A Beginners Guide To Feng Shui

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Did you know that Feng Shui has been around for 3,000 years? So it must work right? Working on the balance of various energies, Feng Shui can give your home that little positive uplift that it really needs for the new year.

Literally translated, Feng Shui means ‘wind and water’, which are associated with good health and good fortune in Chinese culture. The ancient Chinese Tao culture placed an emphasis on ‘chi’ (energy flow) and believed that certain spacial arrangements resulted in a positive ‘Chi’.

Fast forward 30 centuries and Feng Shui has become a popular interior design technique. Want to know how to give your home a Feng Shui makeover? Read on for my beginners guide…

Living Room


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The living room is a yang (public) space, so it is best to use a rich and saturated color scheme. Treat your guests to a warm welcome with lashings of deep blue and saffron red. If your living room consists of neutral tones, add some instant warmth with deep blue and red printed cushion covers.

Above: Hand embroidered throw pillow cover & exotic oriental pillow cover

For a relaxed and social vibe, furniture placement is perhaps the most important element when it comes to your living room. Experts suggest placing sofas next to the wall furthest away from the door for a sense of security. Other chairs and sofas should be sat on the edges of the room and guests should not be able to see the back of sofas when they enter the room.

Square coffee tables should be avoided, as the corners that point at potential guests could reduce the positive energy. Opt for a round coffee table and give it an extra positive boost by adorning it with a red table cloth. The floral round table cloth would make a wonderful choice. Add your favorite vase to this focal point for happy vibes.

Feng Shui acts on a balance of the elements. Round and oval items, such as this coffee table, represent metal. Triangle items represent fire and squares, earth.  For the most positive vibe, make sure you use all of these shapes in your living room. A positive and energizing way to add squares is through mirrors. Mirrors are also a wonderful way to bounce light off small windows, increasing their energy.

Although your living room needs as much natural light as possible, not all windows equal positive energy. Windows opposite doors can in fact drain the room of energy completely. To allow them to let in natural light, whilst covering them up, I suggest using a light and airy fabric, such as a wool scarf.





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The bedroom is a ying (private) space, so you should aim to create a safe and secure vibe.

One way to create balance is to have an equal amount of juxtaposing masculine and feminine elements to the room. Examples of this can include a wooden bed with a soft, velvet headboard or a hard, marble floor topped with a soft, woolen rug.

A quick and easy way to add some femininity to a wooden bed, is to add floral bedding. This hand painted duvet cover is feminine, but still neutral and calm.

Ensure your bed is extra balanced by making it accessible from either side and placing a bedside table on each side. Be warned though if your bed faces the door, you have actually being sleeping in ‘the coffin position’. If this layout is inevitable due to your room size, place a higher table at the foot of the bed.

Sorry to break it to you guys, but TVs, laptops and other electronic items bring in bad vibes. They bring in the energy of stress and are distracting and damaging to your romantic relationship.

Fresh air should also be at the top of your priority list when it comes to the bedroom. Make sure the room is well ventilated and use natural oils to enhance its freshness.

As for your color scheme, go for neutral ‘skin colors’ to promote good sleep and sexual energy. Neutral pillow covers are a must!


Above: Paisley embroidered pillow cover & hand painted deluxe accent pillow cover

Dining Room


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Even if your living room and dining room are physically connected, it is important to seperate them in your decor. Despite them both being yang rooms, the dining room needs to possess a ‘lucky’ energy and needs to be free of televisions and electronic distractions.

Neutral colors with splashes of vibrant hues is a must, this creates more ‘ying’ than ‘yang’. For a balanced table layout, begin by adorning your table with the ornamental embroidered table cloth in beige. Next, add pops of vibrancy with the embroidered 7 piece place mat and table runner set. Earthy, green tones are the best, as they are shown to be the most appetizing.

As for the table itself, both round and rectangle shapes work well. The table is most effective whilst placed in the center of the room, allowing adequate space for those seated. If you opt for a square or rectangle table, balance it with a round rug.

For ‘lucky energy’ place a few large, green plants near the table. Placing fruits, plastic or real, on the table also adds luck. However, avoid dried fruits as they symbolize decay.

Rachel Holliday

Interior design and fashion contributor at Banarsi Designs. Writer and Aussie-based fashion and personal style blogger at www.thedailyluxe.net