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Houzz.com: Pick the Right Color Palette to Showcase Your Art

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You've finally found that perfect piece of art you've been looking for — now what? Artwork is such an important part of a decorating scheme. Because your art can be anything from an investment piece to a work of personal value, it's essential to integrate your pieces with the right colors. A Houzz user recently faced this very dilemma: How do you use color to highlight your art? If you're feeling stuck too, consider some of the following tips to give your artwork its well-deserved spotlight.

1. Similar hues. Choose a wall color that is similar to the background of your artwork. This deep purple wall is a similar color to the background of this piece, creating cohesion and flow.
2. Complementary shades. Reference the good old color wheel and choose complementary shades for your walls. This abstract with tones of yellow and orange sings against bold turquoise walls.
An abstract with bold oranges comes alive against this purple wall.
3. Same color, different shades. Consider using colors from the painting, only in different shades. This painting has a pretty simple color scheme; pairing it with a deeper shade of blue on the walls creates visual interest.
This red, yellow and orange piece steals the scene against a series of walls in the same colors.
4. Stick to specific palettes. Certain pieces work really well with certain types of colors. If you want to make a series of black and white photographs feel powerful, pair them with dramatic red walls for an enticing impact.
Bright or neon pieces stand out against deep black or gray walls. If you’re wary of painting an entire space such a dark color, just paint a single accent wall where the artwork is hanging.
Bright pieces with brown undertones take center stage against deep brown walls.
5. Keep it neutral. Sometimes neutral walls are the best way give your artwork the attention it deserves. Without any color competing behind it, this artwork becomes a focal point.
This piece evokes a quiet, tranquil moment on the water. That feeling is exaggerated against simple white walls that allow the photograph to do the talking.
The subtle beauty of these paintings is conveyed best against quiet, neutral walls.
6. Play with furniture and accessories. Your wall color isn’t the only thing that can help your artwork stand out. Creating a balance between the colors of the artwork and the furniture in the room will help the artwork become more of a presence.
This yellow couch pulls its color from the pieces on the surrounding walls. The balance actually draws the eye toward the warm artwork.

traditional bedroom by Sennikoff Architects

Even though it's hanging all the way across the room, the pink artwork feels like a part of the scheme with a chair in the same color.
Pull the color of your art palette into accessories or accent pieces too. These rugs pull the red from the paintings down to the floor.

India Inspired

Tropical Home Design Family Room contemporary family room

Every designed space is unique and a direct representation of the homeowners. I strive to reflect their personalities, functional needs and design tastes within each element of the space.

Recently, I had the opportunity to design a home interior focused on family. The owners requested a cheerful and inviting living space to accommodate their family gatherings. After several meetings to pin down the details, I developed a tropical design with an infusion of India inspired pieces.

The wall colors and fabrics create a relaxed atmosphere with pops of lively colors. And, the handful of delicately carved furniture and wall hangings generate incredible focal points throughout the home.

While the entire home is filled with fantastic touches, the hand-carved door I choose landed in a recent article on Houzz.com titled Weave Designs from India Into Your Decor.

Marie Burgos Tropical design home tropical bedroom
Marie Burgos Tropical design home tropical entry
Marie Burgos Tropical design home tropical living room
Marie Burgos Tropical home Design tropical living room
Tropical Home Design Dining & Kitchen view contemporary dining room
Tropical Home Design Living Room contemporary living room
Tropical Home Design Living Room 2 contemporary living room
Tropical Home Design Master Bedroom contemporary bedroom

Photography by Francis Augustine

For more design inspiration, email marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit www.marieburgosdesign.com.

Stratus Realty Group Feng Shui Design Office Party

Irene Nikolay and Marie Burgos

Here I am pausing with my client Irene Nikolay, CEO of Stratus Realty Group - Joshua Wong Photography

Today, I just wanted to share some photos of the fabulous party organized by my clients Stratus Realty Group for the inauguration of their newly Feng Shui Design offices in NYC. I have designed this space following Feng Shui principles. The wall art will regularly change to display different artists art. Here with my client Irene Nikolay, CEO of Stratus Realty Group.

All the photography is by the fabulous photographer Joshua Wong

Display Stratus Realty Group office- Marie Burgos Design

For more information about Interior Design and Feng Shui, email marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit www.marieburgosdesign.com

Feng Shui for the perfect Home Office Design!

