Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese science and art developed over thousands of years ago as a body of laws for how to balance the energy (“Chi”) of any given space to assure good fortune andhealth for the people inhabiting the space.
Feng stands for wind and shui stands for water, though Feng Shui is based on a structure of 5 materials or elements and how these elements interact (either negatively or positively) between each other:
Each material element is linked with a particular color:
• Water –Black, Blue
• Metal –Gray, White
• Earth –Light Brown, Earthy/Sandy, Light Yellow
• Fire- Pink, Purple, Orange, Yellow, Red
• Wood – Brown, Green
Each element is also linked with a particular shape:
• Water – Wavy
• Metal – Square
• Earth – Round
• Fire _ Triangle
• Wood – Rectangular
The science/art of Feng Shui is being able to translate these elements into concrete design principles, given the balance between these elements and their associated materials, colors, and shapes.
So – how to introduce principles of Feng Shui into the interior design of your home? Here are 9 fundamental tips to get going:
• Position Furniture Rightly — Furniture should be positioned so as not to restrict free passage through the room, as this is a reflection of the flowing of energy. People should be able to sit with their backs to a wall whenever possible.
• De-clutter Every Room – This is absolutely vital to ensuring a harmonious life and home. Clutter in the home restricts the flow of positive energy, and can lead to cluttered thinking. Having a neat, organized home will result in feelings of relaxation and calm. Anything that is unused, broken, or brings back sad memories should be thrown away.
• Promptly Make Repairs — House items like windows, doors or stairs that are not working or broken restricts the flow of positive energy. Repairs should be done as quickly as possible to allow the positive energy to flow freely again.
• Keep Rest and Work Areas Separate — Any home office or work space should be kept very distinct from sleeping or living areas. If these are mixed then relaxation will be impossible, and work material kept in the bedroom will prevent getting a good night’s rest.
• Displaying Plants, Flowers and Fruits – Displays of fresh plants and flowers promote positive energy, although ones with thorns should be avoided. A bowl of fruit rather than flowers should be situated in the bedroom to encourage health, and displays of lemons and oranges throughout the home are believed to bring good luck.
• Install Mirrors— Mirrors are thought to reflect good energy, therefore multiplying its potency. They also prevent free flow of negative energies. It is highly unwise to hang mirror facing the front door as it will reflect good energy out of the home.
• Fill the House with the Proper Colors—Colors have a unique importance in feng shui, with various colors representing different things. For example, green symbolizes nature, and is therefore representative of hope and life. Yellow represent power, and purple and red are said to be lucky. Relaxing colors are best used in living spaces.
• Install A Water Feature – This is important to the successful implementation of feng shui, which translate as wind water. A water feature will promote feelings of relaxation and harmony.
• Avoid Sharp Corners and Lines— Corners bring negative energy. Corners should not be facing chairs or beds, as they will prevent relaxation and calmness. Roundness is believed to bring tranquility in feng shui.
So, these are few Feng Shui tips to make every house a happy home!