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Create good energy in 2013 with more light and essential oils.

Lighting is an important consideration when working with Feng Shui concepts. For more information on these dotted canisters, contact me at armina@akdesignandaccents.com.

I’m thinking about how I’m going to add more energy to my new year. Interior design is a great area to start. Think of Feng Shui  (the Chinese art of creating balance and energy in your home) and you can conjure up all kinds of energy-enhancing tips.

One of my favorite designers, about whom I’ve written before on this blog, is Kelly Hoppen. Kelly recently invited a Feng Shui expert to review her office. She wanted to create the best flow and energy possible and considered things like natural light, the position of furniture, dim lighting, etc. You can read all about her experience here.

Marvelous Matt captures the mood created by holiday lights outside my front door.

(Incidentally, the energy we receive from light isn’t just from interior lighting; outdoor lighting evokes a spirited mood as well. My son photographed our entryway recently to help provide an example of how warm light, even peeking from beneath cold snow!, can create a special ambiance.)

There are a couple of easy ways to introduce Feng Shui into your home almost immediately.

I designed this linen umbrella chandelier, which features burlap trim and a stone bead.

• Lighten Up. Feng Shui is all about energy, and light is the strongest manifestation of energy. In fact, the light in your home — both natural and artificial — absolutely influences the quality of your home’s energy.

Smart lighting and good quality air are the very basics of good Feng Shui, and should always be some of your top Feng Shui priorities for any space, be it home or business.

This Malibu chandelier hangs in my breakfast nook. Its bone-colored beads bring an earthy glamour to any space. The sturdy steel frame is wrapped in hemp.

• Essential Oils are Essential. Try this right now: Squeeze the peel of a ripe orange. The fragrant residue on your hand is full of essential oils. Ahhhh. So delightful. Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in various parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. My son and I enjoy essential oil scents the minute we chop into fresh basil or mint while cooking together. Thankfully, these aromas have been bottled!

How to get started with adding essential oils to your home environment? I recommend going to a store that sells essential oils and smell several. Try to learn about the properties of  your favorite oils and decide which ones you would like to experiment with in your Feng Shui-style home applications. Your bedroom, for example, may benefit from soothing rose, lavender or jasmine, while a home office can improve its energy with peppermint, sage or lemongrass in the air.

Want to bring about purification and peace? Try lavender for its calming properties. Looking to clarify things? Peppermint does just that. I prefer Doterra brand oils — lemon for my kitchen and jasmine or eucalyptus for my bedroom.

Be sure to understand the difference between essential oils and perfumed, or fragrant oils, which do not have the same healing properties because of the synthetic oil content.

Beyond emotional benefits, diffusing essential oils can purify air of unwanted odors and some airborne pathogens. Low or no-heat essential oil diffusers do not change the chemical structure of the oil being diffused. Essential oils can also be used as cleansing and purifying additives to laundry and surface cleaners throughout the home.

What are your Feng Shui experiences? Do you have a favorite essential oil? Please share!

Comments

  1. I had no idea that lighting was a part of feng shui! I am looking for all new light fixtures in my new house. Now I can tell my husband that they MUST be replaced for energy, it is not just a vanity thing…right?? Wink, wink!

    p.s., looove Kelly Hoppen!

    • Armina Kasprowicz says:

      Hi, Mallory! Yes, think of when you walk into a room and how you feel. Often it’s the artificial or natural light that creates the entire mood, let alone the furnishings! Hope this sheds some light (wink!) for your husband. We would love to know what type of lighting you go with for your home. If you need a tip or two, don’t hesitate to ask.

  2. For me colors are the most important part of Feng Shui for creating energy in my home. I have no doubt that colors have their own energy. Recently I found out that my synesthesia paintings emanate energy. Because of synesthesia I see colors when I hear names and words. Since years I paint what I see, I paint names and inspirational words. Recently people were telling me that they feel an energy flow coming from my paintings. They even recognize themselves in the paintings. This is so fascinating.

    • Armina Kasprowicz says:

      Colors are a key element in Feng Shui, to be sure!I wonder what you’d think of emerald green, the new Pantone color of 2013.

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