To start with, here are some key concepts for you to keep in mind when following Feng Shui
In literal translation, Feng Shui means ‘wind’ and ‘water’, and seeks to influence the flow and quality of ‘Chi’ or ‘Qi’ (energy) in our environments. Chi is vital energy or life force that’s everywhere – good Feng Shui practice keeps the Chi flowing but contained and not too aggressive.
It works with ‘Yin’ & ‘Yang’ energy (opposite ends of the spectrum) – o ‘Yang’ – active, bright, hot, full of life, summer. o ‘Yin’ – quiet, dark, cool, blocks energy, winter.
The aim is to keep ‘yin’ and ‘yang’ energy in balance and harmony for most positive outcomes – for example, you can balance either ‘yin’ or ‘yang’ with elements of each other to balance energy flow. In summer, you can introduce a water element into a ‘yang’ environment, and in winter, you can introduce a fire element to bring warmth and light to a ‘yin’ environment.
Feng Shui also works with the elements of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and their influence on balancing your environment.
1. Basic Principles for harmonious home decorating
Incorporate design and decorating features that help to quiet the atmosphere of a room. For example, lots of floor to ceiling windows can result in a room feeling disturbed and unsettled. You can balance this by using heavier blinds or drapes on windows to achieve focus, and by using heavier furniture to stabilize and settle the room. This also has a calming effect on the people who use the space.
Try to decorate with natural materials as they have a positive effect on your body.
Balance hard straight lines and cutting edges with soft, flowing shapes and curves. This is particularly important in rooms such as the kitchen and bathroom where slippery surfaces, cutting blades, fire and water can be sources of conflict.
- Correct missing corners – When corners are missing from the ideal balanced square shaped home – the area that corner represents will experience difficulties in corresponding areas of your life – wealth (south-east), relationships (south-west), health (west). You can remedy this by filling in corners by either:
- Using a wall mirror to create the illusion of extending the wall o Installing a bright light or lantern o Defining the corner area with verandah details and arches o Building an extension
- Soften the effect of sharp protruding corners (these create and release harmful energy from their knife-like edges) – of either wall edges or square pillars/columns (round columns are much better). Place plants to soften, dissolve or deflect the harmful energy.
- Overhead beams have equally harmful energy and weigh down on a room and the people occupying the space – you can soften this by hanging a 5-rod wind-chime.
- Living rooms should have at least one solid wall without windows, ideally facing the door into the room, allowing the ‘chi’ to flow into and around the room and not escape through windows directly opposite the door.
- Fireplaces – their best location in your living room is on a south wall, but also good on east, south-east, south-west and north-east walls. Not good on a north-west wall (consider closing it up). The north-west corner of any room or house signifies heaven – not a good location for a fireplace or stove.
- Front Door – When your main/front door opens onto a large hall or living room (not a cramped area), or looks out onto a wide open space, it allows beneficial ‘chi’ to accumulate.