Learning to Go With the Flow (While Making Your Room a Nicer Place To Be)

Learning to Go With the Flow (While Making Your Room a Nicer Place To Be)

Janel Laban
Nov 11, 2014
(Image credit: Kim Lucian)

You've been focusing on your project and the overall visuals of your room: the colors, textures and patterns. Today is a chance to take a bit of a breather and think about the physical space and your layout. A little work goes a long way here and you may be able to improve the flow of your room with just a few small shifts. Let's dig in on one of Maxwell's lessons...

Today's Assignment

First, read through a quick lesson on flow

Maxwell writes, "Energy can flow in one of three ways: quickly, slowly or not at all. In its natural state, energy flows slowly in a back-and-forth motion. This meandering motion can be easily observed in the movements of a snake, a flame, a river or a rising plume of smoke."

"If you create a straight path, the energy flow cannot meander. Instead, it will speed up and move very quickly. If there are too many curves or if there is no place to move, energy will slow until it stops and stagnates."

A good visual example to picture in your minds eye for this idea is a river. Where it is healthy and meandering, the water flows in a way that is peaceful and inviting to those on its shore. Not rushing dangerously and not in stagnant pools.

More from Maxwell: "Now consider your room. Imagine you open the door and let in a river of water. How will it flow? Will it rush right in and through or will it get stuck and swirl around in dead corners? Ideally it should meander around your furniture, creating paths that allow the most movement possible throughout the whole room. It should not, for example, run along one side of the room that is kept clear, while getting stuck and stagnating along the other side among furniture, clutter, and boxes. People instinctively tend to push things up against their walls and clear out the center of their rooms over time. We do this in an effort to organize or clear up, but we are only making matters worse. The resulting energy flow becomes wildly unbalanced, with fast, harmful energy running down the middle and dead, stagnant oxbows along the walls, where clutter easily forms."

(Image credit: Janel Laban)
(Image credit: Janel Laban)

Then, apply it to your room

Spend time in your room and with the floor plan that you created earlier. Think about this idea of flow and see if your current layout is a healthy one. Consider what changes you could make to improve the flow and give them a try. There is no time like the present to shake things up and see your room from a fresh perspective!

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