Applying practical principles of Feng Shui can solve common decorating dilemmas. Any of these principles can be applied in any room.
1- If you don’t have a foyer or if you have a large room needing several different conversation areas you can create the illusion of a separate room by placing an area rug in the center of the space, coordinating with the color palette in the room. For example, to create the feeling of a foyer place a circular area rug in front of the front door. You can use area rugs wherever you want to delineate a space or create a conversation area. Circular rugs are particularly good for pulling together a space.
2- To complete or find inspiration for decorating a room, look for artwork that speaks to you. Artwork gives a room a finished feel and creates coziness as well as visual appeal. I like to hang pictures so that the middle of the piece is one or two inches above eye level.
3- Dark areas? You can add balance and movement with mirrors, artwork containing fire colors (red, orange, pink, and purple) and circular or wavy objects which create movement. If you have a corner that feels “dead” revitalize it with “up lighting” that’s placed on the floor, a decorative floor screen, or a standing mirror.
4- Does a room feel stark or sterile? “Cozify” it by adding soft drapes or roman shades, using earth and fire colors (brown, yellow, beige, red, and orange), and adding area rugs and soft fabrics such as cozy throw-pillows.
5- If you don’t have a wall where you need one, you can invent one by placing a console behind a couch, using a decorative floor screen to separate areas, using bookshelves open on both sides, or drapes hung on side mounted retractable rods. Floor screens also work well in corners to soften the area and create energy.