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Introduction to Tiger Design
The Tiger is the third sign in the Chinese Zodiac. It is represented by spring. It's closest Western Astrology counterparts are Aquarius and Pisces.
- The home will be based in spring / wood elements.
- Tiger is yang, so things will be bright, colorful, and have geometrically sharp styles.
- The Tiger likes for every room to be different: they're unpredictable.
- They're forward people who can take charge. They want to be bright and noticeable.
- The home should be based in individuality and leadership.
- The home should be beautiful.
- Flora should be abundant. The Tiger lives in the jungle.
On a personal note, this is one of my favorite templates from Zodiac designs. A Tiger home is exciting, it's bright, and it's fun. It's a place that's worth living for your lifetime.
Chinese Zodiac Lesson
The Chinese Zodiac has 12 signs, all animals. The Zodiac goes through the animals over 12 years. The cycle repeats, but with different elements. For instance, there will be the Year of the Water Tiger, the Year of the Wood Tiger, and so on. The full cycle takes 60 years to complete.
The Year of the Tiger includes: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022, 2034, 2046, 2058, 2070, 2082, 2094.
The Tiger naturally represents wood, but it will take on the attributes of other elements every 12 years. A wood Tiger gets an extra boost of its spring energy.
Tigers like to be:
- The Center of Attention
- Brash / Hasty
Famous Tigers: Tom Cruise, Queen Elizabeth II, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lady Gaga, Ludwig van Beethoven, Charles Dickens, Marilyn Monroe, Usain Bolt.
Yin and Yang
Triangles, Squares, Rectangles, Diamonds
Blue and Black
Red, Yellow, White
Lines, Corners, Sharp
Water / Earth
Fire / Air
Dark / Dim
Light / Bright
Wide / Short / Round
Long / Tall / Slim
Yin and Yang
The Tiger wants yang energy all around them. The Tiger is competitive, they're forward-thinking, they're bright, they're famous predators. They don't do well in an environment with too much yin that makes them feel held back. The Tiger can't be tamed or controlled. The Tiger doesn't do well with depressing things. They abhor the color black.
For the Tiger space, room, or home, I highly suggest starting your design around more yang like objects, patterns, and the like. Add in more yin items slowly to balance out a room.
You may be wondering how you can tell if your space has too much of one energy. Here are some pointers for you:
- Too much yang: easily angered, trouble sleeping at night, insomnia, restless thoughts, high resting heart rate, high blood pressure, anger issues, road rage, headaches, migraines, trouble with focus because you're overwhelmed, starting lots of projects but not finishing them, dry skin or hair, red flush to skin, higher than normal temperature, losing weight rapidly, anxiety, can't sit still, restless leg syndrome.
- Too much yin: lethargy, trouble forming sentences, trouble remembering things, greasy hair or skin, frequent urination, extra water weight, trouble getting out of bed, sedentary, lack of color to skin, prone to sadness, crying randomly, depression, paranoia, procrastination, lack of muscles, bloated, excessive snot or earwax, extra phlegm, struggling to find momentum, numb, distant with others.
I recommend that if you are dealing with serious issues as listed above to see a doctor. Moving around furniture may give you some relief, but it can't be expected to alleviate all your problems.
The key is to live in balance, so you're not taken too much by any one element and then led into ruin.
The Jade Emperor
The legend goes that the Jade Emperor assigned the animals to their zodiacal position. A contest was held to see who was the fastest. The Ox set off the night before the race and was first. The Tiger arrived early the next morning. The Rat secretly climbed onto the back of the Ox and jumped off and raced forward when he saw the Jade Emperor.
The Rat secured the first position. The Tiger protested after getting pushed back to 3rd, but he had to settle for the slot. The Rabbit came in 4th. (Rabbit is the yin energy of spring.)
Tigers in Chinese culture are considered:
- The guardians of children
- Infants and children wear shoes with tiger designs to protect them from evil spirits and strangers.
- They're stylish and trendy.
- They love the outdoors / wilderness.
- They perform well in any environment.
- They have a deep love of beauty.
Earthly Branch Symbol
Yin or Yang
0, 1, 3, 4 (Avoid 6, 7, 8)
Cineraria, Plum Blossoms, Yellow Lilies
Gray, White, Blue, Purple, Orange (Avoid Gold, Silver, Brown, Black)
North, East, South
Lucky Days of the Month
16 and 27
Time of Day
3:00am to 5:00am ; the Early Riser
Western Astrology Counterpart
Aquarius (with some Pisces)
The Tiger Space
A Tiger space should be dedicated to the element wood. It should avoid metal as much as possible. That means, of course, furniture should be wood -- metal objects should be concealed and put into storage containers. Tigers are frightened by metal.
The home should be colorful, youthful, and full of flora. Add house plants, have a flower garden, and add fruit designs into the home. The Tiger wants to walk among the mums. It hides in the jungle. It comes out of the mist to grab its prey.
