A Modern and Practical Guide to Feng Shui
Prior to studying Feng Shui during my Interior Design course, I was under the impression that the subject was based purely on ancient and outdated myths. However, after learning about the practice in depth, I understood that Feng Shui provides some very interesting insight into creating a healthy and harmonious environment.
This early Chinese system is based on ‘chi’ which can be described as the flow of energy through our homes. Chi can be achieved through placement of certain objects to create a peaceful atmosphere and ultimately enhance our lifestyles.
There is no need to completely redecorate to incorporate positive chi within your home. Instead, try some of the below practical, small changes to create a large impact.
Ensure that the front entry into your home is unblocked and free from clutter. By keeping this space open and mess free, you are creating a positive environment from the moment someone enters your home.
Decorate Using Indoor Plants
Plants are a source of life so including these in your home promotes an optimistic atmosphere along with ventilation and clean air. Indoor plants are a great addition to soften empty corners of the home and add a touch of colour to the space.
Repair Damaged Items
Repair any damaged or broken items in your home such as furniture, door hinges or locks. Items in need of repair can cause frustration to the individual who is using them. A functional interior leads to a much more relaxed environment for anyone occupying the space.
Open Blinds and Windows
Bright, light filled rooms create a positive vibe. Meanwhile, fresh air is essential for our health and encourages positive energy. Dark corners generate negativity and should be eliminated by natural light during the day and artificial lighting after sunset.
Your bed should be placed against the wall opposite the bedroom entry if possible rather than being tucked away in a corner. Allow room to on either side of the bed to move around which will avoid the perception of clutter. This placement will ensure the bed is the focus piece and will truly open up the room. Visibility of the entrance from the bed will increase the feeling of security and comfort.
Home Office Design
Similar to bed placement, your office desk should be facing the entrance to your home office. If this is not possible, a mirror should be placed in a position which allows you to view the entry. Having a clear view of the entry, you will subconsciously feel as though you have more control over your work environment.
Create a Clutter Free Space
Arrange a cluster of decor in a dedicated space such as a coffee table rather than scattering items across every surface. Keep 50% of surfaces free to create a clean and organised space. This will allow positive energy to flow throughout your home. Decluttering your home will contribute to a calming and relaxed atmosphere.
Furnishings and Decor
When shopping for furniture, opt for solid items which are as supportive as possible. These should take preference over unstable items which may be at risk of breaking or shattering such as glass tables. According to Feng Shui, we should search for furniture with round edges rather than sharp corners which could cause injury. Do away with any decor items which you are not fond of and surround yourself with items you love. Feeling happy within your environment is the key to optimism.
Feng Shui is an age old and quite complex practice. However, the concepts listed above are based on practicality and can be incorporated quite easily into western design. Often viewed as a superstitious practice, Feng Shui is actually based on an understanding of chi and how negative energy can affect our mood. Equipped with the correct knowledge and right tools we can quite easily transform our homes into positive and tranquil spaces which encourage motivation and optimism.