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The Key to Creating a Balanced Home

How to Create Active ‘Yang’ Spaces

In this active space we can have more 'Yang' features, although we don't want sharp-edged furniture anywhere!

Yang spaces are the more active spaces such as children’s playrooms, kitchens, sun rooms, gyms or work-out rooms, home offices, crafts rooms,  laundry rooms, family rooms (depending upon the use), hallways and garages.

These spaces should incorporate more Yang components which would be: brighter lighting, whites, neutrals and/or bolder colors, more angular shaped furniture and accessories with less detail.

In architecture the Bauhaus period in Germany from around 1919 – 1933 was the beginning of modernist design utilizing more Yang components, leading up to the modern architecture of our day.

Slick glass and mirrors, metal and plastics, high, vast ceilings, bright spaces, angles, bold stripes and geometric patterns, square, hard, angular furniture without detail, flooring of hard woods, cement and tile, all reflect Yang design materials and features.

In balancing a home we want to first determine the use of the space and then incorporate the Yin and Yang qualities appropriate for it. Passive, more restful  spaces where you want the energy to calm down should incorporate more Yin features and active spaces where you want the energy to ‘pick-up’, more Yang features. The key, however, is to make sure we always have some of both qualities  in every room, and not an over-abundance of either. Rooms with too much Yin will feel depressing and spaces with too much Yang will burn us out if we spend long periods in them.

To create a more Yang space, have fewer pieces of furniture,  add fabrics with geometric or bold stripes and/or no patterns at all, lighter and/or brighter colors,  shinier and slicker fabrics , harder surfaces and less detail. This can be a very ‘Zen’ look with fewer objects allowing the space to breathe, but if you overdo the Yang, it will feel cold and uninviting.

You can cozy-up a too-Yang space by bringing in Yin features such as circular-shaped and/or upholstered furniture, plants, detailed accessories and fabrics,  darker colors and softer objects such as pillows, window coverings, carpeting and/or area rugs and cushy fabrics.

When using modern Yang decor, make sure to choose furniture with more rounded edges. Sharp-edged furniture functions like a weapon in our space. It may be subtle, but you will never fully relax in a room that has objects that can injure you. Our homes always need to be people friendly no matter what style of decor you are drawn to.

If you have a studio apartment where everything is in one room, make the areas next to the sleeping and resting spaces more Yin and the areas used for work and activity more Yang. House TV’s and Computers in cabinets or cover with a throw at night to calm down the energy for rest times. (See my article Feng Shui for Small Spaces.)

And…always bring in the Five Elements, which include plants and things that are either from the natural world or pictures and objects that represent nature.  (See my article – Bringing the Five Elements into the Home) We will never feel truly at home in  ultra- modern homes  and offices without them, because of our deep innate connection to the natural world.

The key is to have a balance of both Yin and Yang qualities in every room, emphasizing more Yin or Yang features depending upon the use. Once we have achieved an appropriate Yin/Yang balance, we will be well on our way to creating a harmonious home that supports, uplifts and nurtures our lives!

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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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8:26AM PDT on May 7, 2014

Thank you.

2:39PM PST on Nov 9, 2012


7:02PM PST on Feb 12, 2012

Hmmm, I think my house has more Yin elements than Yang...

8:34PM PST on Feb 9, 2012

Thank you.

4:17PM PST on Feb 9, 2012


2:54AM PST on Feb 4, 2012

I'd heard the expression Yin and Yang before, but never knew what it meant. This explains alot. Thanks.

1:59PM PST on Jan 28, 2012

Is this from the ancient chinese culture? If it is, how do they explain their immense cruelty. Is that Yin or Yang or just being miserable sick individuals? The Chinese bound women's feet and castrated servants. Today they are the most cruel individuals on the planet when it comes to the treatment of animals. How can they "balance the forces in a room" and then have absolutely no conscience? They laugh at the suffering of animals. Monsters.

11:58PM PST on Jan 27, 2012

I'll have to clear the desk again ;-)

7:06AM PST on Jan 25, 2012

Interesting. Thanks, Erica! :)

7:02AM PST on Jan 25, 2012

noted good read

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