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The main rules of interior according to Feng Shui

Posted: 27/08/2014 in Blog

The main rules of interior according to Feng Shui

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First, we need to give a right definition to the meaning of the words Feng Shui.

Feng Shui is a philosophical complex of harmonising your home and yourself with the nature. The words themselves mean - wind and water (translated from Chinese). Feng shui considers in allegorical terms invisible energy that connects architecture, furnishing, surrounding objects, with universe, humans, and effects each other. In simple words, in order to have positive energy in your house and life, you need to apply rules of Feng Shui in furnishing and building a house.

Even though, we live in 21st century, the ancient study Feng Shui is becoming more popular everyday.

Before starting analysing the arrangement of interior, you should consider a number of factors involved in creating harmonious environment. There are also a lot of protective objects which prevent exposure of negative energy or at least mitigate it. However they need to be used with caution. Of course, any small changes can improve the quality of life, but if you are happy with the way things are at the moment, you need to think twice before taking an action.

Things which need to be used carefully: mirrors, paintings, plants, statues. Always think about proportion, balance and the best location. Choose items which blend well with the style of the house and suit to your personal taste. There is no need to use Chinese or Eastern symbolism, if you are not interested in.

Interior factors play important role in creating harmonious environment for the house or apartment, these include - lighting, colours, sound and odour.

Protective equipment or "antidotes", as they are sometimes called by the Feng Shui masters, include all kind of items - plants and symbols, which promote good flow of qi (chi) energy and deflect the negative impact. The protective measures aimed at neutralising the specific areas, such as sharp angles or corners, activation the energy of one of the sides of the octagon ba-gua, or the overall revitalisation and improvement of the home environment.

Light effectively stimulates chi energy both - inside and outside of the house. The best light source is the natural light. If it seems to be insufficient, change the curtains for the lighter ones or hang a mirror at the side of the window. On the other hand, if the lighting is too bright, the equilibrium shifts in favour of Yang, which is not always good, especially in the bedroom. In this case you can hang the thicker curtains. In general, the rooms which are designed for active life have to be brighter than the rooms for rest. Light can be relatively bright or dim, but not too bright that it can irritate the eyes. Fluorescent lighting considered hazardous to health by Feng Shui.

Avoid high power lamps located directly overhead, especially where people may be in for a long time: desktops, living rooms and dining rooms. Floor lamps and sconces are perfect to make the room lighter and at the same time produce soft and diffused lighting. Adjustable light switch allow you to change the brightness of the light, which is especially useful if the room is used in different purposes. For example, in daytime it can be noisy and busy in the room so bright light could be energising, but in the late evening the soft lighting create a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere.

2. Colours

Colours can be used to stimulate and support or to mitigate the effects of particular element.

By understanding the emotional context of different colours of the spectrum, we can manipulate the perception of the space at its discretion. Colour serves as a basis for cultural interpretation of emotional experiences. Black, which absorbs all the other colours, in the West symbolizes the death. On the other hand the Chinese symbol of death is a white colour. White reflects all the other colours without reflecting anything.

Enhancing or reducing the strength and purity of the colour, you can change the atmosphere. Remember, colours can have both - positive and negative effects. However, red rose on the table will just add elegance and beauty to the interior.

2.1. Red

Of being the colour of blood, red colour symbolises the flow of life force. Red colour can serve as a springboard for acute reactions, mental performance and concentration. It's located on the edges of visible long way spectrum.

Red colour is one of the ''demanding'' colours, as it attracts the eye more than the other colours. You need to be extra careful by using this colour.

Use of red:
  • indicates the boundaries and limits
  • diverts attention from undesirable views
  • emotional stimulation and sexual arousal
  • designates important parts
  • ideally, mixed with other colours
  • in psychiatric institutions
  • in places intended for contemplation and meditation
  • in halls of sport facilities
  • in public places (elevators, rest rooms)
2.2. Yellow

Yellow - colour of the sun, which is major source of life on Earth. In different cultures, yellow (gold) colour represents wealth. Measure of wealth in both - biological and material, means abundance.

Use of yellow:
  • brings sense of vitality and fun
  • strengthens hope
  • revitalising a workplace
  • counteracts the weakening of daylight in the evening
  • give a feeling of warmth and comfort
  • stimulates the active research and awakes the entrepreneurial spirit
  • in night clubs
  • inside of the drawers or cupboards
  • in bathrooms
2.3. Blue

Water and shell surround our planet in the blue shell. Blue colour creates a sense of depth, mystery and promotes exploration. It's a colour of independence and thirst for adventure. However, as with all other colours, it has its positive and negative connotations.

Use of blue:
  • designation of the secret
  • aids in meditation
  • helps to express the individuality
  • gives sensation of coolness
  • helps to express serious intentions
  • if the room designed for active leisure
  • in cold places
  • in places where people dining
  • on the walkways of public use (corridors, escalators).
2.4. Orange

Orange is the colour of combination of red (blood) and yellow (sun), located halfway between yellow and red. It has characteristics of both colours. However, orange is not a popular background colour for the interior, partly because of mixing of the above concepts.

Use of orange:
  • reinforcement of thought or conversation
  • definition of spirituality
  • increases a sense of loyalty
  • relieves from the feeling of loneliness
  • when you need tough leadership
  • when you need complete a rest
  • when you want to focus on one thing
2.5. Green

Green is located in the spectrum between blue and yellow, awakens the awareness of life. The most favourite inhabitant places are where is domination of the green colour. Green vegetables give particularly provide valuable nutrients to the human body. Vegetation colour in interior connects us with the nature. We feel active and refreshed, as green associates with growth and development.

