Decorating with Feng Shui
Oh, Feng Shui. This ancient Chinese theory on how to arrange items in a space, was all the rage a number of years ago. Unless you were living in a cave in the late 1990s, you probably heard about Feng Shui. And for a while, every client wanted to make sure their home was arranged so that it was “Feng Shui.” Then, it just kind of went away. Not long ago, it popped back up on the internet, as a method for decorating that was again becoming influential in interior design. That inspired us to visit the ideas of Feng Shui, and shed some light on what Feng Shui decorating means in your home.
What is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese system that harmonizes everyone with their surrounding environment. Its literal translation is “wind-water” and is intended to reflect the flow that wind and water have through the environment. While the Chinese practice this system in many aspects of their life, the one aspect that is popular in American culture is the practice of arranging objects within a space. We see this most frequently applied with interior design applications within homes and offices. If you are determined to have a home that is strong on the principals of Feng Shui, you should know the basics.
The Basics of Feng Shui
Since the premise of Feng Shui is to create a natural flow of energy in a space, there are some important considerations to make when decorating and arranging furniture in your space. Placement of furniture, color selections, and the items you display in your space should reflect the use of the room and the energy that you are trying to convey.
- Colors – Colors used in Feng Shui should reflect the purpose of the room. If the purpose of the room is for entertaining and gathering people, then reflect that need for positive, lively energy in the colors you select. Good choices for living rooms, dining rooms and family spaces are reds, purples and vibrant blues and greens. Rooms that are made for quiet and relaxing should be the opposite, select colors that convey a relaxed and quiet feel. This is especially important for bedrooms. Colors that are great for quiet spaces are light blues, greens, cream and pale tans and browns.
- Furniture – Furniture in Feng Shui should be as natural as possible, and should also be reflective of the space as possible. Wood furniture is always the preference, but soft fabrics and pieces that have good flowing shapes are good options too. Whenever possible, select pieces that are round or oval, instead of square. Energy will flow around these pieces easier, and won’t leave someone sitting on a corner.
- Arrangement – Arrangement in spaces should also reflect the use of the space. Put dining tables in the center of the room, to bring everyone together. In seating spaces, arrange furniture so that conversation is easy. In bedrooms, make sure that furniture is against walls, and is evenly centered in the room. And in all cases, as much a possible, face the door, but don’t center your furniture with the door. This will allow energy to escape the space.
- Window Coverings – Windows don’t have to be covered in Feng Shui design, but if you are looking to have a bit of privacy, make sure that masculine and feminine features are reflected in your window coverings by using straight shades like roman or vertical shades, combined with soft flowing sheers.
- Displayed Items – For your room to be completely Feng Shui, keep your decorations minimal, and make sure that they are pieces that have meaning. Don’t just randomly purchase and put out “stuff,” this will disrupt the energy flow. Plants are also important for good energy in living spaces, however avoid plants in your sleeping areas.
Feng Shui is a great way to help you work with us in finding the best arrangement and décor for you spaces. While at first glance, it may seem sort of odd to use the flow of energy as a starting point for your interior design, the ideas behind Feng Shui have worked for thousands of years, and can easily be implemented in your home. Creating good movement through a room and inspiring the right feelings is the basics of good interior design overall.
If your home needs a design redo, or you are ready to decorate a new space, let the experts at Patricia Interior Designs help you design the space of your dreams. To schedule an Interior Design consultation or to learn more about our services, please call us today at (586) 739-0080.