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Yin and Yang

The Yin/Yang concept explains and demonstrates the ways in which our world is interconnected and delicately balanced. It has to do with the recognition that the universe is made up of opposite forces of energy that need to be offset and kept in balance by the pressures exerted by the other.

The symbol depicts what appears to be two fish gliding together in perfect balance, each carrying components of the other; the black fish with white eye, the white fish with black eye. The two swim together in perfect harmony creating a circle – an ancient symbol depicting “wholeness.” The symbol also explains that there is no perfect Yin (black) or perfect Yang (white). In each of them there is always an element of the other at all times. And, like all energy, it is in constant motion, always exerting pressure on the other.

Pause for a moment and think about they many ways the Yin/Yang concept expresses itself in the everyday: cold vs hot, dark vs light, shade vs sun, water vs fire, massive vs active, female vs male. Each of these things are equal and opposite, and can’t exist without the other.

Yin/Yang is at the foundation of Feng Shui philosophy and hence has a number of critical applications to the practice of balanced, harmonious interior design:

YIN ENERGY: Yin energy represents quiet, non-active areas of the home (such as the bedroom). Yin is a feminine concept which is dark, passive, and yielding. Yin design characteristics include: circular shapes, rounded edges, darker more muted colors, low level furniture, upholstered furniture, velvet and corduroy fabrics/textures, carpeting and area rugs, smaller, detailed prints, soft window coverings.

YANG ENERGY: Yang energy represents places for gathering and active areas of the home (such as the living room, kitchen, and dining room). Yang is a masculine concept which is bright, hard, active, and extroverted. Yang design characteristics include: bright lighting, whites and bright colors, angular furniture and accessories, squared corners, bold feature walls, large patterns, and striking objects.

They key is to strike the right balance of both Yin and Yang qualities in every room, and within the context of the entire home. Yang features will make the space feel more active, whereas Yin features will promote a more relaxing atmosphere. Consider consulting a Feng Shui expert to achieve the right Yin/Yang balance in your home. Once you do, you will be well on your way to creating a harmoniously balanced home that supports, nurtures, and uplifts your life!

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