Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Room for Improvement: Feng Shui
Now that the weather's cooling off up north, we all know friends and family will soon be visiting. But if your living room isn't feeling very liveable, you don't have to spend a lot of money. In tonight's Room for Improvement, Martin Amado is showing us an ancient art to arrangement.
WSVN -- We've already done our spring spruce up, but now in the fall season, we still want our homes to be ready for the holiday parties, family visiting, and, of course, we want it to look its very best. So on today's Room For Improvement, we're giving a plain living room a fall fix-up.
Martin: "Hello! Room For Improvement."
Iris: "Hey, how are you doing?"
Martin: "Good how are you. No my pleasure. Let's go see this place."
Martin: "All right, Iris, you seem very stylish, in terms of your wardrobe. What's happening with your living space?"
Iris: "Oh, my goodness, I need some help. I'm good with numbers, but I just can't pull the look together."
So, the goal when you decorate any space is to create an environment that's pleasing to the eye and that gives a sense of harmony. So today, we'll be touching on some principles of feng shui to change not only the look, but the mood in the living room.
This window takes up a large portion of the room, so let's address it first.
I'm using a double rod system, so I can hang sheers in the back and solid panels in the front. It'll dress up the window and make it look more elegant.
When following a feng shui design, the room should feel uncluttered and spacious. Even with the window treatments up, it's looking a bit too bare -- too much of an extreme. So let's go ahead and add some more.
Let's cover up the hard floors with a nice, soft area rug.
Even though we don't have a formal foyer, I'm still going to create one.
You always need an element of fire in a feng shui design. We don't have a fireplace, but these candles will do just fine.
We don't have a matching end table for this corner, but you know what? It's absolutely fine. I found this round accent one, which will look great and give the living room an eclectic style. Sometimes everything matchy matchy is not a good thing.
When you have a glass-top coffee table with a second shelf, a good idea is to use these beautiful decorative boxes to hide all the clutter such as CDs or books, and that way it looks great under the table and hides the mess.
Another important element in a feng shui design is the water feature and, of course, you can't forget about that for the living space. We're done.
Before, a bare living room and lots of hard surfaces grabbed your attention, now window treatments make a statement. Decorative accessories provide the finishing touches, creating a warm, traditional style for entertaining this fall. Final budget is $1,400.
So, here we go, at the count of three. One, two, three, open your eyes.
Iris: "Oh, my goodness. Look at these drapes. Everything is like super elegant. All the accessories really, really pulled the space together. Wow."
Martin: "All right, so from Iris and Martin, this is another Room For Improvement. I'll see you guys next week on Channel 7."
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