When you have ultra high ceilings —in home OR in a commercial setting like the one shown above—filling the space with something wonderful is a good feng shui idea. Although not the only solution, art and mobile sculpture is usually a good choice for stimulating ch’i in an empty space like this. A company in Sunland, CA commissioned sculptures of bugs (yes! bugs!) from artist Bruce Gray for their industrial space. See more of the installation here.
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This pic comes from the same house as the last post about the 5 elements. I wanted to show you how sometimes beams are okay. Here the beams are straddling the bed on either side. Since they aren’t crossing you as you sleep, you aren’t really feeling the negative weight on you. (That’s a good thing, because these beams look really heavy!) Also, the unique curvature of the beams and the ceiling I think solve some of the feng shui problem. The curves certainly add yin appeal to all the square yang shapes used elsewhere in the room. Usually I disapprove of too high ceilings in the bedroom but here the headboard of the bed seems almost extended by the big red painting over it and then the clerestory windows above—all of it works and anchors the bed so it’s not swimming in a too big space.
This loft space has a lot going for it. It’s got natural light on one end, high ceilings, a rectangular even shape, wood floors, and the space is clutter-free almost to a fault. But something is missing. Even though we can’t determine where the Mouth of Ch’i is from this photo–and we need the location to figure out the bagua sector locations–we can still give some suggestions that would greatly improve the feng shui of the space.
The room lacks warmth. There is too much stark white (even the floors look to be white paint or bleached out wood). Solution:
*Add art to the walls. (That hat hung between the windows is not cutting it and besides, it is hung too high!) Add art objects to the top of the storage shelves. Hang a mobile from those high ceilings. Even Tibetan prayer flags would work until you can afford real art.
*Add color to the room via a floor covering. It could be a very vibrant rug or a sisal rug with a subtle color band around the edge. The rug will bring warmth, define the space, and liven the stillness.
*Do something with the windows. Whatever your taste is, there is a window treatment to match it. Adding some fabric drapes in a color appropriate to their bagua location would enhance the feng shui, add visual punch, and warm up the room. Screens or blinds can serve as privacy and decor depending on how you use them.
*Hide the garbage can. I realize they were going for an urban loft feel. But a garbage can is still a garbage can and this one has way too much prominence in this room. I only hope it is not located in the Wealth or Health area. . .
*You’ve got a tall space, bring in a big tree or some hanging plants. Living plants can add so much life to a space if properly placed.
*I would tweak the pot rack over the stove. It could be slightly lower. And the wall behind the stove could be painted a color to define the kitchen as well as give the illusion of a cozier ceiling height.
What would you do?
This photo that I lifted from Apartment Therapy gave me a perfect illustration of “beams over the bed” feng shui problem. What we’ve got is a gigantic wooden beam crossing over the bed at about chest position. Then we’ve got support beams coming from the walls up to the cross beam that would be positioned over the sleeper’s head. What’s wrong with this picture?
Beams carry a lot of weight (that’s kind of their job, actually). In feng shui terms, the weight is then energetically pressing down on you if you are immediately under the beam. That’s fine if you’re in a temporary sitting area such as a dining room or living room. But it’s not fine for working at a desk all day or sleeping in a bed all night. Sooner or later it will give you problems with headaches, lack of sleep, pressure in your relationship and other problems.
It appears obvious to me that this bedroom is set up to enjoy the view out a window opposite the bed as well as the fireplace. This is where the bed has to go. No worries, Feng Shui By Fishgirl always has a solution. A classic feng shui solution would be to hang a firecracker under the beam. Doesn’t seem like that would work into the decor or add to the romance, does it? No. Therefore I would suggest painting the beams white. White is the feng shui equivalent of metal and metal cuts wood. In addition, I would create a canopy of fabric coming up from behind the bed and draped across to attach to the beam. This would transform the bed into a custom made canopy bed, bring down the ceiling height for a cozier sleeping experience, add some yin (feminine) energy, and solve the problem of the beam.