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Orange color in your Home Design!

picture-322 Orange is probably one of the happiest colors you could use. It's a blues lifter. A health promoter. And it just makes you feel better. You don't grab for a glass of grape juice when your sick. It's the orange stuff we drink! Orange has a sense of warmth and liveliness to it. It makes you think of energy and movement.

Orange color is a symbol of enthusiasm, creativity, warmth, play, endurance and vitality, it also known as a power color. As a dynamic color which has a red and yellow elements, blend together creating an aggression and also cheerful at the same time. You can decorate your house with orange furniture, wallpaper, bed cover, lamp shade or any other ornaments. Orange could be easily showcased with a neutral background. Once you apply some orange, your room will just pop. This color is really  known as an element which effects in people daily life, choosing the right orange color tone  for your house will be a great mood booster.

Here some beautiful designed room for your inspirations!

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Wonderful pair of orange velvet wing chair - Kelly Hoppen

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Classic interior with a burnt orange background.

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Orange is a confidence booster! It has been wonderfully used in this hip lounge/ bar. Invite this lady to dance!!

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Orange is beautifully complementing the white/ chocolate decor.- Metropolitan Home

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Another great color combination! Orange is adding life to the light and dark grey wall and furniture pieces.

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Look up! This ceiling had a beautiful glossy orange treatment.

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My favorite! Luxurious design bedroom with just a touch of orange in a shiny velvet fabric for accent pillows and bed cover.-Kelly Hoppen

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

Have you used orange paint or accessories in your home? Do you think that you are likely to use orange in your home in the near future? If so please let me know about it by leaving a comment on the Blog!

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10 decorating ideas for Ceilings!

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Ceilings are sometimes called the fifth wall. Ceilings often go ignored and unadorned, even though they are the first thing you see when you wake up. You may have even bought your house because of the high ceilings. Painting a ceiling is an added opportunity to use color in a room. Decorate your ceiling to highlight your room.

Here are some options to bring the well deserved attention to your ceiling.

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Lighting

A well decorated ceiling usually has a wonderful light fixture such as a chandelier or beautiful ceiling fan. Think of the lighting fixture as the jewelry for the room. Choose an elaborate chandelier or interesting paper shade. Top it off with a ceiling medallion for added flair. You can also get a LED light display on your ceiling. The displays usually depicts outer space with moving lights.

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Painted ceilings

Since most everyone has a white ceiling, consider painting your ceiling a color other than white. You can select a color slightly lighter than your wall color, slightly darker than your wall color, one one completely different than your wall color. Consider using a metallic paint on the ceiling in one special room - perhaps the dining room, entry way, powder bath, or master bedroom.

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Murals

You can paint a mural on your ceiling. Murals are very popular in round entryways, dining room, and children's rooms. The possibilities are endless.

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Tin ceilings

Pressed tin ceilings have been popular for many years. They are beautiful and reflect light into the room. They can be painted, or left as a shiny metal color of your choice.

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Wallpaper

You can wallpaper your ceiling. Wallpapers come in many different patterns and colors so there is bound to be one that fits your style.

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Wood ceiling

Wood ceilings add a lot of character to a room. They come in all different species and shades of wood.

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Moldings

You can add moldings to your ceiling. Crown molding is very popular, but you can also add decorative moldings for a more custom look. Ceiling medallions are also popular, especially those that mount underneath chandeliers. Trim can also be placed on the perimeter of the ceiling to create an elegant room or faux tray ceiling. If your room lacks architectural interest, molding can be an inexpensive fix.

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Wood beams

For a room with tall ceilings, you can add faux wood beams. The beams will add warmth and character and draw attention to the volume of the room. Wood beams or faux beams can be installed on a ceiling for color and interest. Beams can be found in traditional and rustic house. For a garden theme consider putting a trellis on your ceiling. Beams can be painted the same color as the ceiling or a darker brown or black to make the architectural element pop.

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Wall Decal

Wall decals are becoming very popular. There are many options available and many online companies will even do a custom decal to your specifications.

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Fabric

Tenting a ceiling adds a dramatic, romantic element to the room. If you're not up for such an extensive project, consider using fabric on a smaller scale. Make use of a canopy bed and drape linen fabric over the top for a modern look. But doesn't this nursery fabric ceiling look amazing!

