What is Feng Shui Interior Design?

As more and more people begin to awaken in the world around us, so too has the interest in energy and well-being practices. Part of this trend has included an increase in Feng Shui as a way to enhance and balance your living environment. The positive effects of which will flow through to other areas in your life, such as your personal relationships and mental health. Today we will take you on a journey of discovery to unearth what Feng Shui Interior Design entails, and the many benefits it can bring.

What Is Feng Shui?

“Feng Shui” can be literally translated to “Wind Water.” The two vital elements for human existence that move and flow freely all over the world. This ancient Chinese art form, also referred to as the art of placement, is simply about positioning different elements to optimize “chi” or energy. Because Feng Shui relies on the use of colour, light, space, and object placement to build harmony and manipulate flow, it can be easy to see why incorporating it into your interior design will impact the ambiance of the overall space.

Incorporating Feng Shui Into Interior Design

Your home is your safe space. The way you feel and how you interact with your daily duties are vital to your wellness. That is why it is so important for this entire space to be open, welcoming, efficient, and serene. Since one key factor in Feng Shui is to harness positive energy everywhere, the garage and closet should get the same attention as the kitchen and living room. So how can the art of Feng Shui be incorporated into interior design?

Harness The 5 Elements: Wood, Metal, Earth, Water, and Fire

Wood promotes abundance and vitality. Wooden furniture and plants are an easy  way to add this element into your home. Metal symbolizes logic and intelligence. To promote knowledge and mental sharpness, you can include metal frames or sculptures in your home. Earth symbolizes stability and balance, and helps to ground. Bring the Earth element into your home with rocks and crystals Water, which symbolizes wisdom and serenity, promotes clarity and relaxation. Water elements can include mirrors, reflective surfaces, or small aquariums and fountains. Fire symbolizes passion and energy, encouraging transformation and expansion. Candles and red objects will enhance that energy. To understand which areas of the home to include the 5 elements, Interior Designers often use a Western Version of the Bagua Map. They simply lay the grid over your floorplan to determine which areas of your life will correspond with specific areas in your home.

General Feng Shui Interior Tips

  1. Keep it open. Attracting good energy into your home starts with the front door. 
  2. Keep it clean. Too much clutter will cloud your brain and prevent energy flow. 
  3. Air and light need to be able to flow within the home, bringing good energy and rejuvenation.
  4. Place the bed and desk towards doorways to increase power and minimize vulnerability. 
  5. Add a houseplant to every room to purify the air, increase health, and improve energy.