhere. I also encourage adding books, games, movies, and the like into your home related to snakes.
- The Harry Potter Series
- The Garden of Eden
- The Greedy Python
- Kali and the Rat Snake
- How Snake Got His Hiss
- The Jungle Book
- The White Snake
- Snakes on a Plane
- Komodo vs. Cobra
Fire nourishes earth by creating ashes. The ashes help land to form and spread.
Fire destroys metal by melting it.
Earth nourishes metal by creating minerals in the soil.
Earth destroys water by drying and absorbing it.
Metal nourishes water through condensation.
Metal destroys wood by chopping into it.
Water nourishes wood by helping flora, plants, and trees to grow.
Water destroys fire by dowsing flames.
Wood nourishes fire by feeding it. Wood helps fire to grow and spread.
Wood destroys earth by popping out of it and disheveling land.
The Snake Living Room
The Snake living room should incorporate all of the five elements except for metal. I would argue for wooden floors, striped wallpaper, long sprawling furniture, chandeliers, a roaring fireplace, a long rectangular rug. The room should be peaceful and solitary.
The Snake should have plenty of storage space and hidden nooks and crannies in the living room. They should have spaces that help optimize privacy, sectioned off places meant for reading or sipping tea.
Long and thin curtains delight the reptile. There should be long objects throughout the room, so the snake can crawl up them and spiral their body: long sticks, trees, poles, columns, and the like.
The Snake is nourished by wood elements. Add some flora, particularly orchids, succulents, and cacti. Green is an attractive and inviting color to the snake. I would argue the living room should be a mix of red, yellow, black, and green. Look to African design for inspiration on decor.
The Snake also loves earth elements. They would be happy with plenty of clay pots, figurines, bricks, and urns. They want their home to be a mix of practical and out-of-this-world.
Add art that is jagged and has points. The Snake doesn't have hands or feet, so jagged pieces give them something to grip. They like sculptures. They like heavy blotches of paint.
This is a good room to add an aquarium. Buy fishes in the Snake's favorite colors. The aquarium should be well lit, long, and have a variety of fish. Place the aquarium on a wooden table or surface and surround it with wooden ornaments. This will protect the fire energy of the Snake from the water.
- Fire needs protection from water elements.
- Fire turns into steam in the presence of water.
The furniture in this room should be wood. Fire destroys metal. Fire doesn't really get metal and doesn't really like it.
Yin or Yang
2, 8, 9 (Avoid 1, 6, 7)
Red, Light Yellow, Black (Avoid White, Gold, Brown)
Taurus / Gemini
The Snake Kitchen
Where stripes dominate the living room, triangles dominate the kitchen. This space should feel hot, exciting, and inviting. Paint the walls red, orange, a light yellow, or black. Cherry wood is an excellent choices for cabinets and counters.
Remove metal as much as possible from the kitchen. Blades should be concealed. Silverware put away in drawers. Don't hang pots and pans: put them away in cupboards. Instead: bring out wooden utensils, plates, and bowls. Add bamboo decorations.
Water elements should be reduced in this room. The Snake kitchen is a force of fire energy. The Snake living room is a force of earth energy. You need to boot water out of the kitchen, so the Snake can expend more yang.
The table and chairs should be square, rectangular, or triangular. Set a cactus on the table. Keep everything modern in your kitchen. You want the best technology. Keep your devices up to date. Showcase energy, electricity, and contemporary features.
Find ways to add triangles, pyramids, prisms, tetrahedrons, and stars. Wooden puzzles would look nice in this room. Hang triangular light fixtures from the ceiling. Also, add images of snakes to the walls. A swirling pretzel of a snake would look nice in a hand drawn fashion.
Wooden floors and rugs are the way to go. Tile would also look nice. Replace metal knobs and items with wooden materials. In the Snake kitchen, opt for long and slim objects. Things should look tall and skinny.
- Stack items to give off the sense of height.
- Add tall plants in corners.
- Add a cookbook shelf.
- Add images and art of eggs.
- Have a hidden off booth section.
- Hang towels in bright colors.
- Don't use magnets.
- Add summer themed images to the walls: pools, gardens, fruits, festivals, sunshine, lakes, daylight, grilling food.
The Snake Bedroom
The Snake bedroom is about contrasts. Switch up the room with two colors: black and light-yellow might be your best friend here. Add black and white photographs to the walls, or pictures in sepia.
The Snake needs a low-lying bed without too many frills. The mattress could be directly on the floor. Carpet is a good choice in this room: it slows down the energy. Wood is another good floor material; add a rug if you use wood flooring.
Objects should be low to the ground, short shelves, short plants, and short furniture. The Snake doesn't want to use as much energy to climb up things in the bedroom. They're tired. They need to relax. A little bit of yellow can bring back some energy so that it doesn't kill the passion in the room.
The Snake prefers dressers and drawers to hanging items in the closet. The Snake wants to curl up into a bundle and be unseen to the rest of the world. They need a chair they can sit in on the floor. They need a desk with a dim light on it.
Blackout curtains are suggested for the Snake when they go to bed. They like solar energy, but when they want the sun to go away — they want it gone immediately.
Add baskets with sticks. The Snake rather likes the look of a good basket. Bamboo is another great material for the bedroom. Stripes, triangles, and contrasting colors are all excellent choices for this room.
- Valuables should be locked up in safes or hidden in boxes.
- Don't leave a diary out on a table. The Snake keeps their secrets close to their heart.
- Add books throughout the house. Books = paper = wood.
- Add stairs and ladders to spots where the Snake can't reach.
The Snake Bathroom
The Snake bathroom utilizes elements of water, wood, and fire. Add plenty of bamboo, decorative bowls or vases with sticks, add cacti to the windows, paint the walls a strong yang associated color.
Keep the metal plumbing in this room silver. The Snake isn't a fan of gold. The Snake needs help with the bathroom design. They prefer a more minimalist space. A shower with no bathtub. Wooden floors. Towels in the same colors.
Add images to the walls of fires, flames, volcanoes, and hot springs. The Snake needs to be reminded of their element in this room. They have a tendency to be afraid of water. Add images of horses to the walls — this reminds them that there are ways to cross rivers with the aid of a friend or unsuspecting stranger.
Add rugs to prevent water from spreading around the floor. Add pottery of snakes into the room and put some flora in them. Tall plants are another good idea.
The Snake bathroom should have tiny wash clothes and rags. Avoid the colors blue, brown, and white.
Opt for small mirrors and don't add glass features. Mirrors and glass are related to water — water reflects images.
Conceal metal features as much as possible. Don't go for ornate looking plumbing, faucets, etc. Straightforward and sensible plumbing is the way to go — modern looking and sleek is perfect.
The Snake bathroom should be soundproofed. You don't want to hear the noises outside. You want this to be a serene room that's also hot. The Snake bathroom is the most enigmatic of the whole household. There are many elements that contrast each other.
Fire needs protection from water elements. Fire turns to steam in the presence of water.
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