Feng Shui and
by Nikki Willhite
Another tool for the frugal
What is Feng Shui? Feng Shui, at it's most basic level, is
nothing but a decorating style. In the more spiritual sense, it is a style to
create an environment that will enhance your success in life.
To me it is just good basic decorating principles. Many of them
can be accomplished without any expenditure of money. When there are "Feng Shui"
problems in a home, there are ways to counter balance them. I won't go into
those- as I only look at this style from a decorating viewpoint as a subject
that can help the frugal decorator make a more pleasant environment.
If you want more information on this subject, there are books
available.Here are some of the basic principles of Feng Shui. Take what you will
Basically, Feng Shui tries to control or channel the energy in a
room. It tries to turn all negative energy into positive energy. While I have a
little trouble with this concept, I have to admit that there is something
intangible in rooms that could be construed as energy.
Ever walked into a house where a couple has been fighting? No
matter how hard they try and "put on a good face", you can feel it. I think the
worst energy I ever felt was when I went into court with a friend who was
getting a divorce. The room was full of couples who were divorcing. The negative
energy I felt walking into that room was so thick...you could have cut it with a
So, with Feng Shui you do everything you can so that positive
energy circulates around the room. This is where the good decorating principles
come in. Pleasant surrounding are suppose to contribute to happy thoughts and
We all know that color influences our mood. Yellow and other
bright colors make us feel happy. Grey skies bring on the blues. Cool shades
bring calm and restful feelings.
Feng Shui teaches you to be careful of the colors around you,
and make sure that any influence on you is for the positive. You are suppose to
use cool relaxing colors in the bedroom, more energetic colors in the office or
other work areas.
Good color choices do not cost any more than poor color choices,
so this is an area great for the frugal decorator.
Angular lines and hard corners are shapes that are suppose to
either be avoided or counter balanced. Round shapes are more desirable and
conducive to comfort and to a pleasant environment.
Open is the key word here. Furniture should be placed in the
home so as to leave the space as open and airy as possible. For instance, you do
not want to walk in the living room and face the back of your sofa.
It is also about balance. The weight of your furniture should be
equally balanced throughout the home, and very dark areas, or very light areas
should be adjusted.
It is considered negative to have a home where you open the
front door and have a wall in front of you. The wall is said to "block" the
positive energy from circulating in your home, and hence act as a negative to
your progression and success.
Hard corners are undesirable, and should be softened by the use
of things like plants.
Another mention is the negative aspect of having a wall on the
diagonal in one of your rooms. This is suppose to be bad also. Since I have one
of these in my home, I decided I would give this a try. The remedy for a wall
like this is to hang a mirror on it.
My diagonal wall is in my family room, and is the wall where the
fireplace is. I had a picture above it, and accessories on the mantel. I took
down the picture, and hung a mirror. I have to say, that everyone who goes into
that room notices the change immediately and really likes it. Of course,
decorating with mirrors is almost always pleasant- but it did make a significant
difference in that room. I thought I would miss that picture, as it is one of my
favorites. I thought I would miss the colors of the picture in the room, since
the mirror was bland in comparison. I was favorably impressed.
Another principle of furniture arrangement is what I call "power
furniture arranging". You are not suppose to sit in rooms with your back to the
entrance of the room. You are not in control, and you do not get all the
positive energy circulating in the space. You cut if off. All desks in rooms or
offices should be placed so that you face the entry.
An office that is cluttered is not conducive to positive energy.
So goes it for a home also. This makes sense. What kind of feeling do you have
walking to a kitchen with dishes stacked to the ceiling? I'm sure you give off a
lot of negative energy! Feng Shui is organization and cleanliness.
Will the use of Feng Shui change your life? I don't know. It is
certainly interesting to study it's principles. They say if you are in a bad
mood, yet put on a red dress, that you will cheer up from the reactions of the
people around you.
Perhaps this works in the same way. With Feng Shui you are suppose to
surround yourself with things that you love- and place them in such a way that
they bring calmness and tranquility to your life. Not a bad idea- especially if
it doesn't cost money!