Painting your living room always sounds nice but it can actually be quite difficult and frustrating when trying to choose the best color.
Choosing the right Feng Shui colors for a living room can set the tone for the feelings people have throughout your entire space.
The living room is often the first room people see when they enter your home. Many smaller homes or apartments have the front door in the living room, making the living room part of the front entrance.
As the threshold between your home and the outside world, you want to bring a bit of the natural world into your living room using Feng Shui colors.
This week's episode shares with you the best Feng Shui colors to paint your living room. These colors will help you be in harmony with your space and to help you creating a comfortable and inviting living room that welcomes relaxation, conversation and more.
Click play to learn the best colors for your living room and how you can easily incorporate them into your space.
In the comments below, I’d love to hear from you.
What colors are represented in your living room? Are they adding value to your space or not?
Is the living room a place you enjoy spending your time?
What tips from this episode could you implement into your living room? And, if you have tips for colors for the living room, would love to hear those too.
If you have a friend trying to figure out what color to paint their living room, forward this post to them. They'll thank you for it!
New York apartment dwellers are always looking for ways to do more in less space, without feeling cluttered or claustrophobic.
Take a look at this New York City apartment dubbed the “Swiss Army Apartment,” where LifeEdited turned one 400-square foot SoHo studio into six separate rooms.
I like the Feng Shui of the space, since it inherently reduces clutter and encourages inhabitants to simplify their life. A curtain around the pull-down bunkbeds separates the sleeping space. The bathroom is even sound-proofed for added privacy.
And check out the video to see how owner Graham Hill comfortably seats a dinner party of 10 in the space.
The phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” has a deeper meaning when you're cutting clutter from your home. A picture can be worth a thousand trinkets from departed loved ones, artwork from your kindergartner (who graduated college last year), and even creations you've made yourself.
It's time to stop making excuses and start clearing the clutter so you can begin to enjoy the items you have that you truly love. Can't bear to part with an item? Take a picture of it, then write a sentence or two about what it means to you. Frame it, and hang it somewhere that you can really enjoy it.
Several months ago, I wrote about a way to go from emotional stress to inner peace in minutes by finding a word that brings you joy. One of my readers, Candi, mentioned that her word is “Sparkle.” I love it! I think “sparkle” would make anyone happy. So why not add some “sparkle” around your home, which will make you happy when you see it? Here are some tips.
As a New York Feng Shui consultant and change agent, you can imagine I get an in-depth look at a lot of cool New York City homes and apartments. But I still couldn't resist this feature in Elle Decor that offers a pictorial of Hilary Swank's new, NYC apartment.
Feng Shui isn't necessarily about clearing clutter, but in many homes, it definitely helps with clear-thinking and staying focused on your goals. Where do you start? Looking at a mess can seem overwhelming unless you develop an action plan and tackle one space at a time. Here are 5 easy tips to get you started.
1. Start with the kitchen - Do you expect -- and receive -- an avalanche every time you open your kitchen cabinets? Time to take stock and re-organize. Check the expiration dates on everything and toss the old stuff. If something's on the verge of expiring, Google some recipes and see how you might be able to use it ASAP. Nothing appeals? Toss it now and cross it off future grocery lists.
Moving down to your kitchen drawers, it's time to be brutal. Keep two of common utensils like spatulas and cake servers -- not five. Evaluate everything in your drawer. Have you used it in the past year? Do you foresee using it the future? If not, out it goes. Well, you may want to hang on to Grandma's french fry cutter, but only if it brings back fond memories. Then, make a commitment to slice some crinkle cut sweet potato fries and bake them up tonight.
When you're done with the great purge, set your intention to keep your countertops clear (think of creative places to stow appliances you don't use often, like the garage or basement) and to wipe off your stove every night after dinner.
2- Focus on your home office. - How can you bring your best self to the table for creative, fulfilling projects or even paying bills if you're sitting amidst piles of clutter? Take the same approach you did with the kitchen, and toss or shred junk mail, expired coupons, catalogs and old magazines.
Then create a sorting system you'll stick with. Buy folders or bins that are fun and inspiring so you want to use them, and make a place for bills, mail, receipts, magazines to read, etc. As papers pile up monthly, sort through and get rid of what you don't need.
Also, begin transitioning to a “paper-less office” by requesting electronic statements for your monthly bills. Scan in important paperwork when you do the monthly purge. You can store on your hard drive or securely online for an automatic back-up solution of important paperwork.
