by Nicole Franzen

The Water Element’s colors are blue and black. Blue is famous for being calming, a view of the water calms us, relaxes us. The blues of this living room (above) make it a very welcoming room, comfortable.

Design Constraints:

Feng Shui philosophophy encourages us to place things, to have things that will allow energy to flow through the room. The energy is turned up with the bright white ceiling, and globe chandelier. The greens, the potted plant and the vase of fresh flowers are a nice addition as well. Green is the earth’s color the archetype, peacemaker. So the room is Feng Shui Balanced with those three energies,  water – metal – earth. A bit of wood with the coffee table. I’m a bit worried about the doors that are blocked by the sofa. That blocks the flow of energy. Not seeing all four walls prevents us from making a hundred percent accurate review of the room. The fireplace seems to have the hearth closed, that too makes me wonder. A fireplace is a good way to add energy but with it closed, it might be purely decorative or a non-working flu. I have to say there needs to be a few adjustments to this  room to create a better energy flow. There is a lot of great design in this living room, The blues are beautiful, the seating is perfect for entertaining. The blue and white combination is classic. The globe lighting, the sculpture and intricate fireplace are fantastic focal points. Click for more Feng Shui Tips

Designers Dream Room:

The amount of white in this bedroom (below) make it a Metal Room, the Alchemist. The black bedframe is the water element. The green bouquet is earth, the peacemaker. The wood floor and other furnishings are the pioneer. This room is nicely balanced Feng Shui. Can you see the difference between these two rooms? Doesn’t the first room just make you feel stuck, restricted? There is not a good flow. You do feel restricted. These are constraints that make designing a room such a difficult job. With a view like the one in the bedroom below, there are few problems. Hats off to all designers!

Design by Woo


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Feng Shui Gold Living Room:

The ‘personality attached’ to the metal element is the Alchemist. This is their dream come true. The color white is in abundance. Clean and Pure. The gold cocktail table is united with the gold chairs and pillows.

It’s like gold dust, but you do want to stay and not disappear into fairyland. Oh that’s pixie dust. Sorry. The metal element is high energy and the wood console is important because it tones things down, balances, neutralizes the space. If you didn’t have the majestic wood console, the energy would fly through this room, this one important feature is doing quite a lot to make this room work.

The large portraiture is doing quite a bit to offset the high energy, she is adding softness and a welcome. Where white and metals,  can be seen as cold and sterile, she is adding warmth and friendliness. Decorating with Feng Shui principles in mind is pretty smart and pretty beautiful.

Feng Shui Silver Bedroom:

The bedroom below is also a vision of loveliness, but in a completely different fashion than the above bling. Gray is the second color associated with the metal element and the Alchemist. This bedroom looks totally comfy and cozy. A Zen atmosphere has been created with the oversized wallpaper pattern. More repetition in the Greek key patterned carpet. This repetition is soothing. The settee is plush, but it’s also silver in color which again makes this a perfect Alchemist’s room. Designed to perfect comfort. May your New Year be full of Perfect Comfort and Happiness. xoxo Lynda Louden Interiors

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Pioneer: Feng Shui Wood Element

We will end our 2017 Blog Posts with the Feng Shui archetype, the Pioneer. This the wood element. It really means trees. [to me] This stunning paneled wall (above) has become the feature wall. The Chevron pattern is energetic despite the somber colors. A Pioneer leads the way into new territory. Let’s all be pioneers for the New Year! Lead the way with kindness, compassion, love and generosity. This room could use a bit of fire, and perhaps more metal. Perhaps red books and a red lamp? Maybe a pillow. Pink might works as well, a bright pink, fuchsia. The room is perfect as it is, but if you wanted to change things up – perhaps dress it up for a party, those might be good options.

Pioneer Colors: Green & Brown

This living room (below) has a very nice mix of woods, the bookcase, the floor, the coffee table and the bench. It’s perfect Feng Shui  with the green plants. Remember The Urban Jungle is a very popular! Click for More Information!  Having plants is like having kids or pets. They need tending. You have to find their sweet spot. Every plant is different from the other. They do love company!

