I think the following common expressions capture the power of Feng Shui. “The air was so thick I could cut it with a knife.” “What you need is a change of scenery.” These expressions explain a familiar but unseen phenomenon – energy. Energy is the essence of Feng Shui.
After a heated argument, the energy imprint left by people in a room is palpable. During a stressful meeting the atmosphere in a room may feel thick and heavy. Why? Because of the energy. We all have a “sixth sense” that gives us a feeling of comfort or discomfort in an environment. Most of us intuitively sense the type of energy in a space.
The philosophy of Feng Shui holds that the energy in your environment impacts the way you feel. For example, do you feel comfortable or uncomfortable looking at the photo of the hallway above? If you feel uncomfortable, you’re responding to imbalances of color, lighting, and shapes in the space. This hallway does not have good Feng Shui.
Think about an uncomfortable feeling you’ve have had upon entering a hotel room, a restaurant, or a friend’s home. What was it that made you feel uncomfortable? Odds are, the way the space was decorated, the lighting, and the furniture arrangement did not feel balanced and harmonious. When an environment is not alignment with Feng Shui principles you’ll be uncomfortable and it’ll be difficult to relax.
Feng Shui follows nature’s principles of balance, symmetry, and flow. The way a room is arranged exudes energy which you can feel. The essence of Feng Shui is to balance elements so that one doesn’t over-take another. Choices such as wall color, furniture arrangement, artwork, accessories, and lighting create the type of energy in that you feel.
1. Arrange your furniture so that the largest and/or heaviest piece is against a wall. In a bedroom, this is usually the bed. In a living room it’s usually a couch or media cabinet.
2. Don’t block windows. Don’t put furniture in front of windows unless you have a wall of windows or unless it’s most practical.
3. Keep things uncluttered. The first thing you see when entering each room should lift your spirits.
4. Arrange your furniture so that you can easily walk to it. Think of opening your arms to embrace someone. That’s the way each piece of furniture should be placed – open and accessible. Remove furniture if it’s blocking flow. Even if it’s a family heirloom, if the space feels more open and accessible without it, it’s best to remove it.
5. Balance what’s on your walls too. Use the open-arm analogy. Think of each opposing wall as an arm embracing you. It feels better to have each side balanced so you feel secure. If you’ve got a large media cabinet on one side of the room, make sure that the wall opposite has artwork sized proportionately to balance the space.
A good rule of thumb for decorating any space is if you feel comfortable and relaxed in the space, if you feel inspired when you walk into the space, and if love being in the space, it’s got good Feng Shui.
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