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Feeling under the weather or can't concentrate? Your 'sick' home or office may be to blame. Follow the holistic house doctor's advice for a healthy home
We've all walked into houses and got an uneasy feeling the moment we stepped through the door. Sometimes, this feeling of discontent can also strike in our own homes – we find that we don't sleep well in a particular house, or that our health, finances or relationships have suffered since moving. According to holistic interior consultant, buildings need healing too.
Here are room-by-room recommendations for a happy, healthy home:
If your family likes to sit around the table, choose russets and oranges. If you don't want them on the walls, you could have some red table mats, or some red candles in a gold candle holder. A flowering red plant would also be nice. If you want more honesty and openness around the dinner table, opt for green, which represents heartfelt feelings.
If your front door faces anything sharp, like the corner of a building or another house, the energy from the sharp corner or edge will be too forceful for inside your home. This can be sorted by simply hanging a wind chime outside to divert the strong energy.
A neutral colour, such as camel, beige or brown, works well for a living room. Opt for calming, balancing and restful colours like green and blue if you want to chill out in your living room. A mirror facing the window will help to bring the outside world inside and a mirror facing a lamp adds a nice relaxing touch.
Add splashes of the bright colours in your soft furnishings – get some red cushions or a gold throw rug for the sofa and you will find the whole neighbourhood congregates in your living room to party.
If you want better communication within your family, organise sofas and chairs so they're facing each other. This makes the living room very sociable.
All the colours of the rainbow are perfect for this room as this is about stimulating the child. Bright reds, oranges, yellows, greens, blues and violets are all high-energy colours.
If your child is very active and doesn't calm down as bedtime approaches, it may well be the Superman or Mr Incredible on their duvet cover that's over-stimulating them. Reds, oranges and yellows are not good colours for children's bedrooms. Light blues or greens would be much more calming and restful.
If you have a grumpy teenager who wants a black bedroom, It's important you let them have black to express themselves as much as they can. Give them something beautiful in a colour for their room – maybe some red roses, or a beautiful piece of art. They will start appreciating the colours and they will be encouraged out of their adolescent caves.
It's important that the kitchen is kept clear of too many things. Keep the things out that you use regularly, but make sure the rest is put away. If you want to be an inspirational chef, use colours like turquoise and orange. Both are creative colours and will get your ideas flowing. You'll be inspired to try out new recipes.
Oceanic colours are lovely in a bathroom, especially if you want to relax there. Choose turquoise, blue or green to create a haven of luxury. If you want to live yourself up in the shower, opt for yellow, which is an awakening colour and is like letting the sun in.
It's always good, where possible, to have the bedrooms on the sunnier side of the house so you wake up to natural light coming in. If you have problems sleeping, choose blue for your bedroom and if you're feeling insecure, a pale pink or peach would be perfect on your bedroom walls as they are womb-like colours and make us feel nurtured and cared for. Your bed should face north-south and you shouldn't have a mirror opposite your bed. The bedroom door should be to the front of you or to the side. Organise your clothes so you can see clearly what is in your wardrobe. Avoid having anything electrical such as televisions, CD players, digital clocks and cordless telephones near your head. If you're single and looking for love, use pinks in the bedroom.
If your study is somewhere that you check your emails after a day at work, gold and yellow are good colours to stimulate the intellect when it might be flagging.
However, if your study is used for your own business, choose a colour that matches the nature of your work.
Creative types should opt for turquoises and oranges, while a violet office would be inspirational and more spiritual. If you run a sports company, a bright red office is perfect and if you work in finance, introduce yellow and gold to enhance your concentration.
Warm colours like red, russet, terracotta and gold are nurturing in an entrance and they look welcoming in places of activity, such as a vestibule, where you are passing through. Welcome mats send out a good positive message.