I love using principles of Feng Shui in decorating a home. Many of the principles is common sense and does work in making your home feel comfortable. Feng Shui is the Chinese practice of arranging your environment so that energy or “Qi” flows gently and smoothly through your home. To harness the positive energy and minimise the negative energy, Feng Shui utilizes the five natural elements: wood, fire, earth, water and metal. Each element invokes a different mood, creating a customized space that's beneficial for your personality and goals. A well designed room will have a balance of these elements.
Wood harnesses the power of creativity and expansion while representing traits such as growth, birth, strength, flexibility and intuition. Too much wood can make you feel overwhelmed, rigid, stubborn and inflexible, whereas too little can show up as a lack of creativity or depression, ambivalence and stagnancy.
Wood elements comprises of timber, plants, flowers, fabrics. Colours are blue and green.
Increase enthusiasm and leadership skills by maximizing the fire element. Use this element in design to encourage expressiveness, inspiration and boldness. When there's an overabundance of fire, it can show itself as anger, aggression, irritability and impulsive behavior, whereas too little can show up as emotional coldness, lack of vision and a lack of self-esteem.
Fire elements comprises of candles, lighting, sunlight, electronic equipment, or animal prints. Colours are red, purple and pink.
Earth affects physical strength and order while generating an overall feeling of grounding, balance and stability. When there's an overabundance of earth in a space, you will notice a heavy sensation and experience more boredom, sluggishness and seriousness. When there's too little earth, you may feel disorganized, chaotic and unfocused.
Earth elements comprises of square or rectangular shapes, low or flat surfaces, images of landscapes. Colours are brown, green or sand.
Metal affects mental clarity and logic. The presence of metal within a room can be felt in personal characteristics such as organization, focus, righteousness and analytical abilities. When surrounded with too much metal, you can be seen as chatty, overly critical and prone to speaking without thinking. When there's too little metal, you may notice a feeling of quiet, cautiousness and lack of focus.
Metal elements comprises of round or oval shapes, anything made of metal, and rocks. Colours are grey, silver, white or light pastel colours.
Water's domain encompasses spirituality and the emotions. A balance of water brings about inspiration, wisdom and insight. Too much water can create the feeling of unbalanced transition and the sense that you're drowning emotionally. It can make you feel overwhelmed and overly social. When there's too little water, you may experience a lack of sympathy, loneliness, isolation, stress and pettiness.
Water elements comprises of mirrors or reflective surfaces, wavy, free form or symmetrical shapes, and water features. Colours are black and deep dark tones.
The goal is to use these elements in decorating and furniture placement to achieve the best possible Qi in your home.
My top three Feng Shui tips for decorating:
Rule 1: Never place a mirror opposite a door especially the front door. Mirrors are used to reflect the good energy and you want to bounce it around the house, not out the front door!
Rule 2: Bed heads are to be placed in view of the door, but not in line of the door. You want to be able to see the door while in bed.
Rule 3: Never place furniture that impede the natural pathways through the room. This type of placement will block Qi energy, cause it to become stagnant, and create negative energy.
Basically, as you stand at the entrance to your living room, visualize energy as water flowing into the room. Would the stream of water flow freely and smoothly? Would it get stuck in many areas of your living room? Use your furniture to guide the Qi around.