Feng Shui which literally means "wind" and "water" is the Chinese name for an intuitive, practical art that seeks to bring people and their environments into harmony. The goal of Feng Shui, as in ancient times, is to create auspicious environments for living and working. When all factors are present you have good Feng Shui. It is an active and holistic conception of the world, rather than a static one. Chi, translated as "breath" is the most important concept in Feng Shui. Chi is considered the life breath that nourishes and gives vitality to all things. It is sometimes compared to acupuncture, which invigorates bodily Chi with needles place at vital points along meridians or energy lines. With Feng Shui we use physical adjustments such as furniture placement and transcendental adjustments involving symbolism to direct Chi flow in an environment. In interior design, some of these things come naturally, without realizing we are using Feng Shui in what we do. Following are a few examples:
- do not block our front door with a piece of furniture
- add a mirror to a wall to make a room appear larger
- place flowers on a foyer table because it looks nice and smells good
- avoid clutter in all rooms
- avoid doors that "overlap"
- mix light and dark elements for contrast
- arrange furniture in a room for conversation or for traffic flow
- arrange art to direct our eye to a certain area of a room
- use color to make us feel warm or cool
All these things help with the positive flow of Chi and we have done them without studying Feng Shui at all. It just simply makes sense to us. Of course there is an entire discipline of study to learn about Feng Shui involving elements, the Bagua, position etc. more than I am going to cover here. It is interesting and it is real so if you are wanting to learn more a good place to begin is to read Judith Wendell's study "Feng Shui for the 21st Century".. May you always have a good flow of energy and feel good when you walk in the door of your home.