A Design Blog of Feng Shui Designer Sherry Burton Ways

Feng Shui is an ancient science of creating a flow of positive energy called Chi throughout your interior. One of the basic principles of Feng Shui is the study of the Five Elements. These elements are Earth, Water, Fire, and Metal. It is important to create a balanced presence is represented by certain colors and the easiest way to incorporate the Five Elements is by using these colors in your interiors.

Here are Feng Shui Color Tips to incorporate the Five Elements in your décor:

Earth

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The element of earth is represented by the colors light yellow and earth tones like sand and beige. The earth element will help create stability and harmony in your relationships. It is easy to add earth colors to your décor through terracotta planters, natural stones and shells, and ceramic accessories.

Fire

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The Fire element is associated with personal energy and fulfilling your career. Colors that represent the element Fire are red, bright yellow, orange, light purple and pink. Introduce the Fire element in your home by painting an accent walls in any of these colors. You can also hang a large piece of artwork with dominant fire colors.

Metal

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The element Metal is instrumental in bringing the energy of clarity and focus to your home. Incorporate the element of Metal by using white, black and metallic shades like silver, gold and copper. One of the most effective ways of introducing metal energies in your home is using white furniture and upholstery. You can also place large metallic structures or hang metal picture fraes.

Water

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Water is an ancient symbol of abundance. It represents purity and evokes a calm feeling. Colors that represent the water element in Feng Shui are black and blue You can add the colors of water in your décor by hanging a painting of the ocean or a water body. Consider placing light scones or flower vases that are made from transparent glass. The color blue has a calming effect, therefore, you can choose to paint your walls in a shade of light blue.

Wood

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Wood is the fifth element in Feng Shui and is represented by the colors green and brown. Wood energies are important for good health, wellbeing and prosperity. Window coverings in light green or brown colors can be effective in adding the element of wood. You can also choose between wooden furniture or wall accents like wainscoting and molding.

Feng Shui colors are powerful. To learn more contact sherry@kreativeways.com

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Colors can have a great impact in your workplace can stimulate productivity and keep our employees happy. Colors evoke feelings and these can have a dramatic effect on the visitors and stakeholders as well. The effect of color on moods and behavior is called color psychology and the use of color psychology can help create a work environment conducive to productivity.

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Here are five easy ways to implement color psychology for productivity in the office:

1. Reception Area

The reception is the first point of contact a visitor, prospective employee or a current employee will have in a office. The reception should radiate a feeling of happiness and positivity. The person entering your reception area should feel welcome. Orange is a great color for receptions since it evokes a feeling of enthusiasm and energy. You can also use a peach or soft yellow for the reception area.

2. Office Space

The office space is where the employees spend their working hours. The area should be able to stimulate the employees to put in their best and not slack in their performance. Blue is generally perceived to be the ‘most productive color’. It is a calm color that creates a relaxing atmosphere. It is especially suited for employees who do number crunching work like accountants. Too much of blue can get boring, adding red or orange as accents will maintain a balance. Similarly, if your work is creative in nature, choose yellow instead of blue. Yellow is associated with the Sun and instills a creative energy in the office area. It is positive and optimistic color thus suited well for designers and creative minds.

3. Meeting Rooms

Meetings rooms are generally used for big announcements or making important decisions. Avoid using the color red completely in these rooms. Red is a color that gets the heart racing and people agitated. A good color for meeting rooms is turquoise. It helps in soothing the nerves of nervous speakers. Inject a shade of pink to help people in the meeting room feel at ease and avoid tempers from flaring.

4. Café or Pantry

If you have a small café or pantry in your office area where your employees usually head to for a coffee break, consider using shades of green to create a relaxing atmosphere. Green is a soothing as well as reassuring color. It creates a sense of balance and the employees will feel refreshed on returning from their break.

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5. Hallways

White can feel like a blank slate and is perceived to be a boring color to use in the workspace. White can make hallways appear brighter and more spacious. Use white in hallways to create a feeling of optimism and cleanliness.