Use of green:
  • connects with the nature
  • creates comfortable environment
  • recuperation, rehabilitation
  • rest and calmness
  • indication of anything new and young
  • Hospitals (as it promotes the grows of current situation)
  • in moving vehicle
2.6. White

White connects all other colours. For western culture it means innocence. Because white colour reflects all the other colours and remains clean, it's associates with virtue and divinity.

Use of white:
  • expression of purpose
  • determination of innocence and virtue
  • creates a sense of freshness and purity
  • expression of sincerity
  • in cold places
  • in the interior of cinema and theatre
  • in dormitories
  • in funeral establishments
2.7. Black

Black absorbs all the other colours and considered to be unfavourable colour in interior. However, this doesn't mean that they can not be used as decorative element or external finish in combination with blue and silver steel colour, especially for toilets and utility rooms.
Black is the colour of mystery. In some situations, the use of black colour hints at sexuality, in other cases it causes inconvenience.

Use of black:
  • expression of independence
  • creates atmosphere of mystery and intrigue
  • expression of strength and solidarity
  • in kid's room
  • in hospitals
  • in situation, where you need to have sincere conversation
  • in service sector
  • in reading places
2.8. Purple/violet

Purple is not a simple combination of blue and red. It can be only obtained through a careful combination of blue and certain shades of red. it's partly why it's symbolized a royal greatness. This colour indicates spirituality and balance.

Use of purple/violet:
  • reinforcement of mental processes
  • designation of authority
  • strengthening self esteem
  • in public places
3. Sound

Sound vibrations have a significant impact on the quality of qi (chi) energy. Harsh, discordant sounds dissipate chi in all directions, breaking the current energy configuration. On the other hand - clean, melodic sounds stimulate the movement of chi, without changing the direction of the flow of energy.

As the high and low frequency vibration that normally are ''inaudible'', until it will start causing stress. Most of the background sound comes from electronic devices, air handling units and various appliances. Refrigerator's compressor more than dozen daily cycles, lifts keep buzzing, heating appliances vibrate and humming noise of the computer is becoming so familiar that we notice it, only when we turn them off.
Sound devices that mimic the sound of flowing water and other nature sounds can camouflage the annoying noise of appliances, but not always neutralise them. In recent years, the wall panels which are made of sound - absorbing materials, have been increasingly applied in interior design. We only now beginning to understand, how dangerous to health may be a permanent effect of sound waves.

In general, additional sounds shift the balance in favour of Yang, so turning on the radio in the living room can live up a room that seems to be that gloomy, thought it's not desirable in the bedroom.
Adjust the sound in accordance with the purpose of the room and the needs of the residents.

4. Odour

The sense of smell associated with the oldest part of the human brain. This is the only sense that we can not recreate with mentally. You can close your eyes and see the face of loved one. concentrate and hear chords of Mozart symphony. But try to sniff the air and recreate a smell of your favourite food or flowers. Most likely, you will not succeed in this case.

Aromatherapy today is becoming more common, as science discovers about the impact of odours on health. For example, it has been found the scent of lavender has a sedative action and can be used as a antidepressant.

Use scents to create a beneficial environment in living and working place.

Effects of certain scents:
  • basil invigorates and good for the treatment of migraine
  • cedar dispels fear
  • eucalyptus clears the nasal cavity and reduces the emotional burden
  • geranium re-leaves a migraine
  • jasmine softens the emotional distress
  • lemon elevates mood, counteracts fatigue and anxiety
  • ylang-ylang acts as a aphrodisiac
5. Protective Feng Shui elements of interior

5.1. Mirrors

Mirrors attract and transmit the energy of qi (chi), so in Feng, they are used in different ways. They can reflect the adverse impact of sharp edges and also used in visual ''masking'' some places. Another feature of the mirror is the ability to double the reflecting objects. So it's important to place of front of the mirror something pleasant and positive. Ideal applications of mirror, can be found in dining room, where it reflect the food on the table, most of the prestigious restaurants use this Feng Shui trick.

Mirrors in bedrooms should used with extra caution. It shouldn't reflect the bed of a married couple, as it creates a ''double life'' of marriage, which is unfavourable by Feng Shui. Avoid placing mirror a front of the entrance or toilet doors, as energy chi will just leave a house.

Pay particular attention to the edges of the mirror. Because mirrors are made of glass, they have sharp edges that can create ''secret arrows'', but also have potential threat, especially if the small children in the house. The mirror must either framed or inserted into the surface. Thus remains only reflecting features of the mirror and sharp edges hidden.

Mirrors should be kept clean all the time. And avoid cracked mirrors or try to replace them as soon as possible. In numerous cultures, the broken/cracked mirror brings bad luck.

5.2. Crystals

From ancient times, it was known that crystals are natural ''energy batteries''. They excellently cope to store energy, which can be used in different purposes: meditation, concentration, intention, healing and so on. In Feng Shui, crystals used to neutralise the negative energy and stimulate positive energy.

Crystals are one of the main symbols of Earth elements, so they often are in south-western, north-eastern and central parts of the room. Usually, for this purpose, take the transparent rock crystals, in the form in which they are commonly found in nature, e.g. you can put on any shelf the amethyst crystal. Crystals improve the quality of natural light and scatter it, directing chi energy to all corners of the room.

5.3. Plants

Plants are living organisms, that's why like us, they need energy chi too, and they provide energy into one's space. As long as the plants are kept healthy, are placed in good feng shui bagua areas, (as well as in visually pleasing pots), you can be sure they are good feng shui.