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Simple Little Guide to a Feng Shui Bedroom

Does spring make you feel like changing your room layout? This simple little guide to Feng Shui can inspire you to bring good energy into your home!

What is Feng Shui?

First of all, Feng Shui is a Chinese system of thought. It is based entirely on the Chi, the vital life force, representing energy movements and energy in general.

Why have a Feng Shui bedroom?

Since we spend almost a third of our life in our bedroom, this vital room should cater to relaxation and sleep so we can recharge our energy.

By applying a few Feng Shui tips, you can create the peaceful environment you’re looking for!

  • Remove everything from your bedroom that is not sleep-related, such as the television, the computer and the telephone.
  • Favour a stable bed with a headboard.
  • Position the bed so that it is not under a window or facing the door.
  • Choose a comfortable mattress (so get rid of your old, run-down mattress!).
  • Avoid mirrors.
  • Use solid neutral colours. Avoid bright colours and patterns.

Of course, there are many other indications for a Feng Shui bedroom. However, these short tips will certainly help you sleep better! :)

For more information on a Zen bedroom, visit Alain’s blog post: The zen bedroom: Create an environment for yourself that’s conducive to sleep.

Creative walls

When I was a kid, most of the walls in houses were either White or even worse covered with  old carpet in highly questionable colors, ok it was the late 70’s and early 80’s but still!

Today walls can be fun and if one thing has evolved, it’s the number of different wall covering possibilities.  There are a lot of choices to create a distinctive touch or even to «camouflage» a wall that is not quite perfect.

We have tested a few options for you and I want to present 3 options.  In a future post I will present other types of wall covering materials and other ways to create an accent wall.

  • Decorative stone: One of our marketing coordinators took on the challenge with her boyfriend, in their living room. Unquestionably stone is a material which adds character and value to any home.  However it is not the cheapest option and it does require a certain level of dexterity (her boyfriend is in the construction field). Depending on your budget, you can go for a complete wall or just a vertical strip. The beauty is that there are several color and style choices. Furthermore, today’s decorative stones do not require mortar and grout, simply ceramic glue.

Style and Colour Trends for 2013

You may not agree with every colour scheme proposal you see – what’s important is that you feel comfortable in the space you’re preparing to change. If you’re not too fond of the “wolves and horses” look, that’s fine… I’m more or less with you on this; in fact, what I really like is owls! :)

Everyone follows the dictates of their personal expectations, based on what’s happening in the world, the issues that engage our societies and buying trends – both current ones and those of previous years. Interpretations vary, of course, from one group to another, but it’s all based on what’s commonly observed, so certain things do sometimes come up more than once.

Here are my observations to date regarding style and colour trends for 2013, which are to some extent shared among specialists.

Styles

A few ideas that are sure to become part of several types of décor.

Style trends

1. Art deco-inspired

Photo: muramur.ca.

2. Multiple light fixtures

Photo: Versa déco

3. Vintage

Photo: Emma’s decoration blog

An upcoming article will also cover trends in fabric for 2013. :)

Furniture with a dash of colour.

In making the rounds of various furniture expos across the ocean – specifically, in Germany, France and Italy – we see grey, taupe grey and cream; wood in its natural state; bright colours in upholstery for a little “punch”; and painted wood for an antique or a vintage finish.

Lacquered elegance

Lacquer is becoming the latest “in” thing – for the bedroom and the kitchen, as well as the living room. And the reason is very simple: Its re-invented retro look brings life back to any room in the house and gives it a contemporary appearance that’s out of the ordinary!

 

Lacquered Elegance Reflekt

Lacquered Elegance Reflekt

 

So you love the modern style and wish you could get a great bedroom suite of Italian design… the one you’ve been dreaming so much about, but which is way beyond your budget? Well,SouthShore’s Mikka collection was created especially for you!

 

Lacquered Elegance Mikka

Lacquered Elegance Mikka

 

And now, your dream furniture is in your home, but you don’t know how best to show it off. The answer is simple: Your furniture will now be the focus of your bedroom, so over-decorating is unnecessary.

As we explain in our post titled Stuck with White? Here’s a Survival Guide!, think of your walls as a canvas. Paint them grey, white, cream or any other colour that’s more or less neutral, so they can serve as a “background” that makes your furniture

stand out. And don’t worry about dullness – you can add accent colours elsewhere in the room!

Chocolate: A popular finish that’s a safe bet

Do you get a sense that the finish we call “Chocolate” or “Mocha” works with many types of décor? Have you also heard it described as versatile and timeless? Well, both those statements are true!

Our Chocolate finish - Our Mocha finish - Our Matte Brown finish

Our Chocolate finish – Our Mocha finish – Our Matte Brown finish

 

Because of its extremely subtle grain, Chocolate goes well with a variety of patterns – for both bedding and rugs. When you browse our website, you’ll see that this finish blends nicely with all styles: from Traditional to Contemporary to Transitional!

Further to Sophie’s post about 3 ways to play with Chocolate brown furniture, here are a few other ideas to inspire you!

Combine Chocolate and bright colours

Use these colours to achieve a dazzling contrast effect with “punch” that incorporates the tried-and-true: a Chocolate finish. Since the wall colours are easy to change, you can modify the décor anytime you want!

An interesting idea for a child’s room.

 

A room that combines Chocolate finish and bright colors

A room that combines Chocolate finish and bright colors

Exotic Chocolate

Chocolate evokes, for me, the colour of wood used to make those African masks and figures we buy as souvenirs. You’re most likely familiar with Ebony, which is generally black.