Sunday, July 28, 2013

Colours and design in Feng Shui, the infographic.

Today I'm pleased to introuduce  a host post by writer and marketer Marcela de Vivo, who has created a wonderful infographic on Feng Shui. It summarizes awsomely this ancient art, that implies Colour and Design of the Home, while presenting some helpful advice aimed at avoiding troublesome issues in each area of it. Le'ts see what Marcela has to explain to us on this interesting topic:

"As Asian culture continues to gain popularity within western cultures, so does the ancient 3000-year old Chinese method of creating a harmonious environment, which is more commonly known as Feng Shui. When it is literally translated, Feng Shui means "wind and water," which is designed to promote vibrant health, wealth and overall well-being; however, the benefits will vary depending upon how well the energy, or "Qi," flows throughout the room, home, building or garden. For example, a Feng Shui home office requires an active, vibrant energy for increased success, while a bedroom will need a soft, sensual energy. In order to achieve these desired energies, you will need to follow the basic principles of Feng Shui  which are shown in the infographic provided by Soothing Walls below. Once you have defined the bagua (the energy map of your home), you can then begin to determine what colors you will use in each room and how to represent each of the five elements (fire, water, earth, metal and wood). While this may seem like too much to handle all at once, achieving a Feng Shui design for your home is fairly simple. The element of water, for instance, can be represented by adding decor pieces in various shades of blue, images of moving water, or having a small indoor fountain. Whether your focus is wealth, romance or good luck, the principles of feng shui can help bring the right energies into your home for whatever you desire."


I hope you have enjoyed this post and that it may be useful to you in some way or other. I'm not a Feng Shui expert but have read much on that subject, which has always been of my interest, and can consider it if you want it applied to your Home Design. For that, you can always contact me. Thank you so much to Marcela and best wishes to you!

Isabel de Yzaguirre,
La Colorista.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Colour Trends in the first half of the year.

According to what Tamsin Kingswell says in Mix Trends Newsletter, which  I'm subscribed to, the Summer is a good time to make an overview of colour trends as seen in the first half of the year.In Tamsin's words, "So far we’ve noticed metallics broadening out to include all things shiny (much on show at DMY), a romance with clear materials or those with just a hint of a tint and our love affair with green going ever deeper into the forest with a lovely, almost Loden-like shade. And we still don’t seem to have shaken off the collective passion for pastels and neons although at Mix our enthusiasm is waning fast. Instead we are waiting for a move towards darker, more sober colours that counterbalance all that candyfloss knocking about at the moment. "

From what I've seen in the streets here in the small Barcelona's area village where I live, I can confirm the love of pastels and neons among people, together with emerald green and floral colors such as pink, red and sunny yellow.


Cal Gavi, Moià (Barcelona).
Photo credits and colour  palette by
(c)-Isabel de Yzaguirre Maura, 2013.
www.lacolorista.com