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Feng Shui Bathroom Before and After Photos and Tips Part 2

Vanity After


Vanity Before

As promised, I’m  going to follow up today on the Feng Shui principals that were involved in my recent NYC bathroom renovation.  In the last post I discussed the “big picture” decisions that affect the broader feeling of the space.  Today I’m going to look at the subtler, energetic factors that went into making this a strong Feng Shui design.

At the start of every project I begin with an in-depth Feng Shui consultation to find out the exact colors and elements needed for the space. By incorporating good energy into the design plan from day one, we ensure that the new and improved space looks good and supports everyone in the home. In this particular bathroom, the needed Feng Shui elements were METAL and WATER. Metal Element to help to protect health, Water Element to foster harmony and peace.

 In Feng Shui Design, there are three different ways to incorporate good energy into a space:

1. Add the best Feng Shui ELEMENT for the room (based on the five elements of Feng Shui, water, fire, etc)

2. Add the best Feng Shui COLOR for the room, based on the best Element

3. Add the best Feng Shui SHAPE to the room, based on the best Element

 All 3 levels of Feng Shui went into this bathroom makeover:

 1. Best Element: As I mentioned earlier, the best Feng Shui Elements for this room were METAL and WATER. Metal was incorporated in the cast-iron claw foot tub, the sconces and the towel holders. Water was already present in the sink, toilet and tub (as it is in all bathrooms), so there was no need to add an additional water feature, such as a fountain.

 2. Best Colors: Metal is represented by White, Gray, or Silver. Metal colors were incorporated into the white vanity and bathtub, the silver feet on the tub, the silver painted ceiling, and the pale gray floor tiles.

 Water is represented by Blue or Black. Water colors in this bathroom were incorporated into the pale blue penny round tiles on the walls, and the black chandelier, which adds a pop of glamour.

 I want to note something here. In the interest of creating an expansive, unbroken feeling in the space, I was determined to create a largely monochromatic color scheme (this fancy design term simply means “sticking to one color.”)   I did this, while still honoring the necessary Feng Shui colors, by working off of a white palate and finding shades of blue and gray at the very lightest end of their respective color spectrums.  The effect is a room that feels airy and open, allowing the client to take a deep breath and relax after a hectic day at work.  (It’s good to remember that we never need to sacrifice principles of fine design while incorporating the necessary Feng Shui elements.)

 3. Best Shapes: Metal is represented by the shape of a circle. This I accomplished by installing two full walls of penny round tiles.

 Water is represented by the shape of a wave. I incorporated this shape into the smoothly flowing curves around the window, in the shampoo niche, and at the most visible corner in the room.  This required a little extra engineering, but the end result was well worth it.  (See the shapes and colors in the pictures below.)

Rounded corners promote balanced chi flow and create a soothing space

Now compare these images to what came before…

See how chopped-up and discordant the shapes and colors were in the original bathroom?  A few key changes along those lines made for a big impact aesthetically, and accomplished a world of good in terms of Feng Shui.

 So, there you have it, and just in time for the holidays…


…a Feng Shui bathroom that will help this home owner to have a healthy, prosperous and happy New Year!


1 Linda K { 12.29.11 at 6:41 pm }

Wow, Reiko! This is gorgeous!! I love the bathroom colors and walls. You really need to have your own TV show!!! I’d watch!! 🙂

2 DEBrozina { 12.30.11 at 9:53 am }

It’s beautiful, Reiko! Love the colors and harmony of the space

3 picture hanging { 08.03.12 at 8:41 am }

Superb pics.Keep it up in future too.

4 picture hanging { 08.03.12 at 8:41 am }

Superb pics.Keep it up in future too.

5 Guest { 11.16.12 at 3:52 am }


6 Bree { 01.31.13 at 8:04 pm }

I love the clawfoot tub! Where did you find that extra wide and long shower curtain?

7 Reiko Gomez { 02.06.13 at 10:41 am }

Thank you Bree! I found the 90″ high shower curtain and custom shower track at http://www.Curtain-Tracks.com.

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