What is good Feng Shui? A question we often ask and while it can be simple to ask, it can have a rather complex answer. We recently hosted a Feng Shui event at one of our display homes and had Feng Shui guru Debra Jarvis come to share some basic Feng Shui principles.
Feng Shui is all about the balance of energies. Feng means wind and Shui means water and in Chinese culture both wind and water are associated with good health—so good Feng Shui means good fortune, while bad Feng Shui means bad luck, or misfortune.
It’s believed that through the placement of Feng Shui elements in a home, one can gather positive energy to ensure good health and good fortune, and at the same time negative energy can be channelled out to create harmony.
In our case, we want to design homes with good Feng Shui, focussing on some basic guidelines:
Outside Feng Shui
An extremely important element of Feng Shui is defining the boundaries of a home. Debra believes that when boundaries are not clearly defined in the physical, people often have boundary issues with the people in their lives. For good home design, defining the boundary doesn’t necessarily mean erecting a six-foot high fence to enclose a property, but it is important to somehow identify where the corners are as an indication of what is yours and what is your neighbours.
Energy flow to the front door
A good Feng Shui house has a smooth, strong and clear energy flow to its front door. The front/main door should not be directly aligned with another door or a big window. The reason for this is the good Feng Shui energy coming through the front door can easily escape without having a chance to circulate your home. If this can’t be avoided in your home, it is important to reposition the existing furniture pieces to create a redirection of flow of energy.
Quality of energy in the main entry
A good Feng Shui home has a main entry designed to welcome, strengthen and channel the incoming energy throughout the whole house. This will nourish a house and can be achieved by adding a modest side table with a lamp or a vibrant rug or lovely piece of artwork as a focal point.
Following the entrance of the home, the most important room in the house is the bedroom. There are numerous ways to create better Feng Shui in the bedroom, but the primary ways this can be achieved are by removing distractions such as the TV, computer, exercise equipment, books. The bed should be approachable at both sides and avoid being directly in line with the door.
Freshness of energy flow
A good Feng Shui home is nourished by fresh, clear and freely flowing energy. There is no stagnant, old or blocked energy anywhere in the house so it is important to remove all clutter. Good, fresh Feng Shui energy expresses itself in a clean space, fresh air, plenty of good light, and happy, meaningful energy.