Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Interior Design using Feng Shui, Bohemian and Just Good Design

A few of my clients have been asking that I blog about how to decorate spaces a la Feng Shui and Boho Design, which is what I already do. I've re-written and updated this first post that was missed the first time around!

 Let's jump in by checking out what well done (well mostly) Feng Shui looks like in a design featured in Architectural Digest:

Jaime Drake

Lovely! Why you ask is this well done Feng Shui? There are several key things I look for:

Curvy Yin elements

I notice that most of the tables are round. I see the chairs have curvy lines and the tufting on the sofa is cushy. The ottoman is round as well. All very Yin (feminine) in energy.

Straighter more Yang elements

I see that the white sofa and the coffee table are more linear and while not perfect Feng Shui, they add a harder edge Yang (masculine) energy. Same with the white lamps and accessories which represent the metal element. The throw cushions are perfect to make the linear sofa more soft and inviting. Harmonious Yin & Yang (balance) is the objective! There are more objectives, but these are key.

Cool blues with pops of pink and yellow

The color is very watery; blues and lavenders leaning towards blue. The room has a lot of cool color, but look at the pops of pink. Hot pink! The warm yellow flowers on the side table are a nice addition to the blue and complement the pink. It also brings out the yellow-green in the artwork over the sofa. The twigs in the picture are uplifting tree energy which tempers all the watery color.  

While practicing Feng Shui one of my criteria is how the energy flows around the room. Curves make energy meander in and around objects. Sharp or straight lines make it rush by. I can see that this room is symmetrically set up, and that equals order. Clutter in Feng Shui is a no-no!

Perhaps lumbar cushions and drapery trim

Hmmm…… I think to change it up I might add the fabric above as two lumbar cushions on the chairs and as the drapery trim.

Cheeky, huh? This Pindler & Pindler Puma Pink upholstery fabric is available through  Or how about swapping the cool blue area rug to the Pop Colors Leopard in Azalea Pink and Lime Green shown below from

Instead of cool blue area rug
Animal prints are considered a fire element in Feng Shui and are used to "warm up" a room. All things considered, this is a very serene room for quiet conversation and reflection, an oasis. Very feminine in feeling Probably not a lot of raucous Super Bowl parties here! 

Please leave a comment and let me know how this post has been for you. Is there anything you would like to know about decorating with Feng Shui? Ask away! 


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