The tiger is obsessed with fun, so avoid neutral boring designs or heavily gothic aesthetics that are depressing. Tigers like images of heaven and angels.
Tiger figurines: add items around the house that represent tigers, big cats, and small domestic cats. You need to have reminders of your Zodiac sign. The Tiger is still pretty annoyed with the rat, keep that in mind.
Spring imagery: add pictures to your walls of flora and fauna. You should play off bright colors, green is your friend. Opt for wallpaper of fruits. Your home should be sensual, divine, and wild.
Spring scents: add candles and other scent diffusers in the home of pomegranates, citrus fruits, eucalyptus, mint, persimmons, plums, peaches, lavender, jasmine, rose, vanilla, witch hazel, and juniper berry.
Activity gym: a Tiger needs to get in their fair share of cardio. You should have a setup that allows them to run, jump, squat, dance, lunge, and swim. The Tiger doesn't do well to sit back and let their day go by without a sweat. Your home should have a good flow, so that the Tiger can run without knocking into furniture. Add places where you can climb and hide, think like a cat.
Abstract pieces: the Tiger needs items in their home that are unpredictable, that are hard to discern, and that are eye-catching. The Tiger wants something fun to process and enjoy. They want the vibrant, not the underwhelming. They're interested in the fantastic, the weird, the jagged, the diverse, and the innovative.
Make It Bright, Not Shiny: the Tiger loves bright colors, but they're not a fan of metals. Look for pieces in your home that exude brightness without glitter and glimmer. Opt for wooden jewelry over metal jewelry. If you have metal jewelry, offset it with bright colored stones.
Nourish Wood with Reflection: mirrors are associated with water and yin energy. Reflection is a property of water. Wood is nourished by water elements, so add items that reflect, like mirrors and glass. The Tiger doesn't mind seeing themselves in the mirror; they may find it entertaining.
Wood + Water: add glass vases with water in them. Display these on wooden tables. Also, put a lovely bouquet in those vases.
Aquariums are entertaining and mesmerizing to the Tiger. They like to watch all the little fin and flipper things swim. They're also kind of attracted to them because they want to eat them. Yum.
Wood + Fire: add images to your walls of stars. Triangles mimic the properties of fire. Wood and fire elements will look fantastic in a Tiger home. Orange is one of its favorite colors. It thrives on yang energy.
Tiger homes embrace: wood, fire, and water elements. Earth should be masked in fire energy, so as not to get hurt by wood. Metal should be avoided.
I encourage people of each Zodiac sign to have a movie or book collection dedicated to their animal. The Tiger has plenty of fun stories.
- Life of Pi
- The Jungle Book
- Two Brothers
- White Tiger
- Tigers in Red Weather
- Living with Tigers
- The Great Soul of Siberia
- The Tiger Who Came to Tea
- There's a Tiger in the Garden
- Little Black Bamboo
- Mr. Tiger Goes Wild
Wood nourishes fire by feeding it. Wood gives fire a path to grow.
Wood destroys earth by popping out of it and disheveling it.
Fire nourishes earth by turning into ash. It helps 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 it.
Metal nourishes water through condensation.
Metal destroys wood by chopping into it.
Water nourishes wood by helping the trees and plants to grow.
Water destroys fire by dowsing flames.
Decorating the Tiger Living Room
The living room should be full of plants and mist. Add mist machines, air purifiers, or humidifiers. You're looking for perfect breathable air. The room should be oxygen friendly. The room overall should be clean and make you feel like you've been swept away to a garden or jungle.
- As soon as someone enters your home, they should feel like they have disconnected from the world.
- They should feel like they have stepped into a secret garden.
Opt for wood furniture, and avoid black and brown. You may want to paint your furniture in bright colors related to (1) spring, (2) the Tiger's favorite colors, or (3) the fire element. Gray, white, and red would all look nice for furniture in the living room.
The Tiger living room should have furniture that's triangular, square, or rectangular. You want long and wide spaces. You want a long, sprawling couch. The TV should be stretched out long. Opt for wood flooring over carpet or other materials.
- Cinerarias are some of Tiger's favorite flowers. Add these in a glass vase.
- Put flowers in the window.
- Add other water elements in this room: it's a perfect place for an aquarium, a fountain, or a miniature waterfall.
- Snow globes offer entertainment.
If I haven't made this clear yet: the Tiger embraces colors. Add images of rainbows. Stay away from dull colors like beige. You want every room in your Tiger house to feel different. I'm a fan of green + gray in the living room.
Opt for firm pillows for your furniture. You want pillows in different bright colors. The pillows should look somewhat busy with different patterns. Quilts are great for Tigers.
