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Transform Your Space, Transform Your Life: Create Your Best Home Using Feng Shui Inspired Design

teacher avatar Mina Yang, Feng shui & interior design consultant

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    • 1. Transform hello

    • 2. Transform module 1

    • 3. Transform module 2

    • 4. Transform module 3

    • 5. Transform module 4

    • 6. Transform module 5

    • 7. Transform module 6

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Do you live in a home that is messy, disorganized, dysfunctional, or just plain ugly? Do you feel embarrassed, frustrated, or fed up every time you come home?

Most people just don’t have the time or the resources to sink into a full-on interior design degree or even to hire someone for a one-off design that can be hit-or-miss.

And although there’s so much information online about design, it’s too darn overwhelming for most people to sort through it all and figure out how to apply what’s out there to their own homes.

That’s why I created Transform Your Space, Transform Your Life, an online class that walks you step by step through my feng shui-inspired design method. If you are ready to take back control of your space, you’ll want to learn this method that combines modern design theories and age-old feng shui principles to help you create a home that looks and feels great.

No more overwhelm. No more shame. No more design paralysis.

With the guidance of my class, your home will become what you've always wished for: your soft landing place, your getaway, the center of your vibrant social life, the place where your new business blooms or family grows, or whatever else you dream of for your best life.

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1. Transform hello: welcome to transform your space, Transform your life video masterclass and congratulations on taking the first step towards conquering your space. My name is Meena Yang. I am a certified Fung Shui consultant and an instructor with years of experience in online education. As they designed multiple spaces for my clients and myself, I developed my own method, which I call functionally inspired design that combines the most powerful concepts from bunch way. Stripped of the superstition with modern design theories, this method will be detailed in the modules to follow. The best way to learn this material is to practice what you're learning as you go. In order to do so, I recommend you work on a room that needs a design overhaul. Take pictures of the space so that you can later see how far you have come. Each module walks you through the steps that will turn your room into a space that is beautiful and functional. After you've gone through all the modules, you will have the confidence and know how to tackle the rest of your home. Upon completion, you will be rewarded for your hard work with a home that will serve you as a backdrop for your best life in order to survive and even thrive in the sometimes challenging work of space transformation. I recommend the following practices, and resource is the first is a mindset practice. Renovating a room can be hard work, even frustrating work at times. If you have a positive outlook with a clear goal in mind, you will overcome the setbacks that you will inevitably come across in this process each day. Spend a few minutes imagining you're finished room and how you will feel in this room. This vision will keep you going through the tough times. Also, remember to be patient with the process and yourself, designing a space requires hundreds of little and muscle little decisions. You will make mistakes. Everyone does. Just pick yourself back up and keep going. And be sure to keep receipts so that the mistakes are not so costly. Speaking of costly, ah, space transformation can get expensive. We're all coming to this with different sized budgets. Luckily for us, with expansion of the market of home improvement products, there is something for almost every price point. But even if your budget is very small, you will need to spend some money because of how easy it is for the renovation budget to spin out of control. I am providing a budgets fresh, you template in excel in Google sheet. Please enter each expenditure on this sheet and keep track of your spending. You should tell you the sum of all spending each week so that you are aware of how much you've already spent and how much you have left. This will give you important information that will help you decide where just splurge and where to cut back. I can't stress enough how important this budget keeping is in reducing the stress of renovation. I maintained several online resource is that provide additional support on my website. You will find old a new block post that zero and on different aspects of my flash way inspired design method, I will refer to some of these blog's in the following modules. So please be sure to bookmark my site for easy access. I use Pinterest extensively to show examples of concepts I teach in this course because of copyright laws, I cannot show as many examples as I'd like to in this video. Of course, Pinterest allows me to share many more examples with you. I will point you to specific boards during this course. Please bookmark my Pinterest site as well, so that the boys are easily accessible to you. Finally, I have a new Facebook group for people who are interested in fun ways by our design. I post relevant articles and inspirational pieces in this group, and I hope to have more people join over time. This is a great space to raise questions or to share frustrations or triumphs in your journey of space transformation. Please join and feel free to post in this group one last thing before you start with module one. I've designed this course of that. The videos, plus the resource is and mentioned in the previous slide should stand alone and be all you need to transform your space. But I do realize that some people will want or need more support. So for those a few who would like a real person guiding you through this process, I provide an additional package of email and live interactive support. This package consists of half our video calls after each module, unlimited email support and product in design recommendations. If you're interested in this additional package? Priest book A call with me on my website. I'm really excited for you and for your journey ahead. I wish you the very best in your space transformation. 2. Transform module 1: welcome to transform your space, Transform your life video masterclass. Let's begin by going over what this course covers. What it doesn't. The first image that pops up when I Google Function way is this one from picks Obey. It's titled Fresh Ways End Stones and is typical of how far Shwe has been received in the West. The photograph suggests to something vaguely, spiritually and mystical, and it gets the basics of Fun Shwe and sin. Wrong fresh ways, actually an outgrowth of Tao ism in China. Zen is a Buddhist sect from Japan. Wrong country, wrong religion. And although function Way did emerge out of Tao is, um, it doesn't have a lot to do with religion. Yes, there are superstitions and beliefs that have attached themselves to fund Hsueh over thousands of years. But many of its more mystical aspects actually emerged in its transition from east to West , where it became another New Age bad. This next image shows one of the most popular tools in the Western Flash Rachel box, the bugger compass, which indicates the compass direction of different aspects of your life. The thinking is that if you put the right elements in the right part of your house, you can improve your outlook for that part of your life. The bubble compass does come out of tractor traditional funks way, but I have an issue with the compass approach as well. Some traditional schools of fung shway emphasized at birth year of a home's occupants to determine how the company should be oriented. Others that you're the house was built and there are serious of complicated calculations that go into it. There's little explanation why we do sure in calculations or whether one school of belief or another is more correct. Western Fung Shway experts commonly used a fixed model where fame is in the south. Love is always in the Southwest, etcetera. Because the different schools prescribed different directional orientation. They end up cancelling each other out further. This is all based on Chinese horoscopes, which I don't believe in now. If you believe in the Buckle compass, its recommendations might actually bring you some results. As for me, I won't be teaching something I don't whole heartedly believe in. So my class won't be prescribing the use of this compass or providing spiritual guidance or peddling Good luck charms what I am interested in is the larger premises fung shway that our environment has a huge impact on our lives. We can't be as successful as healthy as socially connected. If we live in a terrible, dysfunctional space, we manifest who we are and who you want to become in the way that we set up our environment . Therefore, it's worth investing the time, money and energy to do this right. In order to realize the fullest expression of our lives, we want to make sure our spaces functional, comfortable and beautiful. This class will emphasize in particular that's that's aspect of spatial arrangement, one that's often inadequately addressed in punch way. Recognizing that we respond viscerally to beauty, I focus on the cultivation of beautiful spaces throughout this class. To that end, I will be teaching your design for your recent applications