Interior Design Using Feng Shui Principles: Part 4 – Design Tips for Living Areas
Buy the best door mat! In my opinion the best door mat you can buy will be an invaluable investment. It should be washable and do what it is supposed to i.e. prevent dirt from entering the home saving you hours of hard work cleaning floors and paying you back for many years to come. Look out for door mats that are skinny in order to allow a door to pass across them without catching on the mat. A good door mat will ensure your living areas are looking good!
Where the flooring is wood, consider selecting matching skirting and architraves and even interior doors which gives a more sleek and expensive appearance. If you are replacing doors, ensure you either replace the hinges with shiny new ones or polish up the old ones to improve their appearance. New doors are available in kits which include the frame, architrave and door, and if ordering from a joiner or joinery firm you can request special seals be fitted to the doors so that when closed they are sound-proof and draught-proof.
If using an area rug on a floor, remember that it could significantly reduce the room to the size of the rug so this is better suited to bigger rooms. It may also be impractical to use a rug in rooms where chairs are constantly being pulled back and forth, such as a dining room or a home office. For odd-shape spaces, consider using a round rug so that it doesn’t draw attention to the irregular shape of the room. Fringing on rugs or a very thick deep pile could create a trip hazard and would be best avoided especially in a home with elderly or very young people.
Read my next weekly blog in this series called ‘Interior Design Using Feng Shui Principles: Part 5 – Design Tips for Lighting’.