Wood represents growth. Trees are always reaching for the stars. Stable and growing. Wood is a healing element. I haven’t figured out quite why – other than it’s spiritual or symbolic qualities. Click to Read More  So if you believe we are part of the same universe this does make good sense. Trees and plants are vibrant and add health, decisiveness, wealth and prosperity to your room and you! Happy New Year! We will continue the New Year with the Alchemist and the Philosopher. Metal and Water respectively.

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Feng Shui Bedroom

This would be typical of an Earth Feng Shui Designed bedroom. (above) Earth Colors are beige, and other neutrals like sandy colors and skin tones. Light yellow. Green is not here because the color green belongs to the wood element, for trees. Earth is stable and nurturing, so the bedroom (BR) is a good place to design with earth colors, remember pink and red are passion so they would work in the BR as well. Feng Shui is not about rules, but what works considering all relevant factors. The brick wall represents stability, another good feature for a bedroom where we rest, nurture ourselves, restore our bodies for the next day.

Feng Shui Living Room

Below is an neutral living room (LR) that could be designated Feng Shui Earth Design.  It is a NYC Home and despite the exciting view, calm is everywhere in this earth-toned living space. Earth tones invigorate your mental health.  The LR is where we relax and visit with friends, maybe do some homework, it’s a good place to be mentally alert, and with these soothing colors, the brain relaxes, which makes it work better. The Earth archetype is the Peacemaker. Doesn’t that fit in beautifully? Calming colors and Calm People. Feng Shui Design and the Interior Design Principles are not rigid. Always design with the occupants in mind. What are their preferences, what are their needs and what do they love?  Click if you want to learn more about Feng Shui.


feng shui energy by homedit

This is a high energy room, (above) thanks go to the gorgeous red comfy sofas. Red usually says it all. And red along with pink and purple are high energy Feng shui colors.  The plush, non-conforming sofas say come and join me! The room is balanced with the dark floor, which represents water. The wood framed windows nurture the fire. Feng Shui art/science blends seamlessly with Design Principles. The softness and non-conformity of the seating are balanced by the square pattern of the floor and coffee table. Really almost every other item in the room is a straight line. Which makes the room work, or the energy flow. Do you think this is a Wizard’s Room? Wizards represent the Feng Shui Fire Element.

Let’s contrast the high energy living room that boasts red with a bedroom (below) that is soothing and still has a medium amount of red. The below bedroom falls in the Metal Element. White and gray are the colors of the Feng Shui element, Metal. The soft furnishings, carpet, drapes, sofa make the room inviting. Both are using red with completely different results, don’t you think?


by Pantone Purple Bodacious

This is a very sophisticated lavender room. (above) The two lilac chairs are not alone in making a shout-out! The Leopard print chair, the yellow telephone, the bright white walls. The navy blue lamp shade, really? This room is retro, eclectic, vintage. It’s classically layered to create I’ve been here a long time, it declares a lived in, someone loves me look. I think the only new thing in it is the Navy Lamp Shade! It’s definitely a lavender room. The two chairs are the focal point. Dare I mention the tangle of computer cords and the leggy green plant? Outstanding! See More Violet Ideas  from Apartment Therapy.

This violet seating goes Vroom Vroom! (below) Is there anything you don’t love about this seating area? If the table were a different height it’s a dining room. The violet seating, the window treatment, the chandelier, make this room very dynamic. Very seductive, in a not so shy, here I am, don’t you love me? kinda way. The charcoal wall is balanced with the white trim, chandelier and window treatment and carpet.

