In any room, Feng Shui can improve the feeling and flow of positive energy in the space. Arranging the furnishings within the room in a certain way help to keep good energy flowing throughout, and improving this positive energy flow makes a person simply feel better, whether in a home or even an office.
Creating a Flow
While practicing the art of Feng Shui can become very complicated, its basic tenets are not. Many of the basic ideas used in Feng Shui are also good design practices. Adding organization and function to a room also help to keep anything from blocking energy from flowing through the room. Letting the energy flow freely through the room also lets people travel an unobstructed path through the room, and this easy movement makes a room feel comfortable and harmonious.
Starting at the Front Door
In Feng Shui, the front door, or main entrance, to the home is of paramount importance. It is called, âthe mouth of Chiâ, because it is where the positive energy, or Chi, enters the home. The best way to describe this energy flowing through the home is to imagine water flowing into the home as the front door is opened. Imagine where the water would flow and where it would be blocked and settle into a stagnant pool. This will help identify where there are blockages in the room; clearing them will allow energy to freely pass.
Clearing Out Clutter
One of the key components to a home employing the Feng Shui design principles is that it is always neat and tidy. Since disorganized rooms generally are full of clutter, a clutter filled, badly organized room is the antithesis of the Feng Shui aesthetic. Even without moving a single piece of furniture, clearing clutter out of a room is the first and most important step of moving a room’s design in the direction of Feng Shui. After the clutter is gone, the remaining elements in the room can be examined, and it is easier to identify furnishings that are not really needed in the room. Electronics, while not considered clutter, can disrupt the positive flow of energy, so housing electronic components in cabinets keeps the energy moving freely through a room.
Thinking in Circles
When designing a room with Feng shui in mind it helps to think in circles. The advantage of circular thinking is that all harsh corners are removed. Consider the flow of water, it arches and swirls, but never does it take a hard left or right turn. So arrange furniture in circular patterns and do not place any furniture where it blocks the entrance to a room. Arranging furniture in this manner will make the room feel easier to move through, and this easy flow is the point of Feng Shui design. Place furniture in such a way that people sitting on sofas and chairs can see all who enter the room. This placement not only allows positive energy to enter the room, but it allows all who enter to feel welcome and instantly included in the activities of the room.
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