Monday 9 January 2012

Choosing the Right Furniture in a Feng Shui Space

The walls are painted, the carpet is in, but what color furniture should you add to your home to ensure that it fits with the Feng Shui feel?  Often times the furniture is the main focus of your room, so choosing the right color can be an overwhelming task, especially when following the five elements Feng Shui theory.  Here are some tips for choosing the right furniture color that is going to have you peaceful and decoratively content in no time.

#1 – Choose Something That Lasts

A bold pattern on more than a few pieces of furniture can more often than not be too much, and you can easily start to feel as though your room has become dated.  Choose Feng Shui colors according to the energy you need.  One tip is to choose a neutral sofa and then add one or two accent pieces representing your favorite elements.  Think fire for passion and energy, metal materials for clarity, and wood for vitality. A harmonious Feng Shui water element will bring a refreshing calm to the area, while a strong earth element in your home can help create a sense of stability. By splurging on the furniture that’s most important to the room as a whole, you will feel good about both the quality and tranquility of the new additions.

#2 – Texture Over Patterns

If you want something that is going to stand out, but you are not necessarily looking for your Grandma’s flower print couch, choose furniture with texture instead of color.  In many cases, you can find a couch with fabric that has tone on tone patterns, allowing it to appear neutral, having the ability to blend with the rest of your room.  While a solid colored piece of furniture may seem plain, look for one with textures, such as raised lines much like corduroy, which will complement the rest of your living space.
Every room needs balancing by adding varying textures. Think throw pillows,decorative rugs, drapery. In order to have a balanced and comfortable room, combining different textures, shapes and colors is the key. Generally, natural materials like cotton, silk and wool attract better chi than synthetics. Find what textures work for you, and follow your natural instinct from there. 

#3 – Be Cautious Of Variation

While Microsuede is currently the ‘in’ fabric, it can be easily manipulated, meaning that the color of the furniture actually changes when you touch it. When choosing a microfiber couch, or other fabric that causes the same effect, make sure you like the color of the fabric no matter which way it is brushed up against. If you’re in the market for new furniture, you should be prepared with the many unique models you’ll face when shopping. Do some research and have an idea of what you want beforehand. With a clear image of what interests you, you’re less likely to make what could be a costly decision on a whim.

#4 – Check Out The Hardware

There are several pieces of furniture, particularly modern sofas that have extra details, such as nail head trim or wood feet. It is important to make sure those elements match with the rest of your room, just as the color of the couch or other pieces of furniture. There are also some pieces of furniture with silver legs, and your room may be accented with gold. Be sure to look at this aspect of your furniture, because although it may not seem to stand out in the showroom, once you add it to your living space, it could become an unexpected eyesore.
Feng Shui accents should include good quality, smooth edges and proper placement. No detail is too small to affect the energy flow in a room. Difficulties can often be cured by placing and rearranging objects within the space. Get a second opinion, consider the thoughts of your friends and family. Sometimes seeing something through the eyes of another can help establish a clear view.

#5 – Don’t Forget The Pillows

Pillows that accompany couches when you purchase them often come in outrageous patterns or obnoxious colors. However, do not let this deter you from purchasing a particular couch, which you know will match your decor. There’s no design problem that can’t be fixed with a little ingenuity. Pillows can be recovered or replaced for only a few dollars. Additional accessories can be found that harbor Feng Shui meaning and symbolism.
For a quick Feng Shui decorating fix-up, turn to accessories and Chinese symbols sure to bring harmony in your home. In the midst of decorating or revamping a space, it can be difficult to imagine the tranquil area of your dreams. But with a bit of patience, and the Feng Shui guidebook in mind, you’ll be relaxing in no time.

About The Author:

Josh Thompson is a blogger and writer for all things related to the art of interior design. He also works for LuxeYard, a new community for group discounts on luxury furniture.

Setting the Scene on Your Patio Using Feng Shui

You want your patio experience to be as relaxing for yourself as it is for your guests. It’s no surprise that many designers turn to Feng Shui techniques for a tranquil home display. This technique is a marriage of your surroundings with your personal items to accentuate easy flow and connection to nature. Good design following the principles for what you desire will feel good to you on a visceral level when you spend time in your sacred space.

