Helpful tips for using feng shui

The principles of feng shui are oriented towards nature.

Everyone who has dabbled in interior design has most likely come across the term „feng shui“. With its roots in China, this ancient philosophy seeks to promote harmony by enhancing the flow of energy in a given living space, thereby improving the overall sense of well-being in one’s own home. Feng shui is a complex principle that requires expert knowledge. Therefore, you should always contact a feng shui consultant before applying it within your own four walls. However, there are a few basic principles that even feng shui novices can follow when trying to introduce more harmony to their homes.

Pronounced correctly as „fung shway“, the literal translation of feng shui is wind (feng) and water (shui), which illustrates the basic tenet that everything surrounding people consists of a steady flow of energy. Chi (or qi), an invisible form of energy or life force that pervades the entire cosmos, plays a significant role in feng shui. The aim of feng shui is to allow the free flow of chi throughout rooms . When chi is permitted to flow through a living space in an ideal manner, meaning not too slowly and not too fast, this has a positive effect on occupants, and subsequently provides them with a sense of security and protection.

This may admittedly sound a bit too esoteric for some people at first. However, those who devote a little more time to this Asian philosophy will quickly realise that it contains a set of comprehensible principles designed to create harmony by minimising negative influences on our subconscious and enhancing positive impressions. Feng shui is therefore a tool for identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the residential environment, while restoring harmony through targeted measures. What transforms feng shui into a true form of art is how these rules are applied to each individual situation.

Principles of feng shui

The many different trends and approaches in feng shui make it difficult to identify a single and generally accepted set of rules. Nonetheless, there are underlying principles found in all schools of thought, which are always strongly linked to nature-related topics. The ´yin-yang theory, for example, and the principle of five elements that describes the five types of chi – Wood, Fire, Earth, Water and Metal. In order to ensure an optimum energy flow, all five elements must be in alignment. Particular shapes, colours and materials are attributed to each of the elements. Feng shui consultants develop customised solutions for each living space by applying these principles, thereby using a compass to determine the sun’s position and the corresponding light spectrum. These experts can therefore identify what is required for each particular room. For example, perhaps wood would have a beneficial impact on the living room therefore parquet flooring might be more suitable than carpeting. Please note there’s not a fixed set of general solutions. What’s more, popular accessories such as wind chimes, Buddha statues and crystals are not a fundamental factor for successfully practising feng shui. After all, feng shui can be incorporated into any lifestyle.

Applying feng shui at home

Practising feng shui is an art in and of itself. Fortunately, there is a certain amount of feng shui wisdom that anyone can apply. Here are the six most important tips for interior decorating:

  1. Reduce clutter! Things you hardly or never use hinder the free flow of energy. Dispose of this baggage and you will feel all the better for it. But remember that completely bare homes are just as unpleasant.
  2. Decorate your room or home to reflect your personal taste. Surround yourself with things you like.
  3. The position of the sun changes over the course of the day in nature, which causes variations in the colour spectrum of the light emitted. Light from the east has a blue tinge. for example, while light from the west has a red tinge, all of which has an important influence on how rooms are used and therefore how they should be decorated. Apply this to your home by creating several sources of light and different lighting effects.
  4. Round shapes allow energy to flow more freely than square shapes. So choose a round table for your living room rather than a square one, and remember to select decorative items with organic shapes.
  5. The principles of feng shui are applied particularly often to bedrooms. This is quite understandable, considering the fact that this is the most private room in the home, where people really need to feel comfortable. The room’s main element is the bed and, as such, should not be placed directly between the door and the window. A protected alcove located far away from doors and windows is a more preferable location. When lying on the bed, it’s better to have the door in front of you rather than behind you. The bed’s headboard should be placed against a wall that has neither shelves nor heavy pictures hanging on it. Storing clutter or junk under the bed can disturb your sleep, as it disrupts the flow of energy. Therefore, it’s better to free up the space. Mirrors in the bedroom may have a negative impact as well, since they repel energy and can consequently cause restless nights full of tossing and turning.
  6. In addition, when placing sofas and desks in a room, keep in mind that you should have a direct view of the door while seated.

