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Balancing Act

Photograph from Apartment Therapy

I put together some random shots from design blogs that are all different styles of decor but have at least one thing in common: feng shui balance. My point is that you can create feng shui balance with any interior design look.

Photo from Chic Tip

Feng shui balance is about shapes and sizes and pairings of furniture and accessories in a room. It’s also about having a good mix of the 5 elements: wood, fire, water, earth, metal.

I'd rather see a painting over this fireplace because the mirror= water and it puts out the fire. But otherwise it is a rather well balanced transitional room.

I'd rather see a painting over this fireplace because the mirror= water and it puts out the fire. But otherwise it is a rather well balanced transitional room.

Having art really uplifts the ch’i energy of a room (see the top photo for a good example of this). Using the proper scale for the space is also important when you are choosing art and accessories and furniture.

A whole lot of pillows but it's still got good feng shui balance.


Think symmetry and balance when you put together a room. And be sure you don’t let one element overpower all others.

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PATIO PERFECT: Considering feng shui in outdoor living spaces

A plan for a Tuscan Dining area, outside!

I love the idea of taking outdoor space and making it actually an extension of living space. If you have acreage–or if you cleverly use what you have–you can substantially expand your square footage of living area. The layout shown above has a good balance of yin-yang shapes (round feminine vs. square masculine). See how many circles and squares you can find. Then go look at Sunset Magazine for more images of this beautiful garden space.

In contrast, above is a photo recently featured in a house tour on Dwell.com (“Double Time“). I liked much of the house until I got to the back door and outdoor space. What a perfect opportunity for the designers to incorporate a little feng shui balance. For example, the window in the upper right hand corner of the photo could have easily have been a round one. Or, the terrace stones could have had rounded yin shapes instead of echoing all of the squares and grids (a very tired trend). What else doesn’t feel right? The step down and the fact that it is all grass. I’ll bet that back space would be utilized a lot more if the upper terrace under the roof was a solid floor (either decking, stonework, or concrete) instead of grass. What more perfect area for an outdoor living space than one like this—opportunity squandered. Do you agree? Check out the rest of the pictures at Dwell.

A nice balance of feng shui elements.

I like the use of wood, earth (slate tiles), fire (hot pink tablecloth) and I’m hoping they have some metal and some water feature that is off camera. This is another patio example seen at Sunset Magazine. I also want to point out the wonderful use of vines crawling up the corner of the house. This is a great example of using plants to eliminate/solve/cure a feng shui problem known as a knife edge. All corners jutting outward create knife edges. It’s not a problem unless you plan to sit or sleep in front of one. This one was completely neutralized by the rounded leaved plants growing up and concealing it.

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