Sheron Cardin's Input...: Find out how much YIN or YANG you have...

I have been an interior designer for over 27 years and I have always taught my clients the principles I used while decorating their home so they may enjoy decorating too. The home staging trend in residential real estate is a great way to reach more people every day and what I enjoy the most is they are learning the basics of good design through staging. It is my dream for every person to know the joy and pride of living in a decorated home.

Find out how much YIN or YANG you have...

baguabaguabaguabaguabaguabaguayin yangyin yangyin yangyin yangyin yangyin yangyin yangyin yangyin yangIn doing my research for my feng shui adventure, I ran across a chart that shows what characteristics are of Yin and which are of Yang and if you have too much of either one then...well, I know this is another side trip but Feng Shui for me seems like a whole series of side trips so taking that into consideration, I really like this one and want to share it with you.

First you need to find your attributes on the Yang and Yin charts so I will enter them here. (From the book Feng Shui Chic)

No one is entirely yin or yang, but at any given point in time you have a predominant energy in your body.

Start with how you are right now. Check the attributes in each list that describe you in the present moment and count up the score.

YANG YIN
LIGHT HEAVY
CONFIDENT SENSITIVE
ENTHUSIASTIC GENTLE
LOGICAL IMAGINATIVE
OUTGOING INTROSPECTIVE
STRONG SOFT
DIRECT, FOCUSED NURTURING
QUICK MOVEMENTS SLOW MOVEMENTS
EXUBERANT QUIET
MENTAL, INTELLECTUAL PHYSICALLY ORIENTED
VALUE DECISIVENESS & CHANGE VALUE COMFORT & SAFETY
   
TOO MUCH YANG TOO MUCH YIN
FEEL HYPERACTIVE GET DEPRESSED OFTEN
DO NOT EXPRESS EMOTIONS EASILY CRY FREQUENTLY
ENERGETIC AND ACTIVE GAIN WEIGHT EASILY
ALWAYS THINKING ABOUT THE FUTURE DWELL IN THE PAST
NOT PRACTICAL ENOUGH FEELINGS OF HOPELESSNESS
WANDER THROUGH LIFE TEND TO CONTROL OTHERS
HAVE A HARD TIME STAYING HOME DO NOT WANT TO LEAVE THE HOUSE
THROW EVERYTHING AWAY HOLD ON TO THINGS TOO LONG

Now believe it or not, there are actually adjustments you can make in your homes decor to balance your Yin Yang or energy. Isn't this great? I know how to cheer myself and my clients up but did not realize that we could use Feng Shui ensuring a successful transition.

Very briefly, you can change the following if you have too much Yang:

  • Shapes - include curved or flowing shapes. You can replace a wood cocktail table for a curvy wicker one.
  • Colors - tone it down. Black is the most Yin color...deep dark colors are good too. Stay away from white walls.
  • Furnishings - soften and absorb. Minimize mirrors, increase your upholstered furniture, reduce your wood.
  • Lighting - think soft. Install dimmer switches, use full window coverings and add downward lamp lighting.
  • Windows and floor treatments - think rich and full. Change wood shutters to draperies. Cover hard flooring with plush rugs.
  • Density and size - full it up. Lots of furniture and a heavy armoire or chest increase Yin energy. Cover light colored counter tops with potted plants in the corners.

If you have too much Yin:

  • Shapes - straighten up. Add tall vertical lines like bamboo sticks, plants, vertical stripes.
  • Colors - turn on the heat. Add some bright color to your spaces like a red bowl on your table, bright bed sheets, bold art, colored candles
  • Furnishings - be firm. Get your stuff off the floor like baskets, magazine racks, plants. You want firmness like wood arms on your upholstered chairs.
  • Lighting - go natural. Use natural light as much as possible. Light up your dark rooms with bright track lighting, use halogens that send light upward instead of downward.
  • Windows & floor treatments - think open and clean. Replace fabric window coverings with wood shutters or blinds. Expose all your hard surfaces and keep rugs to an absolute minimum. Surround yourself with shinny surfaces
  • Density and size - lighten up. Clear pathways, use lightweight furniture, and keep the scale small. Keep your counters clear.
Isn't this interesting. Since our Chi changes constantly, you can actually create different spaces in your home for different balance needs. I am going to give this some very serious thought and really apply the principles...and to think I did all this without making a funny... ;-)

 

 

                                                                  

 

Namaste

Comment balloon 30 commentsSheron Cardin • August 21 2007 06:27PM

Comments

It's great when you have a home large enough to incorporate both yin and yang spaces. At different times you're in different moods, so it's nice to have a place for each.
Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) about 12 years ago

Interesting stuff...
Who decided which side is Yin and which side is Yang?