With people spending more hours at work than at home, building positive energies in the office or workspace can affect your overall attitude and health.  If your job’s got you down, it may not be your work – it may be your space.  Taking the time to implement a few Feng Shui guidelines to your office or workspace may make the difference between dreading your morning commute to looking forward to your career.

Here are 10 fabulous Home office designs with different styles that all showcase different personalities and cover different needs.

DEFINING YOUR GOALS: is a great way to feel uplifted and motivated to work. I find that the easiest way to formulate my goals is to use visualization. You can make a collage  of the things you desire and display it in your office to give you inspiration or you can write a letter to the universe. Two years ago I wrote a description of my ideal job on a piece of red paper and hung it in the career area of my bedroom and now I am living it daily.

GETTING RID OF CLUTTER: is an essential step to apply as the problem with clutter is: “it leaves no room for growth!”

Often, the clutter in your office creates confusion in your mind. It adds negative emotions such as stress, moodiness, overwhelming feelings, exhaustion. It also affects deadlines, finances, your professional image, your time as things get lost or damaged…

The best approach for De-cluttering is define what you need, love or use and put systems in place. The rest needs to go!

USING COLOR. It is very important in the art of Feng Shui.   Offices and workspaces are often painted white but this color is not the most cheerful to work around.  In Feng Shui we define 2 types of colors. The Yin colors promote healing and relaxation such as black, blue, green, purple. And the yang colors are essential to provide enthusiasm and the positive energy required needed to do something or be motivated. The best colors associated to career are black for business, green for money, red to give a boost to all projects. Use color in your clothing, on the walls, for accessories, even for files and folders.

DISPLAYING INSPIRATIONAL VISUALS such as images of people that are your mentors, heroes, even your team if you need their support. Any images, even abstract art or landscape which represents achievement for you can work.

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LOCATING YOUR DESK in the “Command Position”

This means that your desk needs to face the door and you should have a view on the overall space. Does your desk face the entrance?  If not, then you may be feeling vulnerable and nervous.  Try moving your desk around or adding a mirror that will allow you to see the door or entrance.  Having your back towards a window can also bring on feelings of insecurity.  Hang blinds or curtains to lessen this feeling.

STAYING UP TO DATE by using recent and well maintained equipment. You want to ensure that you get all the support you need and that your work is facilitated. Also, having the right tools helps keeping you stress level down, reach your deadlines and show professionalism.

LIGHTING UP is essential for a happy work environment.  Replace fluorescent bulbs with full spectrum bulbs.  If you’re unable to do this, then try bring in your own lighting with floor and desk lamps.

POTTING PLANTS help bring nature and air into an area.  Always work with an odd number of healthy plants. 9 is the ideal number. Remember to place a plant in your prosperity area (far left side of the room from the entrance) to help grow your finances.

USING WATER at the entrance of your workspace or office promotes peace in the room – this is why so many find it appealing to have one in their front yards.  Put a small fountain, a mirror or even a picture of water near your entrance to achieve this calming effect; a small fish tank is another option. But more than anything, water at the entrance supports your career as it  represents a flowing river bringing in new opportunities.

BRINGING YOUR PERSONALITY into your office. It is an essential ingredient to help you feel comfortable and raise your confidence. So display photos of people you love and that are supportive of you. Also put your stamp in by displaying items that identify you such as hobby items and memorabilia.

You now have a list of easy tips to use for your office. And the benefits are endless… You can achieve career advancement, reduce your stress, improve your focus, make more money,enhance authority and confidence… So Use Feng Shui to boost your career!

For more information about Interior Design and Feng Shui, email marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit www.marieburgosdesign.com

10 favorite accent wall designs!

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Beautiful wallpaper accent wall via House to Home

Creating an accent wall--that is, using color to treat one wall differently from the others in a room--is like adding an exclamation point at the end of a sentence. It adds excitement and importance to a space. In many rooms you don't have a sense of architecture or style. Creating an accent wall is a simple way to provide vibrancy and a sense of place.

Accent Wall Basics

  • The accent wall is usually the first wall that you see when entering a room.
  • It can help to anchor or define a separate area within a larger space. For example, within a large, open-plan house, an accent wall can define a smaller area as being a reading area.
  • The accent wall highlights a large focal point on or near that wall: TV, entertainment center, bed, fireplace, bookcase. Accent walls are rarely found floating around on their own.
  • In most cases, an accent wall is a bold color against neutral walls ). However...
  • Another version of the accent wall is a vibrant shade against other walls of the same shade. For example, a rich orange against other, very pale orange walls.
  • Don't forget that wallpaper and tile can also make an accent wall, not just paint.

