How To Create Warmth and Invitation in Your Home

How To Create Warmth and Invitation in Your Home

Today’s guest post is from Kim Colwell a truly gifted sustainable interior designer, owner of Kim Colwell Design, and partner at the Shambhalla Institute.


Have you ever wondered how to create more warmth and invitation in your home so that your space reflects your personality?


TRANSFORMATIONAL DESIGN is a new technique from the Shambhalla Institute that combines the principles of psychology, feng shui, and sustainable interior design into one fabulous system. Designed to impact every aspect of your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, a well thought out space can stimulate your creativity and nourish your fulfillment just as a stagnate environment can inadvertently stifle these things and bring the opposite result.


Think 1 part psychology + 1 part subtle sciences + 1 part sophisticated design skills = total transformation


To bring peace, prosperity, and healing into your home, I recommend following these SUGGESTIONS/TIPS:


Take a moment and stand at the front door to your home. Look inside. What do you see? Do you walk into a wall, look straight out a window, or are you immediately aware of the back of a sofa as you enter? Like the before shot above reveals, walking into the side arm of a sofa can create an aloof presence which is seen as an energetic block.


Feng Shui Tip: Start by placing your main seating in a way that it is easily seen from the perspective of the front door. This will open up your space and draw you into the room, giving you all the warm, fuzzy feelings that make you feel at home. In the after photo above, even the coffee table was designed in a kidney shape to embrace you as you enter the space. These subtleties can dramatically add life and flow to a once stagnate or even cold room.


The main feng shui principles of always being able to see the door to the room from the perspective of the main seating, bed, desk or even the chef’s main cooking spot, gives you a sense of empowerment and control over your environment. The opposite position can make you feel too vulnerable or in the weaker position.


Color Tip: If you are someone who is often over stimulated, color can be an incredible tool to bring balance and harmony to the space. The serene green tones in the space above are both calming and a natural balancer to my client. Knowing that her goal was to live in an environment that enabled her to fully relax yet feel creatively inspired, I juxtaposed pops of orange and yellow to maintain a fun atmosphere. Even the reflective materials such as the glass on the coffee table keep the room feeling light.


Enjoy your process and your peaceful nest!


If you like this article and would like to contribute to the conversation, please take a moment to leave a comment.


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Kim Colwell’s deep commitment to establishing a personalized foundation for each client’s individual needs make her an in demand transformative designer who has made a big difference in many people’s lives.


Kim’s projects have been featured in Lucky, Angeleno, Modern Bride, Feng Shui for Modern Living, JCK Luxury, Women’s Wear Daily, California Apparel News, InStore, Rapaport Diamond Report, Working Nurse, National Jeweler and Philadelphia Inquirer’s Daily News. Kim has been interviewed by the Fox Network, wellness television, and C magazine. Kim is based in Los Angeles, CA and Vancouver, BC.


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  1. Shelley,
    Your just amazing with your finds. This is a wonderful article and now that I am in the midst of designing my whole home. This is just to fantastic to mention. I thought about colors and placement.

    I must stay away from rugs. I have serious breathing problems with them I have lots of traffic based on my lifestyle. Guest almost daily and card games with parties.

    Now, the summer is arriving we must put everything into getting it done right. I love the ideas and colors. I look at putting my huge pictures out yet must insure them first. My long halls and tall ceilings are going to be the most difficult to design. I am up for the challenge now.

    I must say thank you for finding this article to make as a topic, Your so inspirational and I am going to be checking back for everything.

    You make my lifestyle more enjoyable by keeping it simple. Thank you for giving this reader something to look forward to.
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi William, I’m so glad you enjoyed this article. Kim is really fantastic and her tips are great. You should call Kim and see if she can help you with your home design. I hope that the design process goes well and that you have fun with it. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi William,

      I am so glad the article inspired you to take a new perspective to your space. I am always available for questions as you embark in what sounds like a fun design project. Good luck with it and really put your personality into every inch of your home!

      Have a wonderful weekend!

      • Shelley Alexander says:

        Hi Tom, I’m glad you liked the article, Kim is an excellent designer and her tips are really helpful. I also like open floorplans and lots of windows, thanks for sharing.

      • Shelley Alexander says:

        Kim, Thanks for reaching out to William. I’m sure that you can really help him to be successful with his design project.