3- Create a leaner library. - Don't have a Kindle yet? Or maybe you're a bibliophile who can't bear to part with a book. Evaluate your the books in your home library the same way you evaluate other items in your home. Do you use it frequently? Does it bring you joy? Does it serve a purpose? Books you use for reference (and you can't find the equivalent online easily), books you read over and over again, or titles that make you smile when you see them deserve a space on your shelf. Donate the rest to your local library -- an organization of people who still appreciate books the way you do.
4 - Go for a photo finish. Photos, like books, accumulate with time. Piles of photos that need to be placed in albums, or photo albums that are falling apart, create emotional and physical clutter in your environment.
View photos objectively, rather than with sentiment, and follow these rules: Toss duplicates, unflattering pictures, photos that are too dark, too light, too blurry or too grainy. Now that you're left with the best, sort into relevant categories and place them in photo boxes. Find your favorites and put them in frames to hang down a long hallway, in the foyer, or on stairwell walls.
You might also scan your pictures (this is a great task to give to kids on a rainy afternoon), back them up, and stow the originals.
5. Create a sanctuary in your bathroom -- starting with your make-up drawer and medicine cabinet. - Ladies know it's hard to create a private space for rest and re-awakening when you can't find your mascara in the morning. The first step to a more zen bathroom is to clear the clutter, including toiletries, make-up, perfumes and lotions you don't use. This is also important for your health, since expired make-up, make-up that doesn't look quite right, or has a bad odor is spoiled and could be harboring dangerous bacteria.
The medicine cabinet is also an important space to keep clean, organized and clutter free. You don't want to be rummaging for a band-aid when you're bleeding and expired medications lose potency.
We've come full circle here -- start by checking expiration dates and tossing anything that's old or about to expire. Then toss anything you haven't used in at least a year. You might create two baskets or bins, and place all your make-up inside one. As you use a particular cosmetic, place it in the second bin. Anything in the first bin -- meaning you haven't touched it in a year -- should go. As you buy cosmetics, only buy products to replace ones that expire or run out.
Prevent “Clutter Creep”
Now that you're finished, you don't want to go through that again, do you? Stay on top of expiration dates and sorting. Follow this rule with everything in your home: If it doesn't serve a purpose or bring you joy, out it goes.
With less “stuff” to worry about, you can focus on finding and living your true life purpose.
The master bedroom is one of the three most important areas in your home for a number of reasons. A good night's sleep sets the stage for a happy and successful life, where you can pursue your passion and live according to your true purpose.
These Feng Shui bedroom tips will help you get to sleep faster and sleep better so you wake up feeling refreshed.
1 - Choose the right bedroom colors. - Light greens, light blues, and flesh tones are restful and peaceful. These “yin” colors promote a good night's sleep. If passion is important to you, as well, consider red accents, but avoid too many “yang” colors like red, yellow or orange if the goal is a good night's sleep.
2 - Block out light. - New York City living creates lots of light pollution from passing cars, streetlights and buildings. If you live in an urban or suburban area, use black-out curtains or shades to keep your bedroom dark and re-align your body's circadian rhythms (natural cycles of sleep and wake time) with your schedule. As an added benefit, many black-out curtains and shades also provide better energy efficiency, keeping your room cooler in the summer and holding heat in during the winter.
3 - Use the right sheets. - Pure, organic cotton bedding is good for the environment and good for you. It feels incredibly soft and natural, and is free of any dyes or artificial ingredients that can cause illness, allergies and discomfort.
4. Set your bed in the command position of the room. - You should
position your bed so that it has a view of the door but is not directly in line with the door. Any other positioning may leave you feeling tired come morning, and can contribute to illness or headaches.
5. - Celebrate nature. - In my
Feng Shui consultations, I often recommend potted plants or fresh cut flowers. If you don't have a green thumb or don't have enough natural light in your bedroom to keep a plant alive, you might also introduce a rock garden, a seashell collection, or even a painting or photograph on the wall that depicts a beautiful, natural scene. You might also play nature sounds on your iPod before bed; the sounds of rain falling gently or the ocean's roar is soothing and can lull you to sleep.
6. Don't go overboard with technology in the bedroom. - In general, it's a good idea to keep computers, television sets and other electronic equipment out of the bedroom. If you have no other place for it, or if you like watching T.V. in bed, turn them off and pull the plug when you go to sleep. This equipment emits electromagnetic fields which may prevent a good night's sleep and some studies show that sleeping in close proximity to these devices may even be harmful to your health.
