Whether you’re more focused on aesthetics or energy, crystals are an excellent way to enhance your home. To help us come up with creative (and effective) ways to incorporate the natural elements into our décor, we turned to Jan Roden, Charlottesville, Virginia-based interior designer and owner of the antiques and home furnishings store And George, for advice. Here are her recommendations:
Why to consider bringing crystals into your home: Before you even begin your search for the perfect crystals for your home, think about what you want them to bring to your spaces. In addition to being beautiful—crystals come in a variety of colors and sizes, and add wonderful texture and sparkle to groupings and vignettes—people believe that crystals have certain properties that can do anything from heal ailments to repel negative energy. Roden suggests walking through a crystal shop and seeing what speaks to you, whether from a visual standpoint or via a deeper feeling. For those interested in learning more about the specific attributes of different crystals, she recommends the book Love Is in the Earth: A Kaleidoscope of Crystals as an enlightening resource.
Where to place your crystal pieces: Roden likes to position crystals in the areas in which she spends the most time in her home. As someone who is both attracted to them from a visual standpoint and attuned to the energy that crystals give off, she has them in both public and private spaces—fluorite near the couch where she sits in the evening, rhodochrosite on her bedside table, amethyst in her office. While you don’t need to limit yourself to only putting crystals in your favorite resting spots, if you’re interested in benefiting from the properties they convey, this is a good place to start.
How to incorporate crystals into your décor: With so many colors, shapes, and sizes available, crystals are extremely versatile accessories that will easily fit into your home wherever you feel a touch of nature or shine might be warranted. Large pieces can act as show-stopping sculptures, displayed on a pedestal or plinth. Small pieces can be grouped in footed bowls or small silver vessels with favorite stones, eggs, or other natural elements. Roden recommends mixing them in with plants, statues, vignettes—any place where they can feed your soul.
TSG Tip 251 from Jan Roden of Jan Roden Design and And George in Charlottesville, Virginia.