Are you looking to refresh your home or office? The best way to do that is to consider how Feng Shui design elements can impact the space in lively and life-changing ways. Consider these 7 transformational tips for incorporating Feng Shui design ideas. You will find images of projects that I have personally worked on to reflect each concept.
1.Clear Clutter: Clutter drags your energy down. When you continue to collect “stuff,” the energy drain becomes more powerful. As you get rid of your clutter, you will feel lighter in your body, mind, and spirit. It’s the first step toward having good Feng Shui and one of the keys to feeling more freedom and contentment in your life. The bedroom above is clean and clutter-free, allowing for better sleep.
2.Feel the Color: The most important part of choosing colors for a space? Pick colors you like! Don’t worry about being trendy. I can help fine tune based on your preferences; I have years of experience working with color swatches and have a natural sense of colors that work well together.
3.Create Intimate Nooks and Crannies: If you’re looking to have great conversation with your guests, arrange the furniture to encourage easy chit-chatting. As you can see in the photo above, I grouped chairs and an ottoman to invite socialization in an apartment’s party room. Just imagine relaxing with friends, your feet resting on the ottoman. Or you could use the ottoman to hold a tray of drinks and snacks. And this intimate seating idea applies to multi-housing units as well as individual homes.
4.Surround Yourself with Pieces You Love: Have an old beloved art piece that you just can’t part with? That’s ok! If decor that you already own still speaks to you and makes you happy, incorporate it into your space, don’t hide it away in your hope chest. Your home/office should reflect what you enjoy – what lights you up! Part of the de-cluttering process is to get rid of things that no longer resonate. Get clarity on what you enjoy at the moment, and don’t be afraid to change it up as you evolve. In the room above, I made sure to incorporate some of the whimsical elements that my client enjoyed while keeping it tasteful: Alice in Wonderland, chocolate, flowers, and fairy tales.
5.Decorate Accurately for the Space: Choose colors and decor that match the feel that you want to portray in each room. In the office above, I relocated a new desk to the “command position” in the room (a more powerful placement). The desk is less weighty than what the client had before but functionally allows for more workspace. We upgraded the desk chair to a high-back leather version. I paired a cozy rug and upholstered chair to create a lovely reading area, a place the client can also relax. A neutral green on the walls is also soothing and brings an element of nature inside. Groupings of photos from the client’s travels hang on the walls now, and a larger piece of art creates a focal point. In total, this setup was intentional, for an enhanced feeling of being in control.
6.Balance the Masculine and Feminine Energies: Another Feng Shui concept that will help you to find balance is working with yin and yang energies in your space. Yin is feminine energy and described as being passive, such as internal stillness, the soft flow of water, and the dark silence of night. Yang is masculine energy and described as active, much like the swift movement of horses racing, a bustling beach with bright, colorful umbrellas, or the directness of a lightning bolt. Yin and yang are opposites but cannot exist without each other.
Creating yin energy is as simple as using curves, dark and/or soothing colors, and objects such as a soft flowing water fountain. Bedrooms and bathrooms are the best places to infuse more yin energy to create a more relaxed mood, but bringing in a touch of yang will ensure a better feel to the room.
Using angular lines, bold colors, and bright lights are a few ways to bring in yang energy. Family rooms, living rooms, kitchens, and home offices are considered yang rooms. You can bring in more yang energy, but always remember to balance it out with some yin.
7.Add Plants for Health and Beauty: Imagine entering a room to the sight and scent of lush herbs
and vivid flower blossoms; hearing the happy melody of songbirds; feeling the warmth of a crackling fire; being soothed by flowing water. Biophilic Design is one concept I use to create “feel good” spaces. Based on the research of Biologist Edward Wilson, it connects people to nature in their interiors, which has a positive impact on their wellbeing. It’s in our biology to feel good when connected with the natural world.
A few ways to apply Biophilic Design principles in your home:
• Use organic forms in fabrics, carpet, wall coverings, sculptures, and furniture details–they’re captivating and comforting.
• Choose natural materials: wood, stone, fossil, cork, and bamboo add richness, authenticity, and have a calming effect.
• Create light patterns with sunlight, firelight, moonlight, and light fixtures to evoke drama or peacefulness.
• Construct smaller spaces within larger ones by adding nooks, overhead trellises, or booth seating, which offer protection, and can reduce boredom, irritation, and fatigue.
Adding these simple yet powerful Feng Shui concepts to your space will invite better living and harmony. Contact me if you would like to discuss these ideas and see how they could improve your space.