Our environments are comprised of masculine and feminine energies. As a holistic interior designer and Feng Shui practitioner, I often work with clients to help balance these energies at home and at work. This delicate balance is sometimes referred to as Yin/Yang theory. Let’s take a deep dive, shall we?
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-rise furniture, upholstered furniture, velvet and corduroy fabrics/textures, carpeting and area rugs, detailed prints and soft window coverings. When it comes to personality, feminine Yin energy is rooted in intuition, receptivity, collaboration, creativity and emotions.
By contrast, 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 bold colors, angular furniture and accessories, squared corners, bold feature walls, large patterns and striking objects. From a personality perspective, masculine Yang energy is action-oriented, frank, to the point, competitive, cognitive, direct and entrepreneurial.
A DELICATE BALANCING ACT
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 or workspace. Yang features will make the space feel more active, whereas yin features will promote a more relaxing atmosphere. If you find a space is leaning too much to one side, apply a little of the “opposite”. For example:
– Drape a leather arm chair with a soft throw or quilt
– Consider painting your wall a masculine gray color and incorporating a feminine accent color like pale yellow
– Place a decorative vase of flowers on top of your modern wooden credenza
When it comes to interior design, masculine and feminine traits certainly reflect one’s style preference. Being aware of how to subtly balance the two can harmonize an interior space energetically and help promote a healthy, nurturing living environment. This is especially important when integrating contrasting masculine/feminine energies of the people inhabiting the space too.
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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