Feng Sui for the Elderly

 Elderly Living Spaces

There are different seasons in our lives that require different living conditions that suit our stages in our lives. For the most part we are able to create and design environments for ourselves, but when it comes to children and the elderly, they are more inclined to need help and guidance for the best solutions.

Parents who live at home or downsizing require a more simplistic approach to living. Quality and recognition of high and positive energy is always needed. If a parent is invited to stay in your home, their bedroom and surroundings should honor their presence, they should feel close and part of the general household activities, provide privacy and feel cozy. Avoid areas that might be loud, near small children or next to living or media rooms.

In addition, the room of the elderly should be positioned near  a bathroom to facilitate easy access. Avoid stairs, slippery flooring, rugs and mats and furniture with sharp edges. Be mindful of the activities and routines that can still be carried on in their new environment. Do they like to read and if so do they have enough lighting? Do they hobbies and if so is there room or an area to work in? Transitioning should be smooth and can be achieved by including enough of their lifestyle habits in order to continue a routine and choices that can be continued to be valued by them.

The bedroom should have plenty of ventilation, soft colors schemes, music, a unit for aroma therapy and a good layout and traffic patterns. Most importantly, clutter should be eliminated. There should be enough storage and labeling to help organize items and keep track of their belongings. Seating should be high enough and firm enough for support and easy in and out access. Knobs should be large enough for a better grasp and hooks and closet rods should be low enough to help them with their restricted mobility. Remove clutter to avoid accidents and encourage independence. Keep in mind, the simpler the arrangement and organization, the more the independence.

Too many possessions can also create depression, living in the past and clinging on to old memories. Take pictures of these possessions, such of old artwork, furniture, collectables and pull out once in a while to reminisce and talk about.  Keep for the most part what has purpose and brings good memories. Mix the old with the new by modernizing the space so it feels fresh and positive.

Too much stuff can collect dust, mold, and bugs affecting the health of the person. The space should be aired and dusting should be done on a regular basis and along with light vacuuming to keep the good chi going.

If possible, introduce a pet such as a parakeet or a fish which brings life and energy to a space and is easy to take care of. If there is additional help such as grandkids, a dog or a cat can provide hours of companionship provided there is help to walk the pet or clean up the cat litter box. Add plants as well, they help with improving air quality and provide positive chi energy.

Look for things that are meaningful such as stamp collecting, serving tea, listening to music. Set up an area for the person to entertain,  to invite and participate in activities.

Getting old should not be frowned upon, for the lucky ones we get to experience life in our golden years. With a little creativity and mindfulness, our loved ones can have a beautiful lifestyle and a place to enjoy the last chapter of their life.

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The Sounds In Your Environment

In feng shui the general idea is to create harmony and balance. One way to create harmony and balance is through sound. Sound has the ability to heal and be a positive influence in your home or work environment. Sound can also cause negative reactions and can drain our well-being. Noises such as the humming of a refrigerator, the air conditioner, traffic noises, etc., many times go unnoticed and are bad for our health.

Removal of these noises is sometimes practical and sometimes we cannot remove these annoyances.  You can reduce the adverse effects by using what is known as white noise. Uplifting or tranquil music or nature sounds help to balance the energy. Recordings of a water stream, birds chirping or rainfall can help to absorb negative energy.

In homes that have a lot of hard surfaces, sounds are amplified and can be toned down by adding fabrics, soft cushions and area rugs. Take time when decorating your space to incorporate a happy medium between hard and soft surfaces and decorative items, in order to benefit from the white noise energy you are trying to establish. Become aware of negative and positive noise factors is in your space and the allocation of your rooms.  

 Another way to help generate positive energy is through the use of wind chimes. Wind chimes can create energy shifts by moderating the energy flow. It dissipates the negative sound vibrations and generates positive sounds conducive to your well-being.

 Overall, when considering modifications in your space, a simple and inexpensive additions can enhance and provide a better opportunity to live in a positive and healthy environment. Observe and do check for negative sounds that can drain and deplete your health and energy.  