Posted by Joyce Heffner-Williams, Owner/Broker/EcoBroker - Monument Real Estate (Keller Williams Clients' Choice Realty) about 12 years ago
I really like this post.  In Hawaii Fen Shui is important to many people.  Very helpful list.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Sharon - I am thinking if I have too much Yang (very seldom) I can Yin my bedroom and if I have too much Yin (most of the time) I can Yang my kitchen and office. See? You don't need a big house to have balance.

Randy - stick with me...we will get this figured out yet! 

 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) about 12 years ago
Very interesting! I think I will study these feng shui principles some more, it's always good to have a right energy flow. Great list here!
Posted by Edite Liepina-Lawrence (ERA Tradewind Real Estate) about 12 years ago
That is indeed interesting.  I have always wanted to have someone come in to my home and style it according to Feng Shui.  It would be so neat!
Posted by Nathan Blair about 12 years ago

Wow! I have too much yin! I am glad you included the suggestions on how to remedy that! I have just recently done some of those things...maybe I will start to see a difference. Fun post.

Thanks,

Susie

Posted by Susie Larsen, East Idaho Real Estate Photographer (Susie Larsen Photography) about 12 years ago
I agree with Randy....so many different cultures...but feng shui is very abundant here and the Chinese even have big time lessons when we go to buy stuff. in any case I think I bounce back and forth with Yin and Yang...and hopefully most of the time have balance in between.
Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) about 12 years ago
I know I can use more Yang in my coffee! There is so much to it that I know bits and pieces will stick with me more than others...more in the decorating arena than anything else so I will be happy to pass on what I learn to be true.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) about 12 years ago
Sheron, I LOVE your explanation! Stop buying books, I have the most extensive library you would ever find :)  Yin/Yang is based on the equinox and the summer and winter solstice and is the basis of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  It's difficult sometimes to keep a balance which is so important and that's how they help heal.  In Feng Shui one or the other can dominate your surroundings and it's one of the things we look at.  And I'm going to shut up before I take over your post :)
Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 12 years ago
I have too much yin, I'm going to tweak my office.  Hope it helps!
Posted by Tracey Thomas, CA Real Estate Broker (BrokerInTrust Real Estate) about 12 years ago
I'm a yin with too much yin!  sunberr
Posted by Marci Toliver, Anderson SC, Spartanburg,Greenville SC, Home Staging (438-4642) about 12 years ago

Carole - I was so nervous to see your name in the comments...but you handled it well. Inquiring minds want to know. Keeping it simple in my head helps and you HELP.

Tracy - me tooooo.

Marci - hey you where have you been? Happy to see you getting wet! Get your Yang on! 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) about 12 years ago
Oh, Sheron, nervous of ME?  I'm thrilled you're reading and learning more, I just want to make sure it's the right stuff :)  And I really do have any books you could want on the subject.  Now if you'll PLEASE take me off the call block on your phone we can continue to the next phase!
Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 12 years ago
Carole - you were and are my inspiration and motivation. I don't know if I would have found a way in without you...really.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago
Sheron, I understand Feng Shui, but I didn't understand that exercise at all!
Posted by Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495 (Stage it Right!) almost 12 years ago

Terry -

Assess your characteristics with the Yang and Yin. If you have too much Yin, you can add Yang by using different elements in your home. If you have too much Yang, you can increase the Yin in your home decor. Do you want more information? I have some. 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago

What a very interesting and informative post, Sheron! Thanks! Rated 5 and bookmarked!