Take stock of your current patio furnishings. Less is definitely more when it comes to designing in respect to Feng Shui. You want all pieces of furniture to have plenty of space around them for easy mobility and access. Think about how your guests will move through the space when you entertain. Remove anything that impedes traffic through the patio. Also, toss out anything broken or not in the best condition, as these items can be unsettling and interfere with the positive energy you are trying to emphasize.
You can draw from natural elements by enhancing the sights and sounds of nature, which are key tools in Feng Shui design. If you are in a busy metropolitan area, for example, a fountain can add the soothing sounds of water to mask the sound of traffic. Metal fountains, in particular, can add not only visual interest, but also make the sound of running water resonate as the liquid hits the surface. 

Low lights, such as paper lanterns or discreet solar patio lights, can add just a hint of illumination to blend in perfectly with moonlight. Study the principles of Feng Shui to discover more about what you want to bring into your life. You can emphasize elements tied to money, harmony or happiness with your particular design and placement of items. Even the shape of a table can make a difference to the space’s energy, or chi. Any interruption of your patio space’s chi can bring misfortune, according to certain interpretations of these principles. Always focus on flowing energy as you decide what to keep and what you can live without on your patio.

The direction your garden paths leading from the patio can have a profound effect under the principles of Feng Shui, and you will want proper guidance in making these determinations to best fit your space and needs. 
Take care with mirrored gazing balls and potted plants, for example, as they can interrupt the flow of energy if placed incorrectly. Keep in mind that the patio design needs to flow and offer harmonious, uninterrupted space with everything clean and in good working condition. A broken down trash bin, for example, will interrupt this energy and conflict with the cleanliness aspect of your design. Proper handling of seemingly mundane details, such as trash storage, can go a long way to help keep the energy pure in your space. A Feng Shui expert in interior design can be helpful to you as you sort out your life’s priorities in relation to your patio design.

Wednesday 4 January 2012

Feng Shui your Kitchen for a Healthy Home

It’s been said that your kitchen is the feng shui part of your home that ‘nourishes and sustains life’ and it is a symbol of wealth and prosperity, so why not put a little time and effort into making your kitchen as homely as you feel? From the lighting, to the food you buy to the kitchen cabinet doors feng shui is used to make your life more fulfilled.

The rules of feng shui say that you shouldn’t have your kitchen close to your front or back door as feng shui energy can easily escape, keeping the energy in your kitchen and home is important as it leads to a good spirited chef who will put good spirited meals on the table for a happy family. The food you eat gives you energy, so the food needs to be prepared in a well organised kitchen with balanced flow of feng shui energy. It is said that good nutrition is good feng shui and that is why people add organic foods to their diet. Fresh foods and vegetables have a high nutritional value and offer healing qualities that your body needs.

Your kitchen cupboard doors should be made from a light coloured wood as this allows warmth into your home; in fact your entire kitchen should be warm and welcoming with no clutter and a simple design, fresh flowers and a fruit bowl allow for an uplifting energy.

Your kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home, it is where you feed your family, and a healthy kitchen allows a healthy family. Make sure you follow some simple feng shui rules for a happy and fulfilled kitchen.

Monday 2 January 2012

Feng-shui Your Dorm - Free Those Restricted Spaces

Feng Shui is no longer a term that is confined just to the Asian practice, it has become a common household name in many parts of the world. It is functional not only for people who live in a house, but for apartment occupants as well. Not many can afford living in huge mansions or big bungalows. No matter how small the size of the living area, there are easy and feasible options by which you can transform and get positive energy in your place. With the right research you can achieve it without having to spend a lot of money and time. In this article, you will learn how to Feng Shui your space restricted apartment with ease.

Tips for Dorms or Space Restricted Rooms

To begin with the space is a major constraint from a design perspective but feng shui can do wonders to the small area. You have to make changes and activate specific areas that an individual wants to enhance in your life.
  • First things first, the bed needs to be placed in the right area. You have to make a demarcation in the living area and the work area in that limited space only. My best advice would be to place it near the wall and not under a window.
  • Drape a lovely piece of fabric from the ceiling or erect a beautiful folding screen half way around the bed - compartmentalize  your sleeping quarters in a lavish way. This will allow good chi' to flow throughout the small space. The room will appear spacious using this technique, even though it is not.
  • While designing bear in mind that the whole area is proportionately furnished; do not de-clutter from one end and add it to the other. Keep the balance theory in mind and you can never go wrong.
  • Make sure the door is not facing the elevator or a long hallway.
  • Create an illusion with the use of mirrors to expand the room area more than it is.
As a result when you apply feng shui living room and house tips, you are sending best vibes to you and your loved ones. Now you can lay back, relax and feel blessed in every way possible. Make the right changes and you will be surprised at the results in your life.

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