that are informed by the main principles of fun ish way. The two principles that formed the basis of this class are flow and harmony. It turns out that design security stuck taught in our schools can more often than not be explained by these functionary principles. On the slide, you can see the modules of this course in the 1st 2 modules, we will be focusing on flow in the later modules harmony. But throughout the course, both principles will be implicitly, if not explicitly addressed. Let's begin with flow. So what is flow? Flo has gotten a lot of attention lately from happiness scientists to yogis who claim that we're truly our best Selves. When we find ourselves in a state of flow, it will do fully tap into and channel our creative energies. It is worth noting that the word fung shway literally translates as wind water. The origin of this word demonstrates the importance of flow to function way. Both wind and water are natural phenomenon that flow that MoveOn dispersed energy flow is foundational not only to finish way, but also treats cousin disciplines in China, medicine and martial arts in Chinese medicine and martial arts. She or flow carries energy to the different parts of our body and keeps us healthy. Chinese doctors use acupuncture and acupressure to open up blockages in the cheek. Martial artists discipline their bodies and regulate their chief through exercise. In a bunch way, we take the same concept of flow, life force, energy, field and breath from the body out into the external environment. But there is such a thing as bad energy as well. If he is positive, energy flow shot is bad energy. You could imagine that even water and wind can be quite destructive, as in the hurricanes and tidal waves, and that an excessive flow can be dangerous. There is also the kind of bad energy that results from bad smells, like that of garbage trucks or creepy Biebs, that when they find your cemetery. So let's look at some examples of flowing the environment. The first image is of a nature path. Here you can see the gentle curves of the path conforming to natural contours, suggesting movement from one point to another. Although the trees form a shelter of assort with its overhead canopy, the scene feels open. In general, Nature provides a good model to emulate. In trying to bring flowing toward built environment. This slide shows the lobby of a novel itto Century Hotel in Hong Kong. At first glance, this modern, sleek space might not have much in common with the nature scene from the previous slide, but in fact, there some telling overlaps between the two scenes. There's a sense of space here, with curving lines and directional cues that lead visitors from the entrance to the check in counter, the pillar and overhang even resemble a tree. The flow is well articulated, and in emulating natural objects and using organic shapes materials, the lobby feels warm and human, even at this large scale. In contrast, the next two slides show scenes of shock. Bad energy. This is a representation of a T junction. You might have noticed that homes and businesses at the top of a T junction are often empty and release. There seems to be unease in occupying a space that is the target of too much strong energy . The intense energy from the bottom of the tea shoots up towards the top of the junction on the building. There ends up being vulnerable to exposed to external forces. This next image shows the opposite the stagnation of energy. In this orders living room, that energy is stuck. Nothing moves. The positions end up owning the owner. One can assume that the occupants of this house are not realizing their potential in life, that their lives are also stuck and in limbo. So now we arrive at our first action step. De cluttering decluttering wasn't a part of traditional funds way because they didn't own so much stuff in Asia in China. But clutter has become a serious epidemic in the 21st century, and most financial experts now start their consultations with the decluttering program. There are many books and articles on this topic. I've pulled together my favorite tips and added a few of my own to improve flow first, map out the room according to function, map out not only what you're doing the space now, but where you hope to do in the future. When I taught this class to students, I learned that many people have the desire to engage in creative activity but don't have a dedicated space for it. The plan to start that activity once they had carved out that space Bush weighs fire design is about making those intentions and dreams manifest in our environment. So, by all means, map out even the functions that only exist in the future. Place thinks in the right place. According to the map. We might be moving things around in the next module on floor plants But even at this stage , I want you to see how you can place items in a location that makes sense according to function, and to not have other things there that can get in the way. I edit, edit, edit I mean, eliminate, eliminate, eliminate. In general, we own too much stuff. So this is not about buying organizer's and storage containers to put all the stuff out of sight, but rather to let in the load by a lot. We're wired to be able to cherish only a few things at a time that everything beyond the few becomes spurred in some a few more decluttering tips to help you in this rather labor and energy intensive task. Start with the easiest thing to declutter, since success, even small ones can help build confidence. Once you have momentum, it will. I'll go by much more quickly. Approach the project as a finite one. Set yourself up with the task of feeling only four boxes, one for trash, one for donation, one for relocation to another part of the house on one for items to keep and finished for the time being. When the four boxes are filled, put a moratorium on further acquisitions. We are always confronted with a temptation to buy more stuff. Consider not buying anything that is not necessary for a limited time two months, one year and discover how freeing it. ISS to get off the treadmill off, wanting something, getting it being satisfied momentarily, only to want something else again. You'll rediscover the value of the things you already own and preempt future clutter. Consider the possibility that when you have too many things, your inner peace is threatened. Ask yourself as you sort your things if they are necessary, loved and worth the loss of inner peace. Much of the work actually comes out of a mice that shift. We have to want the open space and the increasing CI. To do this sometimes tedious work of decluttering, I suggest you spend a few minutes each day. Imagine in your room with all the clutter gone and observe how you feel when presented with such an image. Finally, we should acknowledge the emotional and mental causes of accumulating clutter as well as this emotional and mental costs. Which brings us to this quote from Marie Condos book. When we really delve into the reasons for why we can't let something go. There are only two. An attachment to the past or fear for the future. As a result, we increase the number of unnecessary possessions, burying ourselves both physically and mentally and superfluous things. Force way inspired design is about opening up our lives to new possibilities and new energies. In order to do that, we have to let go for attachment to the past and our fears for the future. Decluttering isn't merely about throwing things away, and organizing it can be a therapeutic process of acknowledging who we are today and what we dream of for future. Let's practice looking at a floor plan together and mapping out areas for specific functions. This great room is a combination living room and dining room. In addition to the two seating areas, there is a TV on this end of the liberal and three storage cabinets 12 and three. The flow in the space seems good. There is ample space to move on the seating areas arranged in such a way to encourage conversation. Are the storage cabinets necessary? If someone uses armchair regularly, this armchair regularly to read this would make a good book case. If the family likes to play games together at the dining table, this cabinet makes a lot of sense as a place to hold board games. The point is that we should adopt our special arrangements to our needs and desires. Ah, family wanting to spend quality time would erase this room as it is here. Ah, couple who wants to use their home as a get away from their busy careers, on the other hand, might not have the Cabinet and instead put a beautiful piece of art there. So what are the takeaways for this first module? Much way means different things to different people will be looking at how the Fung Shui principles of flow in harmony can help explain design concepts and theories. We started thinking about flow and how flow feels in a given space To create the optimal conditions for flow. We prepared ourselves to take the first step in our special transformation decluttering for best results. By the time you start the next module, please have your room completely de cluttered. I look forward to see you in module to thank you 3. Transform module 2: Welcome back to transform your space, Transform your life. By this time, you should have finished. Decluttering your groom and be ready for module to floor plants. There are several reasons floor plans are crucial to the design process. One from a bird's eye view, we can see exactly where the flow is or is not moving in the room to. We can map of the different functions of the room, assess things up to make mundane activities effortless. Three. We can create a hearing