Feng Shui: Welcome Positive Energy Into Your Home

We know as homeowners the way you design your home really shows off who you are and your personality, but did you know it can also determine how you feel throughout the day? An unstructured, disorganized home can create chaos and cause a lack of peace. Fortunately, you can change this with a few simple adjustments! Infuse feelings of love, fame, prosperity, and creativity in all the rooms in your home by deliberately choosing certain paint colors, furniture arrangements, and live natural elements. All of these design principles help make up the tenets of Feng Shui and can go a long way towards improving the flow and energy in your home. With a few of our helpful tips, you can create a much more harmonious living space throughout all the rooms in your home!

The Kitchen

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To begin Feng Shui you have to understand exactly how it works. This process includes the aspects of water, wood, earth, metal, and fire to create good energy throughout your home. We will first start with your kitchen space. This area should be decorated with elements that influence wealth and prosperity, such as live, colorful plants, fountains or pictures of moving water, and anything green with color pops of purple and red. It would be good to use wood as a primary aspect of this area, along with water and earth elements since it’s the place that you will be eating and preparing food in.

The Children’s Room

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Next, you can reflect your creative energy, as well as supportive energy in your children’s room. You can achieve this by incorporating art that inspires you and your children, pictures of your children, and using soft pastel colors. It is best to keep this space uplifting, and energized since it is the main space that your children will be growing up in, so make it fun!

The Center of Your Home

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The center of your home is an energy vortex that works much like the human heart to direct the flow of energy throughout your house. This is the area that most definitely requires a touch of all 5 elements so that they can flow throughout the entire house. Art that represents harmony between all 5 elements would be good for this area. An example of this could be a bamboo fountain that has a red ribbon tied around it (for fire) along with stones and metal coins in the basin of the fountain to represent earth and metal.

The Family Room

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For your living area, use feng shui to focus this space on your family and its physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. The area should be enhanced with décor that reflects harmony and calm energy in order to bring peace to the family. You’ll want to use happy, healthy colors like blues, and vibrant greens, with bits of bright colors and brown, earthy tones. Lots of light and mirrors, along with a comfortable center rug would also work well in this living space.

The Office

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And for our last tip, we have the study or workspace. This space is related to your career and your path in life, so it should always reflect the energy of this space towards your career goals. This area should mainly use neutral tones, with small dabs of colors that you think would help inspire you. Artwork and pictures of vast water and the sky should also be included to symbolize endless possibilities. Make sure that there is a lot of daylight available in the space, along with sufficient lighting when natural light is not present. It is also best to add a small indoor water feature, such as a small fish tank, or miniature fountain to show the flowing of water.

If you follow these design tips, we can guarantee they will create more positive energy and good vibes throughout your home! Comment with pictures of how you have incorporated Feng Shui in each room and space in your home!

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Bathroom Revamp: 7 Ways To Visually Create More Space

Whether you live in a teeny tiny apartment or a huge house, there is a guarantee that you will have one small bathroom. Every time you go in you feel cramped, almost claustrophobic. We’re coming to your rescue to solve all your “small” problems! We have broken it down into 7 different ways to make the room expand luxuriously.

Decor Theme

White & Silver Bathroom

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     The first thing you notice when you walk into a bathroom is the theme or style of the room. Most people go for nautical or “Under the Sea” themed, but we suggest a different take. You want to make it feel clean, but bold. Use white as much as you can, because it gives a soft clean ambiance. Anything bold would go really well in the room as well, just keep it simple and forward.

Floating Vanity

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     A floating vanity is a smart way to add more space. Now, not only do you have countertop space, but you also have space underneath to store bathroom bins. Storage bins are marvelous and so convenient when it comes to hiding all the items you want to keep from getting cluttered on counter.

Glass Shower Doors

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   We know this next one is not the easiest to change, but keep it in mind when you’re building a home from the ground up…glass shower doors! Because they’re see through, they increase the amount of space that you can see when you first walk in creating the impression that there is more room to walk around.

Welcoming Light

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     The colors kind of go hand in hand with the style or theme of the bathroom, but just a reminder that whatever your theme is, use light colors. You want to use the colors that will reflect the lighting, whether it is artificial or natural, you want to bring about more light. Not only will it make your bathroom look larger, but it will also bring about positive energy and good vibes!

The Mirror

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     We always mention mirrors as being a huge help when trying to create more space. A mirror is a vital part of the bathroom, but you want to make sure that it is a large mirror if it is in a smaller bathroom. Not only will it be more fun when doing your makeup in the morning, but it will also bring about the illusion that there is so much more visible space. It is an awesome trick you can use in any room of the house, but it definitely comes in handy in this situation.

A Corner Sink

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     A corner sink shoves everything you need in one small space, but it has a clear, clean appeal added to the room. It also leaves no room for a cluttered mess on the counter, because it only has enough room on the counter for essential items.

Tile Wall Decor

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     Putting tile from the ground up the wall to reach the ceiling is our last but most impactful idea. By doing this, you will emphasize the verticality of the room giving the appearance of a higher ceiling making the room look luxuriously large.

Some of these ideas you will have to plan for before building the bathroom or during a renovation, but some include just a little decor switch-a-roo. You can use these tips to really create a stylish and beautiful (and functional) small bathroom!

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