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Feng Shui 101 – How To Create Warmth and Coziness in a Room

Let’s look at the décor of a living room from a Feng Shui perspective.  Colors, furniture, and acccesories constitute a room’s décor.  How do you feel looking at the photos below?  How do you think you’d feel in the space? 

Feng Shui principals illustrate that the décor in a room creates palpable energy.  The energy you feel determines whether or not you’ll feel comfortable in the space.

Does this room beckon to you to sit down and relax?  Odds are it doesn’t.     The colors in the space – black, white and dark brown – correspond to  water, metal, and earth energy in Feng Shui.  These elements, with the exception of earth, don’t contain much warmth.  That’s why you get a cold feeling from the space.

The room lacks assorted textures as well.   You’ll notice a lot of smooth surfaces.  The room needs balancing by adding varying textures as well as fire and earth colors.  Earth colors are yellow, brown, and beige.  Fire colors are red, orange, pink and purple.  The coral-orange lamps on either side of the couch are the only fire elements in the room. 

Here are easy changes that create warmth and coziness in the room.

  • Add decorative items on each side table that contain fire energy.   I don’t advocate creating clutter but one or two decorative elements on each side can create energy.   On one side you could lay three books with colorful covers and a large seashell on top.  On the other side you could place a round orange bowl filled with seashells or decorative balls.
  • The couches need texture to create coziness.  Add two or three decorative pillows on the couch in patterns that have fire colors.
  • Place a throw blanket that has coral and other colors in it on the smaller couch.
  • The smooth wood floors need a rug to create texture.  An area rug creates warmth and grounding.  Add a rug in the center of the room with a flowing and colorful pattern consisting of earth and fire colors.  Or, add a solid color rug which matches the color of the lamps. 
  • The green plate is too large for the top of the cabinet and the color doesn’t create visual interest or warmth.  Replace it with a smaller plate.  A coral and green plate as shown above would be terrific.
  • The jar of seashells is too large for that area.  Put the shells in a smaller, wider circular glass vase.
  • The bundle of wheat is out of proportion on top of the cabinet and lacks energy.  Replace it with another accessory – perhaps a pared-down ceramic vase with coral, green, white and black.  Place red silk flowers in the vase to instantly create vibrance.
  • The windows lack texture.  Adding drapery panels in any color or pattern creates texture in the space which creates warmth. 

Remember that adding fire colors instantly creates warmth and visual appeal in a room.   In order to have a balanced and comfortable room, putting together a variety of textures, shapes, and colors in a space, guided by Feng Shui principles  is the key.  Have fun!

Feng Shui Tips for Decorating Large or Small Rooms.

Whether you’re decorating a large or small space, to create coziness and appeal the primary design principle to focus on is balance.  A room must exude the right energy to feel balanced.   By its nature, a large room exudes “yang” or expansive energy.  A small space room transmits “yin” or constrictive energy.  It follows that yang energy needs to be balanced with yin energy and yin energy with yang.  The correct furniture, colors, and accessories are the key to creating balance.  If you don’t feel comfort and relaxation in a space it’s because the yin/yang energy is out of balance.  When good Feng Shui is coupled with good design, an environment is naturally cozy, relaxing, and beautiful. 

Small Spaces.  If you’ve got a room that feels cramped or constrictive:

  1. Use the same wall color throughout the space.  A light color is best because it creates an open feeling.  Yellow, warm beige, or white works well.  Yellow is also the best color for illuminating dark areas.  
  2. Paint the ceilings white or the same color as the walls.
  3. Use European furniture which is smaller in proportion than “regular funiture-store” furniture.   (Look at IKEA’s selection for an example).
  4. Add mirrors to create the illusion of space.  A mirror reflects light from outside if placed opposite a window.  A whole wall of mirrors can open up the space in a dramatic way.  
  5. Don’t block natural light.  
  6. Hang drapes a few inches higher than the top of your windows to create a feeling of height.
  7. Avoid clutter, use decorative containers to stay organized and don’t display a lot of chotchkies (aka knickknacks).  A few well-placed items evidencing your style and flair are plenty.
  8. Choose pieces of art that relate to each other.  Use similar frames for each piece (or no frames).  The over-all feeling should be cohesive and light. Art containing fire colors (red, orange, purple-pink) or wavy lines transmits an energetic quality which counteracts feeling constricted in the space.  Landscape scenes and photographs open the space up.
  9. Use monotone, natural fiber, or non-fussy area rugs to add a finished quality to the room and to create separate areas.

Large Spaces.  If you’ve got a room that feels empty or like a mausoleum:

  1. Break the room up into several areas to fill up the space and create visual interest.  When you’re in a large empty space you’ll feel exposed making relaxation difficult.  Create several areas within the room that serve different functions.   For example in a living room the first area can be a conversation area with a couch, two chairs, a coffee table, and two or three small side tables with table lamps.  The second area can be a reading corner next to a window with an overstuffed chair, an ottoman, a table and good reading lamp.  And a third vignette can be a game area using a round table with chairs on either side and a  floor lamp nearby. 
  2. Use thick, earth and fire color (brown, yellow, beige, red, orange) rugs in each area in the room to further delineate each area.
  3. Use furniture proportionate with to size of the room. Generally, wood is best.  
  4. Hang artwork at eye level or a few inches above, especially if ceilings are high (above about 12 feet).  The art will pull your eye towards it and minimize the length of the wall.
  5. Paint the ceilings the same color as the walls or in a slightly darker shade. 
  6. Hang drapes even with the windows.
  7. If you have built-in bookshelves, arrange them to create visual interest.  Don’t simply line books up in a row.  Add framed photos, ceramics, and accessories.  You’ll create energy and soul.

Have fun and remember that if something intutively feels wrong, it can be corrected by applying principals of balance.  If you don’t know exactly how to remedy the problem experiment and see how changing things affects the way you feel.