Feng Shui is not just a simple ideology; it is a way of life. Rooted in the Chinese principles, its literal meaning translates to ‘wind-water.’ The ethics of Feng Shui revolve around four basic principles:
- Chi (Qi): A figurative energy flow that dictates a free-flowing, open floor plan which will not obstruct the path of this energy. This mean lots of adjacent and parallel windows for easy flow of the Chi, a simple low-height furniture choice and few walls.
- Basic Design: Feng Shui emulates all the key principles of basic design. These include color, harmony, symmetry, rhythm and proportion. Without one, all can be redundant.
- Wind-water: The concept of Feng Shui also promotes the design of small water bodies and plants. These are said to promote the flow of Chi within the space in a positive way.
- Bagua Octagon: This is a nine-part plan layout which helps determine the blueprint of the home. Each section represents a certain idea – wealth, fame, marriage, family, health, career and more – according to which you can design the rooms around your home.
Below, let’s look at how to Feng Shui individual rooms of your home.
1) Living Room
The major Feng Shui intervention for any living room includes an incorporation of an abundance of natural light. For this purpose, the windows have to large in order to welcome the Chi, and the space in front has to be free of any hard obstructions. Another essential is choosing furniture with legs to promote positive flow of energy. You should avoid heavy curtains, and invest in indoor plants to elevate the positive energy.
For bedrooms, you have to avoid furniture with no open space in between the floor. This is to promote the unobstructed flow of Chi. You should also avoid storing large objects under the bed for this purpose. Placement is extremely important for proper Feng Shui; the bed should never face the door headfirst. It is said to be bad formation. Avoid technological interventions in order to instill a natural, organic ambiance within the room.
3) Home Office
The layout of the home office matters a lot for proper Feng Shui. You have to place the executive desk in a position of power – which means head on, as a feature furniture piece. Other interventions include hanging crystals in the northeast orientation of your office to bring in new opportunities. A major object to avoid is the mirror. It can deflect off the positive energy and fester negativity within the space.
The kitchen is supposed to be a clutter free zone according to proper Feng Shui. Clean off all the dishes/utensils and store them in their requisite cabinets. Clutter and untidiness rain away the positive energy from the space. Feng Shui dictates that you should grow edible plants in your kitchen to add freshness and vibrancy within the space. Pendent lights are also recommended to layer the glow of light; therefore reinforcing positive energy.
5) Dining Room
Round interior fixtures are ideal to promote the easy flow of positive energy within the space; so a round dining table is a must to accomplish proper Feng Shui. Other than that, having double doors that lead into the dining room will bring an influx of positive energy within your space.
To Feng Shui your bathrooms, first and foremost you have to place a mirror outside the door to reflect off the Chi in order to stop it from going ‘down the drain.’ You also have to incorporate earthy colors within the space to counter the unmitigated water usage in the space. Hanging a crystal from the bathroom ceiling can also balance out the unbalanced energy that mimics the unpredictable sewerage systems.
A few key tips to promote the Feng Shui in your home include:
- Using lots of mirrors for proper flow of energy.
- Incorporating small water bodies throughout the interior which promote harmony and relaxation.
- Decluttering all aspects of your home to stop the obstruction of Chi.
- Cutting sharp corners and incorporating round-edged furniture for easy flow of Chi.
Each and every tip mentioned above amalgamates to form the entirety of the Feng Shui concept. In this way you can emulate this concept within contemporary homes successfully.