The shapes in the room are curvaceous. The tufted violet chairs, the curved chandeliers, the three dimensional window treatment, the art has headlights peering at you, the curved chair legs mimic the coffee table curved legs in the opposite, convex, concave way. Brilliant!

by Designer Carey Karlan



Violet & Neutrals:

Decorating with Violet. Violet is combination of red and blue, which makes it difficult.  The balance is what’s difficult. Red is a strong color, Blue is more palatable.  Depending on what you add things will sparkle and shine or be not quite right.  So adding one lilac, violet, lavender in a room that is completely neutral except for one piece, sofa, chair, carpet makes it doable, livable. (above) The purple geometric pattern in the carpet is color repetition which makes for cohesiveness. The blue chair works, because blue is a component of purple. They are related.  More from Pantone

Violet, Violet, Everywhere:

Now we go to a room that is enveloped in lilac, violet, lavender. So many pretty names. When you color your walls with such a vivacious color, you go from safe to adventuresome! Remember we decorate with who we are. Are you adventuresome and yet you decorate with neutrals? It may be you need that balance.  Think about violet, lilac, lavender is this who you really are? Do you want to express yourself, share yourself with others? Why not try violet, lilac or lavender?

by Designer David Kaihoi HB

Designner Jessica Stam _ Elle Decor

Decorating with Violet in Big Way:
Decorating with violet is pretty. Pretty tough. Pretty brave. Pretty Pretty. You have to adore the color if you put it in a room that you are in all the time. Like the living room above. If you are just stretching your arms with color, put a new color idea in a small room, one that you are not in often, like a second bathroom.

Violet doesn’t work like blue which is so popular it works like a neutral. This living room is using violet monochromatically. It is the only color in the room, and the violet pretty much stays a pastel. The entire envelope of the room is violet. Four walls and the drapery. The neutral chairs take the top off – so it becomes more readable, more accessible. To the viewer, to the visitor, to the one who loves the room.

Decorating with Violet in Big Way, Safe Way:

Adding color with an accessory, the bedspread (below) is a safe way, easier way to add a difficult color to your room, accent with that color. The beautiful neutrals  in this room work with the violet bedspread. It might not be that the color is difficult. It might be that you prefer neutrals and want just a bit of color. Notice the variety of neutrals in the room. Creamy sheers, chambeige walls, coffee dresser, expresso headboard, gray, silver carpet. The violet vase is a good reminder of the importance of repetition. Repeating the same color, makes the room feel ‘collected, cohesive. The same way the creamy sheers tie the chambeige walls together. 

The Violet, although the main attraction, has a great deal of assistance from all the neutrals, beautiful in themselves. Let me know how you feel about color, violet or whatever your favorite color is, whatever you dream about. xoxo Lynda

by Bloomingdales



We have something very traditional for this table decor. (above) It’s quite a stunner isn’t it? I believe all of the Holidays Tables are stunners, you have to decide what your style is and what you feel like doing this year. Has the family increased or decreased? Have you just moved to the Beach? Are you back to Maine or Colorado? Many times where we live dictates or has some influence on our decorating style. Just think if you have more than one house! Oh the opportunities that await you! Everyone I talk to, says it’s too much work, but I would adore this job. It’s play time for me!

This room, is so traditional. So rustic. Don’t you just want to be enjoying this comfort and beauty all day?

And this rustic, traditional decor is done with a very small budget. The greens are local if not from the very tree in the room. The brambles on the table are the same. Add candles and you are ready. Remember to never leave lit candles unattended. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays.

by Antonia Ludden


Bright & Cheery Holiday Table:

We will move from dark and moody Table Decor to bright and cheery. (above) Somehow bright and cheery fits the holiday season, don’t you think? Although I admit the dark colors are handsome and beautiful. (Thursday’s post) But they are not as fun as the bright ornaments on the sparkling white tablecloth. Maybe you have your own thoughts on the matter. Please share.

We had a fabulous tip at my networking meeting this morning, Jennifer of Palm Beach Organizing recommends if you have Christmas, Holiday ornaments that you don’t love, you don’t use every year, donate them! Click to see the value of great organization. A Place for Everything!

Casual Holiday Table Decor:

If table number one wasn’t cheerful enough, what about this one? (below) It looks like a birthday party doesn’t it? Christmas is a time of good cheer so this just might be the cat’s meow. There is not the usual serious overtones, of elegance, the usual beautiful decor. The statement here is FUN! It is a very casual approach to decorating. There are no flowers, no candles, no pinecones, no greenery. If it weren’t for the red trees, you wouldn’t know it’s Christmas. This is a very non-traditional table-setting.