How to Balance the Look and Feel of Any Room

I like to say that Goldilocks was the first famous feng shui consultant because Goldilocks knew that anything that was too hard, too soft, too hot, too cold, too big or too little just didn’t feel right. The same is true in feng shui. Whenever you describe a room in your house as “too _______” (dark, cluttered, small, cold, etc.) you can easily identify what needs to be changed in the room in order to make it feel better.

Balance and harmony are an important part of having good feng shui. Often we know a room doesn’t feel right, but we don’t know exactly what is going on or how to remedy it. One easy way to know what is going on in a space is to use what I call the “Goldilocks Principle”. When the word “too” is used to describe a room’s features, it is a clue to what needs to be changed in order to make the room look and feel better.


For example, the owner of the home pictured above might have described their living room as “too dark”, “too dated”, “too cluttered” and “too small”. From this description it is easy to figure out what needs to be done to remedy these things by simply using the opposite words to describe it. In other words, the room needs to be lighter, updated, organized and bigger.

        To accomplish the changes, the home owner added windows and white colors to bring in more light. Contemporary furnishings to chosen to update the look of the room, and the shelves along the wall on the right were removed to make the room larger. Removing the brick on the fireplace and the tiled floor also made the space feel more organized.
         The Goldilocks Principle is actually a modern way to describe a very ancient aspect of feng shui known as Yin/Yang Theory. The principles of yin and yang are a traditional way to bring balance into one’s life and one’s physical surroundings. In my book,  Feng Shui that Makes Sense  I created a “Room Balancing Checklist” that you can use to figure out what is going on in a room and how to make any necessary changes. By circling the features on the checklist that describe a room, it is easy to see what might be needed to improve its look and feel. By using the Goldilocks Principle and the ancient method of yin and yang to describe a space it is easier to figure out how to create a room that feels as good as it looks.
Copyright 2014, Cathleen McCandless, ALL rights reserved.
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