Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese art that dates back 3,000 years. It reveals how a balance can be achieved in the energies that exist in a certain space to bring about good health and prosperity to those who live there. The meaning of ‘Feng’ is ‘wind’ while ‘Shui’ means ‘water’. Feng Shui experts seek the help of a compass and an octagonal grid containing some ancient symbols, known as ‘Ba-Gua’ to map out a space. The theories of ‘yin’ and ‘yang’ feature prominently in the study of Feng Shui.
The aim of Feng Shui is to enhance the ‘chi’ or positive energy around you and your home.
Numerous reputed schools and universities offer Feng Shui courses for those seeking to make a career in this field. These can range from short-term to long-term courses and many also have apprenticeships or internships as part of the curriculum.
Over the years, Feng Shui has carved a niche for itself in the arena of interior decoration. It can be applied in all the different rooms in a house including the bedroom, kitchen, and the bathroom. You don’t have to be an expert in the art to modify your home in some minor ways to ensure better flow of positive energy. A messy room is a strict no-no in as per Feng Shui.
The aim of Feng Shui is to enhance the ‘chi’ or positive energy around you and your home. Aesthetics and functionality are given equal importance in the attempt to create a harmonious atmosphere. The first step would be to clear the space or room of old energy. This will involve de-cluttering the room and ensuring that there is adequate natural light and air. The elements of fire, earth, water, metal, and wood have a significant role to play when using Feng Shui for interior decoration.
3.Choosing the Right Colors
In Feng Shui, every color has some relationship with the five natural elements. Red, orange, purple, pink, and strong yellow are the colors associated with fire. Similarly, light yellow, beige, and various earthy colors are connected to the earth. Blue and black are associated with water, while brown and green are the wood colors. The metal colors are gray and white.
The earth element is considered the center of your home and is expected to help bring in stability, nourishment, and protection in all your relationships. Metal stands for clarity and preciseness while water stands for ease, freshness, and abundance. Wood is associated with health and vitality whereas fire is for passion and high energy.
4.Appropriate Feng Shui Products
First of all, you need to figure out what types of Feng Shui products you need and then find them. You will also have to keep in mind the existing décor of your home and buy the items accordingly. Some popular Feng Shui products are fountains, lucky bamboo plant, candles, wind chimes, mirrors, Buddha images, and crystals. The primary reason why a fountain is used indoors is because they are believed to diffuse negative energy and usher in wealth and prosperity. The lucky bamboo is placed for bringing in good health while a Buddha image is associated with harmony and spiritual growth. Faceted lead crystals are considered the most auspicious and are believed to signify protection, clarity, and love.
The positioning of Feng Shui products depends on the Ba-Gua or energy map specific to your home. It will also have to be in accordance with the interplay of the five Feng Shui natural elements. For instance, the best position to place a Feng Shui fountain is in the east for health and family purposes while placing it in the north is considered beneficial to career and path in life. A fountain can be placed in the southeast for prosperity and abundance. Similarly, it is bad Feng Shui to have a fountain in your bedroom irrespective of the direction and location. Mirrors reflecting the bed are also considered taboo. There are also specific positions suggested for placing furniture such as beds, couches, and chairs in a room.
6.There is a Purpose for Everything
The ultimate goal of Feng Shui is to create or design a home that looks and feels happy, jovial, and comfortable. You just need to make sure that the changes you incorporate do not in any way look inconspicuous or ostentatious.