Feng Shui Interior Design Tips 1: What is Feng Shui?

Adele Shotton-Pugh | Updated

This week we're going to be taking a look at one of the most on-trend interior design styles - Feng Shui. This post introduces Feng shui and looks at proactive ways you can change your rooms and make use of all available space. Over 3500 years ago, the Chinese culture adopted laws that used astrology and the earth as a means of measuring energy force.

It is believed that by bringing Qi, or the energy force into full effect, aesthetics can help all people lead healthier, more productive lives. This system is referred to as Feng shui or wind and water. Qi rides the wind and is scattered throughout the universe, quieted only by the presence of water. There are five phases that create the Feng shui system; metal, earth, fire, water and wood.

By living inside a Qi and using these natural elements, the Chinese have created a type of heaven on earth and consider Feng shui essential to human life. With Feng shui becoming a popular type of decorating, many people do not understand the true implications of the results. Unlike the Zen lineage that focuses on the internal values of the human body, Feng shui works to use space for any intended use to the best of its ability.

Magnetic compasses measure the yang (acting), yin (receiving) and location of a particular space and present balance of harmony through lighting, ventilation, colour and objects. Therefore, from an interior design aspect we need to make use of window dressings, colour schemes, lighting and accessories. However, there is no to Feng shui than choosing wooden blinds or a specific colour for kitchen blinds, curtains, bedding sets and other essential accessories. Feng shui is a practised art that can bring your home or office the relaxed or energetic surrounding that is wished for though the positive energy of Chi.

If this is all beginning to sound a lot like a two year course in Chinese history, be assured that there are simple measures that the beginner can take to experience just a touch of what is in store for you when Feng shui is used in decorating a home. The first tip in creating a Feng shui environment is to remove all stuck energy. Stuck energy includes energy left behind by previous owners such as furnishings, dirt, and memorabilia.

If you have been in your home for a while you may have your own stuck energy in the form of clutter, old clothes and books and other items that hinder the smooth flow of energy. Dirt, grease and grime are other factors of stuck energy that need to be removed.

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