In many cultures, they are clear. When it comes to decorating, they are faithful to these customs, convinced that they attract good luck. We do not know to what extent they are true but it does not hurt to share them with you. Just in case…
1. MIRRORS THAT TAKE YOU TO ANOTHER WORLD
First stop: Japan. In this eastern country, people do not usually sleep in front of a mirror, as popular belief says that its reflection could confuse our soul when waking up. However, literature has its own version. Author Lewis Carroll explains how Alice, after crossing a mirror, was able to discover a world full of wonders on the other side.
2. MIRRORS WON’T LET YOU REST
In China, the voices of superstition say that if we sleep in front of a mirror our vital energy will be traveling all night between this element and us. It will happen that the flow of energy will not let us rest and the next day, we will be in a bad mood and more tired. Luckily, there are more corners where a mirror is always a hit.
3. BREAK A PLATE AND BE HAPPY
We arrived in Russia and discovered a curious belief: breaking a plate is a sign of future happiness. Of course, it would never occur to them to save a slightly cracked piece of crockery, as it attracts bad luck.
4. WITH YELLOW THERE IS NO MIDDLE GROUND
Either go home or stay out. Yellow has been associated with bad luck in worlds such as the theater and that has made us think twice when painting a wall in this color. However, it has been a trend for some time and has already shown all its advantages: warmth, luminosity, energy… In any case, you can always flirt with this color in the small decorative details.
5. THE HYDRANGEA AND LONELINESS
The Hortensia is one of the most commonly used to decorate the house plants. We can choose from so many colors that it is impossible to resist its beautiful flowers. However, there is a belief that their presence at home will attract loneliness and singleness. And it is not the only one harmed. According to feng shui, cactus, potus, or agave are not recommended to put at home either. And you, are you one of those who challenge this idea?
6. ROCKING CHAIRS WITH A LOT OF RHYTHMS
In this case, it is not that we cannot decorate with rocking chairs but, if it suddenly moves, it is not a good sign. The popular belief is that these rocking chairs are best kept still. What we are saying is that, simply, someone may have rested for a while. Who can resist walking past them like nothing?
7. DID YOU KNOCK ON WOOD TODAY?
Long, popular beliefs have relied on the power of wood for good luck. In ancient civilizations, nature was a great divinity that was admired and trees, its main symbol. In other countries where they also “touch wood”, they do it with a couple of taps. The first to communicate what they are looking for and the second as a token of appreciation. This also has an explanation and it is that before it was believed that the spirits and fairies in charge of fulfilling our dreams lived in the trees and thus, they were called to attention. What we do not know is whether touching wood with your feet also attracts good luck but it is obvious that a wooden floor attracts warmth. Welcome!
8. DON’T LEAVE HATS ON THE BED
Although it can add personality to your bedroom, putting a hat on top of the bed is an omen that something bad is going to happen. This superstition so common in Spain or Italy also means that your mind will go blank. But don’t worry because we have the perfect alternative: decorate a wall with them and create a most original composition. Perhaps this way, we attract good deco ideas.
In fact, after taking a trip around the world, we have found that these superstitious habits are more frequent than we think when it comes to decorating homes. From avoiding yellow to believing that mirrors take us to other worlds. Of course, we have also observed that being superstitious is not at odds with good taste and, despite respecting these beliefs, you can decorate the house to make you happy. That is lucky!