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Choosing The Best Color for your Office Design!

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 in your office. I have put together a guide to help you choose the right color for your office in function of your needs:

Yellow

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

Red

It represents the element of fire which symbolizes  life joy and energy. It’s a good choice for anyone making deals or selling, and for those who entertain clients in their office.

Black

This color is a very traditional feng shui color for an office because it represents money, power, and success, especially when paired with metals such as silver. If you need to feel empowered in your office and want to create energy to stimulate income, black is the way to go.

Purple

The color purple is a good choice as well, and this is the color that signifies ideals, truth and love. This is the color of choice for the thinkers and the philosophers, and the chosen color too for dreamers and writers.

Blue

This color suits offices where trust and calm is important, such as where interviews or sessions are held. Blue is the color of relaxation and peace, making it a great color for offices that are used for writing.

Oranges

Orange and other warm desert colors stimulate socialization and collaboration–good for a small office using a team approach to management. This color is especially harmonious in an office used for creative writing or team work.

White

In Feng Shui, white represents purity and confidence. Used with gold or silver, white creates a very calm atmosphere. This can be very beneficial to people that feel their office is a place to relax.

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.

With the right color office, you are now ready to make great deals and making your office a place of success that fulfill your work needs! Let me know if I can help!

For more information about Feng Shui and Interior Design, email me at marie@marieburgosdesign.com or 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!

New year Feng Shui Tips for Health, Wealth, Success and Happiness!

picture-9 Image of total luxury! Bring in health, wealth, success and happiness with these 9 tips:

1- Now is the perfect time to define your objectives and goals for the New Year. A great way to do that is by using a VISION BOARD. On it, you can list the things you want to attract to your life with images, photos and words, plus reset your goals and involve the universe.

2- De- clutter and reorganize your home and office. You will feel better and that will help your focus. By emptying your closets and cabinets you will enable fresh new energy and opportunities to flow to you.

Donate and give away to thrift shops, charities and neighborhood organizations. Or sell your old things on Ebay or Craigslist and donate the money.

3- Get your health checked. It is a great time to go visit your family doctor to start the year healthy and full of energy. Toss out old medicines and renew prescriptions.

4- Shop with abandon. Ensure your refrigerator, pantry, canisters, shakers are all full for this New Year. This represents abundance for the year ahead.

5- Review your contact list and ensure it is updated for professional and personal matters, with current phone numbers and addresses. Reach out to people you love to wish them a good New Year.

6- Respect the money in your wallet... and your wallet. Make sure it is not worn out or tattered. By keeping it full, It symbolizes having enough money all year long.

7- Get a new green plant or blooming flowers. They represent rebirth and growth for the New Year. They also symbolize health  for you and your family.

8- Make time to dream big. Prepare where you want to go this year, your travels, your vacations, your career changes, even new classes you want to take.

Live Well, Be Well, Work Well.

Marie Burgos

Manoblue Design- www.manobluedesign.com- marie@manobluedesign.com

Can Feng Shui improve your performance at work?

picture-31 You’ve probably heard about how Feng Shui can create harmony and balance in your home, but can it improve your performance at work too? While the ancient Chinese philosophers who developed the practice of Feng Shui thousands of years ago didn’t have the average corporate employee in mind, the concepts of yin and yang and the flow of positive energy can be applied to any environment.

Today companies hire Feng Shui experts for architectural design, interior design, and landscaping. If you’re lucky enough to work for such a company, you may already be reaping the benefits of Feng Shui. But what if you’re stuck working in an old, dark building that hasn’t been updated in twenty years? Don’t worry because in both scenarios, what’s most important is your own personal work space. And that’s usually a place you can improve.

The principles of Feng Shui can be applied to work. Ask yourself the following questions about your office or work space. If the answer to any of them is “no”, find a way to fix it.

1. Is it clean?

2. Is it uncluttered?

3. Is it filled with things you enjoy?

4. Is there enough light or better yet, natural light?

5. Is it welcoming to visitors?

Keeping your office clean and uncluttered makes concentration easier. If you have an unobstructed path in and out of your office for yourself and for your visitors, energy will flow in and out easily—that includes new ideas. If you fill your space with things you love (photos, favorite coffee mug, motivational sayings, etc), your time working will be more pleasurable. If you’re lucky enough to have natural light through a window, that’s energizing. If you don’t, make sure you do have enough light and perhaps bring in your own desk lamp instead of relying on fluorescent lighting all day. Plants naturally take out bad carbon dioxide and replace it with oxygen.

Lastly, make sure you move your own energy around during the day by getting up to stretch, going outside, walking around or visiting colleagues.

