Archive for November, 2010

Feng Shui for Furniture

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Feng Shui  is an ancient Chinese art and philosophy which focuses on how the arrangement of material objects, such as furniture, can affect the flow of positive energy (known as Qi/Chi), and thus the health, wellbeing and happiness of the individual.

According to Feng Shui all objects, whether living or inanimate, contain energy which can affect things and persons within their immediate vicinity.

The Five Elements- Feng Shui proposes that everything is made from five main elements: Earth, Fire, Water, Metal and Wood. Each of these elements interacts with the four other elements, either harmoniously or conflictingly.

Yin and yang- In addition to these five elements, everything is said to have energy which is either ‘Yin’ or ‘Yang. Yin is a passive form of energy, while Yang is active. The basis of mastering Feng Shui in the home is to arrange your furniture and other elements in a way that creates perfect balance between Yin and Yang energies.

Clearly it is not possible to go into the theory of Feng Shui in any depth in such a short article, but the most important aspect is to grasp the idea that everything you place within a room will have an effect not only on your own energies, but on the energies of every other piece of furniture you place near it.

If you feel that your house is chaotic and perhaps noisy, try incorporating some furniture which will increase the amount of calming Yin energy in your home. Conversely, if a particular room feels quiet or sterile, try introducing some Yang elements which have vibrant colours.

Pine furniture maintenance tips

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Pine wood is an incredibly versatile, robust and affordable material for home furniture. Whether in the living room, kitchen or bedroom, pine furniture can look great as part of your overall decor for many years, provided that it is properly maintained and looked after.

Pine is a softwood, and usually contains a variety of knots and imperfections which add to its character. These are physical reminders that, while the furniture itself may be man-made, the wood it is constructed from is of natural origin, and so should be treated accordingly.

Do not place near extreme heat or cold - Changes in temperature can cause the fibres within the wood to either expand or contract. This in turn can result in cracks and warping which will shorten the lifespan of your furniture and negatively affect its aesthetic appearance. Avoid placing pine furniture close to heat sources, such as radiators and fires.

Do not get wet - When cleaning use a mildly damp cloth, but ensure that water does not remain on the surface, as this can seep in and cause rot or warping. Also, avoid using chemicals of any kind when cleaning, as these can negatively affect the wood.

Use a coaster - Do not place drinking vessels, particularly those containing hot beverages, directly onto the surface of the wood, as this can cause staining and leave permanent marks.

Dine in style with oak furniture

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

The dining room is one of the most actively used rooms in any house, and so when you’re looking for new furniture to furnish it, you naturally want something that is durable and will still look good after thousands of meals.

Obviously the heart of the dining room is the dining table itself, and so it’s often a good idea to choose this piece of furniture first and base the rest of your choices around it. A solid oak dining table is not only immensely hardy and resistant to wear, it can also add a wonderfully traditional presence to the room, and provide a sophisticated ambience for family meals or entertaining guests. They are often available with extendable leaves, making them easily adaptable to a range of situations.

Oak dining chairs meanwhile provide comfortable furniture which is both practical and aesthetically pleasing. Oak sideboards and display cabinets can provide ample storage space in the dining area, while at the same time adding a lot of character to the room.

The great thing about oak furniture is that it can last a lifetime, meaning that the dining furniture that you use when your children are young may conceivably be the same furniture you have when your grown up grandchildren come to visit.