“The Art of Feng Shui”


Feng Shui is something that most people heard of, but few have an understanding of what actually is. When it comes to architecture and interior design, the basic concept of feng shui can be useful when coming up with new ideas or to develop a greater understanding of space.

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What is feng shui?

Feng shui is concerned with the flow of energy, or chi, within a space. There can be overly aggressive ‘attacking’ energy (sha chi) and low energy (si chi). The aim is to get a balance between these two to ensure the energy flow is harmonious.

By placing certain objects in different positions around a space, you can manipulate the flow of energy to improve every aspect of your life – health, wealth, relationships, career, etc.  While the practical interior designer may turn their nose up at the suggestion of their profession having such a drastic impact, by following the basic principles of the energy flow of a space, interior designers can improve what is often referred to as the ‘feel’ of an interior space.


Improve your energy flow

The flow of chi energy comes in and out of windows and doors. The aim of feng shui is to place objects within a space that slow this energy and  allow it to calmly flow around the space before exiting again. Placing bulky objects in awkward places can cause the chi to build up, leading to a blockage in the energy flow. Conversely, having no objects at all in a space will cause the energy to flow far too quickly. A balance is achieved through developing an understanding of the nature of the objects you have in your interior.


Feng Shui literally translated as “wind and water,” it is the  art of placement, of balancing and enhancing the environment.
These forces are believed to be responsible for determining health, prosperity, and good luck.
A Feng Shui interior design goes much deeper than just choosing the right style of furnishings and color schemes; it’s meant to bring balance, clarity, and good fortune to those who enter and reside in the space. In other words,Feng Shui takes the focus off of what the furnishings look like, and place it on where and how the furnishings are arranged. It is the belief that the position of your furnishings, art work and other accessories, are relevant to the harmony of that space and will increase (or decrease) the positive energy in that area.
Ways to Achieve the Basics
  • If there was one word to describe Feng Shui it would be “natural”. This holds true when selecting your furnishings. Choose items that are created from wood, stone or metal. Incorporating water elements into the overall design will also increase the natural concept in your home.
  • Put plants in your bedroom. By placing three plants in the bedroom you will be greatly improving the romance in your life (or a certain aspect of it anyway).


  • Keep the entry free. The front door of a home is thought to be where the chi gets in. You want to let it in by minimizing the clutter that sits around it. Don’t place tables, plants or anything near the entry. Keep it wide open and let in all that good energy.


Water, Earth, Wood, Fire & Metal

  • Water Element – Blue & Black

Blue has a calming and soothing effect. This color it is recommended to be used in the bedroom, especially the lighter shades of it, as well as in the living room.

Black is the color for money and power. It is excellent for the office and business establishments. But this color should be used sporadically because of its effect on the psyche.

  • Wood Element – Brown & Green

For a nourishing energy, use brown color. It is a supporting color for the living room and bedroom.

For a healing energy, use green color, by adding actual plants into the interior. Use different hues of calm green, to provide a tranquil and healthy atmosphere.

  • Metal Element – White & Grey
Gray exudes a sophistication that only a metal element can create. This can also be used as a design accent in living rooms and bedrooms as long as it doesn’t combine with wood elements colors as it ruins them.
The safest color that can be used anywhere is white color, especially as a background colors as red and orange. Use it for purity and clarity.
  • Earth Element – Beige & Yellow

The best color to be mixed with any color in the interior is beige. It will neutralize the striking colors and create warmth.

The yellow, will improve self-esteem and and well-being of an individual. It’s a radiant color that uplifts your mood. It is perfect to use for your kids room or a living area.

  • Fire Element – Red & Orange

Finally, the strongest colors, red indicated luxury and wealth. Use it minimally as accents in the interior design, like throw red pillows on the coach or modern sculpture, but never as a wall paint or as a major furniture upholster as it has an overpowering quality.

Active and friendly vibes will be induces by orange color. This is perfect for the living room for entertaining the guest or just spend time with the family. However, as red, avoid to use it as a major color.


” … Feng Shui is a living skill. There’s an art to it. It’s scientific; it’s mathematical and at times it’s logical – with an element of magic”. – Lucy Deslandes

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