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

Are you thinking of decorating your ceiling? Do you think that you are likely to paint, add molding  or a mural on your home ceiling in the near future? If so please let me know about your choices or any advice your need by leaving a comment!

The "reign" of the Sun Mirror!

picture-182 Mirrors have been used for centuries to accentuate decor. The shape, style and construction of a mirror (carefully chosen and placed) can be as much an art piece as any fine painting. Mirrors can be found in almost any conceivable shape, from round to square, to free-form. The materials used to construct mirror frames, including but not limited to wood, metal, glass and plastic, can lend a quality of uniqueness that can make an otherwise simple mirror seem custom-made for a particular spot on a particular wall.

Here some great examples of rooms designed with beautiful sun shaped mirrors.

picture-232Really pretty interior with double sun mirrors- Amanda Nisbet

picture-8The sun shaped concave mirror adorn beautifully this and classic bedroom making it really chic!

picture-43A small size sun shaped mirror application to this fun and colorful exterior design!

picture-104A sun mirror placed inside this luxurious canopy bed looks like a royal medallion! Very king and Queens like!

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 used a sun shape mirror in your home or another original shape?

Do you think that you are likely to display one  in your home in the near future?

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Many shades of Blue!

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Elle Decor

Blue brings to mind a beautiful sky in summer and the calmness of a still turquoise sea.

Its coolness helps people relax and take life at a more leisurely pace.

Blue is one of the easiest colors to decorate with. Blue will appeal to a wide range of people because it is a calm and relaxing color.

In Feng Shui, blue corresponds to the water element. This element connects to flowing water, so if you place a water feature in a water room, you are balancing the existing  energies there. Water is a support for the career area of your home. Water is also a also seen as a positive activator that can help accumulate wealth, increasing your prosperity, as it is always moving positive Chi energy around the home.

Blue is a soothing color. Emotionally, it can help release tensions and help you unwind.

You might not want to use Blue in an already cold space, because it will tend to cool a room even more. You also may not want to use it in a room without much natural light as darker shades of blue can sometimes feel depressing and gloomy.

Blue accommodates  very well with Browns as this color is much warmer and balances the coolness of the blue creating a better balance. Blue and Brown make a perfect color combination for a sophisticated office or living room design.

White is also a good color to use with Blue. It will give a very fresh and clean look to any room. You think summer house holidays with this refreshing combination of colors…

Ever wondered how many shades of blue existed?

Well...there are many... some of the most used are: Azure blue, Indigo blue, Cyan blue, Turquoise blue, Teal blue, Navy blue, Sapphire blue, Steel Blue, Midnight Blue, Ultramarine blue, Baby blue...

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Beautiful combination cyan blue  with red accessories in this comfortable living room- Toby Fairley

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Eclectic dining room  design interior. Very fun an appealing! Guaranties happy moments at dinner times! -  Margot Austin

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From Cyan and sapphire blue velvet pillows to Turquoise grasscloth wallpaper walls, sky blue sofa and modern striped blue curtains ... A beautiful way to mix blues using different textures - Elle Decor

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Dreamy blue  for this relaxing bedroom- Brian McKarty

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Turquoise nightstand against a light blue wall paired with lavender. How divine!- Margot Austin

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Softness and simplicity with this clean line baby blue daybed-  Austin Harrelson

For more information for the colors to use for designing with Feng Shui, contactmarie@manobluedesign.com and visit www.manobluedesign.com

Have you used blue paint in your home? What kind of blue have your used? Do you think that you are likely to use blue in 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!

How To Choose A Colour Scheme For Your Home

picture-5 When choosing a color scheme for your home, a variety of factors must be considered; is this a home with young children where use of bold colours would stimulate the senses or are you after a contemporary look and a harmonious colour palette.

Where to Start

A first step when choosing a color scheme is to determine what pre-existing elements, such as furniture, floor coverings or window treatment, must be taken into consideration. Unless these items will be replaced or the furniture reupholstered, they will largely determine what paint colors are appropriate.

Gather Existing Colors

Collect colour samples from items that will be in each room. Take swatches from upholstery or curtain fabrics and get floor-covering samples, if possible. Otherwise, improvise! Find clothing items, magazine pictures or colour cards in the correct shades and attach your color samples to white paper.

Preliminary Color Selection

At the paint store, use your sample sheet to select colour chips. After narrowing down the choices, buy sample pots to take home for testing. Alternatively, some retailers offer Brush-outs, which are actual paint that has been brushed onto A4 cardboard.

