Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese ideology that revolves around creating balanced interior design for a wholesome lifestyle. The literal meaning of Feng Shui translates to ‘wind-water’ which are two of the most major components of this concept. Though very simple, Feng Shui is divided into four major parts, of which the expert combination of all is necessary for the perfect implementation of this concept. All the best interior designs created around this concept are adapted around these four elements. Let’s take a brief look at these components to understand it in a better way.
a. Yin and Yang: That black and white circle that metaphorically represents the light and dark aspects of life actually stems from the idea of Feng Shui. Its literal articulation within interiors involves a fine balance between all the light and dark color-come-materials within a room. For example, if you use red upholstery on your couch, then balance it out with white or cream colored cushions for a harmonious look.
b. Water bodies and plant life: The idea of Feng Shui strives to achieve a firm balance between the insides and the outsides. So when you’re designing an interior space based on this concept, incorporate a lot of strategically designed water bodies and indoor plants. These are said to enhance the overall ambiance of the space, along with elevating the positive flow of energy.
c. The Bagua Octagon: This is a figurative blueprint around which the actual layout and plan of your home should be designed. Separated in nine quadrants, each of which represent a certain aspect of life – wealth, health, etc. – one should always consider the Bagua Octagon before deciding the final layout of the home.
d. Chi: Feng Shui is all about believing in positive and negative flows of energy – which is known as Chi. The aim is to enhance the positive flow, which will bring good luck and harmony inside the home.
Now let’s look at just how this ideology can be applied in context of residential interior design.
1. Natural Light
Lighting is the linchpin of any good design, but when it comes to Feng Shui it is even more important. An ample amount of natural light is said to bring a sizeable amount of positive energy into the homes with it. This is why many interiors designed on this concept tend to have large, adjacent window portals.
2. Legged Furniture
Since enhancing the positive flow of Chi is the cynosure of Feng Shui designs, many interior aspects are designed just for this purpose. It is important to have legged furniture – sofas, beds, stools, coffee tables and more – so that the energy can easily flow in and about the room without any major obstructions. This is said to elevate the harmony and ambiance of the space.
Mirrors are usually placed in areas that are narrow and/or constricted. A good example of this would be a small alcove. This will reflect the energy flow away from the narrow space so that it doesn’t fester and turn negative. Another example would be placing the mirror beside the bathroom door so that the good energy doesn’t figuratively flow down the drain.
The layout of an individual room is important to consider while designing on the concept of Feng Shui. For example, while designing a study room, make sure that your desk is the focal point of the space and is placed directly in front of the door – this position of power will strengthen the flow of chi within the space.
The best interior design based on this concept would integrate a sleek, clean-cut and straightforward look. The Feng Shui aesthetic is quite minimal or modern in nature. A cluttered home is said to encourage the flow of negative energy, so this should be taken in consideration while deciding on the final style of the interior.