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Colors can have a profound impact on our emotions and everyday behavior.  Your home should be one that reflects your personality and taste, therefore, don’t be afraid to incorporate your favorite color in your interiors.  Here is a small guide to understanding some of the common favorite colors of my clients, what it says about them and how these can be reflected in an interior:

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Courtesy of Pinterest and Corbett Lighting

1) Yellow:  Yellow is associated with a sunny personality.  You are an outgoing person with a great senses of humor.  When using yellow in your interor, pair it with neutral color or a cool color like blue.  Too much yellow can lead to heated arguments, thus it is best to use it in small amounts, more like accents.  You can tone down yellow with beige or white for a warm glow in the bedroom.  Use a strong shade of yellow for dark hallways.

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Courtesy of O Magazine

2) Red:  Red is an intense color and reflects a passionate personality.  A person who loves red is outgoing and ambitious but can very quickly change their mind.  Red in home decor should be muted to avoid negativity.  Choose a shade of red like brick or terracotta which is elegant and sophisticated and not too intense.  If you do love a bright red shaed, then use it as an accent.

 

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Design by Cecil Hayes.

3) Orange:  Orange usually appeals to people whith a penchant for luxury and opulence.  Such people live their life king size and love social gatherings.  Orange is the color of youth and vitality.  Use a bright shade of orange to create a focal point in your home.  It is a great choice for dining rooms as it stimulates the appetite.

 

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4) Green:  Green is associated with the outdoors- grassy landscapes and lush forest.   Green relfects a personality that longs for peace, quiet and belonging.  It is a harmonious color and can be used throughout the home.  Mix green tones with shades of blue to create a natural, outdoor environment indoors.  Brighten up a dull room with shades of citrus green and white.

 

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Courtesy of Yolo Color House.

5) Blue:  Blue is a fresh color with a soothing effect.  Someone who loves blue is compassionate and level headed.  Blue is a versatile color and can be used as a core color in your interiors.  Try painting your ceiling a shade of light blue to make the room feel larger.  Combine blue with yellow to create a cheerful space.  Add a dash of green to a blue decor for a calming sensation.

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Courtesy of Yolo Color House.

6) Pink:  In Feng Shui, pink has been associated with love and romance.  It is a great color to help reveal your inner poetic self.  Those who love pink want to feel good about themselves and have a romantic outlook in life.  Pair your favorite shade of pink with a masucline color like brown, grey or black to achieve balance.  Add grey to pink to make a bedroom feel sophisticated and romantic.  Use bubblegum pinks for girl’s bedrooms.

Interested in learning more… try my 21 Day Color Challenge E-book for only $4.95.  Email me at interiors@kreativeways.com  to get yours!

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It is often said that your home is a reflection of your personality.  This Valentine’s Day consider a few changes in your home décor can cause a big change in your attitude and is a great way to explore and love yourself.  It gives you a chance to indulge in creativity and channelize your thoughts.  Our interiors elicit emotions like happiness, joy and peace which truly equates to loving oneself.

1.  Discover your likes and dislikes

The most important aspect of loving yourself through your environment is to learn more about your interior environment is to learn more about your likes and dislikes.  Spend time looking at pictures on the internet and in magazines and identify your interior style.  Follow your instincts and create a home that truly reflects your persona. There is no right or wrong in interior design, it is after all your home!

2.  Choose colors that help you feel motivated.

What would life be without colors?  An important aspect of your interior environment, different colors are linked with different feelings and emotions.  Pink is the color for love and promotes a feeling of comfort in uncertain times.  Decorate your home with accents of pink to feel the love.  Similarly, orange is a beautiful color to use when you want to feel younger.  Light purple is the color for spirituality and will deepen your sense of gratitude.

3.  Create a gallery wall

Happy photographs will stimulate an emotion of happiness and contentment.  Print pictures from memorable events in your life and create a gallery on a blank wall.  This will give you a reason to smile every time you look at the photos.

