Feng Shui Principles That Are Good For Design

This ancient Asian discipline involves deliberate placement of furniture and other elements in a living space in order to improve the Ch’i - the life energy of the space and its occupants.

Whether you buy into the concepts behind Feng Shui or not, there are a few of the basic principles that are just good common sense design!

  1. Mirrors: There are aspects of reflective energy that do have valid effects on a space, especially in terms of light (which is a form of energy, as well). So if your space seems lackluster try adding a mirror to reflect the natural light in a space. But ALWAYS ask yourself, "What is my mirror reflecting? And is it something worth seeing twice?"
  2. Movement: Another Feng Shui concept is that the addition of a fountain or flowing water can add positive energy to a space. Although adding a fountain is not practical in many rooms - the idea of a room lacking energy is quite valid. But movement can be found in fabric patterns, artwork or a beautiful area rug!
  3. Nature: Yes, any room can benefit from a plants, flowers or natural elements. But don't be fooled into thinking that artificial naturals will do the trick, too. There is nothing worse than a fake tree or dead plant to make a room feel sad. Just as with movement, nature can be found in natural textures like sisal, linen or a grass cloth wall covering, or, colors, such as green and blue can often be the solution.
  4. Placement: Careful positioning of furniture, artwork and lighting can make a space just feel "right". Thoughtful planning can allow the traffic flow of a space make guests feel welcome and a home run smoothly. Remember that you are in control of your spaces and every decision has an effect on how your home works for you, your family and guests!
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