Audition Paint Colors

Test your favourite colors by brushing onto large canvases or large sheets of white cardboard. Now move these around the room and see how the color changes under different lighting. Remember to wait till the paint has dried before assessing the colour as the paint will dry as it darkens.

Continuity or Separation

If more than one room will be painted, it is important to decide whether youd like the colour to flow seamlessly from one room into another or if you rather set a totally different mood. This is a matter of individual preference. There is no right or wrong answer.

Accents and Trim

Another consideration is how trim or unusual elements will be addressed. Ornate trim or an interesting architectural feature may be highlighted with an accent colour. Less desirable elements are often effectively camouflaged by simply using the same colour throughout the room.

Childrens Rooms

Kids like bright and bold! Let them choose the colour while you select the type and quality of paint that will stand up to hard use and frequent cleaning. If their proposal would overwhelm the room, opt to use their chosen colour for a focus wall, stripes or accent.

For more information about interior design and Feng Shui, visit www.manobluedesign.com or email Marie Burgos at marie@manobludesign.com

Painted walls or wallpaper, and why?

picture-4 I love the transformative power of paint. Painted walls are easy to explain to clients because it is comparatively inexpensive to change wall color (as opposed to paper) and the process is so satisfyingly quick. I love bold, graphic, textured or metallic wallpapers for a luxe statement, but similar ideas can be expressed through clever paint effects where texture isn’t appropriate (or budget constraints demand modesty).

For more information about interior design and Feng Shui, visit www.manobluedesign.com or email Marie Burgos at marie@manobludesign.com

Home Interior Wall Design Ideas

picture-1 Decorating your walls can be a way to express your personality, showcase favorite items and bring life into your home. Think outside the box: Why settle for just hanging a few pictures on the wall when you can do so much more? The first thing you need is a plan.

. Decode your decorating style

. If you really don't know how you want to decorate your walls, pick up some home decorating magazines. You can get them on the cheap at garage sales and secondhand bookstores. Go through them quickly, ripping out the pages that speak to you. When you're finished, look through the pages you picked carefully and notice the patterns. Are you drawn to certain colors, styles, such as country or contemporary, or do you have an eclectic style where you just like a variety of looks? Also, check out the lineup on HGTV and other decorating shows. Take note of what appeals to you, and what would look good in your home.

. Express yourself

. If you have a hobby or passion, those interests may provide a natural pattern for planning your home interior wall design. Sports fans can mount their team's pendants, posters, even team shirts, and liberally indulge in their team's colors. Photographers should definitely use their work to decorate their homes by framing and arranging their best works. Foodies might use menus from their favorite restaurants to decorate their walls, and film buffs' walls could feature movie posters alongside a group of ticket stubs arranged in an interesting display. Photos of family and friends, framed individually or in a collage, make wonderful wall displays.

. Go shopping

. Start shopping at home. What items do you have that you want to display? Gather them up, then see what you'll need to buy to pull it all together: frames, shelves, an extra piece or two. Decide what type of shopping best suits your budget. Secondhand shops and garage sales offer many surprisingly good quality decorating elements, so why not start there? Also pick up whatever you'll need to hang things up: hammer,nails, picture hangers, and picture hooks, screws and wire for heavier items.

. Put it together

. When you've decided how you want to decorate your wall and you have all the items ready to go, draw a plan on a piece of paper first. The usual rule is to hang an odd number of items and not to hang them all in a straight line. Then go ahead, decorate your wall, then relax and enjoy the results.

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Movable curved wall

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Imagine being able to soak in your tub and move the wall to reveal whatever view pleases you most. This design by Ben van Berkel of UNStudio allows you to adjust the amount of privacy in your bathroom, with its curved, movable wall. Bathing in the comfort of your own home doesn’t mean having to isolate yourself into a separate room. The wall can separate the master bathroom from the rest of the apartment if necessary, but it can be left open to create one large and airy space. A pure white palette has been used in this design, along with glass shower glass, which keep the area bright and contemporary, and also keep the focus on the fascinating curve of the wall.

This innovative bathroom design can be found at Five Franklin Place in New York’s TriBeCa neighbourhood, which is the first major American building by Dutch architect Ben van Berkel of UNStudio. B&B Italia ’s Contract Division was called upon to engineer and manufacture this remarkable loft master bathroom design.

For more information about interior design and 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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