Integrating beautiful design with Feng Shui principles can be challenging and Villa Belvedere - the 41st Annual Marin Designers Showcase home - is an exquisite example showing how most interior designers' intuitive sense includes the principles of Feng Shui.
Feng Shui training varies since there are several schools of Feng Shui study, yet there are the common threads of common sense and intuition. When listened to they produce a space that "feels good" for body, mind and spirit.
With breathtaking views (yes, I know these words are over used, but just look at them!) from almost every room in the house, inspiration abounds. And the designers followed suite by connecting with nature. In some cases they focused on the view while in others they let the surrounds inspired nature to be brought inside.
There were ocean themes in several of the rooms. Some were nautical in nature. Others were water related through the use of sea life. Still other rooms were inspired by the elements of earth, metal, wood and fire. These are the five elements associated with Feng Shui. The balance was divine!
In one bathroom, the Feng Shui symbol for water was brought in through the use of hand-cut tiles with a wavy pattern. The pattern was on the walls and floor.
Another room felt very grounded with it's large fossil-imbedded stone top. Feng Shui loves the ammonite fossils which were plentiful within the piece. Although the shape of the table was not the exact shape for the symbol of earth, it was close. Place atop the table were several large ammonite fossils.
Metal sculptures abound throughout the interior and exterior of the home. They brought movement and pizazz to areas where they were displayed.
Unique wooden pieces brought texture and pattern to rooms. Sculptures in several locations were the shape of wood bringing upward movement to the spaces.
With blazing sunsets possible some rooms were filled with the red color of fire. Other areas, knowing there are many fog-filled days, brought fireplaces and other qualities for warmth to the rooms.
To learn more about the elements and how to integrate them into your designs for your home or office, please contact me at: Linda@GreenChiDesigns.com. I teach classes, give workshops and do consults to help you learn more about the elements of Feng Shui symbols to create balance, harmony and peace in your environments.