The ancient philosophy of Feng Shui has a part to play in modern interior design. Architects use these principles to scout locations and draw up ideal home layouts. Interior Designers decorate the home with a sense of balance and harmony, without necessarily even realising that they are being inspired by Feng Shui.
All the elements of Feng Shui are based on general human needs. Cleanliness, natural light, family interaction, love and clarity.
For anyone that has tried to dabble or find out more about Feng Shui, these seemingly easy ideals can be quite complex. So instead of you having to traipse through books, blogs and youtube in sight of some answers. We’ve tried to break it down for you in a way to help break through the basics. Here’s our Feng Shui for Beginners
Space and Clutter
First things first – have a clear out. A proper one! Feng Shui suggests you should throw out anything you don’t LOVE.
Anything you must keep, should be kept hidden behind cabinets. Without doubt, garbage must be concealed behind doors and nothing should be under your bed to promote a healthy sleep and allow positive energy flow.
Keep clean open spaces. Anything that is on display should be promote a beautiful space ideally with ‘lucky’ homewares or family photos and memories.
Plants purify the air, look beautiful and are naturally healing. The rules are simple – no artificial flowers or spikey plants like Cactus. Bamboo and Jade are particularly good plants to use.
Keep the House Clean
Asian communities still believe in the tradition that you should leave your shoes outside the front door. This leaves impurities and dirt outside the home. Keep drains unclogged, fix anything that is broken as soon as possible and keep your windows open as much as possible to keep the air clean. (We recommend painting your walls with Low Voc paints to keep the air clean too)
Feng Shui and Media
Being such an old philosophy, there are no written rules specific to technology. The negative energy that media and technology omit, being an unnatural source, wouldn’t have gone down well. Keep media away from the bedroom, to keep it as a sanctuary and keep temptation away.
Furniture from Natural Resources
Furniture should be made from natural materials like wood. Use bed linen and curtains produced with natural fabrics.
Think Child Friendly
Sharp edges should be avoided. Rounded edges or even better, circular furniture – like a dining or coffee tables are a big thumbs up.
This is one of the harder things to navigate, especially if you haven’t built your house according to Feng Shui. Two things I have found easiest to follow, a) Keep your bed diagonal to the door and b) face any desks in the direction of the door
Have an inviting entrance with a walkway that leads straight to the front door. This is to welcome warm, friendly people.
The Kitchen Triangle
There is a guide to help you arrange the elements (earth/fire/metal/water/wood) but the fundamental rule is used in EVERY good kitchen design – The Kitchen Triangle. The fridge, stove and sink should be in a great, easy access triangle, yet not directly opposite each other. Island Benches are also a positive aspect as they promote a space for the family to gather.
Floods of Natural Light
Natural light is vital to every living organism so it speaks for itself, get as much natural light into the rooms as possible. Where you can’t get natural light, fill dark spaces with lamps and burn candles for calm.