Your basic guide to understanding Feng Shui
Feng Shui is an ideology that dictates where to place your furniture, which colors to choose for your space, and where to design which area in order to have a positive, well-balanced ambiance.
Also known as Chinese geomancy, it’s a concept that strives to bring in positive energy in a space with the help of strategically chosen home décor items, furniture styles, and more. Below, let’s look at all the major things that this concept dictates us to do in order to create the best spaces:
- Balance and harmony
Balance and visual harmony are some of the major aspects that thoroughly explored in Feng Shui. This ideology dictates that a space should be designed in a way that promotes not only good balance and visual harmony, but also be dressed in colors, patterns, furniture, home décor items, and lighting that enhances positive energy. There’s a great focus on yin-and-yang energies, so finding a good visual dynamic and harmonization is a key component of this concept.
Shapes have a special place in Feng Shui. This ideology appreciates fulsome and holistic geometry, so shapes with asymmetry are a big NO. This may include triangles and polygons. Square and rectangles are the top choice. The room wall décor, the shape of the layout, etc. should all adhere to this geometric aspect.
When it comes to balancing the shape of your home layout, Feng Shui recommends the Ba Gua octagon. It’s a polygonal shape and a tool that allows you to analyze the energy of any space in your home. Just put it over the floor plan of your house and see which room corresponds with which area of the compass. You can then look at alterations that suggest what to do in case some important room lands in an unflavored area.
In Feng Shui, colors are related to the five elements of fire, air, earth, water, and metal. Each color related to a certain aspect of life. For example, red is thought to bring fame while green is related to familial goodwill. This is how each color has an impact on the ambiance and how it contributes to your mental and social well-being.
4. Wind and water
Feng Shui is a concept that believes that wind, water, and greenery are the basic source of life. Therefore, it pays special focus on these elements. So you can emulate greenery and small water bodies in your space when you’re trying to promote positive changes in your lifestyle. You can do so by opting for a planter tray, a bamboo stand to feature small succulents, or simple ceramic pots
5. Positive flow of chi
One of the most important things to consider in Feng Shui is the positive flow of chi (qi) – which is the mood-making energy of the space. This is why large windows that let in lots of sunlight, furniture with tall legs, and minimalist home décor items are such an inherent part of Feng Shui treated interior designs.
(Here are some examples of things that promotes bad Feng Shui: mirrors that are installed directly across doors, large structural elements, and legless furniture that sticks to the ground.)
So, these are the basics of Feng Shui and how it can be incorporated in interior designs. We hope it helps you understand the basics of this concept in a better way!