Are you planning a living room or bedroom makeover project? Are
you a first-time homeowner? Have you completed construction on a dream home? If
so, the interior decorating styles to choose from are many: antique or eclectic,
contemporary chic or rustic, southwest or French country — and that’s
only the beginning
Interior designers can assist with color selection and finding
details to complete your favorite look. However, choosing home decor is a
very personal choice. Put your personality into choosing furnishings and accessories
because it will make a difference. You might also consider using the principles
of Feng Shui when you furnish your home.
Feng Shui is the Chinese art of placement. It is an ancient art combined
with science, symbolism and mysticism. A basic theory is that energy is all around
in every space and makes up every thing. We are all made up of the same energetic "stuff" as
everything else on the planet — every object is the same.
The things you
place in your home can have a supportive or negative influence on the energy. This
should flow in a balanced and harmonic fashion, or it could be stuck, stagnant
or moving too quickly. When the energy is not balanced, you may feel drained, burnt
out, stuck in the mud, scattered or nervous.
The unbalanced energy also affects
the things that happen in your life. What are your goals? Are you achieving everything
you desire? Are you looking for a partner in life, do you want more money or
better health, do you feel like you want more support from the family? Your goals
supported by using some common sense decorating
Feng Shui tips and placing beautiful and metaphorical symbols around
your home. The following are examples of picking out artwork through Feng Shui
The things you have in your home are speaking directly to the Universe
about your belief systems. Your possessions say a lot about what you believe in
yourself. For example, look at the artwork in your home. If you are looking for
a life partner, do you have pictures of a woman standing alone, walking alone down
a street alone, or staring depressingly and alone at the water? The artwork surrounding
you is reinforcing only one thing: being alone.
There are nine areas
of life in Feng Shui, and partnership is one of them. The color of this area is
pink, so an ideal picture to hang in a home with the intention of finding a life
partner is "Couple of Clover" (above). The name is very significant,
you think? This beautiful picture reinforces the desire for a partner through the
two, healthy, pink clover blossoms. Think in pairs when decorating for partnership,
because there are always two people in a couple.
If you want more money flowing into your life than flowing out, choose
a beautiful ocean setting. The "Shui" in Feng Shui means "water" in Chinese. Water
is auspicious in Feng Shui, so having beautiful pictures of water placed with intention
in a home reinforces the flow of money into your life. Choose a photo that has
shades of purple as the predominant color. Purple is the color of the wealth area,
and it reinforces the flow of money even more.
If you want more support from your
family, choose the photo "Tree Reflection" (above).
Trees are among the strongest, most supportive things on the planet. Their roots
are deep and they reach into
sky for their strength and inspiration. Take some of the strength of the trees
need more support in your life.
If health is an issue, consider "Road
Snake." Snakes are powerful,
positive signs from the Universe. They shed their skin and continue to grow and
transform themselves. For the same reason, this photo would also be good in the
career area if you were searching for a new job or position. The curves of the
snake also reinforce the symbol of water.
Another choice for health is the lovely
"Sunflower" (below). The sunny bloom is yellow and healthy against
the blue sky, and yellow is the color of the health area in Feng Shui. Living
ideal to reinforce health and longevity.
These are just a few ideas of how artwork and photos can influence
your thoughts and support your goals. There is so much more to the world of decorating
with Feng Shui.
For more information about any products
for Feng Shui or tips, check online. Remember, it is okay to have things
in your home if you love them and they make you smile when you look at them. Your
furnishings should support your goals and reflect your personality. Your home will
feel wonderful when you decorate with the principles of Feng Shui.
Beverly Marshall is a certified Feng Shui consultant and Aromatherapist.
She offers guidance, suggestions and ideas for decorating your home or business
by using the principles of Feng Shui. Her many articles can be found online.