Floral wallpaper would look great in this room if you decide not to use paint. Birds are also associated with spring, so you may want images of birds, bird cages, fake bird eggs, and the like.
The Tiger likes to have other animals around it, especially small ones -- not just because they're prey but because they're the guardians of the little ones.
Decorating the Tiger Kitchen
The Tiger kitchen should utilize different colors than the living room. I want the kitchen to be bright and pop with a kind of raging loudness. If you used floral wallpaper in the living room, then use wallpaper of fruit in the kitchen. Plums are a great fruit to base off your design.
I suggested green + gray in the living room. For the kitchen: go for orange + purple. Orange is a power color for the tiger: it represents its stunning fur. The kitchen needs to embrace yang energy. The kitchen is about fire.
- Stripes are a good design in the Tiger kitchen.
- Hang wooden swords on the walls. Conceal the blades of metal knives.
- Put wood bowls and wooden spoons on display. Opt for bamboo.
- The table should be a square and be fit for a small family of 3 to 4 people.
- Add barstools with a square shape to give more room for guests.
- Add yellow lilies in a vase to the table.
Wood flooring is excellent in this kitchen. You should opt for wood cabinets, counters, and anything else. Add objects that are triangular, prism-like, tetrahedrons, and pyramids. Add a bowl of fake fruit to a counter.
Paintings of tigers should go on the walls. Designs with claw marks are a plus. This room should look sharp. Opt for furniture and pieces with defined corners. You want the kitchen to look like you are a professional at dealing with heat: you know how to cook, grill, and bake.
- All metal kitchenry should be concealed.
- Leave out some electronics to display heat.
- Your two main food groups are fruits and meats.
- Add abstract lighting fixtures. You don't want the room to be predictable.
- Display antique glass in oversaturated colors.
- Your kitchen should look youthful and exciting, not old and worn-out.
Decorating the Tiger Bedroom
The Tiger bedroom needs to feel active and exciting. It should be a little weird. My color recommendation for this room is white + orange.
Orange walls, orange pillows, and maybe even an orange rug. White picture frames, a white comforter, and white plants. I want unusual art on your walls of tigers, flora, pointy shapes, gorgeous landscapes, and things no one would guess would be there.
Stairs should lead up to the bed, have tall ceilings, bookshelves reaching to towering heights, tall plants, a piano in a corner, and luminescent glass. The Tiger bedroom should be inspiring, creative, and dynamic. The Tiger needs items in the room to learn how to be a strong leader: exercise equipment, philosophy books, a place to dance.
The room should be electric. It should be a place where you want to get up out of bed early in the morning. The Tiger is the early riser. Have blackout curtains so you can turn out the lights and the energy at night and sleep hard.
Organize your closet by colors. Replace clothes progressively with colors that come from the rainbow and get rid of more neutral looking clothes -- you don't need a lot of black and brown. Those are your unlucky colors.
Have a wooden chest to hide your pillows and blankets. Again, wooden floor is best. It would be better to add a rug than to have the room entirely in carpet. The Tiger wants to sprint and sweat, which isn't exactly the best for carpet.
- Add wooden pointed objects to the walls, like swords.
- Put away objects that bore you. Put on display objects that inspire your creativity: sewing machines, musical instruments, language learning books, a punching bag.
- Have a vase just for sticks.
- In Tarot, you are the suit of wands.
Decorating the Tiger Bathroom
The bathroom naturally supports the water element and yin energy. For the Tiger, water supports and nourishes the wood element. Mask wood elements in fire colors to protect it from metal elements, which will likely be in the room from plumbing.
The colors I would pick for this bathroom are: blue, green, and white. Blue is one of the Tiger's favorite colors. It is associated with yin. Green and white can help pick up the energy some, also those colors are very spring like. The bathroom should look like a secret jungle or oasis.
Opt for bamboo elements: baskets, windows, light fixtures, mats, brushes, and the like. Add mirrors to reflect energy. The Tiger wants to see themselves. They want to go to the bathroom to escape and have a place to dream and imagine. The Tiger needs a nice bathtub where they can lounge. Consider it their hot spring.
Opt for big towels in white. You want a nice, full robe for the Tiger. Add images to the walls of rain forests, botanical gardens, and towering trees.
The bathroom should be a paradise: everything should smell like flowers and fruit. You want to walk into the bathroom and have citrus fill up your nostrils. Have plenty of fun things for a bath. The Tiger needs to be spoiled and pampered: petals, bath bombs, champagne, exfoliating beads.
Add wooden bowls into this room for decoration. A bowl of potpourri can help it to smell nice. The Tiger wants the best hair products. They don't have the mane of a lion, but they still want to show off.
They want the best hair dryer, curling devices, and the like. Opt for items that bring out your vanity, your power, your nails. The Tiger does love their claws, so they should have manicured nails.
Stripes and lines look excellent in this room. Don't use dots and hearts.
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