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Enhancements for the Center

The most important part of enhancing the Center is to make sure it feels stable, uncluttered and very earthy. If a stairway lies there you have what we call a Feng Shui splinter. This is an item that is doing the opposite of what it is you ideally want to have happen in this space. Stairways are dangerous and are like energetic waterways where the energy is rushing quickly up and down. Adding items that represent the earth element will give it a sense of stability. Here are some recommended enhancements for this area to create a deeper sense of balance:

  • The ideal paint colors for this area are earth tones of golds, yellows and taupes or lighter browns.
  • Carpeting is always recommended on stairways for the obvious safety reasons. Ideal carpet colors are the same as the paint color recommendations above.
  • Hang pictures depicting earthy landscapes or those with earth colors or objects in squares and/or rectangles.

Use Pictures of Earthy Landscapes on Stairways and in the Center of the Home

  • On stairways, hang pictures horizontally, rather than in a manner where they are stepped down the stairs. This will create a solid line for the eye, creating more of a sense of stability.
  • On stairways, put a potted plant at the bottom, provided there is room. (Silk ones are fine as well.) This will give a sense of stability.
  • Hang pictures with earthy landscapes as opposed to pictures of bodies of water.
  • On stairways, remove mirrors from landings and replace with a potted plant or an earthy picture. Mirrors represent water.
  • Artwork that reminds you to remain centered
  • Objects in the colors of gold, yellow and earth tones
  • Square and rectangular shaped objects
  • Create a vision board of pictures and phrases that invoke a sense of balance. Hang it in the center of the home if appropriate, or display in your home office or area of meditation.
  • Pictures and photos of places in nature that bring you into balance
  • If the Yin/Yang symbol holds meaning for you, display it in this area.
  • This is also a great place for your meditation area.

One business I did a consultation for that was doing very poorly, had a picture of a ship in stormy seas bolted onto a pillar right in the center of the business. Needless to say this “environmental affirmation” was not serving their desire to be on a stable and steady course!

Make sure all your pictures represent what it is you truly want to bring into your life and reflect a sense of wholeness and stability. In the center of the home or business, water is not the element to be represented here. Water pictures are wonderful in the Career area which represents water, but not in the more earthy and fiery area such as the Center or the Fame area. In the five elements theory, which is intimately connected to Feng Shui, the floaty and unstable quality of water will destabilize the earth element.

Beautiful Earthy Landscape pictures courtesy of Danice Bouret

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Erica Sofrina

Erica Sofrina is an Internationally recognized Speaker and Teacher and Author of the book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World. She is also a life coach and motivational speaker and is the founder of the West Coast Academy of Feng Shui. She has run a successful business as a Professional Organizer, Interior Designer and Certified Feng Shui Consultant for over a decade and resides on the charming coastal town of Half Moon Bay in Northern California. Find out more at

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2:39PM PDT on Oct 17, 2013

I love it! Thank you!

12:28PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012


11:01PM PDT on Jun 7, 2012

I have trouble figuring out the bagua for our home. The house is rectangular. The garage is attached by a breeze-way room. It is smaller than the depth of the house or garage. The center of the house, itself is taken up by stairways, one atop the other and fireplace and 2 closets. Kinda' strange set-up.

10:34PM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Yes Antonia, Feng Shui brings in many common sense decorating ideas, but it is much more than that, see the Bagua information in this article. At the Foundation of Feng Shui is the belief that we should create beautiful places that inspire us and feed our souls. When we do, we are happier people. It is very simple and very obvious. That is the point I have been making in my articles, it IS simple and obvious.

7:32PM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Erica, sounds like you're describing plain old interior decorating.

12:59PM PDT on Jun 4, 2012


12:52PM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Thank you all for the constructive comments. I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Shelley, all is not lost because your wealth area is in the bathroom. I had a house like that and my solution was to make that bathroom totally wonderful. I painted it a wonderful periwinkle blue, got beautiful berry colored new towels and bath mat, hung some beautiful crystals and had a wonderful picture incorporating these colors that reflected a feeling of plushness and abundance, and I kept the toilet lid closed at all times. I made it so that I loved that bathroom. Bathrooms were negative places because in the past they were unattractive out houses. Make your bathroom feel like a spa...see my last article on 8 steps to Feng Shui for Bathroom, link found at the top of the comments section.
Paul, regarding your comment about finding a Feng Shui book to simplify it. My book is called Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World and available in hard copy, kindle or in a pdf format that you can down load from my web site. See the link for my book at the end of this article.
Antonia, yes there are dishonest people in every profession, we all know that, and you are not the first to bring up Penn and Tellers video. That doesn't negate all of the legitimate people who are committed to helping people make their homes wonderful, nurturing and inspiring places to be. You can't dismiss an entire profession just because there are some crooks in it, if so we would have t

11:33AM PDT on Jun 4, 2012


6:22AM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Thanks Erica,,must get a book on this, as I don't know much about "feng".

3:47AM PDT on Jun 4, 2012


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