Fabrics at Home

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Home decorating fabrics are meant to compliment a room. Fabrics can improve any space and are used in upholstery, couch covers, slipcovers, bed coverings, window treatments, table coverings, etc. A room without fabrics can look plain or feel cold.  A space can be transformed into an inviting, warm and cozy place to relax and enjoy with family and friends by using fabrics.

Because fabrics are an essential part of decorating a space, it is important to choose those that correspond with the other objects in the room. It’s easier to pick fabrics if you are using advice and suggestions for a particular design. Without any direction, your design project can become frustrating and discouraging. Instead of working toward your dream home, you’ll find yourself caught up in a nightmare.

There are plenty of home decorating themes to choose from. Each of them has their own color and style. With a theme and concept to guide you, choosing fabrics shouldn’t pose a problem.  If you decide you like the cottage theme for example, home decorating fabrics would include floral patterns, bright or soft colors, various textures or natural fibers.

Choose fabrics that speak to you and coordinate with the other prints or patterns. Mix and match, use different types of textures.  It’s also important to remember that home decorating fabrics can be expensive. Once you’ve decided on a fabric and purchase it to use in your home, you may have to live with it for a long time. For this reason it is best to be absolutely certain before making that final decision. Some fabrics often require special care for washing. If you’d rather have a fabric that is easy to care for, make sure you considered this when choosing the fabric. Remember this is your space, your decision and it should meet your needs and lifestyle.
There are thousands of fabrics to choose from. Make sure it fits your concept or theme; analyze the upkeep and care you are willing to put up with and remember it is statement that will be a part of your concept or theme for a while.

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Where is the Focal Point?

Upon a recent out of state visit to family and friends, I noticed many spaces lacked a focal point. The main point of interest in a room or space is your focal point. The best way in designing a room is to begin with a focal point. As you enter a space your eye should be drawn to what anchors the space. Some focal points include fireplaces, artwork, a substantial piece of furniture, a large mirror, a wall painted a different color, etc. In a bedroom for example, generally the bed would be considered the focal point as you enter the room.

Because focal points add visual weight, the items around the focal point must be placed so it balances the weight and compliments the décor. Besides the focal point, other areas of interest should be established, but on a more subtle scale.

The person notices the mood or feels what is being featured as the main element in a space. The focal point is expected to carry out specific functions or activities. There should not be any confusion what is the dominate statement in a room.

Check your space or room. Can you see as you walk in an important anchor or statement and does it help you to understand the function or activity in the space? Does it have weight? Remember there can be several featured areas which compliments and stems to the main feature which is your focal point.

A room without a focal point will lack a statement, direction, unity and flow. Take time to walk through and imagine yourself as the person who is visiting and experiencing your spaces.  What is it that you want them to experience as they first walk in, as they sit down, or walk down a hallway or sit in the backyard? Anchor, add weight and focus on one big statement for each room or space and within each space there should be other smaller areas of interests as well.

2017 Decorating Spring Colors

A home or office can be spruced up with these Pantone’s Color(s) of the Year: 

Color Trend: Serenity Blue. Evokes peace, serenity and can be used liberally on walls, furnishings and accessories.  

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Color Trend: Coral. A few color accessories  in this dramatic color will provide a pop of freshness and vitality.

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Color Trend: Zesty Yellow. A pop of yellow  accessories will generate a healthy dose of creativity, energy and clarity.

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Color Trend: Magenta + Gold. A whimsical color combination that can be used to accent a table settings, floral arrangements and cake decorating. 

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Additional Color Trends: Blush, Grey, Cobalt Blue, White, Buttercup Yellow and Jewel Tones.

The sky’s the limit. Enjoy, be creative and color your world with endless possibilities. 

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Hi there, just giving a shout out to anyone who is interested in learning more about interior design or feng shui. Please feel free to make comments and share your insights as well. My goal is to provide some feedback on how to pull a room together. Let me know if you have any questions.