Julia

Posted by Julia Fedak (Royal LePage State Realty) almost 12 years ago
Ummmmm thanks Sheron, I pretty much Feng Shuied my home, well according to the book I read.  I'm just too brain dead to try to figure out how much of each I am :-)  I'm still in love with Troy Donohue!
Posted by Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495 (Stage it Right!) almost 12 years ago

Julia - thank you!

Terry - wasn't he a surfer? GAG me with a spoon. 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago

To look at them literally:

Ying-- is associated with female energy. The word itself has multiple meanings that include negative, evil, shady, dark. We refer the underworld as the Ying space.

Yang-- is associated with male energy. The world literally means sun, so anything light, positive, etc. associates with the word as well. We refer the human world as the Yang space since we have the positive chi (energy).

When we talk about ying and yang, the point is to strive for balance. it also corresponds to Confucius' ideology to strike for the middle, neutral ground where everything is balanced. You don't want excess, but you don't want too little either.

When you have too much of yang energy, you can feel really agitated because your internal fire is being fueled by the yang energy. When you have too much ying energy, you can feel weak and depressed because your chi is imbalanced. So same thing can be applied to space, the feng shui (literally meanings are "wind" and "water"). When you have dominant energy in the room, you may feel agitated, such as rooms with really strong colors like red accent walls all over. When you have very passive energy like ying in the space, such as dark rooms, etc., people naturally will feel diminished energy over a period of time.

Overall Feng Shui is about the flow of the harmonious energy so you want to create a space where both is balanced. 

 

;) 

Posted by Cindy Lin (Staged4more Home Staging & Designs // EcoJoe) almost 12 years ago
I have as much Yin as I do Yang.  Hmm...does this mean that I don't need to Feng Shui my surroundings because I have it within?
Posted by Debbie Johnson, Novi, MI Real Estate Professional (REMERICA United Realty) almost 12 years ago

Hi Cindy - thank you for taking the time to simplify the meanings. That is easy for everyone to remember.

Deb - you sound balance indeed. Is your home balanced too or are you innately balanced? I need balance like I need water. Balance is what I need to feel right and I react to the world from balance so having my environment support my need is becoming very important. It should make my personal journey easier.

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago

Huh, I'm one short of yin than yang which would suggest close to balanced, no? And yet I'm finding myself suddenly wanting to get rid of *everything* in my surroundings and start over - well, alright I'll keep the kitchen and morning room...hrrrm.  Funny, I seem to be moving towards wanting more yin.  I need a Carol here!!

 

 

Posted by Jackie Peraza, Home Stager - Framingham, Massachusetts (Perceptions AdverStaging(TM), LLC) almost 12 years ago

Jackie - I am so sorry I didn't see your comment...it has been a month :(  Sometimes we just want to redecorate!!! to express our growth...

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago
Sheron, sorry I missed this. Recently, my Ying has been yearning and my Yang has been yanked.  But that coconut Chi-Chi I had last night sure helped :) Great post.
Posted by Lori Kim Polk, Home Stager - Roseville, Sacramento ( Premiere Home Staging : Home Staging Services) almost 12 years ago

Chi-Chi's, ummm, one of my tropical favorites...used to drink them by the dozen in Hawaii and then I got the bar bill and needed a few more to get over the shock...could have made a car payment!

Could a Chi-Chi have good feng shui? 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago

Sheron - I figured you were busy doing what you do and working :)  Yep, some redecorating has definitely been in the works. 

Jackie

Posted by Jackie Peraza, Home Stager - Framingham, Massachusetts (Perceptions AdverStaging(TM), LLC) almost 12 years ago
I have grown tired of some of my spaces too and I would love to incorporate the 5 elements consciously into my planning...will share when I figure it out.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago

Valerie, thank you for reviving this post. It is hard to believe I still show in Google's first page. Back then I wrote about feng shui because I found it fun and funny. I actually got a call from the Chelsea Handler show asking me to come on the show as their feng shui expert. I about fell off my chair! Imaging their disappointment when I had to turn them down...lol.

Have you read my other feng shui posts? Here is a link if you haven't.

The irony of it all is I have since become certified and practice feng shui through my paintings and design.

Thanks again.

Sheron

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 7 years ago

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