Feng Shui is pronounced FUNG SHWAY and means ‘wind water’ in Chinese. It is an ancient Chinese art that was originally used to plan the planting of crops and even the building of cities. It has come to focus on ways of organising your living spaces to allow the flow of certain types of positive energy around your home. Scientists are studying Feng Shui to determine whether there is a scientific basis for the philosophy behind it.
How does Feng Shui Work?
To organise your home according to the principles of Feng Shui, you would consider the form and structure of your rooms and the objects in it. By moving a chair so that it isn’t opposite a door or swapping the place where you usually eat to a relaxation area, you can alter the chi or energy within the room. Feng Shui also applies to gardens and outdoor spaces, as well as businesses.
What you can’t change
Some elements of Feng Shui relate to the design of your home and most of us can’t change things like the direction our rooms face, unless we’re designing and building our home ourselves.
Feng Shui Colours
The colours you select for your living room (for example) should match the direction it faces, so in a south facing room you’d use the colours of the elements wood and fire.
The Living Room
The living room is the heart of the home in any culture, because it is where we relax and enjoy the company of friends and family. It has the same importance in Feng Shui, which says you should choose a room with two outside walls to allow the chi energy to flow in without interruption.
Placing your Furniture
Your sofa and chairs should be positioned so that they don’t obstruct the movement of chi energy through the room. (Of course, this has a practical importance too because you don’t want to trip over it either!) Ideally, your bed should be placed against a wall – not under a window where too much yang energy will give you a disturbed night’s sleep. The direction your bed faces isn’t important but it should be located away from the door of the room and not in a direct path from the doorway.
If you don’t have a wall to place your bed or sofa against, it will be in the centre of the room – this is known as ‘floating furniture’. Feng Shui suggests that this might make you feel uneasy and instead you should put lights behind you and a mirror opposite your bed or seat, enabling you to see what’s behind you and adding a sense of security.
A room that is cluttered has the same negative effect on energy as poorly arranged furniture. The Feng Shui philosophy says that even objects that are beautiful must be neatly organised and preferably functional.
This is a quick summary of some of the principles of Feng Shui. To learn more, search for the Feng Shui Society’s website or a local consultant. We hope you enjoy arranging your new furniture and discover a whole new positive energy in your home.