Although every interior architect and designer has probably heard something about feng shui, they may not realise that the basic principles of these ancient Chinese techniques can be used to promote mental health and wellbeing. Good feng shui can help create balance and positive energy within lived environments and truly assist planners and interior designers in the UK by helping build the positive house, garden and office environments which are most appealing to consumers. Use of feng shui in preliminary design studio concepts can also ensure better use of space and more welcoming, positive layouts.
Benefits of feng shui principles for interior design
Although feng shui is often dismissed as a pseudo-science today, it is recognised as a harmonious technique for design and does promote wellbeing. The term feng shui is translated as wind and water and principles are based on balancing energy levels and promoting the good energy, si chi. Appropriate use of colour, light, space and object or furniture placement can all help build levels of harmony and manipulate energy flow. In many ways, interior designers will appreciate that all these factors actually do impact upon what’s known as the ‘feel’ or ambience of any room.
Homes, offices and interior spaces that are created using feng shui principles can be much more pleasant to be in and do resonate with positive energy forces. One of the principal objectives in feng shui is to create positive vibes in every area, so this could be one reason people find feng shui interiors so pleasant. Understanding that all areas of the environment promote positivity means focusing as much attention on the garage and garden as on popular areas, like the kitchen and living space.
The front door or entrance to any interior is vital to good feng shui and should not be blocked or impeded in any way as this ensures good energy flow throughout any home. Clear viewpoints are also important for any good feng shui layout, so designers should take care to place furniture and objects with a low profile. This adds space and helps ensure positive energy flows are not blocked.
Mental health and individual wellness are becoming watchwords within all areas of life and feng shui interior design creates the kind of space to promote wellness.
Example of the use of feng shui within interior design projects
An example of the successful use of feng shui within a townhouse property would initially involve an overall plan for the home and garden. Use of colour and patterns is important within feng shui design and it’s important to continually bear in mind that “less is more”.
Colours such as earth and skin tones are popular in feng shui design, including creams, browns, dusky pinks or pale yellows. Different colours and tones can be used to create effective boundaries in open plan areas, while also promoting the flow of positive energy.
When it comes to the placement of furnishings, the following tips could help:
- A solid bed head should be used and should be placed against a wall
- Sofas, beds and desk chairs should never face doors
- Keep the balance between practicality and aesthetics in mind at all times
- Large works of art should not be placed above any areas where people will be lying down to relax as they can cause feelings of anxiety and unease
- Natural shapes and forms are key to feng shui design principles, so there should not be any sharp edges on any furniture
- Any art pieces featured within the interior should relay positive and calming vibes and images that conjure feelings of sadness or pain should be avoided at all costs
Feng shui aims to slow the energy flow within interiors, so it’s important to balance all objects and have an understanding of their placements in the room. Bulky objects should not be placed awkwardly or in front of windows.
Positive feng shui designs can include:
- Plants in the bedroom, and pink flowering plants enhance romance!
- Water features like fountains can increase levels of positive energy
- Mirrors can also be used for effective feng shui layouts