Feng shui is practised throughout the world and has become particularly widespread in Europe, to the extent that many leading architects and interior decorators are inspired by or are faithful devotees of its principles. Let’s take a look at fundamentals of this art and how they can be applied in your home every day.
Lifestyle: a zen body in a zen house
With lifestyle very much a buzzword today, feng shui has established itself as the approach to space arrangement. Based on a harmonisation of the energy in a space, this ancient art helps you to live in harmony with yourself and others by balancing energy (chi). The goal of feng shui is to make a place, whatever it may be (an apartment, house, villa, etc.) a fulfilling and balanced place in which to recharge.
Basic theoretical principles: yin and yang
More than 2,000 years old, feng shui is based on the harmonisation of two opposing and complementary forces: yin and yang. Yang represents the ‘fast’ elements, such as wind, while yin represents peace and togetherness, such as water. To harmonise these forces, feng shui refers to the cardinal points, which act as a compass for the flow of energy. With stress a major problem in today’s society, this ancient art aims to combat it by promoting regeneration and domestic well being. Feng shui aside, it goes without saying that a bright and harmoniously arranged room helps interpersonal relations enormously.
Feng shui and real estate: a happy marriage
It is particularly important to consult a feng shui specialist before buying or building a property, such as a villa or apartment. What better way to start than in the right energy direction. Remember that, according to feng shui, the way in which your home is laid out has a significant impact on your life. The earlier you are involved in the construction, the better the energy flow quality will be. Consultation with a feng shui specialist is possible – and recommended – at any point in the property purchase or renting process, whether you are building a family home, choosing land on which to build a contemporary villa, or renovating a house or an apartment. This applies equally to professional premises as it does to private residences.
Feng shui is a guide, not a rule: no need to overdo it
The basic idea of feng shui is simple: to enable energy to flow as freely as possible around your home by harmonising each room. Far from being esoteric or mystic, this Chinese art addresses the way in which your space interacts with both you and your visitors. And you don’t need to follow all its principles rigorously to notice the difference. You’ll see clear improvements by simply following a few. Let’s look at some tips.
A key room: the bathroom
The orientation of rooms is essential to preserve an optimal chi. For this reason, bathrooms are particularly important. They are places through which water passes and feng shui considers water to be a major energy vector. If this energy is not properly oriented, then it is weakened rather than optimised. The recommended orientations for a bathroom are east and south-east. It is also important that the bathroom remains a private space, which means it is preferable to avoid too much symmetry between the door to your apartment and the door to the bathroom. Otherwise, you risk a ‘leakage’ of energy. When designing your future house, it is also strongly recommended to position bathrooms and washrooms one above the other and/or to place a mirror or plants outside them.
As you can see, feng shui can help you arrange your apartment, house, child’s bedroom or office in a balanced and harmonious manner.