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Carol Freedman Design created this colorful bedroom.

To activate postive feng shui energy, don’t be afraid to mix color, bold patterns, and art in one room the way designer Carol Freedman of Bethesda, Maryland has done in this delightful bedroom. Color is the unifying theme that makes an eclectic play of seemingly incongruent patterns work. The medallions in the subtle bedcover echo the not-so-subtle rug medallions. The pillows by Betty Ferguson of Windows By Betty and painting by Susan Finsen add even more layers tied together by accent colors. I can’t see the full room but it seems to me that the bed has matching nightstands with the same lamps that keep the feng shui equilibrium intact.

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The Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara, California was one of the stops I made on my recent visit to Los Angeles. Go to their website and you’ll find out how fabulous the rooms are and the service is. Be sure to book a spa treatment, too, and they will come to your room to do it. That being said, I was happy to see the feng shui of their lobby was so fresh and welcoming.

Canary Hotel lobby.

Check out the photo above as there are some great ideas for your own home. Note the large textile piece hanging over the couch. This is perfect for rooms with high ceilings and it takes the place of fine art. This would also work behind a bed to create a mock headboard effect, anchor the bed, and to balance out the bed with a taller chest of drawers in the room. This particular textile is wonderful because of its colors as well as it adds some round yin energy to the otherwise squarish yang shapes. Note there are matching lamps to either side of the couch yet the art next to the textile on either side is different. You can use this approach when hanging objects and art in your home–create a balanced look even though it is asymmetric.

Great use of round mirror.

In the lobby lounge and restaurant bar, the bright colors used for the furnishings lifted the dark color wood flooring and bar. Here you see a bright red very large round mirror—great feng shui! The yin shape balances out the square lines of the chairs and even the chairs have rounded edges. The mirror brings light into a dark corner as well.

Most people are afraid to use color in their homes but as you can see from the top photo, you can have a neutral color couch and add touches of warmth through the wall color (ie: yellow) and the bright accents in the textile piece. A quilt used as a wall covering would do the same thing.

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Here’s some eye candy from the New York Times. This young “street artist” in Offenberg, Germany has truly personalized his space (see more photos) and Feng Shui By Fishgirl could definitely live there. I would tweak the bedroom a little bit to meet feng shui requirements: I wouldn’t push the bed of a grownup into the corner, best to have chi circulating all around, and I’d also like it better if it had some sort of headboard, a platform for the bed, and in general a more finished look to the room (side tables, lamp off the floor, etc for balance). It’s a little too “dorm room” as is and the overall effect of this home is very sophisticated.

But what I LOVE about this home is the use of art and color and the spare uncluttered feel that is NOT stark.

The pink bathroom is also wonderful. If your bathroom is in the Love & Marriage area you may want to consider this look.

All photos from the NYT slide show at this link. What do you like about this space?

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