Spring into Romance with Feng Shui Home Decorating
Feng Shui, the art of bringing harmony to your enviroment through furniture arrangement, can help improve areas in your life… including your love life! Here’s some ways to get the positive flow going.
Spring is here and thoughts are turning ever more to love. With how crazy the world is right now… LOVE is just the thing we need! And of course in redecorating your home, keep it GREEN. Use low- or no-VOC paints and use recycled and green building materials as much as possible.
Here is a recap of the Relationship Life Area of the Bagua Board in Feng Shui and how you can activate it to keep the love flowing.
– Use RED for decorating if you are in a legally binding relationship (married or engaged with a marriage date set).
– Use PINK for decorating if you are single and looking around or just dating (the bedroom photo here is perfect for the single dater).
– Use PEACH for decorating if you are single and not really looking for a relationship at the present time.
According to Feng Shui principles, the Element for the Relationship area is EARTH. When decorating your home, look for things made from the earth: brick, stone, clay, marble, and semi-precious stones (hey, diamonds are always nice!). In Feng Shui, in the “productive cycle” (meaning ADDS TO) you want to use FIRE as well to “amp up the energy.” Think soy and lead-free candles or a fireplace or anything that represents an open flame or fire.
The shape for EARTH is a square. The shape for FIRE is a triangle. You can also use star-shaped objects or a pyramid-anything with points.
For your décor, you’ll want to maximize your relationships with environmentally-correct and non-polluting candles, a lit fireplace, and a table set with red or pink square placemats or dishes. Use like-coloured natural-fiber fabrics draped across the table and chairs, anything that will bring a sense of “sensuous” to your room. Use velvet, organic silk, satin, cashmere-anything that is soft to the touch and encourages you to feel it. Items should be grouped in TWOS or in pairs. Think a couple.
What is romantic to you? I think beach scenes are romantic, but you may think a garden is or a walk in the forest or castles or whatever. Keep that in mind in your décor, whether it’s for a romantic evening at home and/or decorating your bedroom. Remember, the bedroom is synonymous with romance and relationships. You should only have things here that represent rest and romance. These elements should be banned: exercise equipment and pictures of your in-laws or kids. Those can be definite romance killers! Only things that represent you and your partner or what is romantic to you belong in the bedroom. The final note-keep your feng shui décor and romantic home makeover as green as possible. Recycle home goods from local antique stores, flea markets, and auction houses. Use healthy candles. Use natural fibers for all bed linens and home textiles. And decorate with healthy paints.
DeAnna Radaj, owner of Bante Design LLC and its production division Eden Place Productions, is a designer who specializes in Integrative Lifestyle Design (the fusion of Eastern and Western interior design philosophies incorporating feng shui and healthy home principles).
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