- Feng shui and its concepts
- Feng shui in your interior
- Colors and Feng Shui
- Feng shui decorative objects
Feng Shui is an ancestral Chinese discipline that studies the energies in the habitat, and more broadly, in the environment. It is one of the five pillars of Chinese medicine, along with acupuncture, which has been widely adopted in the West. Feng shui, which literally means Wind and Water, is the art of locating oneself in one’s environment. Its aim is to optimize the circulation of energy, the Chi, through the development of the environment. This improvement should increase the quality of life in the home or office. In this post, you will discover all our tips for a successful feng shui decoration.
Feng shui and its concepts
Feng shui brings together several concepts
Yin and Yang
Yin and Yang, which vary according to the moon and the sun, apply to the house.
Yang is the bright side of existence (which leads to increased activity) while Yin is the dark side (which leads to calm). One is relative to the other, but nothing is totally Yin or totally Yang.
The Five Elements
The five elements are here: fire, earth, metal, water and wood. These elements represent everything that makes up the universe: materials, colors, shapes, but also seasons and orientations. The whole art is to balance these interdependent elements.
The eight directions
The eight directions, corresponding to the different cardinal points, make it possible to define eight kinds of Chi.
Feng shui in your interior
The entrance is very important because this is where the different energy streams enter. This space must therefore be bright, clear and orderly.
Do not hesitate to place a bouquet of flowers, a mirror and a moving object like a windchime above the door to slow down and disperse the different energies throughout the house.
The living room
The living room is a multifunctional room that welcomes family and guests but also allows you to rest or eat.
Comfort is very important, choose soft rounded shapes and don’t skimp on the fireplace. Water is one of the five elements to have in your living room because it promotes positive energies. The room should be bright and the ideal orientation is south-east.
For colors, choose bright and cheerful ones
The furnishings should not clutter up the space and should create a relaxing atmosphere conducive to social life and family harmony. To achieve this, the seating should be arranged in such a way as to promote human relations. Ideally, sofas and armchairs should be placed in the center of the room, avoiding the backs of the seats in front of a door or window.
According to the principles of Feng Shui, the kitchen should be located east or south-east of the house.
The room must be bright.
It is considered as the heart of the house, where two contradictory elements are mixed: fire and water. To prevent them from confronting each other, never place them opposite each other.
It is best not to put the dishwasher in front of the oven.
Since clutter is synonymous with stagnation, storage space should be organized. In addition, store all knives and opt for rounded lines on the worktop to banish negative waves.
Tip: place a green plant between the stove and the sink to harmonize fire and water.
The room should be a place of simplicity and rest. The best locations for a room are north, northwest or west orientation.
It is preferable that it is in soft tones.
The bed should be against a windowless wall, diagonally to the door and at least 20 cm from the floor.
The lights in the room should be soft and should not come from the ceiling, but rather from wall lights and lamps on the furniture.
Eliminate elements that disturb sleep: mirrors, electrical appliances, bright colors, plants, work marks, chandeliers above the bed.
The bathroom is preferably a small room located to the east or southeast. It should be clean, well-lit and not very decorated. Favour pastel shades (blue, white or green), natural materials and preferably good natural lighting.
Tip: light candles, spread incense or essential oils. You can also put some plants to help absorb excess moisture in the room.
Colors and Feng Shui
Feng shui uses the natural energy emanating from each color to balance Yin and Yang. The colors help to improve an individual’s living space. In a dwelling, the color of each room should be carefully chosen according to the principles of Feng shui so that it is in harmony with the usefulness of the room. Colors should match the whole room: dimensions, furnishings, orientation.
The colors of Yin
The colors of Yin are colors that give an atmosphere conducive to healing and relaxation. They are the soft, pale colors that are used for resting rooms such as living rooms, libraries, bedrooms, etc.
The colors of Yin are:
– Blue: feeling of calm, peace and confidence, it represents water.
– Purple: symbolizes healing of the body and spiritual awareness.
– Brown and beige: symbolizes stability.
– Green: symbolizes youth and awakening.
The colors of Yang
The colors of Yang are the lively and dynamic colors that provoke movement and action. They are used in living rooms, offices, kitchens…
The colors of Yang are:
– Yellow: evokes sunlight, warmth and cheerfulness.
– Orange: enhances movement and action.
– Red: embodies life, passion, joy and happiness.
– Pink: symbolizes sensuality and tenderness.
– White: color of balance, confidence and purity.
Feng shui decorative objects
To facilitate the flow of energy currents, certain decorative objects are to be favored: mirrors, chimes, crystals, stones and plants. Conversely, you should ban stuffed animals, beams, sloping roofs, geometric shapes, dried plants and flowers, and cacti.
Hope the above helps you to decorate your home. Remember to leave your comments below. We want to hear from you!