Decorate Your Home Using Feng Shui

There are so many simple ways to decorate your home using feng shui. I am a HUGE fan and use feng shui in my own home. I always recommend it when helping others decorate their homes as well.

Feng shui (pronounced “fung shwey”) is the Chinese art of creating balance when arranging furniture in the home. It helps energy flow freely, and when you incorporate elements of feng shui, your home will feel calm, relaxed and happy. Who doesn’t want that? 😉

Using Feng Shui to Decorate Your Home

Using Feng Shui to Decorate Your Home

Let’s go room-by-room, shall we?

We’ll start in the Bedroom:

  • The bed should be placed against the farthest wall from the door. If that’s not feasible, placing it on a side wall is ok. There should be a clear view of the door. If the foot of the bed is directly in front of the door, place a chest or small sofa there to block the energy from escaping the room. Leave space on each side of the bed.
  • Symmetry works wonders for energy in a room, so having nightstands and lighting on each side of the bed creates a cozy, enveloping feeling.

Next, the Living/Family Room:

  • The sofa should be placed against a wall farthest from where you enter the room. When seated, you should have a clear view of the entry. If you’re not able to place it against a solid wall, put a console table behind it and decorate it with tall accessories. No one feels secure having their backs to the door when seated, so if you must position your sofa this way, consider putting a mirror across from it, so you are able to see behind you.
  • Situate your seating so it is conducive to conversation. All chairs do not need to be against a wall or facing the TV.
  • To add to the welcoming feeling, be sure each seat has a place to rest a glass or book on.
  • To help energy flow freely, place a round or oval coffee table in the room. Anything with rounded corners will work.
  • Consider adding sheers, curtains, or blinds to the windows to prevent the energy from escaping the room.

And finally, the Dining Room:

  • Once you place your dining table in the room, make sure there’s enough room to pull out the chairs and still have space to walk behind them.
  • A rug under the table will help ground the space and encourage conversation.
  • Include a combination of materials like metals, mirrors, wood and linen to help calm the space.
  • Use your dining room whenever you can. If the room is not being used, energy is not flowing. If you don’t eat in your dining room often, consider using it for puzzles, arts and crafts, or even office space. Just be sure to clean up afterward so it doesn’t create clutter.

So hopefully these quick tips will get you inspired to decorate your home using feng shui. Do you plan to incorporate any of these tips in your home?

Happy decorating!

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Read This Before You Decorate Your Bedroom

If you are looking for tips to decorate your bedroom, good for you! That probably means that you have completed decorating the rest of your home. Unfortunately, the bedroom is usually the last room to get any attention because we are so focused on completing the more public spaces.

decorate your bedroom

Decorate Your Bedroom

Before you get started, there are a few decorating “rules” that can help you achieve that cohesive look and cozy feel you’re after.  Here are 8 tips to read before you decorate your bedroom.

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  1. Headboard: Make sure your headboard is at least four feet from the floor so you can see the beautiful, decorative pillows you’re going to add. (More on pillows later!) If your headboard is too high, it can make your ceilings look too low. If you happen to have high ceilings, you can definitely go higher than four feet for the headboard.
  2. Pillows: Have a minimum of four pillows on your bed and layer them with the tallest pillows against the headboard. Be sure to select different sizes and play around with placement until you’re happy with the result.
  3. Throw: Here’s something most people don’t realize-a bed is not complete without a throw on the end. It’s kind of like how jewelry finishes off an outfit. Throws are relatively inexpensive and can add a pop of color to your room. After you fold it, make sure it hangs anywhere from 7 to 12 inches off the sides or it will look too small for the bed. A twin-size blanket would be perfect for a queen-size bed.
  4. Bedside tables: If you plan on adding bedside tables, make sure they are shorter than the bed when it’s fully made up. That usually means around 25 inches high. They don’t have to be matchy-matchy, but they should be close in height.
  5. Lamps:  When looking for lamps to go on your bedside table, look for those between 25-27 inches high. If you are going for symmetry, your lamps should either be identical or the same height. If you select lamps that are not the same height, you can put some books under the shorter one to raise it up.
  6. Artwork over the bed: Please don’t leave this space empty when you decorate your bedroom! If your bed is situated properly in the room, (click here and here to learn more about furniture placement) the space above it is the first place our eyes rest when entering a room. The artwork you place there should be large enough to make an impact.  You can place a single piece of art or create a gallery wall. Just make sure it doesn’t extend past the bed’s edges.
  7. Bench at the foot of the bed: If you decide to put a bench at the foot of the bed, make sure it’s at least 2/3 the width of the bed so it doesn’t look too small. Any height will work as long as it’s lower than the bed.
  8. Area rug: An area rug is a finishing touch to the room. If the rest of the room is decorated in muted or neutral colors, here is where you can experiment with texture, color, and/or design. The rug needs to be significantly larger than the bed, but not completely covered by it. It should rest about a foot in front of the bedside tables and end at least 2 feet out from the bench.

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You now have the tools you need to decorate your bedroom when the time is right for you.

Has this post inspired you to decorate your bedroom? Let me know your thoughts and comments! 🙂

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Decorating: Understand Your Space & Create A Plan

Now that you have determined your decorating style, it’s time to understand your space so you can create a plan of action.

Understand your space

Understand Your Space and Create a Decorating Plan

In order to understand your space, there are a few principles to keep in mind: Scale, Proportion, Line, Balance, Harmony & Rhythm.

Scale refers to how the size of something relates to the size of something else.

Proportion refers to the relationship of objects to one another based on size. You have achieved good scale when all parts are proportionately correct. It takes patience and experimentation to get this right, so work with it until you are satisfied.

Line– Vertical lines display strength and has a formal look. Example: Columns; Horizontal lines have a relaxing feel. Example: Bed; Diagonal lines represents motion and change Example: Gable; Curved lines represents freedom and sensuality. Example: Winding Path

Try to incorporate multiple lines into your plan with furniture and accessories.

Balance– Everything should be distributed evenly throughout the space and feel natural and comfortable to the eye. The items can be situated symmetrical or asymmetrical. Symmetry feels more formal and traditional with same sized objects placed opposite of each other. Placement must be identical. Asymmetry refers to different sized objects place opposite each other and can be pleasing if the scale is correct. Asymmetry has an informal feel and is typically used in contemporary settings.

Harmony is when all the elements relate to one another. Example: matching styles, colors and patterns. Harmony pulls the room together.

Rhythm refers to repeating patterns and moves you around the room. The key to making harmony and rhythm work is balance. Alway add at least one contrasting element for interest.

Creating Your Plan:

First, find out what you like and don’t like about the space. Try to work with the space instead of against it.

Next, walk around the room and see if there is an easy flow. Look at how the furniture is arranged and if it is attractive. Is there a focal point in the room? Does the room feel cozy? Is the size of the furniture relative to the space?

Take measurements of the room and furniture to see how they will be arranged in the space.

Make a sketch in freehand. Pencil in electrical outlets, switches, cable outlets, phone jacks, heat registers and light fixtures. Draw plans on 1/4 inch graph paper. Each square equals one foot.

Create furniture templates based on the 1/4 inch scale. You can find a simple template here or search furniture store websites for other options.

Now that you have the information on how to understand your space and create a plan for decorating it, you are probably looking at the rooms in your home differently, and thinking about the changes you can make to create the home you’ve been dreaming of. 🙂

Are these concepts new to you, or have you been incorporating them all along? I’d love to know!

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