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IS YOUR OFFICE SABOTAGING YOUR SUCCESS?

picture-13 The way your office is set up, where you place your desk, the colors you use, and even the lighting all have an effect on how you do business. Authentic Feng Shui can help you clear away negative energies — and energy blockages — that can sabotage efficiency, productivity and profitability. Advanced Classical Feng Shui formulas can even forecast where and when risks and opportunities might arise and what you can do to assure the greatest possible benefit.

While these calculations and even basic furniture placement are tied to the unique energy makeup of you and your office, these three general principles can help you create a supportive work environment.

1. Clear away objects that sabotage energy flow. Clutter isn’t just messy; it’s a magnet for attracting negative energy. If your desk and floor are scattered with unfinished projects, papers, files and mail, energy can’t flow freely. Trapped energy either goes stagnant or builds up into a force that can make you feel jittery, overwhelmed, irritable, fatigued or depressed. In such an environment, you’ll find it’s hard to concentrate and complete tasks. Problems build up, creativity suffers and conflicts arise.  Every item should have a designated home where you can find and easily access it. Take time to organize your files and use them so you don’t have to keep pieces of paper “in sight” just so you’ll know where they are.  Clear the jumble from your desktop so that your eye — and the energy in your space — have calm places to rest. And don’t forget the jumble on your computer: regularly clear away unnecessary email and files.

2. Reposition your desk. A sizable and neatly arranged desk attracts power and confidence. As a general rule, the best position for a desk is in the far right corner diagonally opposite from the door with your back to the wall or catty corner to the wall. In addition, try to avoid these three situations:

* Don’t put your desk in a direct line with the door. The energy coming from another office or hallway can cause discomfort. You may find yourself unable to concentrate and want to leave your desk.

* Don’t sit with your back to the door. You should have a clear view of the room and office door. This gives you energetic control over the space which, in turn, attracts energies that support you in feeling capable, relaxed, and confident.

* Don’t sit at a desk that places you directly under an exposed overhead beam.  That beam can concentrate energies in the area right over your head. If you spend eight or ten hours at your desk, you could find you suffer from headaches and you could literally feel you are “under too much pressure.”

3. Balance your office lighting. Lighting doesn’t just affect your eyes or even your mood. It also affects the energy in your office. Light – even sunlight – that is too bright creates an excessively “yang” energy that can cause agitation, conflict, and difficulty concentrating. By the same token, light that’s too dim creates an excessively “yin” energy that can produce fatigue and make it difficult to project a confident, capable presence. Feng Shui principles help balance your office’s lighting so that it’s bright enough to energize the space without disrupting harmony and concentration. Consider using natural spectrum light bulbs — they provide a more balanced light than traditional bulbs. Outfit windows with blinds that can filter and direct sunlight to prevent harsh shadows and glare. Consider desk lamps — they give you more flexibility in adjusting your overall lighting and then help balance the glare your computer screen can produce.

These three Feng Shui principles will go a long way toward helping you weed out “success sabateurs” that can choke off prosperity at work. But, as always, your own horoscope interacts with both the horoscope of your office and the energies flowing through it. If you make the changes suggested here but find that problems still persist – deals or promotions fall through, cash flow stalls, you can’t seem to get things done — a consultation with a Classical Feng Shui practitioner can quickly reveal the underlying causes and help you restore a positive energy flow.

For more information about designing with Feng Shui, visit www.manobluedesign.com or email Marie Burgos at: marie@manobludesign.com

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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The power of your Front door

 

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According to Feng Shui principles doors are known as the "mouth of chi." Energy enters a building through the front door and also through each door in your home and/or office. Personally, I don't believe that Feng Shui is that black or white. If things are going well for you then my belief is to leave things the way they are. However, if you are feeling stuck or opportunities are not coming your way as much as you'd like then take a look at the doors in your home or business and make adjustments.

1. Make sure that all doors open and close easily. If they are stuck or difficult to open, it could hinder opportunities from coming your way.

2. If two doors bang into each other when opened simultaneously, it could lead to arguing. This is known as "bickering doors." If possible, either change the direction of one of the doors, remove one door and replace it with a curtain, or get an accordian or pocket door.

3. Doors that squeak, stick, have broken latches or handles should be repaired.

4. Ideally, doors should open to the widest view of the room.

5. It's not a good idea to hang things in back of a door. This prevents the door from fully opening and suppresses the chi.

6. Please be sure that there's nothing obstructing the doors in your home or office. Piles of clutter should not be in front of any door.

Your front door is the most important door of your home or office. Make sure it's very visible from the street, and no trees or bushes are preventing people from clearly viewing your door.

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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.

 

For more information, visit www.manobluedesign.com  and email marie@manobluedesign.com

 

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