Tips and Ideas

Many of these ideas promote good Feng Shui, however they are also practical design principles.

Avoid Clutter: Clutter is a build up of energy and can drain the area of movement. Whenever new or updated items come into the space, plan to discard or donate old or outdated items. Organization is the key to making a living or working environment productive, healthy, and safe. Clutter may also lead to a build up of dust and dirt which can affect the air quality of the area.

Maintain the Structure: Doors should be easy to open to invite entry or exit when necessary. Windows should also be easy to open allowing fresh air to clean the interior space. Replace light bulbs when necessary to allow ease of navigation and safety. Keeping the rooms clean promotes a healthy living environment. Washing windows allows the maximum amount of natural light to enter the space; which has been proven to have a positive psychological effect.

Invite Visitors: Make the front door area inviting to guests and family. Minimize clutter such as shoes; guests will not question themselves if they have to remove their shoes to be welcomed in your home. Do not place sharp or pointy plants near your entry; guests may feel “on edge” when they are coming to visit.

Give the room a Purpose: Defining the focal point is design 101. Often due to space issues, people use a room for multiple purposes, however occupants can lack focus when there are too many uses. Defining a room’s purpose makes concentration and relaxation possible. While it is unavoidable in some cases, try to make the minor use as confined as possible. Electronics in bedrooms can interfere with sleep as well as affect relationships.

Eyes in the back of your head: Often people will feel unsettled when the back of the furniture faces a door, especially when they are unfamiliar with the structure. Use a mirror to allow view of the area behind the seat when the space planning dictates this position . To maximize concentration, especially in children, place your back towards a wall. This will minimize distraction to the rear while attempting to focus.

Freshen Up: Even in extreme temperatures, windows should be opened for approximately 20 minutes per day. This allows fresh chi to enter the structure but it will also cleanse indoor air which can be more polluted than outdoor air.

Keep it Loose: Placing furniture to allow flow will invite good energy. Two feet minimum clearances will allow access, however three feet will prevent hesitation of flow. It also makes the design ADA accessible.

Rearrange your Life: Use what you have and rearrange your furniture when a room begins to feel complacent . It will give you a different outlook in the space. Unused corners allow chi to lay stagnant so by moving the furniture you will change the energy of the valuable square footage.

Invite your Senses: A room feels most enjoyable when all your senses are being stimulated. Visually, the room should be interesting however not unsettling. Sounds to suit the atmosphere can be used to stimulate or relax your visitors. Smell is one of the hardest senses to please, however as a rule of thumb the space should smell clean and fresh. Texture is one of the most interesting elements of design; contrasting textures can invigorate while similar textures can be settling. Many of us feel that taste isn’t important however we use it every time we entertain. Offering a cool drink, fresh coffee, or a small snack helps people become a comfortable with their surroundings.