designs when we look at the four plan as a composition. Throwing lots of great pieces in a room won't necessarily result in a beautiful space. The principles we will consider today will take us closer to having a composed room that makes sense, and it looks good. Four. We gave valuable information from a floor plan about which pieces are not working, and we can try different specs, size, shape and function for pieces that we need to buy. The floor plan is all about being deliberate about our space design. We will be considering both Fung shway principles and design theories and creating our new and improved for plan. Let's begin with the finish way considerations. Does the floor plan show good flow throughout the space? Let's make sure that there aren't big empty spaces or clumps of things squished together. You want things spread out more or less evenly, with enough space for passageways and other channels of movement. You should also make sure to identify and get rid of blockages in the flow. Do the furniture and it's arrangement. Cultivate feelings of security. The furniture should feel solid and stable. High enough backs on chairs, sofas and headboard Ensure that your fact feels protected. The main seat of the room I E. The sofa, desk, chair or bed should be in a part position in direct sight line of the entryway so that you are always aware of who is coming towards you. Circular shapes generally feel less threatening and protects the shins of clumsy people like myself. How does the arrangement of the rooms support the different functions of the room? For example, seating area should allow for easy conversation. We would want about 8 to 10 feet between people see seated in chairs in conversation areas . Principles of composition should also play a role in creating the floor plan objects should be placed in a way that considers balance and proportional relationships between pieces. There should be a sense of a design, a logic at play. Rhythm and composition is about repetition and is one way to tie different elements together. Ultimately, we want the room to feel cohesive, as though it is organized by an overarching idea. So let's talk about each of these compositional principles. In turn, there are a few dominant types of design that are found in most compositions. One is symmetrical design. One of the most famous symmetrical buildings was the Taj Mahal, in which 1/2 of the building is mirrored in the other half. You might also note that many imposing monumental buildings are similarly symmetrical. That makes sense, since there's a sense of grandeur, Formality and order is symmetrical designs. That's also the case in interior design. A symmetrical placement of furniture tends to impart a more formal ambience to the space. Asymmetrical design, on the other hand, makes a room feel less formal. Sometimes we can play up the tension between the two to make the space feel more dynamic. So even on this slide, for example, I played the asymmetry of the frame against the symmetry of the building. Another commonly used design principle is the rule of thirds. Our eyes feel a sense of balance when our field of vision is divided into three zones and objects lie mostly on the lines that demarcate the division. So on the slide of the title image, on which I over laid a grid with six columns and three rows, you can see that the vase of flowers is on the second vertical line left to right, which is 1/3 of the way across, and the florist themselves air centered around the first line from the top, which is 1/3 of the way down. The photographer was sensitive to the rule of thirds, and my eyes responded happily to the simple balance of the image. This next slide shows different kinds of visual rhythm, which can tire composition together through the repetition of motifs. Just to explain what rhythm is, it might be helpful to think about another visual art form. In fashion, designers use common motifs that tie all the pieces together into one signature look, especially when they're showing a collection for this season. If you've ever watched Project Runway, you'll know that the finalists interweave a certain color material, silhouette or some other visual element to create a cohesive collection that is distinct on the slide. We see four types of visual rhythm. Literal repetition in the Black Quadrant, similarity of elements in the photograph progression in the dark green quadrant, an alternation in the light green quadrant. This kind of rhythm is often missing in space design, but it's what can make the difference between a so so design and a great design. Let's look at how visual rhythm works in this photo and space in the foreground closest to us, we have the repetition of the mirrors on the glass orbs of the chandelier. There's also the repetition of the mirrors refracted through the glass orbs behind us. There are arches in the windows, within the windows, in the room entryway and in the blurred black chairs. The lights also repeat, and as the lights and everything else are reflected in the mirrors, there is even more repetition. Now let's look at this great room with a seating area and dining area. We want to pull everything together here. What do you see? He that helps create a unified space, even with two different functions. In a relatively small room, I see the repetition off the rectangular shape in the couch cushions, the tables, the armchair and dining chairs. The windows and art piece even create a sense of progression, from the small art on the wall to the medium sized window and then the large for deceiving sliding glass door. The colors also tie the space together. The yellow pops off the gray, and there were undertones of yellow in the camel leather armchair and wouldn't dining chairs. There's a balance between the two areas, which a similar in size and style of furniture, the greener in both sides and the outside further tighter spaces. Together, the focal point in the room is a table that looks to be dressed for a great party. Not only is a table lavishly decorated by greenery, the design is symmetrical, and there is a sense of height in the decoration. The chandelier in additional foliage points it an award to the table dressing, emphasizing its importance. The focal point of a room can be a fireplace, a window with a great view or prominent artwork, usually is a TV which is not ideal, but luckily, TV's have become much more attractive in recent years. I know that some of the compositional elements we pulled out of this image or at the surface level, in colors and on accessories, which we will return to in future modules, even in floor plans. Many of these principles are relevant and should receive consideration. We will not turn our attention to templates of different types of rooms. These templates are not meant to be copied exactly is represented here. Rather know my explanations about how they work from function, weighing compositional points of view and adopt these principles to your space. The first floor plan is for a small living room. Let's talk about this plan from a functionary perspective. First, how is the flow here? There is a clear pathway from the main entry, which is the door at the bottom of the slide to the rest of the house. On the other side, off the double door at the upper left corner. The spacing between the pieces look about right with the occupants of the space feel secure . Yes, the couches in the power position. How about function the seating area is set up well for socializing on the council by the French door provides storage and easiest entry into and exit out of the house. Now, if we talk about this floor plan from a compositional point of view, we might note that it is a symmetrical design off center. From the main axis of the room, the rug frames a seating area, which makes it a focal point. There is repetition and variation of the rectangular shape in the furniture and the rug offset by the oval coffee table. How might this room look if the couch was pushed against the wall in the armchairs against the other wall? Such an arrangement of furniture would be an ineffective use of space with too much jammed into one corner, and too much space elsewhere would not be as good for conversations since the person sitting on the remote armchair would feel too distant to participate. Many people feel that furniture should go against the wall, perhaps because if our primary need for security walls like high backs of chairs helped to make us feel protected. But furniture that floats away from the wall will often allow better flow into the room on a rug that ties it together conditionally ground the area to provide a sense of security. Now let's look at a larger room with dining and living areas. There is a clearly March division between the dining area and seating area, with the back of the sectional providing a soft barrier between the two as well as a good vantage point for the TV. There is a sense of balance between the two areas. The circular Latif repeats throughout the space note that circular dining tables are ideal for socializing. Everyone feels equal in status, and everyone is sitting equidistant from one another promoting good conversation. This floor plan is for a bedroom. The bed is in the power position. If possible, you should get a solid headboard for the bed to provide an additional sense of security. And please don't put the bed against a window for the same reason. In the bedroom symmetries considered ideal for attracting or maintaining a romantic relationship, everything is set up for two on the mirroring between the two sides and shares equality in the relationship. An armchair for reading