7. Use the power of scents for a good night's sleep. Lavender, sandalwood, chamomile, rose, cinammon, vanilla, bergamot, and honey are all proven to create a calming effect and bring on sleep. (Sandalwood, cinnamon and vanilla are also shown to be aphrodisiacs for another bedroom benefit!) Light incense, use a reed diffuser, inhale essential oils, or spray an all-natural linen spray on your sheets before bed for aromatherapy to sleep. Make sure you do not use artificial air fresheners that are loaded with chemicals.
It's one of the dangers of living in New York City, or anywhere that space is tight. People feel compelled to fill every empty spot with... something. Storage solutions. Furniture. Stuff.
Certainly, you can decorate in a way that makes the most of your space, including creating additional storage where it is needed and flexible seating arrangements to make guests to your home or apartment comfortable, too.
But true beauty and elegance is often found in the empty spaces of a home or apartment. If the energy in your home or apartment doesn't feel just right, it might not be that you need to add more furniture, carpeting, artwork, knick-knacks or even Feng Shui cures. Sometimes, you'll create elegance by taking things away instead of adding to the clutter and the energy around you.
Energy All Around Us
Every item we own or come into contact with has its own energy. When we add more “things” to our space, we are co-mingling that energy with our own. Before adding something to your space, make sure its energy will be a positive addition.
- Do you love it?
- Is it useful?
- Does it have a purpose (even if that purpose is just to bring you joy)?
Make Room for Your Own Energy
Just because there's an empty space -- perhaps a corner in your living room, or a blank wall in the kitchen -- it doesn't mean you have to fill it. The more open, empty space we have, the more chi can circulate through our home, carrying opportunities, good health, and happiness.We can permit our own energy to permeate our home, making it truly “ours,” a vehicle we can use on our journey to discover our true-self and begin to live the life of our dreams.
Are you fortunate hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year? That can be an occasion wrought with stress -- if you let it. But you can use Feng Shui to relax yourself and help your guests feel more comfortable in order to create a memorable day that everyone will be grateful for. Follow these Feng Shui tips for a gratitude-filled Thanksgiving.
1. Let your home reflect who you are - If you're like many people, your home is not a reflection of who you are right now, but a mixture of who you were in the past and even the person others believe you should be. Take a few hours, in this season of giving, to sort through some of your belongings and donate ones that no longer fit who you are and who you want to be.
2. Make your front entrance inviting. - Make sure your entry is well-lit and that there is a clear, safe path to your door. If you didn't already do it in the spring or summer, it's time to trim back hedges that may be creating a closed-in feeling on the path to your door. Motion sensor lights that greet visitors at your door should work. If your entry has dead lightbulbs or broken lights, fix them or speak to the building manager about getting them fixed. If you have a door bell, make sure it works, if possible.
3. Arrange your table so everyone feels comfortable. - The ideal Thanksgiving table will be arranged so that, if everyone can't be in a command position, at least no one has their back directly to the door. Make sure all guests can fit comfortably at the table.
A lot of times, hosting a large family for the holidays will stretch a New York City apartment until it feels as if it's bursting at the seams. If possible, clear other furniture and items out of the dining area to make the room seem more spacious. You can also add mirrors to the walls to expand the space. These also symbolically add to your bounty and promise a coming year of wealth. Consider skipping large centerpieces or anything else that may make the space seem tight. Fresh cut seasonal flowers are inexpensive, look great and don't take up a lot of room.
4. Make a strong first impression with scents of the season. You can use scents -- from fresh-baked pumpkin pie to apple-scented candles -- to create a sense of relaxation with aromatherapy.
5. Meditate for the right frame of mind. - Your guests will pick up on your energy, whether they realize it or not. If you are stressed, an uneasiness may fill the room. Meditate before guests arrived to feel calm and collected -- rather than harried and frazzled -- throughout dinner. The more anxious you feel about hosting, the longer you should meditate until you can achieve a peaceful state of mind. Once you've achieved that feeling, recollect it at intervals throughout the night so you will always exude a sense of control.
Happy Thanksgiving! This year, I am truly grateful for everyone who reads this blog and is making it possible for me to fill my purpose of helping people change their lives through Feng Shui.