From color choice, space-plan & accessory placement, your indoor environment can affect your mental, emotional & physical health. Most people will look at the materials that go into the construction of their home, office and furniture, as well as careful read each & every label to make sure they are only bring in all-natural items into their space...however, these same people will neglect to take into account their color scheme (warm colors in the bedroom), clutter (see previous articles on this topic) and the accessories & collections they surround themselves with.
Most of us (especialy designers, artists & the like) are familiar with color THEORY...what color is where on the color wheel, contrasting/complimentary, the 60/30/10 rule...Or, what goes with what in a pleasing way. However, most do NOT take into account color THERAPY...what color supports the functionality of the space (cool colors in a bedroom) and/or what the energetic, health affect the color has on the occupant (warm color raises body temperature/heart rate). A bedroom with a RED color scheme will NOT promote a restful night sleep as this warm color scheme will raise your body temperature & heart rate...A kitchen with an ORANGE color scheme will promote a healthy appetite, which is great to promote socialbility & family gatherings, not so great if you are trying to lose weight!
Advice: WARM colors in an active space, COOL colors in a passive, quiet space
There is a science to this...don't over-crowd the room, take the size of the furniture into account keeping it in scale w/the surroundings & keeping a clear traffic pattern to easily navigate the space. One of the most important components of space-planning that is often neglected is the Power Position. The Power Position is the "diagonal corner from the entryway looking INTO the room". This is where the most important item needs to be placed (ex: the bed in the bedroom, the desk in the office) with the BACK facing the wall. When seated (or lying down) you must be looking IN to the room...this is the most psychologically secure postition of the room as you can see who enters/leaves & who is passing by, all the while your back is protected. (this is one of the main reaasons people hate sitting in cubicles so much...their back is exposed leaving them vulnerable).
Advice: Start with the main furniture piece & then place the rest of the furniture grouping around that...taking into account doors, windows, closets, heating registers/vents.
YIkes, this is probably THE #1 issue I face as a designer when working w/my clients...either the wrong items are in the wrong room, there's just too much or items aren't displayed properly. The last 2 are the easiest to fix...clutter-bust, use vertical as well as the horizontal planes for display and/or create collages, shadowboxes or rotating groupings. The first one is the hardest...items can be placed in inappropriate rooms (i.e. family photos in the bedroom, intimate photos in the kitchen-yes, I've seen this) or the items don't support or suit the function of the room (horror film posters in the bedroom, romance items in the office). I suggest looking at your collections, photos, accessories, & after doing a "clutter-busting", then determine if the item belongs in that specific space. Look at the function of the space & if the item doesn't fit, either move it to the appropriate room or get rid of it.
ADVICE: Be honest, check your motivations for keeping something & get the "shoulds" out of the way
By implementing some of these tips, you'll be on the way to creating a healthy & supportive space!
.......On a quick side note, my friend Dusty Rainbolt wanted me to pass on this info on the Adopt-a-Shelter initiative:
Here's AdoptAShelter.com's new video. http://youtu.be/q5HM3KZVtrA Any time you shop online you can help your favorite animal charity by going to www.AdoptAShelter.com an animal charity-only shop-to-donate website. It's easy. It's free to both you and the charity. This video link above explains it all.
I'm working on 2 very unique Feng Shui products for 2012...stay tuned...Also finalizing the Marketing/Events calendar...WOW...new program offerings & delivery methods. No matter WHERE you live, you'll be able to take part. AND...a LIVE