in the other corner place against the symmetry of the bed on a wardrobe is next to the closet to make dressing easier. Finally, we have a simple home office plan. The desk is in the power position rather than being jammed into a corner. There is a lot of space for cheap to flow all around. One reason people tend to push desks against the wall is to be close to electrical outlets . But I find it challenging to plug things in and out behind heavy furniture and prefer the flexibility of having the desk away from the wall on him by attractive court covers that can come a fledge cords out of sight. This photo shows how the office turned out. The wall in front of the desk becomes a focal point with wallpaper That sparkle are pretty space will help you work more productively in the space. So now I want you to work on your plans. There are different ways of drying up your plans from analog to digital. The old fashioned analog way is to sketch out your plan on a graph paper, which you can download by Googling graph paper. You'll want to zoom in to get the desired scale since you want to measure everything out in inches and feet or centimeter a meters, depending on where you live. On the grids will help you to keep everything on the same scale. Use one she to draw the dimensions of the room with drawers and windows in the right place . Then years a second sheet. Measure out your furniture and cut them out. Following the same scale. You can move these pieces around until you get your final floor plan. The second method is an intimate intermediary between the analog and fully digital version . On your Google drives, there is an app called Google Drawings. It comes with the grid, which can use to measure out your room in pieces, and you can add shapes to the grid. The shapes, which are movable, will be your furniture. The images on the slide was done on Google drawings. The best option is to use a floor plan. The one I used to generate all the floor plans for this class is live home three D. It costs about $30 takes a little time to learn. But this is, of course, the best option in terms of flexibility and applicability. It's very easy to move things around in this version, and once you've entered the measurements for all the pieces, you can see the space in three D. This option costs money in time, but in the long run you will save money in time by making better ponds and knowing exactly what you should buy. Once you've chosen your method for sketch your floor plan and are working on drawing up a viable plan, consider this chart. Think about the funds rate, principles of function, flow and security, then composition, proportion, placement and rhythm. And ask yourself if your plan will result in a balanced and unified space. Iterating until you get to your final version. The takeaways from this module. Our floor plans are essential in designing a space that feels and looks unified and optimizes the space in terms of function and security. In terms of Fun Shwe, floor plans should exhibit good flow in functionality and promote a sense of security. I'm a compositional standpoint. Wish you think about placement proportion and rhythm in the floor. Plan reconsidered templates for different kinds of rooms that can be adapted for other spaces as you move through various spaces in your daily life practice identifying different compositional and fun Shwe principles at work. The more easily you were able to identify these principles, the more readily you will be able to implement them into your own space design. Please be sure to have completed your opt more floor plan by the time you start the next module on color. See you then. 4. Transform module 3: Welcome back to transform your space, transform your life. By this point, you should have your four plant more or less done. He may change a bit as you buy new pieces, but you should have a good sense of the general layout off your room. Today we are moving on to color. Color is important, complex and highly personal, even if you get everything else in the room, right. If you botch the color, the room will not feel right. The color will create the mood and ambiance of the room, and the right color combination for you will vibrate at just the right frequency that gets your soul singing. I'm getting poetic here because simply put, color is poetry in a Ted talk designer and writer in grade fatal. The attributes. Joy to color. Throughout her talk, she makes connections between our external environment and our mood and color place, a starring role since her premise aligns so well. With what we cover in this course, I highly recommend that you listen to this Ted talk. Go to ted dot com and search for her name to find the video. Your design palette will be made up of different colors and how they work together should create a sense of balance and harmony. So this is a good opportunity to look closer at the other main functionary, Principal Harmony, the Chinese Hagee symbol represents the complementary and mutually inclusive nature of opposing poles, gin and young in harmony. I listed a few of the characteristics associated with yin and yang. You can see from the symbol that one cannot exist without the other, and in each there is a bit of the other. There is no cold without hot, no tranquility without agitation. These qualities are also important in French way. Should a room be more yen or young? A roof for sleeping, which is a living state closest to death, is clearly more young than an office, which is a room for growing your business and therefore more young. Which colors are more yen or young. We'll see that certain colors are perceived to be hotter or colder, more active or more passive. Finally, and most importantly, how do we combine different elements in a room to create a whole that feels balanced and harmonious? In addition to thinking about how to achieve harmony in our color design we will be learning about in applying guidelines from color theory in this module. The color wheel shown on this slide shows a spectrum of Hughes with their tents, whites added and shades black at it. We'll be coming back to the color wheel several times today, since it's a convenient way to illustrate the relationships between different colors. Let's start with a simple polarity in color, looking at the relative warmth and coolness of colors. If we put this in functional terms, we would think of the red end of the spectrum as young and the blue end as he in in a space that is more young, such as a gym, we would want warmer colors. And in a room that is more yen, such as a bedroom, we would want cooler colors such as blues and greens. Keep in mind, though, that Hughes Air one thing and colors mixed into Hughes can change the perceived temperature of the original huge. So a red with gray mixed in will not feel nearly as warm as a pure red, and agreeing with mustard undertones will feel warmer than a pure green. Also, colors in juxtaposition with other colors create other overriding effects. So let's now see the most common color relationships that are used in interior design. The easiest color scheme is a monochromatic one, all of the colors in this room or different shades and tints of blue. It's hard to make a mistake with a monochromatic palette, since the colors naturally go together. But it can also feel two yen or young without any contrast in color for good balance. So let's begin taking more risks with our color combos to help us relate colors. Together, we have a different version of the color wheel here, a color star that shows the connections between colors occupying different segments of the wheel. Our next example makes use of colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, from green to yellow. This is the same room now, using an analogous color relationship with colors that I neighbors on the color wheel. This is also a relatively safe color scheme to use. Since all the colors in this room share the base of yellow, there is little risk of color clashes. It certainly makes the room more visually interesting when we expand at word from a monochromatic palette. Now let's venture a little further away on the color wheel. Do you see these lines connecting opposite colors on the color wheel, such as those between blue and orange, Red and green colors opposite to one another are called complementary colors. This room is mostly blue, like the 1st 1 we saw, but the addition of his complimentary color orange on the armchairs gives the room a very different energy. It's much more dynamic, more young than the previously all blue room. Complimentary color schemes are more energizing in general, however, since they share no based color in common, you have to be careful about how to distribute the colors. We'll come back to that in a minute. Another way to combine different colors is to use colors that are related. Triad tickly. The color star shows triangular relationships between the colors. First between the primary colors of red, yellow and blue and then between the secondary colors orange, green and purple and tertiary colors. Magenta, amber, teal, etcetera. This slide shows a room using the triad of magenta and amber with a touch of teal. In the Christian, it's more common to see two of the triad it colors rather than all three in a room design. Again, these three color share no common based colors, so it can be tricky to use all three and not have them clash. It's all about balancing how much of each color used, as well as using a lots of white and other neutral colors to offset the intensity of these color combinations. Let's look at a real life example. This Domino magazine spread features a new resort in Jamaica that uses bright teals and few cious for its palette. You can find the color swatch is on the upper right corner of the slide first, what would you say is the color relationship? In these rooms? It is primarily try attic, with most of the colors as shade or tent of reds and blues. Second, how did the designers make thes rooms feel fresh and light as opposed to loud and clashing ? Even when using a tree addict palette, they used a lot of white, and the colors were sprinkled around is pops of brightness rather than as in all over color . You saw in the last example that the mountain distribution of color can make a big difference in the overall effect. That brings us to a rule that many designers follow in coming up with the color scheme for a space, the 60 30 10 rule. The idea is that one color usually but not necessarily a neutral color, such as white, gray and page covers 60% of the visible surface. Another color provides contrast, with 30% of the surface on 1/3 color appears as just little pops of color, with 10% of the remaining surface. You can see this relationship in this space. Navy blue takes up 60% white, 30% an orange. 