Feng Shui Interior Design

Translated to English, Feng Shui roughly means
wind-water.

Feng Shui is essentially the art of arranging objects
to achieve harmony in the surrounding environment.

Not only is Feng Shui used in interior design, it is
used in choosing a place to live, a burial spot and
agricultural planning.

It is highly believed that Feng Shui has an effect on
health, wealth and personal relationships. Feng Shui
is a traditional Chinese practice.

Early Feng Shui interior design relied on astronomy to
find the symmetry between humans and the universe.

The early Chinese often used the celestial poles
determined by the pole stars to determine the north
and south. Feng Shui instruments dating back to 278
and 209 BC have been unearthed from tombs.

As practiced today, the goal of Feng Shui is to
situate the human designed environment on spots with
good qi.

Spots are determined by an axis in time. Feng Shui
teaches that areas that are not suitable for human
settlement should be left in their natural state.

Qi, pronounced Chi, literally means air. In Fung Shui,
Qi is the flow of energy and may be based on a form of
solar energy.

Polarity in feng shui is known as ying and yang.

This is the absolute balance between two entities. It
is the good and the bad, the living and the dead, and
is one of the key principals behind Feng Shui interior
design.

Most Westerners knew nothing about Feng Shui until
1972 when Richard Nixon visited The People’s Republic
of China.

New Age by western entrepreneurs then reinvented Feng
Shui. Feng Shui now speaks to the profound role of
magic, mystery and order in American life.

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Use Of Color In Interior Designs

Many homeowners will put a considerable amount of time in determining the best use of color in interior designs throughout the home. They will take the size of the room into consideration and the way the room will be used. Some people choose to use bright colors in dark recesses of the home, and use darker colors when they are trying to achieve a warm effect.

The use of color in interior designs can set the mood in any room of the home where color is applied. The colors can be consistently used throughout the home to evoke a sense of uniformity and well-being. Some people choose to apply lighter shades to walls, and then apply a darker but complimentary shade of the same color to the ceilings in every room of the home.

In the use of color in interior designs, homeowners have the opportunity to blend themes with the colors that they choose. For a boy’s room, parents might choose to use darker colors such as blue to compliment the sports theme and motifs that they apply to the walls such as ballpark murals and those that mimic an international raceway that is typically the choice of an avid NASCAR fan.

Many homeowners will choose to the use of color in interior designs throughout the home so that they will blend with the wallpaper. The wallpaper that is used, as bordering around the ceiling, will be more attractive if the use of color in interior designs serves to bring out one basic color that is in the wallpaper.

Some border colors can become more vivid when the coloring on the wall is directly opposite of the wallpaper that is applied. This arrangement is normally chosen for rooms of adolescents that have a distinct liking for shades of pink and want their room to be fit for a princess and adorned with carriages and crowns and sometimes feathers. The finishing touch on rooms that are this elaborate would consider the use of color in interior designs that could be considered complete with the addition of wispy curtains and a complimentary light fixture.

Many homeowners will consider many fabric swatch samples before they find the right one for a particular area of the home. Then they will apply the use of color in interior designs in the room to bring out the rich grains and weaves of the fabric on the walls and still development some flow that they are trying to achieve. Homeowners will sometime choose to use actual wood planking along the lower portions of walls to create a visual path inside a room that is used for business use.

Other people might prefer to apply tiles to walls and the use of color in interior designs in a bathroom might be based on the protective qualities that the paint provides against water damage. Latex paints are available in many color choices and this type of paint is very suitable for use in rooms that have a high level of exposure to humidity and wetness.

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A Guide For Interior Design When Choosing Art

There are several factors to consider when choosing art for the home or office and often these factors interrelate so I thought it best to break these up into categories for the sake of simplicity.

1 The Composition and the Room: This is a great place to start. There are certain types of compositions that are best fitted to certain rooms. For example, when I think of the kitchen I think of fruits and vegetables, chefs, wine bottles, etc. When I think of the bedroom I think passion, softness and perhaps botanical, like a large rose picture. When I consider the bathroom I might visualize images that portray a clean, fresh, good smelling idea. Yes, it is ideal when the images we choose help the mood of the room. Another consideration with composition involves the application of more than one image in an area. When several pictures carry a common theme a very different feel is given to the room.

2 Color: Color considerations include the walls, furniture, carpeting, window treatments or draperies, trim molding and other room enhancements. The colors in a room should complement one another. An art piece with a well balanced array of color can tie a room together. If a room is empty I like to choose the art first and then the furniture. Usually, people do the reverse, however, choosing the art first makes sense when you think about it. To illustrate, how often does someone walk into a room and say, “That ottoman is majestic! It just takes my breath away!” However, that can happen with a well chosen piece of art. Often, art will be the show piece of a room. So, rather than let the furnishings dictate what your art will look like, allow the art to dictate what kind of furniture you’ll choose.

3 Space: This aspect can be tricky. Say, for example, you have a space above your stove that is a foot and a half tall by four feet wide. It could be hard to find one image to fill this space. However, you could use three images of a similar genre. I might choose three 8 x 10 sized images of grapes placed vertically. Another challenging space might be a very large sized wall or a room with a vaulted ceiling. A grouping of images often does the trick in both of these situations. I have also seen very large prints, 4 x 8 feet tall and larger, put to good effect. Art this large is proportionately more expensive, of course. Another option is to use a single image broken up into several gallery wrapped canvases spaced apart to cover a large area.

4 Genre and Personal Preference: Perhaps there is an art piece that you are particularly fond of but it clashes with the style and architecture of your home, or maybe it just doesn’t match the color scheme of the room you want to put it in. I have seen people change wall colors and room accents to accommodate art. At the end of the day, I guess the real question when it comes to art is, does the art I chose put a smile on my face and on the faces of those who live here? If we can say yes, then everything else is just a rough frame work when it comes to choosing art.

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