What does it take to create a ‘calm’ zen-feeling in your favourite room?
Although I have been working in the design/build industry for over 25 years, one of the most requested things asked of me, is to re-evaluate a client’s space using feng shui applications. They are not interested in new purchases, renovating or decorating, but are feeling a need for change without a huge expense. There may be a specific area in their personal life which needs ‘correction’. By recommending alterations, the flow of energy will change. There may be a need to improve their health, relationship or career among other things.
More often than not, the problem is that the flow of energy is being blocked by objects and unable to reach the occupant, or by the time it does, it could have turned from positive to negative because of the many interruptions (objects) in the way of its meandering path. By taking a closer look at the example photograph, we can see that to create a smoother flow of healing energy, there must be ‘less’ to keep the ch’i flowing smoothly.
Starting with the flooring, you can see the hardwood, a large carpet topped with a smaller rug. This is too much, too busy and needs to be reduced so it does not slow down the flow.
The fabric on the corner wing-chair is matching the drapes, which is an excellent idea, but looking over at the sofa, there are too many pillows in several different patterns or materials creating erratic energy.
The throw on the arm of the sofa should be removed. It is not that these items are wrong, it is that they are introducing ‘more’ instead of ‘less’. The less number of objects in a room, or the less number of colours/patterns will allow the energy to stay positive … with less items to ‘hit’ on its way to the occupant. Everything (objects) in the path of the flow, reduces its strength from positive to negative, as if each item that the energy bumps into will bruise it, or reduce its healing ability by weakening it. You may not see the flow of energy, just as you cannot see electricity or the wind, but you know it exists.
As you can see, there is an ottoman upholstered in yet another pattern/colour. To create a healthy home, calm and zen-like, less is best.
There are too many piles of books on the end-table/stools at each side of the sofa, and on the trunk (coffee table) all in the way of the meandering flow. It is recommended that 3 items on a table is ample, as there should be 50% clear space on all flat surfaces.
As for the bookcase, colour co-ordinate the covers so all the whites sit together vertically and horizontally. (Keep the colours together, the same as you should do in your clothes closet; colour co-ordination). This bookcase appears too cluttered when mixed. There also needs to be space on the shelves so the energy can meander in and out of the area. A mixture of textures, (wood, ceramic, metal, etc) is a good thing.
The above recommendations are for improvements in one’s life when a correction is needed. Even changing the position of the artwork on your walls can alter the flow of healing energy.
~ Mallory ~
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