4.  Indulge in a cozy corner for yourself

Every now and then we all need some self-indulgence.  Create one such corner in your home where you can retreat to be with yourself.  Choose a corner in your home and place a comfortable chair, a reading light and a stack of books.  Once in a while, give yourself the liberty to cozy up in a throw with a mug of hot chocolate in your little corner.

I was fortunate to be one of 75 great authors who co-wrote the book the Art & Science of Loving Yourself First:  Cause Your Business Should Complete You Not Deplete You.

In this book, I wrote a chapter on “Supportive Space.”  To purchase a copy of the book click here:

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On Sunday, April 6, 2014 I will be doing a special book signing for the Art & Science of Loving Yourself in Washington, DC.  Stay tuned for details!

 

 

 

I have often come across people who are confused about decorating a large room in their home.  They end up buying very large furniture that does nothing to make the room feel cozier or functional.  When you have a great room, it is a good idea to make it multi-functional and take advantage of the large spac.  Without adding walls, you can make the space serve different purposes for the entire family.

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Here are a few ideas to help you get started:

1.  Make a plan.

It is important to understand the function of the space around which you will be designing before you get started.  On a piece of paper, draw a rough floor plan.  Decide the areas you would like to create in your great room.  Correct placement of the furniture can help you divide the space without actually putting up walls.

2. Create conversation areas.

In your plan, chalk out areas where the family can sit together and spend time.  These can be areas to watch the television, to play video games or board games.  Use easy and comfortable furniture like sofas, ottomans, and recliners to create distinct conversational areas.  Use a day bed to visually divide the large area into two distinct functions.

3.  Create a cozy corner.

Once you have created conversational areas, also plan for a cozy corner for some quiet time.  In a corner, place a small area rug and an armchair or two.  Stack books in a book shelf behind the armchairs and install a floor lamp.  Drape a throw over the arm chair to make it appear warm and inviting.  Finally tie the cozy corner together with a small coffee table.

4.  Separating the functional areas.

Demarcating specific areas for specific functions is not difficult.  Make use of interesting area rugs to visually divide the room.  When you place furniture around an area rug, it behaves like an anchor and ties everything around it quite distinctly.  You can also make use of wooden screens to divide the room without compromising on the design aspect of the room.

5. Space to move around.

Always remember to leave adequate space to move around the furniture easily.  People navigating in the room should be able to walk with ease without bumping or having to move the furniture around.  The walkways should never be blocked with small decor like floor lamps or side tables.  As a rule of thumb, keep a three feet distance between the furniture to create easy flow.

6. Make use of circular patterns.

Finally, make use of circles.  Circles depict flow and are much easier to navigate around.  Instead of a square center table, consider using a circular one.  Choose patterns on the upholstery that have a circular pattern or curves that makes the multi-functional room easy on the eyes as well.

Here is a quick video on some other multifunctional decorating ideas.

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Whether you are someone who seeks inspiration from trends or someone who believes in creating their own trends, you cannot miss Pantone’s color of the year- Radiant Orchid.  A gorgeous mix of purple and pink, Radiant Orchid will require you to stretch your creative thinking abilities.  It is a charming color that is packed with energy and luxurious charm.

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Here are a few ideas to introduce Radiant purple in your home decor:

1.  Splashes here and there-

If you are afraid to incorporate the color of the year in your decor, the easiest way is to introduce splashes of the color here and there.  When you “grow into” the color, you can choose to move to the next level or eliminate it all together.  Next time you visit the florist, pick a bunch of purple orchids and voila, you have just added the trending new shade into your home decor.

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2.  Use as a luxurious accent-

Although Radiant orchid is a bright and vivacious color, it will be a bold decision to cover your entire room in this shade of purple.  The color can get boring very easily, therefore it is best to use it as an accent.  Radiant orchid radiates a royal feel and luxurious fabrics like velvets and damasks that incorporate this shade of purple will work well for upholstering ottomans and dining chairs.  You can also drape your armchair with a mohair throw in radiant orchid for a touch of opulence.