10% of the visible surface blue and orange are complementary colors, and if they appeared in equal quantities here and without the white as a counterbalance, this room would not feel so calm and harmonious. Generally, the wall and ceiling color makes up the 60% so it's very important to choose the right colors for them. The rest are distributed between the furniture and accessories. In a bit, we will talk more about how to choose the right color for the different pieces. There's something very funny way about the 60 30 10 rule, the idea is that the space should be mostly one color, but it needs the other colors in the 30% and 10% to make you feel balanced. Every year needs a young and every young. He's a yen. To complete the picture, Let's get the room from the last federal. From a color point of view, this room doesn't strictly follow the 60 30 10 rule, but it works because it still keeps a good balance between the different colors. Here. The whites and grace together comprise 60% of the visible surface. The yellow in the cushions and as an undertone to the leather armchair and wooden dining chairs constitute the 30% of the contrast, and at least on this occasion, the green provides an additional pop of color. Because of the music quality of the whites and grace, there's more flexibility in how the brighter yellows and greens are deployed in the space. The 60 30 10 rule is less an ironclad law and Maura flexible guideline to consider in striking the right harmonious balance between different colors in a space. So now it's time for you to come up with the color palette for your room. It can feel a bit overwhelming to zoom in on one single pallet when there are so many options available. Here are some sources that might help you in narrowing down your palate, since it's helpful to see lots of examples of color schemes and other rooms. I pinned a bunch of examples on my Pinterest board color schemes and included short explanations about which color schemes they used. As you look at them, ask yourself why you like what you like. Even if you have already selected your palate, Study these examples to see how colors distributed throughout a space. You can use something you already have in love in your room, such as a rug and artwork or fabric. As an inspiration piece. Pull the main colors out of the peace and play around with different ways of combining them . Your inspiration can be all around you. If you love hiking in the mountains, for example, you can take a picture of the sky and trees and use The photograph is a starting point. You can take your photograph into a paint store and have the mimic The color was he decided on a color palette. You have to figure out where these colors will go. You want to be thinking about the guidelines recovered today, but also keep your budget constraints in mind, Considering how to best allocate available resource is, since most of you will not be buying an entirely new suite of furniture, you can see on the slide the different layers of our design. The outer envelope walls, ceiling and floor, then furniture and finally accessories. Painting the walls is one of the most cost effective and impactful ways to change the color scheme, but it's also one of the most labor intensive. You most likely already own a lot of furniture. So what can we do with the furniture? Some of the pieces you might already be thinking about replacing, so definitely keep in mind possibilities there for a color overhaul for what you already have, you can re a poster slipcover replaced with a new debate. Cover paint or stain. There's also a lot you can do with accessories to add color. If you show it's easy to put some new Christians in the room, you can buy plants and pots. Are rug is a key accessory that will help pull the whole color scheme together for this module. I want you to come up with a possible color scheme and paint the walls. Then you're halfway there, and the next module will be talking about the furniture layer in greater depth and then in the following module will be tackling accessories. So we're just doing the walls for now. But we should be proceeding from this point onward with a clear color palette in mind. A few pointers about painting the wall says the walls will be the most dominant color in the room. Choose the color carefully. Sherman Williams has an app that lets you see how your room looks with different colors. You take a photo of your room uploaded onto their app and then try out there different colors. Even with this app, you can't be completely sure how the color will look in your space, since lighting plays a huge role in how we perceive color. So it's best to buy a sample of the color and try it out in your space before you purchase the big five gallon jug of paint. Also always paint flat, glassy paint reflects too much light and makes a room look hospital like no matter the color paid flak for walls and eggshell fur trims If you feel more ambitious and want to try a special treatment for your walls. Beyonce painting Look up my blawg, where I go over wallpapers, stencils and murals on my website. The takeaways from Module three are color is one of the most important aspect of spatial design on the rate color palette can make a big impact on our mood and using color in space . We should keep in mind to the Fung Shui principle of harmony, being sure to balance the yin and yang characteristics of colors in ways that are appropriate for the room. We looked at different color combinations and considered how to distribute color in a space using the 60 30 10 World. Finally, we prepared ourselves to color the first main layer of the room, the walls in preparation for the next module. See you in the next module. Have fun painting 5. Transform module 4: Welcome back to transform your space, transform your life and this fourth module, we will be talking about design styles. Knowing your style helps in three key ways. One with the abundance of photographs online, you are easily able to find examples of rooms you like. If you are able to identify the style with the correct search words, these examples will help you do better. Imagine you're finished room to When purchasing furniture and accessories online, you are able to narrow down your options considerably if you can describe the item by style . For example, searching for a mid century dining chair rather than chair will yield results that are much more manageable to sort. You can even narrow down which sites your visit. If you're a fan of more modern styles, you might check out the design within reach website, but probably not the Ethan Allen site. Three. Finally, you will be able to see how different pieces fit together easily in common styles. For example, a modern coffee table will generally go well with the modern sofa. A Scandinavian dining table will go with most Scandinavian chairs. Styles also come with color palettes that work better than others. If you fit neatly within one style, much of the design work is done for you. In today's class will begin to identify what makes each style distinct and how the pieces in the styles work. Together. We will also explore how each style feels so that you choose a style that not only looks good to you, but just as importantly, but your life seamlessly. We will also be addressing the second layer of your design the furniture layer. In the second part of the module, I will provide practical tips on how to choose an acquire furniture for your room. Let's begin by looking at the evolution of styles over time. Style tends to move like a pendulum back and forth between different polls, from ornate too simple, colorful, took monochromatic and then back again to more ornate and colorful. In the West, the general trend has been towards simpler lines and more diverse materials. As you can see in these two chairs, the one on the left, a Chippendale chair from the 18th century and the one on the right amiss fan drew a chair from the 20th century. There was a definitive break from what came before with the advent of modernism. With new manufacturing technologies in place, designers moved away from handicraft and embraced machine aesthetics. No more fussy woodcarvings or brocaded fabric materials like metal and plastic took center . Stage form followed function and standardized designs spread globally. This last point is an important one to stress. Modernism was also internationalism in design. Iconic, modernistic designs like the niece chair on the slide were mass produced and marketed