Not sure where this pic came from but I love it--thank you!
Sometimes you’ll walk into a room where the ceilings are oh so high and it feels a bit overwhelming. Hanging art–balancing mobiles– or other objects such as the colorful paper lamps shown above will help your ch’i energy dance and circulate throughout the space. The room above even has a mirrored disco ball serving as a giant crystal to disperse the ch’i even more! Don’t be afraid of color–it can be playful and empower your Creativity & Future Projects Sector.
Stairwells are great locations for kinetic art like the hanging sculpture pictured above. Often you can find mobile art like this at museum gift shops…it doesn’t have to be expensive to help your feng shui.
Tibetan Prayer Flags
You can even use Tibetan Prayer flags to improve your feng shui inside or outside your home. Imagine that the owners of the first home pictured tacked Tibetan Prayer flags from the beams instead of lanterns? It would have a similar positive impact and raise ch’i levels accordingly.
Think of the space above when you decorate your home. Are your ceilings too high? Too low? Just right? How can you improve your space?
There’s a great slide show of John Mayer’s pad at Elle Decor. I’ve taken the liberty of reviewing the musician’s lair with Feng Shui By Fishgirl eyes. Here are 5 things that could be done to improve the feng shui of the space that was decorated using Armani Casa furnishings.
Mayer's dining room. Photo by Simon Upton for Elle Decor.
1] ADD SOME YIN SHAPES to offset the male yang square shapes throughout the apartment. One easy place to do this would be the dining room. The table itself could be round, or, less expensive to change out would be to change the lampshade shape to a big globe instead of the square.
Simon Upton pic for Elle Decor
2] TOO MUCH WOOD. Reface the cabinets. There’s too much wood ch’i and it was a mistake to match the wood floors to the cabinets. A hipper look that would have enhanced the feng shui would have been to add a color cabinet (red, blue, green…depending on the location of the kitchen).
Simon Upton for Elle Decor
3] BIGGER ART. While it was a good thing the designers added color to the wall above the couch, the piece used is too small. Much better if there were two or three panels of this sized piece across the entire wall (or replace it with one large painting). They’ve done the same thing over the guest bed and have left way too much wall space undone.
Another great pic by Simon Upton for Elle Decor
4] REPLACE DEAD PLANTS. While we approve of the Jimi Hendrix portraits, dead leaves on plants like the one here represent dead ch’i energy. Replace all dead plants with thriving ones or cut flowers for good feng shui.
Simon Upton for Elle Decor
5] DIVERSIFY. Using just one source for your entire home (in this case, Armani Casa) leads to a pretty homogenous environment akin to a furniture showroom and not a home. It’s boring, John! Adding pieces carefully selected to represent your own personal taste, maybe from your world wide concert tour cities, would transform this space. You can still do it by reupholstering some of the pieces (the barstools and maybe one chair in the living room) with interesting fabric.
So what do YOU think? Will John Mayer take the advice of Feng Shui By Fishgirl?
Luxe Magazine photo
Let’s analyze the feng shui of this room. We can’t see the entry (Mouth of Ch’i) for the entire home but I’m going to analyze this space as if the front door were directly behind me a few yards back. That would make the Wealth area the upper left corner of this photo, the Fame area in the center, and the Love area to the right.
The decor is a rather traditional style and this house is in California which accounts for the Spanish mission influences in the window shapes and the chairs used here. (See more of the house at Luxe Magazine).
*The room has a very balanced look/feel. ie: two trees, matching chairs across from each other, big table balancing out the fireplace and creating a barrier for the ch’i to wind around.
*Lots of natural light and that’s always a plus.
* Fireplace is located in the Fame area—fire is the natural element here that enhances and strengthens it. Also, it’s very good that they used art above instead of a mirror (mirror represents water and in this case would indicate dousing of the fire energy, a canceling out of the Fame feng shui).
*The window shape has an unusual Spanish curve representing yin energy. This counterbalances the yang beam energy.
*The candles placed on the tabletop are paired together instead of separated on either side of the table. They are located within the Love area of the actual table top bagua so this is very harmonious and good feng shui.
*There is a good balance of the five elements.
*It’s clean and clutter free.
*The trees have spiky leaves. That is okay in some locations but not so great for the Wealth area or the Love area. Switching them out to a nice rounded leaf shape but keeping them both equal like these two would be a better feng shui move. Big fig leaf ficuses would work as would many other variety of trees.
*The paint color I would choose could have been the same family but slightly redder tone to strengthen Wealth/Fame/Love –or perhaps paint just the end wall in a red based tone to activate these three areas.