Picking a wall

Use the key principle in applying makeup: Accentuate the best feature. In other words, pick a wall with a focal point. These are naturals: a fireplace wall, an unusually shaped wall, walls holding dramatic artwork, or the wall behind a bed's headboard. This is where your eye goes first. An accent color only makes a focal point more dramatic.

Picking a color

as a general rule, cool colors like green and blue are good for places where you want to relax. Warm colors like red and yellow are better for areas where lively activities take place. When selecting a color, it helps to look at what you already have in the room. A color that, exists in artwork or upholstery fabric can make a great choice for an accent wall. But don't pick the dominant color. If you choose red and you have a red sofa and a red rug, you aren't accenting a wall, you are carrying on the same color scheme. It's better to choose another color that complements your surroundings.

Here are some fabulous accents walls design examples.

Do you want to revamp your dining room? Here a great example to create texture and warmth in a space.

picture-85Transitional style HERMOSA DINING ROOM by  Hornebeck Design Partners

Do you love wallpaper or stripes? If you love it but don’t want to commit to an entire room, the focal point wall (below) is a great place for it!

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Do you have a stairwell that needs some life? Here’s a way to do it, just make sure you paint the other walls a color that coordinates with the rest of your decor.

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Do you love texture and comfort? Here a great application for a oversize headboard taking the whole wall. It is made of foam padded panels covered in a beautiful vibrant natural silk fabric .

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Bedroom Design by Civility Design Interior & Architecture

How would you coordinate 2 rooms? This accent wall makes a wonderful transition between the dining room and living room below. The purple shade is carried out in the next room art work.

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Vinyl or wallpaper? A great way to instill nature and discovery in this pretty nursery!

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Wondering how to revamp your office conference room? Here a great accent wall application at the NY Corcoran head office.

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Who would think that wood panelling would make a great accent? Storage and entertainment center creates are hidden behind this long elegant wood panels wall.

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Do you have bookshelves or a niche to paint? Accent colors can look fabulous inside them!

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How can an accent wall be functional too? In this small home office, the accent wall is covered in a black board providing space for work and fun!

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For more information about Interior Design and Feng Shui email Marie Burgos at marie@manobluedesign.com and visit our site on www.manobluedesign.com

Which accent wall is your favorite? Do you think that you are likely to use any of these ideas for your home in the near future? If so please let me know about it by leaving a comment!

Designing with Stripes!

picture-210 Striped walls is by no means a new trend.  Striped wallpapers have been around for over a century.  However, updated stripe styles are making a resurgance in today’s modern interiors.  Here I have created a gallery of various striped walls with descriptions.

My belief is that if you are going to stripe it up, you might as well do it to the extreme.  Make it bold!  Wide stripes look great just about anywhere- on headboards, painted on walls and ceilings, on wallpaper, on pillows, on chairs, on window treatments and on rugs!

Of course, wide stripes don’t look great everywhere- you certainly have to choose the right application.  Scale is very important in this case!  You need to make sure the repeat of the stripe isn’t too big and overwhelming for the piece you are putting it on.

Here are a few of my favorite examples of wall stripes:

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Wide stripes create this very glamorous look and make the room look taller by continuing on the ceiling.

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Here is a wonderful taupe and white stripe with a silver metallic edging.  Ralph Lauren makes a metallic paint that would be perfect for an application such as this. picture-59

How wonderful and daring!  The vertical stripe is continued onto both the floor and ceiling, becoming a horizontal stripe.  And to add a bit of the unusual, the two opposite walls are striped in the opposite direction to complete the look. picture-50

Here  this black and white theme is carried out all through this bathroom to create drama and a feel of space. What a beautiful look.

picture-66This black and white striped rug grounds the room by providing a darker shade to contrast the light turquoise walls. It also creates a sense of fun.

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This bold blue stripe takes on an even bolder look when continued from room to room, and not just contained within one.  It also creates the illusion of a larger room.

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In this room the white becomes the focus of attention when used in this manner.  The over-sized taupe stripe dominated the wall and adds drama in a subtle way.

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And speaking of drama, continuing the stripe motif from the wall onto the ceiling is the best way to create drama in a room.  Additionally, the stripe is contained to the center of the wall and is not distributed throughout as in other rooms.

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This traditional application of a stripe is a great use of color.  Navy, orange, grey and white combine to create a stunning look with stripes of equal widths.

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Another always great application for stripes that liven up a space and create a fun and interesting feature: the window shade!

