Celebrate the shadow in your home

Celebrate the shadow in your home

A shadow is not just negative space opposite the real life body, nor just the space between two materials – ‘the shadow gap’ in interior design. A shadow is suggestive; something  hidden or not being seen, reflective of something else. Understated in its form, but overstated in its influence - Something may be lurking in the shadow. There is more than meets the eye, and so it is;  funny, cute, strange, to watch children come to terms with the shadow: see this video

haunted by shadows

The shadow in healing and psychology

As we grow up we learn to live with it. But some people never grow up; just like Peter Pan they become detached from their shadow.

“How can I be substantial if I do not cast a shadow? I must have a dark side also if I am to be whole”

So said the psychologist Carl Jung – We rarely see others, instead we see  aspects of ourselves that fall over them - Shadows, projections, our associations.

The poem  ‘Shadows in the Water’, by Thomas Traherne expresses this beautifully:

I my companions see, In you, another me. They seeméd others, but are we;     Our second selves these shadows be.

shadow gap

The shadow in design – mind the gap

Shadow gaps work well in design. See this link: shadow-gap . In a CH4 Grand Designs episode back in 2012, a self builder spent £10,000 creating shadow gaps in their contemporary home – I wonder if they stopped to consider the deeper significance of the shadow in their lives? for as the poet W.H. Auden said:  

  “Every man carries with him through life a mirror, as unique and impossible to get rid of as his shadow.”

shadow puer eternis

Home is deeply connected with childhood… Peter Pan is in all of us; in Psychology known as ‘Puer Eternis’ (the eternal child). The boy who would never grow up – he got detached from his shadow, and so of course at times do we!

Where there is a shadow there is always a space… Consider the gap between you as adult and as child – have you forgotten your shadow?  home is where you can be your true self; it is your private space, so play with the idea of the shadow in your life and home.

 The shadow in the art of life

The Surrealists explored psychology in the art of the shadow, none more so than Giorgio de Chirico in The Uncertainty of the Poet’, 1913.

There is always more than meets the eye – Be open, creative, playful, in your exploration of home:


Your home can be read as a life plan: Read my blog to Explore the secrets and the shadows in your home

Start at the beginning, by reading :  Life changes – A simple way to begin at home

For how to look, read:  Life quotes – How to look at your home to re-story your life

Living life in fear of shadows is like sleeping with the light on. Plenty of good comes out of the darkness. see my blog: haunted by the mischievious Psyche

Let me know how you get on: Contact me

Lindsay Halton  Architect, Author, Guide.