  2. Tom Burt says:

    Great article on placement of furniture and the difference that color selection can make. I myself choose earth tones, wood, leather. I like open floorplans, windows, etc…
    I can’t wait to read about some of your healthy recipes !
    Thanks Shelly!

    Tom Burt
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  3. This is a great article, Shelley and Kim. I had not understood any part of Feng Shui before, i had always thought about it as being a very mystical sort of practice. Explaining it the way you did about wanting to arrange the room from a particular perspective so you can retain the power makes a lot of sense to me.

    Of course, you know I had to go stand in my doorway to check out what my house was like. It looks to me like I can make some changes and make them in a very easy kind of way. (no jackhammers)

    Thank you again for a very interesting post, I really enjoyed it.
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Michael, Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Kim is the expert on Feng Shui and when she explained in the article on how to use it in your home it was very interesting to learn. I’m happy to hear you will be able to make some easy changes in your house without the use of jackhammers. 🙂

  4. Hi Kim and Shelley,
    I love the idea of transformational design incorporating all those concepts. It is amazing to me how we can feel the energy of a room the instant we move into it. Seems like Transformational design is the interior design equivalent to holistic health!

    Thanks for inspiring me to get back into using Feng Shui principles in my home.

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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Clare, I agree with you, transformational design would probably be the interior design equivalent to holistic health. I’d have to defer to Kim to be sure. I’m glad to hear that Kim’s post has inspired you.

  5. My home is full of color, and normally themed to certain colors I love. One of the biggest things I like to have in my home is plants. I actually have quite a bit of bamboo, which I love having and it is not too expensive to have, or too tedious to take care of.
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Nile, You sound like me, I have lots of plants and color in my home also. Green plants help keep the air inside your home purified and I love the process of watching them grow and bloom. Bamboo is beautiful but I thought it was hard to take care of, I’m glad to hear that is not. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Thank you for all your wonderful comments. I am here as you have questions. Enjoy the process and the transformation!
    Kim recently posted..Tips for an inviting layoutMy Profile

  7. Great tips, Shelly. I especially like the Feng Shui concept of having the seating face the door…empowerment. It also brings a sense of welcome to those who are coming to visit. simple furniture rearrangements can make a significant difference in how you feel about your own environment as well as those who come to visit you.
    Martin Casper recently posted..Sharpen Your Focus The Crossword WayMy Profile

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      I totally agree with you Martin. Kim did a great job of showing how to make your home warm and inviting.

  8. I had to return based on doing a whole do over in my home. I feel like a change is due and the New Year is arriving. Based on the colors I have chosen the last change over. I believe in going with more colors in my huge window spaced to offset the walls. Yet the trim I make a third color that will bring out the details on the wood.

    I have to fire places one in my office and one in the front room. I have plants and my gym in the dinning room area. Based on I do not use the dinning room for gathering. I have a the front room for that.

    I am going to get some different colors in the front room from my office. I went last time with same wall colors and basic white for the windows. All original wood frames are wonderful for each window.

    I believe I am in need of some blinds and drapes. It get a huge wind flow from the golf course/park across the highway where my home is. This home is a colonial with almost a acre of land.

    I grew up in this home with my grandparents that was over almost 50 years now. WOW.

    I will keep you updated on what happens yet it is the journey that is so exciting not the end result. I love using my imagination in changing my environment. We have four seasons so that is four times a year to change the view, I believe. That is having fun and keep it amazing and exciting around here.

    I look forward in seeing your next article on this subject.
    William Amis recently posted..Clarity Of Our IndustryMy Profile

    • Thank you, William. I am so glad you are having fun with the transformation in your space. It sounds like a special home, filled with incredible memories. Should you ever want an objective eye, we offer a flat rate $225 for online consultations. This takes 2ish hours to go over what you want from your home and look through your photos and/or skype with you to guide you through design tips to make it the most beautiful it can be, feng shui to make it feel as good as it can, and design psychology to use the space as a tool to support your goals.

      Regardless of whether we formally work together, I enjoy your updates, so keep them coming and have a wonderful time creating your HOME!

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      William, Thanks so much for coming back and sharing your updates on doing your interior. It sounds so warm and inviting and I bet you love the process of choosing beautiful things for your home that bring light, joy and peace to your environment. Keep us updated on the progress.

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