For more information about Interior Design and Feng Shui email Marie Burgos at marie@manobluedesign.com and visit our site on www.manobluedesign.com

Have you tried paint or wallpaper stripes look  in your home? Do you think that you are likely to add stripes in your home in the near future? If so please let me know about it by leaving a comment!

Remove Blockages with Feng Shui: Challenging Walls and Feng Shui Solutions

tropical-mural1 Instead of having your energy blocked, focus on absorbing high feng shui energy from inspiring images, colors and various feng shui decor items

In Feng Shui, the right location of walls can promote a good flow of energy and enhance the positive feelings in a home. A challenging wall location will do the opposite - it can block, or completely stop the flow of energy, thus creating a stagnant space where not much good is happening. 

There are several walls that can create potential feng shui challenges in your home and in your office. We will look at them one by one. As with most walls, you would most probably want to make them disappear, especially if they are too close to your body. 

Now, how do you make a wall disappear without actually tearing it down? You make it a carry, or represent, a specific quality of energy. A quality of energy you need, want or crave for. It is also important to be sure that the art or images you bring will work for the Bagua area the wall is located in.

Let's look at some potentially challenging feng shui walls. 

1. The first important feng shui wall is the wall you see before you go to sleep and as soon as you wake up. 

Everything in your bedroom is closely connected to your energy field, especially the items, images and colors on the wall facing your bed

Focus on having your bedroom reflect a quality of energy that is most in line with your dreams, your character and your personality. Be mindful of the fact that some images and elements are bad Feng Shui for the bedroom. 

 

This applies to images of water, big mirrors facing the bed, as well as images inappropriate for a bedroom, such as violent, sad or depressing images.

 

2. Second in its feng shui importance is the wall you see as soon as you enter your home or your business space. 

If you face a wall first thing you come into your business or into your home, by all means focus on making it carry beautiful, high quality of energy. You can do that with art, or even better, a big wall mirror, a row of lush tall plants, vibrant wall paint or all of the above.

Be mindful not to hang a big mirror facing your front door, as a mirror facing the door (especially the front door) will push Chi, or energy, away, thus is considered bad feng shui.

 

3. Third is the wall you face while working at your desk. 

If you are facing a wall in your workspace all day long, your personal energy is restricted and blocked. Here is what you can do when you have to face a blocking wall for several hours a day: hang good art or photos of places that inspire you, of people that helped you grow or people you admire, hang your diplomas and certifications, etc.

You get the idea. The purpose is to transform a blocking wall into an inspiration wall. Instead of having your energy blocked, now you will be absorbing high energy coming from inspiring to you items.

Get creative and get empowered in your living or working space; the good energy is spreading around very quickly and you will see yourself reaping the benefits in no time! 

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photo:  www.wallpapermurals.co.uk/

 

Feng Shui Your Desk For Career Success

 

office-fsHave you used feng shui around your desk? It's a great way to "test drive" feng shui, to see how well it works for you -- while creating a more functional and ENJOYABLE workspace.

WHERE TO START

 

In feng shui, we work with a 3x3 grid called a BAGUA (said "bagg-wahh"). The grid is placed over your floorplan, and can look like a tic-tac-toe board, or perhaps the face of a clock, seen from above. With this, we can organize any room, home, or office into areas, each with its own color and design themes. So, let's pretend you are floating over your office, looking down into it. And each section related to a different AREA of your life. So let's pretend that you can see the bagua grid that's overlayed onto your floor plan. Starting clockwise from your left -- about the "eight o'clock" area of the clock -- the design themes are:

knowledge

family and security

money

fame

romance

creativity

helpful people and travel

career

At the CENTER of the clock--the middle of the bagua grid -- the theme is health.

USING FENG SHUI AT WORK

You can apply these same design principles to your DESK, too. In fact, when you're new to feng shui, this can be a great way to begin. You'll soon have a better organized work area, and perhaps a little "feng shui magic" will boost your career as well.

ORGANIZING YOUR INFORMATION

Sit at your desk, and start at the left side. In feng shui, this is the KNOWLEDGE area. It's an ideal place to store your reference books, such as your dictionary, manuals, and anything else you often reach for when you're working.

GETTING THE SUPPORT 

If you have a counter or bookcase to the left of your desk, the top may be the perfect place for symbols of FAMILY (family photos) and Security (anything that says "old money" to you).

CARING FOR YOUR FINANCES

The back left corner of your desk is the MONEY area. Whether your monitor is there or something else, be sure to keep this corner clean, dust-free, and uncluttered. If there's space in back of your monitor for photos or posters, this is the perfect place for pictures of what you plan to do (or own) when you have an even better income.

