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.
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.
- 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
- 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