According to Yahoo News, a McDonalds in Hacienda Heights, California is breaking away from the yellow/red get them in, get them out quick theme. In the past, McDonalds chose the décor to shuffle more people in and out of the door. Now, they are finding not all communities like to dine in that type of atmosphere.
Instead, this restaurant hired a Feng Shui practitioner to transform the restaurant located in a large Asian community. Now you find leather seats, earth tones, bamboo plants and water trickling down glass panels instead of the usual hard plastic furniture. In Feng Shui, it's important to use all five elements (fire, metal, earth, water, and wood). If you have too much metal, the space seems cold and uninviting. Each element can trigger a discomfort if it becomes dominate in a space. It's important to keep a balance between all the elements if you're looking to create a Zen like environment.
Although several people in the restaurant commented that they didn't realize it was Feng Shui, they all agreed the atmosphere was relaxing . . . And worth coming back to again and again. That is what Feng Shui should do for everyone. If you are looking to calm the screaming kids (bright colors tend to excite them more) and create a home or business with Zen, me and let's talk.