Interior Design Styles: Feng Shui

Adele Shotton-Pugh | Updated

Following on from yesterday's post related to Zen interiors we thought it would be useful to let you know the differences between the two interior design styles, although there are some similarities. Both use peace and calm as their mantra and both include the use of natural materials and fabrics.

Feng Shui also includes the positioning of furniture and furnishings to allow positive Chi to flow through the home. Feng Shui experts will also associate health, wealth and happiness amongst other human desires within interior design so that the household can flourish and grow within our home environment. We must also realise that Feng Shui is a complex art and it takes many years to perfect this art within our homes.

However, the basic principles can be applied by using the five elements of metal, wood, water, earth and fire within our rooms. These are not to be taken literally as in the use of fire, but to harness the energy cause by heat and colour and turn it to our advantage. Ways to include the 5 Feng Shui elements within your home:


Earthy colour tones of light browns and pale yellows. Changing the colour of a room can affect the harmony and positive energy within the room.


Colour schemes of green and brown, the use of wood for flooring, wooden blinds and bamboo.


Warm reds, oranges, purple and bright yellows are colours associated with the flames of a fire. These colours could be used for large rugs, curtains or bedding. Fireplaces and the use of candles can also be used to represent fire.


Metallic colours of silver, grey pewter, steel etc. can be shown in metal framed furniture and fixtures and fittings such as taps and metal curtain poles, along with metal accessories such as photograph frames, metal vases and ornaments.


Oceanic hues of blue and black are ideal colours which represent water. Feng Shui mirrors, water fountains and aquariums can also be used. Each of these elements can help you to bring Feng Shui into your home, however to use them correctly you will have to use bagua to locate them properly within each area of your home.

The bagua map will also help you find the areas within a room which need improving and this can be done by using more of a particular colour, moving furniture to avoid them being opposite an open door or placing them closer to each other or adding more of an specific element.

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