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DreamMaker Design Tips: Feng Shui Remodeling

DreamMaker Design Tips: Feng Shui Remodeling

DreamMaker Design Tips -- Feng Shui Remodeling 

Using the best materials and hiring the most reliable contractor are obvious priorities when it comes to remodeling your home. But have you given much thought to balancing the chi in your newly remodeled spaces? Feng Shui – which literally means “wind and water” – is the ancient Chinese art of balancing the flow of spiritual energy in a space. Designers have been using the concepts of Feng Shui for years to create comfortable, soothing environments. Here are some of our Feng Shui remodeling tips!

Entryway -- Feng Shui Dos and Don’ts

Front Door

As the main entrance for not only your guests but also the chi to your home, your front door is pivotal in ensuring good Feng Shui to your home overall. Avoid aligning your front door with any other exterior door in your home to prevent energy from flowing in and then immediately out of your home. Be sure your front door, both inside and out, is as welcoming as possible by installing warm lighting, lush greenery, and a gentle pathway that leads up to the door. Also, be sure to keep the area clear of piled up mail, trash, or items in need of repair.

Kitchen – The First Pillar of a Feng Shui Home

Contemporary Kitchen -- Mid-Ohio DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen

As one of the three pillars of a home, the kitchen houses the five elements of Feng Shui – Fire (stove), Water (sink and refrigerator), Wood (cabinetry, tables, chairs, cutting boards), Earth (tiles, granite counters), and Metal (cabinetry hardware, cooking equipment). In considering the layout of your home, and especially your kitchen, imagine how water would flow through the area. An area in which water would flow smoothly and unobstructed promotes a good, balanced chi. When possible, you want to avoid placing your kitchen close to the front door because it allows the nourishing energy created by the interaction of the five elements to “leak” out of your home through the front door. Keep counter clutter to a minimum and add warm lighting – incandescent or halogen – to give the area a more appealing glow. Also be sure you can see the entrance of your kitchen while cooking, whether by placing a cooktop on an island or installing mirrors along the back of your kitchen to reflect the entryway.

Bedroom – The Second Pillar of a Feng Shui Home

Feng Shui Bedroom

The bedroom acts as your home’s sanctuary from the hectic day-to-day chaos we encounter in the world. To create a cozy and comforting atmosphere to promote relaxation, use rich earth tones like terra cotta, coral, cream, tan, cocoa. The cooling hues of light blues, greens, and lavenders will give your bedroom a sense of quiet tranquility and promote a healing energy. Bright fiery colors, like red, orange, and yellow, are typically too stimulating for the bedroom, but designers recommend using them as accents to incorporate a bit of romantic energy into the space. Place your bed in a “commanding position” – as far away from the bedroom door as possible but placed so that you can still clearly see the entrance. Positioned diagonally in the corner opposite the bedroom door is typically best because it keeps the bed out of direct alignment with the room’s doorway, which promotes sleep, relaxation, and healing. Incorporate the element of earth by installing a wooden or leather headboard, but avoid a footboard, as it’s often regarded as an energy block.

Bathrooms – The Third Pillar of a Feng Shui Home

Master Bathroom -- Mid-Ohio DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen

As the third and final pillar to your home, the bathroom completes the chi triangle between your kitchen and bedroom to promote your health and well-being. When you are installing a new bathroom, be sure to avoid installing it near your kitchen or so that it is facing your front door. As with your foyer, you want to keep your bathrooms as tidy and clutter-free as possible. We offer some great bathroom organization tips! Install soft lighting that will create a warm, soothing environment. Adding a mirror to the outside of the bathroom door will help the space visually disappear and bounce positive energy back into the home, rather than allowing it to “leak” out through the bathroom drains. Keeping the toilet lid down will not only improve the aesthetics of your bathroom space, but will also minimize the amount of energy that escapes through the plumbing. Add earth and fire to this room to promote strength, healing, and energy. You can do this by incorporating rich earth tones or bold fire tones or by adding crystals, candles, or plants to your décor.

 

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