 

  • In a bedroom furnished in accordance with feng shui, the headboard of the bed (as the room's main element) is placed against one of the walls and not in the passageway between the door and window. Nothing should be stored underneath the bed.
  • As a symbol of inner peace, a Buddha statue should be treated with respect. If you intend to use a Buddha statue as a decorative item, place it at an elevated location with its back to the wall. This ceramic Buddha can be found at <a href=www.suppanundsuppan.at." rel="full-image-gallery" href="https://www.haro-inspires.com/en/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2016/08/feng_shui-buddha-deko-1.jpg" title="As a symbol of inner peace, a Buddha statue should be treated with respect. If you intend to use a Buddha statue as a decorative item, place it at an elevated location with its back to the wall. This ceramic Buddha can be found at www.suppanundsuppan.at. © Suppan & Suppan Interieur " alt="As a symbol of inner peace, a Buddha statue should be treated with respect. If you intend to use a Buddha statue as a decorative item, place it at an elevated location with its back to the wall. This ceramic Buddha can be found at www.suppanundsuppan.at." class="swipebox full-image-available image-with-copyright grid-image" copyright='Suppan & Suppan Interieur' src="https://www.haro-inspires.com/en/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2016/08/feng_shui-buddha-deko-1-300x400.jpg">
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  • Feng shui attaches great importance to ample storage space –too much paraphernalia lying around hinders the flow of energy. This room looks cluttered.
  • These organically-shaped wooden vases from fleur ami radiate nature and harmony and are ideal for decorating according to the principles of feng shui. The inside of the vases are painted white. Seen at <a href=www.greenbop.de." rel="full-image-gallery" href="https://www.haro-inspires.com/en/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2016/08/feng_shui-deko-holzvase-1.jpg" title="These organically-shaped wooden vases from fleur ami radiate nature and harmony and are ideal for decorating according to the principles of feng shui. The inside of the vases are painted white. Seen at www.greenbop.de. © Greenbop e. K. " alt="These organically-shaped wooden vases from fleur ami radiate nature and harmony and are ideal for decorating according to the principles of feng shui. The inside of the vases are painted white. Seen at www.greenbop.de." class="swipebox full-image-available image-with-copyright grid-image" copyright='Greenbop e. K.' src="https://www.haro-inspires.com/en/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2016/08/feng_shui-deko-holzvase-1-300x400.jpg">
  • A tip from Bianca von Rücker,interior designer and feng shui consultant: www.vonruecker-interior.com)" rel="full-image-gallery" href="https://www.haro-inspires.com/en/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2016/08/feng_shui-kueche-1.jpg" title="A tip from Bianca von Rücker,interior designer and feng shui consultant: "Don't overload all of your walls with cupboards, even in the kitchen, as this limits your creativity." (www.vonruecker-interior.com) © HARO – Hamberger Flooring " alt="A tip from Bianca von Rücker,interior designer and feng shui consultant: "Don't overload all of your walls with cupboards, even in the kitchen, as this limits your creativity." (www.vonruecker-interior.com)" class="swipebox full-image-available image-with-copyright grid-image" copyright='HARO – Hamberger Flooring' src="https://www.haro-inspires.com/en/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2016/08/feng_shui-kueche-1-600x400.jpg">
  • Use mirrors to direct the flow of chi. They represent the water element and function as a counterbalance for the element of fire. According to feng shui, the optimal locations for mirrors are in the hallway and above the stove and not in the bedroom.
  • To ensure happy and healthy development, children's rooms should be decorated in a bright and friendly manner.
  • Wind chimes are an extremely popular feng shui element. The <a href=www.proidee.de online shop offers a truly impressive one." rel="full-image-gallery" href="https://www.haro-inspires.com/en/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2016/08/feng_shui-windspiel-klangspiel-1.jpg" title="Wind chimes are an extremely popular feng shui element. The www.proidee.de online shop offers a truly impressive one. © Pro-Idee " alt="Wind chimes are an extremely popular feng shui element. The www.proidee.de online shop offers a truly impressive one." class="swipebox full-image-available image-with-copyright grid-image" copyright='Pro-Idee' src="https://www.haro-inspires.com/en/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2016/08/feng_shui-windspiel-klangspiel-1-300x400.jpg">
  • A general rule of thumb for feng shui is to surround yourself with objects and accessories that you like and reflect your personal taste.
  • The principles of feng shui are oriented towards nature.

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