S. LEE WRIGHT
HOLISTIC INNER DESIGNS
The more space you have the more you fill it up. It seems to be the way of the world. I remember when I moved into my first home in London, a 4-story townhouse. It seemed so HUGE!   However, in 3 short years we managed to fill every square inch of it and more.  It amazed me to think we filled up that enormous house so quickly!
Bookcases of our stuff

Bookcases of our stuff

From my experience, this seems to be one of the basic the laws of nature. Create a vacuum and nature works very hard to fill it up.  As I expanded my knowledge from Interior Design into the field of Feng Shui, this NATURAL LAW was taught as a guiding principal in this ancient practice. I then learned how we could use it MINDFULLY.  We could learn to use our physical spaces to manipulate our lives. These changes, to our inner and outer worlds, could be enhanced by emptying or filling up our spaces respectfully. The key was to do it with a purpose in mind.
Feng Shui has the power to transform our lives in 2017 it is the year of the Rooster

Feng Shui has the power to transform our lives in 2017 it is the year of the Rooster

I hypothesize that you would like to have more SPACE in your life.  Both in the physical realm such as in your HOME, as well as more space in your LIFE.
As a designer, I can give you some designer tricks on how to make your space seem BIGGER and how to make sure your space, no matter how limited or challenging, is used to its fullest POTENTIAL.
ADD COLOR ACCENT WALLS.
Adding some color into the space is such a great, easy and inexpensive way to make a space change in size, scale and feeling.  Paint ONE wall in each space an ACCENT color.  Creating a focal wall makes a room grow and creates a sense of dynamic energy which evokes a sense of more space. Give into your passion and allow a space to have a color that makes you happy.  It does not need to be a big wall, in fact a small brightly colored wall can dramatically change the overall feeling of a space in a very subtle but powerful way.
Color can make a space GROW

Color can make a space GROW

 

 

UNBLOCK DOORS.
Clear away anything blocking any doors/doorways or halls.  All circulation spaces, all entry spaces must be clear of clutter and stuff.  Foyers are especially important.  Since this is a function space in everyone’s home I suggest you invest some time, money and energy to get your Foyer designed properly to avoid cluttered space, piles of things and blocked doors. A designer hint: use wall hooks as much as possible and train yourself and your family to put all coats, bags, umbrellas, scarfs immediately onto these hooks in the entry area and you will find out how much more space and time you will have!
A clear entry allows positive things to flow into your space

A clear entry allows positive things to flow into your space

RIGHT SCALED FURNITURE.
Get rid of any oversized pieces of furniture. I give you PERMISSION to do this.  Keeping something that you don’t like because you spent money on it is negative on every level. If it doesn’t serve you, release it.
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Now make sure you get furniture that FITS your space and your NEEDS.  Function comes first and BIG IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER or more comfortable.
Midcentury furniture is such a classic because it is very small in scale but often very comfortable even for larger men!  There is a reason for it’s great success.
Small scaled furniture like this mid-century chair can be perfect

Small scaled furniture like this mid-century chair can be perfect

BLANK SPACE.
Cluster your artwork and photos on one wall or in one area and leave one wall/area EMPTY.  This allows the art to be inspirational by itself and allows your mind to process it with the blank canvas of space alongside it.  Many spaces are literally cluttered with too much stuff on the walls.  Leave some walls blank.  It is becoming increasingly well-known that we are not allowing enough unoccupied space in our lives which inhibits creativity, emotional processing and ultimately our happiness.  We need some blank space to allow our minds to be resourceful.
Clustering your artwork or collections allows for some other walls to be empty

Clustering your artwork or collections allows for some other walls to be empty

Living in the Basque Country in the north of SPAIN I am aware of the sense of SPACE being very much linked to the community surround us.  The Basque people are connected to the physical environment in a much deeper sense than most other places I have experienced.  In the modern world we often are linked more with our sense of work-self than our sense of space.
The Basque Country seaside

The Basque Country seaside

It is this sense of connectedness to our space, this magical connection, that I seek to help revitalize in us all, no matter where we live with my holistic design methodology, books and lectures.  If you want to see more of my #holisticdesign approach, check out my website. http://www.sleewright.com
What MORE SPACE means for each of us is different.  What is more space to me, is very different to the people in this culture, for example. I feel it is worth exploring what you consider of GREATEST VALUE in your life and what more space means to you and WHY you want it.  I also recommend to not get caught in the game of wishing to have more for the sake of having more. More is not always good, nor better. Sometimes it is the smallest of things, the smallest of spaces that give us the greatest expansion in our hearts and souls which helps us ultimately live larger. Think about this then go MAKE MORE meaningful SPACE in your home and life.

Stay tuned as next week we tackle how to MAKE MORE SPACE in your storage areas and closets.

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