around the world. So now when we're talking about design styles were moving beyond the West, as influential as modernism. WAAS design doesn't stand still. The pendulum swung the other way again. And so now we see the popularity of styles that grew out of modernism but brings more color flare or local flavors back into design. These are just a few examples of sub styles responded by modernism. In the center of the slide, you see the red and whites tulip chair designed by Sharon in another iconic modernist designer. This chair is also without any ornament, and the elegant form is dictated by the function of the chair, not by other extraneous considerations. It is made of cast aluminum, fibreglass and plastic, and the colors. White was a punch of Fred. A primary color is typical of modern design. The industrial style took. The form follows function ethos even further. In converted factories in lofts, designers left exposed pipes and vents, brick walls and wooden post holding up the building at the same time with the introduction of raw materials like brick, untreated wood and concrete. The industrial style brought back some color and texture into interior spaces. Midcentury modern design keeps things simple, like modern design, but brings more of nature and handicraft back into the interior. Instead of metal or plastic, the frames are made of warm wood carved to taper just so in the right places. Color schemes are also derived from nature, warming up the space with pops off oranges and greens against a more neutral background. Justice, modern design, influence design Around the world, aesthetics from outside the West made their way into different design styles. In global styles, you might find Mexican masks next to Persian rugs and Indian bedding. The ad colors, patterns, textures and natural materials to the oftentimes stark and cold feel of modern design. One of the most influential aesthetics from outside of the West comes from Japan, with its limited palate and clean lines. The so called Zen style is even more minimalist and stark than modern design. But there is always the presence of nature with a prominent place for wood and paper. Strategic use of light and space helps to create rooms that have an aura off spirituality. These are just a few examples out of the many sub styles that emerged out of modernism. You will see later. Examples have the pendulum swung back to some extent toward greater diversity at all levels of the design. So let's now look at what makes up a style. What are the different elements we might refer to? You've already heard me mention a few as they described the styles in the previous slides. Here is a more comprehensive list. Materials used in the furniture and in the room are often keys to establishing a style. They should also provide you with a clue about your style. Do you like to be surrounded by cooler metal and leather or warmer wood and fabric? Color is another major Give away. What is your color palette? Mostly black and white, which would point toward modern or lots of vibrant colors, which would suggest bohemian or eclectic Lies is shapes of furniture also are commonly associated with different styles. You'll find more angular shapes with modern design, more curvy lines with Miss Century modern. For some styles, it's all about patterns, textures and surface finishes decorative ornaments from around the world or start after for their unique patterns and intense colors. Finally, we tend to lean either on the minimalist or maximalist end of the scale, and so do different design styles. If you're a maximalist, you will not be happy living in a modern or Zen room. And if you're a minimalist, you will not be happy in a bohemian room. Looking at the photograph on the slide, we see natural materials, wood and paper court for the seat and sheepskin for throw. The color palette is limited to white and later neutrals. The shapes are curvy on the texture, smooth, with the notable exception of the sheepskin throat. The scene is minimalist, with little ornamentation. These qualities would lead me to see this room style a Scandinavian, and indeed, this is an iconic wishbone chair designed in Denmark by Hans Wagner in 1949. Another way to think about style is to consider how yen or young they are. I put the 12 styles you will be choosing from on the scale on the yen end of the scale. We have the styles. They're the coolest and most minimalist. And on the young end of the scale, we have the styles there, the warmest and the most maximalist. The styles in the same column don't necessarily resemble one another, but they do show the qualities enlisted in the bottom row. Scandinavian sent and coastal, for example, don't resemble each other much at first glance. But they all draw from nature to warm up the space. Scandinavian with late would Zen, who was would paper and stone and coastal with elements from the sea. Their color palettes are limited, but these styles feel softer than the ones listed in the most yin column, so the scale might also help you to determine which style you're drawn to. You can ask yourself if you want a room that is more yin or young to narrow it down even further, you will now take a style quiz that is included in this course as a pdf. There are lots of style quizzes online provided by design sites and furniture retailers. They are pretty much all visual and that they usually show you pairs of pictures and ask you to pick the one you like better until you finally arrive at your style. That is one way to do it. But, as I've said once or twice already, space design isn't only about finding visual solutions. The design also has to feel right and support your lifestyle. With that in mind together a quiz that asks you about your life preferences. Please print out and take the quiz. After you've ask you the questions, look at the styles listed with each answer. Put a mark on the style in the table below each each time it appears with your answers. Once you've gone through every answer count which style or styles got the most marks? That should be your style. Please pause the video now and return to it when you have determined your style. Once you've completed the quiz, go to my Pinterest board on design styles and see what your style looks like. Go through the checklist of style elements that we went over a little while ago, Feel free to browse other styles as well to see the different things that you like. It's very possible that you will be drawn to more than one style and that your own personal style is a more eclectic one. Again. Please pause the video and return to it when you browse the Pinterest board sufficiently to continue. Now that you know your style, you are ready to move on to the next layer off your room. Design furniture With so many options available, how do we choose furniture? Wisely? As always, we want to think about both of Fung shway and design aspect of furniture. First function and comfort. And don't put a chair in your room just because it looks cool. If it is too uncomfortable to sit on for any length of time, think of furniture as another tool to make your life easier. Fine furniture that support your daily life and goals. We should know from our floor plan approximately what the scale proportion off our furniture pieces should be. You can find dimensions of pieces online tryout furniture with their correct Imation in your floor plan to ensure a good fit before you place the order and hand over your credit card number, we should also know what colors would work with the color scheme we have selective for our room and following what we just learned about our preferred style. We can now input this aspect of the design into our search. Now that we know what we're looking for in our furniture, let's go over the how off getting the furniture. Since things have changed so much in this area over the last decades, I want to spend a bit of time on each of three R's. So the old fashioned way of buying furniture was to go to the department store like Sears or Macy's and buy a whole set. There were some nicer boutiques as well, but that required more legwork. Now many brick and mortar stores service showrooms for their online business. Lower price stores like Target I, Kia and Wal Mart have also changed the way we shop for furniture with some furniture, especially once that we spend a lot of time in like beds, sofas and armchairs. It's worth the effort to try them out in person. Otherwise, I have found that online retailers deliver their products faster, and they usually waves the delivery fee. Since their business model is to sell greater quantities for smaller margins. The prices on sometimes the exact same items with just different tags are considerably lower. Some of my favorite online retailers for delivering great value are Wayfair, which also goes by the name of all modern house spelled H. O. U. Is Easy Overstock and Target online. Ah, more high end option is made in home a new business that helps you order custom furniture from manufacturers in North Carolina for less than what you would pay in a retail store. When you purchase from the more established brands that produce beautiful vignettes in their marketing material and pay for prime Marylise T for their showrooms like CB two or West Elm, you are paying for all those extra bells and whistles. After you take this course, you shouldn't need someone else to stage your whole room for you, so save the money for something really special. Resale markets offer huge opportunities for savings. Well made furniture, especially those without springs, were fabric. Hold up well over time. Sometimes things you find for a couple of $100 at the secondhand store end up maintaining their looks longer. There's something you find at the brand name store, since they were made with better quality materials and with higher standards. There are so many options today for resell furniture from eBay, Craigslist and next door distorts that specialize in the resale of certain styles of furniture, like antique, a mid century modern. I especially like hotel surplus stores, thes air giant warehouses that sell either new surplus or used furniture from hotels. You can buy an entire houses worth of furniture and not break the piggy back. High end hotels like the Four Seasons send their cast offs to these kinds of warehouses, so you can find some great pieces I like thes so much that I wrote a blogged about shopping . At one. You can find it on my website. Finally, the last are is recycling. You can do a lot with old furniture to make them attractive. I once took my parents very traditional dresser with shiny breast handles and totally changed the look by painting it a mat dark slate color almost black and switching out the handles for simpler, oiled bronze ones. There are so many hacks in D. I Y. Ideas online. Now, if you like the shape of a piece, there are a 1,000,000 things you can do to the surface to make it work for your space. Ah, footnote. By purchasing, resale or recycling a piece, you are keeping things out of landfills as well as keeping your wallet fat. So now we are getting into the last stretch of our design process. This would be a good time to assess your progress. You should have finished de cluttering. Have furniture more or less arranged as you've sketched out in your floor plan and have the walls painted. Now we need to fill the holes in the plan and get or rework furniture to make the floor plan complete, evaluate what's still missing and what needs work for best results. Be completely honest with yourself at the stage to ensure that you successfully complete your room, I've made up a checklist that can help you stay on track. It is included in the course packet as transform your space checklist, print as many as you need and cross things off the list as you complete each item. The takeaways from this module are. It is important to know your design style in order to more efficiently design your space and identify the pieces you need. Diz iced out and made up of distinct sets of elements such as material and color design styles can also be categorized according to how yin or young they are. Once you identified your design style, we considered how to choose the right furniture for your space and how we might acquire the furniture that you need. We concluded by assessing your progress in addressing what still needs to be done. Thank you for watching See you in module five. 6. Transform module 5: Welcome back To transform your space, transform your life and this module, we will be looking at the final layer off your space design accessories. Accessories can address gaps in the poor plan and color scheme and help to personalize your space. They can also provide an easy and cost effective means of changing the look and feel of a room as you evolve. Accessories are not just decorative frills, but rather are key elements in a design that can help us achieve better flow and harmony in a space. Accessories can, for example, help guide the flow. A bowling alley style hallway has energy that moves too quickly in one direction. By hanging art on the walls, we can slow down the movement through the hallway. Plants can also be put in strategic places to slow the flow and to buffer the bad energy shooting out from sharp angles. Accessories can also be used to strike a more harmonious balance. Begin ad pops of color, texture and warmth. We need it. If you remember the Scandinavian chair from the last module, the sheepskin throw at a texture and warmth to an otherwise somewhat stark scene. Similarly, fluffy towels can soften a bathroom covered in stone tiles. And, of course, accessories can play a functional roles as well. A plush Christian can be a nice place to rest Once back, as well as being visually interesting, a lamp can provide light in a dark corner as well. This add some bling to the space. When we think about accessories we might want to keep. Bunch weighs five natural elements in mind. We won't be looking at traditional Finnish ways productive and destructive cycles, as you see illustrated in this diagram. Instead, we should be sensitive to the innate characteristics of each of these elements and choose materials that are appropriate for the space. We will consider each of these five elements as possible material for accessories as well as a few others. We will then talk about how to add them to our space. The first element is fire finish way. Experts often tout the importance of fire, but they limit their discussion of fire two candles and the use of the color red. They're rarely discussed. Light natural or artificial, which is by far the most important accessory in a space. Light is strongly young, literally radiating heat in life. It's not only functionally essential but can also be stunningly beautiful, reflected and refracted on glass and metal. We'll spend the most time on lighting today because of its huge potential to transform a space. Let's first look at natural light. We've already seen how light can chase the appearance of paint in the room. Natural light can also affect how well we can accomplish given tasks in a room. A patron might want us much natural light as possible. In her studio. A photographer would want to know natural light in a dark room within our house. We would probably want lots of natural light in a kitchen. Buy less in a bedroom. Natural lights can help nurture plants. It is therefore, important to assess a specifically as possible, how much light a room gets off course. We can control to some extent how much light we let into the room with the addition of curtains and blinds. Shades and blinds tend to be used with more modernistic designs that require cleaner lines , whereas curtains add softness and possibly color and pattern to a space. A few notes on window treatments. They can cover a wide range in price and available options. Shades and blinds often have to be custom order different the window, which can make them a price. Your choice. They now come with remotes to make them easier to open and close for greater control of natural light. Both shays in currents should be lined with a blackout layer for complete darkness when needed, and they should all be hung outside the dimensions of the glass so that light doesn't leak in from the uncovered edges with curtains, hang them from ceiling to floor when possible. This method of hanging gives a space the illusion of greater height and makes the windows look larger. The right curtains can frame the outdoor scenery beautifully to customize color and pattern exactly to the rest of your room design. You can have curtains shown up by a seam stress or, if you so make them yourself. You stand in needles on your sewing machines, since you want to make sure to pick a fabric with enough heft to hang properly. In general, fabric for clothes will not work as well as fabric you purchase at a home decor store. Artificial light fulfills an important function and can be this working gemstone that elevates your space to the next level, stating the obvious lights illuminate space. What's not so obvious is what kind of light he might need for different rooms in different parts of rooms. Let's start with bulbs With the push for energy efficiency in recent years, new kinds of bulbs have taken over the market led ease. CF. Else. Halogen It's etcetera have mostly replaced the incandescent bulbs. The generally last longer expend less energy and cost more. CFL's give off a bluish tint that makes a room look cooler, then with a yellowish light of incandescents and their brightness levels are very. Bullets can make a big difference in the appearance of colors and shadows in the room as well as in the state of your wallet. So do a little research. I recommend an online article on scene it. That's C N E. T. Titled Lead L. E. D. Buying guide. It's generally a good idea to have lights at every level from an overhead light, resist or spotlighting, and floor and table lamps resist and spotlights of the most difficult to install, requiring some demolition and a professional electrician's overhead ceiling lights can be switched out without a professional electrician's. But if you have any doubt IRA professional, since you don't want to start a real fire floor and table lamps of the easiest to install, evaluate what they're required function is. Do you want to light a specific spot for tasks or go for overall elimination? As with furniture, you want to consider the size style material and finish on a light to go for maximum impact . The overhead light, in particular, gives you an opportunity to install something really spectacular with multiple bulbs, crystals, sputniks, gold and silver finishes. I recommend all modern and lamps plus for their wide selection and affordability. Vintage stores also carry beautiful pieces, although they sometimes need to be rewired to meet safety standards. If you get everything right, you can end up with a lighting plan that helps to make the whole room shine with just the right dose of glow and sparkle. Wood is another important element and also considered a young bunch, where experts are usually referring to living plants when they talk about the wood element , as opposed to furniture and accessories made out of wood plants, bring nature indoors and conserve is a natural air purifier as