Feng Shui is an ancient technique that defines rules for your home to benefit your well being.
THE bedroom should ideally be the most comfortable living space in the house. Retreating to this space should seem like a hard-earned reward. Small bedrooms are ideally the best as they are cosy and comfortable and energy is contained there. Remove everything from your bedroom that might affect sleep. Bedrooms are natural healing places and should be designed with utmost care. It is good to have mirrors in the bedroom, reflecting the person who is asleep as a natural healing process takes place when the body is resting. Shoes symbolise negativity and contain dirt and grime, and therefore should not be stored under the bed. Clothes worn during the day absorb the negativity of the outside world and therefore should not be kept in the bedroom. Their negativity mingles with the vibrations of the bedroom. Avoid placing the headboard of the bed against a wall, which is shared with the toilet. That way you would allow the negative energies to seep into your body.
Beds should be made of natural materials, wood is the best choice. To enhance togetherness, keep a photo of your partner in the room. A pair of mandarin ducks tied together with a red ribbon is a strong symbol of togetherness. A cluster of nine crystals stabilises and keeps your relationship sparkling.
The children’s bedroom should ideally be rectangular or square. Any odd shape should be camouflaged with furniture so as to give it an appearance of a rectangular shape. The bedroom door should not face the toilet door as the beneficial energy gets depleted. As a remedy, a wind chime can be hung in between the two doors.
- If the child is of a volatile temperament, make sure he does not sleep above the kitchen. The child’s room should not have a toilet just above it, as it affects his health.
- Sleeping on the floor is inauspicious and invites poverty and unhappiness. Don’t have pictures of waterfalls or rivers and never keep aquariums in child’s room as these disturb sleep.
- Do not have exposed bookshelves, as they act as poison arrow and disturb the child’s sleep.
- Pointed and sharp objects of decoration should be avoided. Instead, use inspirational pictures, handmade items and photos of friends and family.
- The desk should never be placed opposite the door as this could cause restlessness and feelings of insecurity. This could also bring bad luck.
- Overhead beams should be avoided at all costs, as they hinder the mental development of teenagers.
Ideally, the bathroom should be located in the north, as that’s good for getting on with private matters and time spent alone. Try to ensure that the door is slightly out of the line of entry. In a standard Feng Shui design, all washing and toilet facilities would be together in one room in order to contain the water energy in that area.
If the bathroom is positioned at the back of the house there will not be any adverse effect on important matters such as family life, health or wealth. Black and blue are ideal colours for the bathroom as they represent water. The door should be kept closed at all times. This helps in improving the wealth flow.
If the bathroom is not located in an ideal position, fixing a small-decorated mirror on the door that faces the hall could help. This will throw the good chi back into the house. Use plain mirrors to reflect light and not divided ones. Fix all leaky taps if you don’t want your strength and financial resources drained out. A ventilation device could drain chi from the bathroom. Plants could help encourage the gentle movement of the beneficial chi.
Never place water and fire, i.e. the sink and the burner adjacent to each other or exactly opposite to each other. The reason for this is that fire and water are absolute opposites of each other as is evident from the destructive cycle of elements.
A grand entrance attracts grand energy into our homes. Entrances, apart from reflecting the standards of its inhabitants, act as connections between its residents and the outer world. Nameplates should be prominently placed at the eye level. This can be compared to the human body, where one’s feet are connected with the past. The middle signifies the present and the head is the future, where all our hopes and dreams are stored. The entrance should preferably be solid, to give one a sense of security. These should not have a depression at the centre, as they signify a downward trend in life. Gates and boundary walls with holes are not considered good. They symbolise entrapments in life. The interior of the main door should not face either the staircase, or the kitchen. When the main door is at the top of the stairs, money will roll out of it.
The living room creates the first impression of the house. Each part of a house symbolises a certain part of the human body. The living room is equated with the shoulders of the house. This is the place where guests are entertained, parties hosted and important family celebrations held. It is also the place where we want to relax after a day’s work. The living room should be bright, cheerful, comfortable, and welcoming. It should be well decorated according to your taste, well laid-out and guests and family members should find it inviting. The living room should ideally be situated near the entrance, without too many doors and windows.
The arrangement of furniture in the living room is of utmost importance. While arranging the furniture one has to leave ample space for free movement of the inmates. One’s lifestyles or taste determines what the focal point of the living room is going to be. Avoid placing any furniture at the centre of the living room.
If there is no colour in the room, then your motivation and morale could be affected, leading to depression. Too much colour or improper use of colour creates an imbalance. It is best to use soft and pale single colour and balance the room by choosing furniture and accessories in darker shades.
The dining room is best located in the eastern sector of the house where the rays of the rising sun brings in the bright vibrations. Food may be the focal point in the dining area, but a pleasant atmosphere plays an important role in creating the energy that is conducive to good health. This room should be bright, well-ventilated and should stimulate appetite. Wall clocks should be removed from the dining room.
Dining tables with wooden tops are excellent, as they do not speed up chi energy, like reflective surfaces made of shiny glass or marble do. Avoid sharp-cornered tables as they cause poor digestion and discomfort to the people who dine on them. Lighting plays an important role in creating the right atmosphere. According to Feng Shui, different shapes of dining tables have different meanings. A rectangular table imparts gentle energy conducive for dining. Round tables are ideal for encouraging lively conversation. Square tables give more stability. Octagonal tables are the best.