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3.  Not so feminine-

A lot of people are afraid of the pink undertones in radiant orchid.  It is being touted as a feminine color for interiors.  But the great thing about Radiant orchid is that is can easily swing between feminine and very masculine.  Use radiant orchid in conjunction with reds, yellows, and oranges to bring out its charming, feminine side.  But the color becomes very masculine and bold when paired with glossy blacks, grays and dark browns.

4.  In the kid’s bedroom-

If there is one room in your home that can pull off a coat of radiant purple from ceiling to floor, it is the kids’ bedroom.  The color is bright and will bring energy to the room.  When painting the entire room in radiant orchid, it is important to keep the other decor muted.  White works best with radiant orchid in the kids’ room.  Remember, too much of color can be disturbing for the child.

5.  Cool off the kitchen-

Radiant orchid is a beautiful mix of blue and red.  The blue hue in the color has a cooling effect, therefore it is very well suited for use in the kitchen.  Consider using cabinets with a glossy Radiant orchid finish paired with black and white.  You can also paint an accent wall in the kitchen in this shade to add a punch.

Interested in learning how to incorporate the 2014 Color of the Year in your home?  Contact us today at interiors@kreativeways.com and we will set up a free 20 minute phone consultation!

Unlike what most people think, introducing a Zen sensibility to your space is quite easy.  Zen interiors mean living a simple lifestyle and design aesthetic that lends a calming effect to your home.  It does not require extensive remodeling of your home, just a few changes can create a huge impact.  Imagine bringing the serenity of your yoga class home!

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Here are four quick and easy ways to Zen your space:

1) Live a clutter free life-  The first and probably most important rule of Zen decorating is getting rid of clutter.  The Japanese art of home decoration believes that clutter creates chaos and will not let your mind be at ease.  Clear everything that disturbs your line of sight.  Open spaces enhance the free flow of Chi-energy and it will instantly have a positive effect.  You will quickly realize the importance of a clutter free home.

2) Spare the bright colors- Zen decorating emphasizes the use of earth tones.  Your Zen home should be like a retreat where you can relax and feel at ease.  Bright colors disturb the balance.  Look for invigorating and fresh earthy tones like greens, browns and blues.  These are subtle yet soft making your home feel close to the outdoors.  Painting is the easier and most inexpensive solution to bringing in the Zen energy.

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3) Use the Five Feng Shui Elements for your decor-  Zen decorating does not mean having a sparsely decorated, boring home.  In fact decorating with details is an interesting aspect of Zen principles.  Borrowing from the ancient Chinese art of placement, Feng Shui, the use  the the five elements earth, water, fire, mental and wood in your decor.  Bring in the wood element of a house plant which will add wealth as well as vibrancy and cheerfulness into your space.  Consider a mix of metal and wood for furnishings, accessories and  wall treatment inspiration.  Decorate your bare walls with serene paintings and photographs.  Limit your decor to one painting per room.  Use objects found in nature like rocks, shells and tree branches to creatively decorate your space.  You can also fill a glass bowl with shells for display on a mantel or shelf.

4) Organization and storage- Organization is another important aspect of Zen design.  An organized home will help you keep calm and feel at peace.  Take time to organize your closets, the kid’s room, drawers, refrigerator and the pantry.  These are some of the places where clutter tends to build up quicker than you think.  Make use of storage binds and boxes, label them neatly and create a place in the home for them.  When everything is neatly stacked and labeled, it will free your mind from small issues like finding birthday candles at the nick of time and will give you the opportunity to be at ease.

Here is another Zen Decorating Tip:

If you would like to create a Zen Decor and do not know where to start, contact me at Kreative Ways & Solutions, LLC and I would be happy to provide you a free phone consultation to get started.

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