A beginner's guide to Feng Shui for the home

Publié le : 11/22/2018 18:01:08

Feng Shui is an ancient art of spatial arrangement and orientation that is still popular to this day. One of the main goals of Feng Shui is to create flow and harmony in each room, meaning that it contains a number of insights that keep it relevant for even modern-day interior design experts.  Now, while we don’t claim to be experts in the field, today we are going to go over a few basic principles that may provide food for thought and inspiration for a rearrangement of your rooms.


Feng Shui for the Front Door

According to many proponents of Feng Shui within the home, things should to start to flow from the moment you arrive at the house. One key idea is that the front door should be a focal point and, consequently, should be the most imposing of doors in the whole house. A well-lit area is key to creating a welcoming energy, so side table lamp desk lights and warm overhead lighting is crucial. If your foyer is small, place a striking and perfect mirror near the entrance to enlarge the feeling of space.


Feng Shui for the kitchen

A good kitchen layout should be created with the understanding that the stove or oven is the focus or the ‘heart of your home’. Maximizing storage will reduce clutter and create a positive flow, so organize your shelves to maximize storage. You can also place stacking shelves around a table or counter to increase storage space. Mirrors can be useful here when placed behind the stove to reflect the glow and energy of the burners.


Feng Shui for the bedroom

In the bedroom, the two key Feng Shui elements are considered to be the placement of the bed and the lighting. Forgo a basic overhead lamp with depressing illumination in favor of a stunning indoor lighting collection, replete with different moodlight styles provided by a dimmer function. As the biggest piece of furniture (usually) in the room, the placement of the bed will have a big impact on the flow of energy and movement within the bedroom. Feng Shui experts offer three main schools of thought on bed placement. The first has the bed in what is known as the ‘Commanding position’, where the head board is against the opposite wall and the bed is aligned across and just to the side of the entrance. A rug beneath the bed can help to ‘ground’ it and provide a feeling of comfort and coziness. The second approach places the headboard at the wall that is to the side and furthest away from the door, while the third has the headboard on the same wall as the door but with a good amount of space left between it and the door. Square side tables or night stands on either side of the bed also create a sense of grounding in the space.


Feng Shui for the bathroom

A key part of good Feng Shui practice is a proper balancing of the five Feng Shui elements (water, fire, earth, metal and wood). Unlike most other rooms in the home, the bathroom contain an abundance of the water element, so it is a good idea to balance this cooling energy with warmth from luxury candles, as well as counteracting the draining quality of the room with the absorbent energy of wood. Include a nice wood chair design or wooden benches to create the right balance in this most sacred of spaces.


We hope you got something from this very basic overview of Feng Shui layouts in the various room of your home. Whether you believe in the power of Feng Shui as a practice or not, we believe it can still serve as an interesting way to start to reimagine your spaces and get some inspiration for your next redesign.