Do certain pictures you have on your walls make you feel happy and others sad? Are some of your wall décor pieces uplifting and other down right depressing? Do some pictures even make your feel uncomfortable but you don’t know why? Is there one that you really do not like but have decided you cannot say so because you’ve lived with it for years?
The things you hang on your walls are just as important as the furniture, the window coverings, the flooring and the clothes you wear. They either give you positive energy or negative energy. They are either uplifting or can be depressing based on subject matter, color and size. And, just because a picture is loved by you and is uplifting for you personally, others in your household may react very differently to the same picture.
There are a few basic guidelines you can use to make sure your wall décor will indeed provide positive energy when proudly placed on your walls rather than negatively affect you or anyone else in your household. First consider the size. Placing a huge picture on a wall in a small room will make everyone feel uncomfortable. The room and the people in it will be overwhelmed and dominated. If the picture is particularly dark, it will also create a very depressing atmosphere. The picture should be appropriately sized for the room. Instead of one really large picture you can also use a grouping of varying sizes with other decorative items but it is important that the wall does not look cluttered. If it does, the people in the room will react negatively and not be able to concentrate clearly. A single picture or grouping of appropriate size for the room should look and feel balanced, making everyone comfortable.
Color is the next most important consideration when placing a picture in various areas of your home. For example, if the picture is mostly red, which is a high energy color; you would not want to place it in a bedroom where the objective is rest and sleep. It would be a great picture to place in an area where you would like to have lively conversation. However, if a red picture, even in the right place, is too large and loud it can create too much energy and cause the viewers to feel nervous and jumpy. Similarly, a winter snow scene with wind blowing and icicles forming placed in a room with cool blue walls could be very uninviting and keep conversation to a minimum. That same cool picture would be very refreshing if placed in a sunny south facing room to cool down an otherwise really warm room. The rule of thumb is, place pictures with color energy that matches the use of the room. For bedrooms relaxing greens, calming light blues and earth tones and pastels set the proper mood and energy for sleeping. In living and family rooms place the more energetic and brighter colors like reds, oranges, and bright multi-colors. The kitchen and dining rooms can also use brighter, livelier colors but an office should have slightly quieter colors that are more conducive to work, concentration and productivity.
The third thing to consider is the subject matter. People repelling off the side of a mountain, surfers catching waves or skiers gliding down a ski slope are all action activities. They definitely should be hung in the more action oriented rooms of the home. A peaceful northern lake, a calm ocean with the breeze wafting through the palm trees or a bouquet of roses would be calming subject matter and should be hung in rooms needing quieter energy.
When hanging any picture, be sure that the subject matter is facing into your room encouraging positive energy to enter rather than facing out a window sending all of your good energy out of your home. If you have portraits of you and your spouse hanging above the fireplace make sure the two of you are facing each other. If you face in opposite directions, your energy will gradually drift apart because you’ve created a symbolic energy wall between the two of you. Do the same with family member and siblings; make sure they face toward each other as well.
Wall décor greatly enhances the atmosphere and enjoyment of a room. It can also negatively impact a room. Care needs to be taken to ensure the energy message it sends is positive and the reaction of the viewer will be uplifting. Following these few simple steps will provide the much desired positive energy presented in wall décor while taking care to prevent any negative impact.
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Pat Heydlauff, president of Energy Design, uses Feng Shui design principles to eliminate chaos and stress at home and within oneself. More than a Feng Shui expert, Pat is a consultant and speaker who helps remove clutter and negativity while encouraging personal growth, improved relationships and prosperity. Her new book, “Feng Shui: So Easy a Child Can Do It,” shows how to achieve a better tomorrow. For information on her consulting, speaking and artwork, call: 561-408-2708.Share