BEING RECOGNIZED

At the back center area of your desk, or on the wall directly in front of you, take advantage of this FAME area. Display awards, diplomas, certificates, and anything that tells others about your accomplishments. Add a little red -- the best color for this area -- to draw attention to your new display.

FEELING THE LOVE  EVEN AT WORK

At the right corner of your desk, and on the wall behind it, the focus is ROMANCE. This is where you'll place photos of your sweetie, or symbols of love and partnerships. If you have flowers or pens at this area of your workspace, remember: Everything in twos... no "onesies"! (Of course, if you're hoping for a date this weekend, put two fresh flowers in a vase in this area. But, be prepared: This might work even better than you'd expected.)

THINKING CREATIVELY

Closer to you on the right, it's your CREATIVITY area. Be sure to keep symbols of what you do that's original, as well as tools for creating things at work. Whether this is a stapler or a set of pens and paintbrushes, the emphasis should be on creativity. And, if you're a fan of Disney or other cartoons, those figures and pictures go in this area. (If you have children, this is the perfect place for pictures of your little darlings, too.)

NETWORKING FOR WORK

At your immediate and front right, it's the helpful PEOPLE and TRAVEL area. This is where you'll put your Rolodex or Palm, or whatever you use to store names and phone numbers. This is also a good place to display vacation-related items and pictures.

TAKING CARE OF YOUR WELL-BEING

And, the center of your desk is the HEALTH area. If you want a healthy career, your work area should be clean & "happy looking" at the center. With spring on the way, consider a new blotter or other desktop covering in sunny yellow; that's the best color for the Health area.

REACHING YOUR PROFESSIONAL GOALS

Finally, your chair represents your CAREER area. Keep your chair well-oiled (if it's on wheels or springs) and clean. Polish any chrome on it, and keep it dusted. If you're on any kind of mat that protects the floor underneath, make sure that your mat looks fresh and new. If it doesn't, a replacement may be a small expense for the potential benefits. Or, sometimes a little floor polish will renew a plastic floor mat and make it look

 

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Using Feng Shui Cures in your home office for success

 

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Placement of objects in a particular area or quadrant of your office or desk can enhance the energy to various aspects of your life. To understand where the various quadrants of your desk are, consider where you sit as the front of the desk. For example, as you sit facing your desk, the wealth quadrant would be the upper left corner. Here's a few cures for your office:

Get rid of clutter in your home or office. Eliminating clutter will begin to clear away certain problems in your life and make room for something new and desirable to enter.

The wealth quadrant or upper left corner is the most important part of your home office or desk. Place a crystal bowl or a healthy plant in this area to enrich this area of your business.

A red object such as red flowers placed in the upper left corner of your office or desk can bring financial success-placed in the back center portion of your office or desk can bring fame.

Place a medium-sized rug in the center of your office. A deep blue, black, or other dark color rug in the middle of the office is like a deep pool of water upon which to rest the eyes and reflect.

If you don't have a view outside from where you sit, hang a plant or a picture of a plant in your line of view to bring the outdoors inside for a calming effect.

Never place anything blue in the fame quadrant or back center portion of your office or desk--you will be drowning your fame.

It takes money to make money, so pay attention to the quality of things you put into your office. You should only have objects that are truly meaningful to you in your home office.

Though a complex science and art, many of the principles of feng shui are common sense and based on intuition. When incorporating these principles into your home office, aim for simplicity, think creatively, and trust your intuition. Imagine being drawn to your office because you feel comfortable and relaxed. This results in a flow of creative energy which leads to an increase in productivity which ultimately leads to success and prosperity.

 

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Using Color in Your Office


 

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Color research shows that people are stimulated in specific ways by different colors. Feng shui uses color as a cure to promote the appropriate energy for a space. That's why it's important to pick a color based on the tasks you will be performing. For example:

Yellow stimulates clarity of thought, creativity, and mental activity--making it an excellent color for a home office. Yellow also promotes discipline, which anyone working in a home office needs.

Red is an aggressive color, so it's a good choice for anyone making deals or selling, and for those who entertain clients in their office.

A blue-green color can be soothing, yet creative--a good color choice for writers.

Oranges and other warm desert colors stimulate socialization and collaboration--good for a small office using a team approach to management.

Your ceiling should be painted a light color--a dark color will make you feel as if there's a dark cloud hanging over your head while you work.

 

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