much as plants can add life to a space, dead plants can bring Shaw bad energy into a space, so be sure to pick your plans and their locations wisely. Always pay attention to how much light and water the plants need, and only by plants that you can commit to care for. In addition to the availability of natural light, you should be thinking about how much young he want to introduce into a space. Move plants out of bedrooms and into more young rooms in your house. Metal has both yin and yang qualities, although metal is cold to the touch and are often times hard. It is a conductor of energy and has a live nous to it. Because many cultures use metal for their currency, metal is also thought of as a symbol of wealth. Therefore, functionally experts often advise their clients to put metal objects in the wealth part of their home. Ah, home office, for example, could benefit from metal accessories. Metal sculptures, frames, metallic accents on pots and bowls can add brilliance to a doll room. In general, it is advisable to have metal accessories in young rooms and not in union rules. For example, you should minimize the presence of metal in bedrooms, since its young qualities condensed herb sleep TV's computers and other electronic gadgets are considered metal, and these items are especially disruptive to sleep. Water is another beneficial element in young rooms, although it is not always possible to include it in home decor. Only water that moves, as in aquariums and fountains is recommended. Water is especially welcome and outdoor spaces. Fung Shui experts believe that water attracts positive flow that brings prosperity into a home. Earth is the final of the five elements and is the most yen off the five. If you think about the prevalence of stone and cemeteries, you can see that the uniqueness of stone is recognized in many cultures. Some common earth accessories are ceramics like these you see on the slide marble sculptures, crystals and rocks. They can bring a sense of calmness and stillness into a space outside the five elements. Fabric and rugs are key accessories. In completing a room, we provide softness to offset all the hard edges of the room. With amazing artistry of fabric and rug designers, we have a wealth of options to choose from. You can do a tone on tone scheme as on the slide here, or pick contrast in colors to create a more dynamic space, as discussed previously, fabric in cretins cushions were upholstery or the rug conserve as the color information for the rest of the room. It's usually more economical if you have furniture and walls that are relatively neutral in color, and you had the pops of color through fabric accessories. If you want to change up the space, you can just switch out the cushions. Rugs come in a range of styles. In price points, you can find relatively inexpensive rugs on sites like house and at stores like Kikhia. If you can afford to spend a bit more, you can buy carpet tiles of floor spelled F L O R, which lets you assemble your own rug. If one tile gets dirty, you can wash it or replace it, which makes for a great choice for people with Children or pets. You can get traditional to contemporary styles and customize the size. You can also get quite creative designing your own unique design. In general, you want the area rug to be at least 18 inches from the wall. Also, make sure that the rug feels good under your bare feet. Boy is the final category of accessories, and it's one of the most important, aren't you? Can finish off your room like nothing else, but it's important to get it right. Here are a few tips The size of the artwork relative to its context should be calibrated carefully. For example, don't put a small piece in a small frame up on a big wall all by itself. If you have a big wall and only small art, you can cluster a few of them into a larger grouping. Another option is to have smaller pieces framed in a large frame with wide matt. It's a great way to bring visual attention to a smaller piece of art. The colors should speak to other colors in the room. Our provides you with the opportunity to create rhythm between different elements in the room through the repetition of shapes and colors. Also, think about how your art effects the yin yang balance of the room. Does it warm up or cool down the temperature appropriately? Note how the medium off the artwork interacts with other things in the room. Is that a metallic work that reflects light? Were a match painting that absorb slight? Does it help energize at the corner with texture? Or does it bring a sense of calmness by using natural materials? Finally, make sure to install the art correctly with a level an earthquake putty To affix it into place is bad fun. Chueh to hand Works sloppily level clean lines will create a sense of repose. Cricket. Unevenly spaced lines one nag at your subconscious. In general, wall art should be hung it about 1/3 of the way down from the ceiling. Remember the rule of thirds unless you have cathedral ceilings, in which case you should hang art at about eye level. If you're thinking that you don't have the money for original art or the discerning eye to pick up something special, read my Blawg five Easy art ideas. I've also pinned to many inspirational ideas on my Pinterest board. Our ideas. There's an artist and all of us, even if we don't have any training. So how do we go about adding accessories to a space? First, evaluate your space. What's missing colors, patterns, repeating motifs. Are there big blanks basis on your walls, seats or tabletops from there? Imagine what materials would work. Does the space require one of the five natural elements? Fabric or art? What size, style and color should it be? Once you have determined what it is you need, buy or make the accessory and install it. How you style accessories is also important. So a few tips on styling I'll use each pain on the sly to illustrate a point, starting with the pain at the upper left corner and moving clockwise. The first pain shows a group of small succulents, a small accessories work rate in a group here. There are three things. Three is often a good number for grouping that are similar to one another, but with some variation, the white tray helps to set them off and the marble ball as another similar but different thing to the grouping. Human variations work well and have been yet, like this one, providing visual interests and a sense of cohesion. The second pain shows a stack of coffee table books that can be used on their own or as a stand for other things. They can be placed on shelves on your glass tables under a lamp and lots of other places in addition to coffee tables. A note on books and records. They can take up a lot of space, so only keep once that you or your guests will look at periodically. Remember how painful it was to declutter. Don't keep things just because you once liked them. The third pain shows a collection of crystals. Any collection of items seashells, pine cones and baskets can make good accessories presented attractively. This is a good way of introducing another natural element into a room. Finally, don't forget the other census. The last pain shows a musical score, an album and a scented candle. Sounds and scents also charged a space with energy. Attend to the other sensory aspects of the space and be sure to avoid Shah that comes to us through our nose and years. The takeaways from this module are accessories in the final layer off. Our room design are important as a means of regulating the flow and creating a harmonious balance in a space. We looked at the five natural elements in addition to fabric rugs and art to see what each material adds to a space. We spent more time on lighting and art, since they are the most important accessories, providing the brilliance that truly makes a space stand up. One final note. As important as accessories are, don't have a lot of stuff just to call it accessories, often times less is more. Be choosy about what you bring into your space and be wary of adding too much clutter into your home. Thank you for watching and best wishes for the successful completion of your room transformation. 7. Transform module 6: Welcome back to transform your space. Transform your life. This is the very last module where everything comes together. Congratulations. Your rooms have come a long ways. I wish I could see your finished spaces. So what now? First enjoy your space. Take art full pictures and post on instagram and Facebook and glow for a bit. Invite friends over. Use the space. Maintain the space. Don't let clutter accurately to keep things where they belong. Nurture plants and replace them when they start to weld. As you change, your space should also evolve. Perhaps you get a new job or new roommates or start a new relationship. Re evaluate if the space is still working for you and tweak as needed. Remember that accessories are the easiest things to change, but sometimes you need another complete overhaul to ready you for a new chapter. Please stay in touch. There are various channels for maintaining contact on my website. You can sign up for my email list by joining up. You will hear about future classes, books on blog's. You will also get the best discounts for my products. If you'd like to contact me directly, there's a contact page on the website. Please leave me testimonials, photos and suggestions or just say hello. If you want more hands on support, please book a call with me on the website, please like my Facebook page and leave a review of the course on the page. You'll see it review as one of the tabs on the menu. 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