Simple Feng Shui Tips for Home Interior Designs
Are you about to redesign or build a new house? Have you ever considered a healthy home as part of your design requirements?
A healthy home is not just about using eco-friendly building materials, but building a home that is in harmony with the environment and the elements.
The Chinese practiced and applied the ancient art of Feng Shui to achieve this harmony.
Feng Shui for House
The Chinese believed that by applying Feng Shui, you can tweak and change bad designs and elements in your house to achieve harmony.
Feng Shui is about the concept of "chi,” the yin and yang and the life energy. Applying Feng Shui will help promote a healthy flow of this energy.
Ideally, to get the correct Feng Shui advice, a Feng Shui master will use your date and time of birth as part of the study. He will then calculate the most appropriate changes that need to be made to your lifestyle and to your house interior.
This can be expensive and even if you can afford it, you may not have access to a good Feng Shui master.
To help you with this dilemma, I have summarized below several general Feng Shui tips and suggestions, when designing or remodeling your house.
Feng Shui Home
Do not discount the importance of the following common areas. They are the key to your success and merits the same level of importance as the living or the bedroom areas.
In most Asian houses, shoes are always placed outside before one enters a house. These shoes can sometime clutter the pathway leading to the main door. Remove these shoes or any other objects, as it prevents good chi from entering your home.
Front door should not align and face your back door as chi will enter and leave your house immediately. Likewise, the front window should not open or face your back window. If this cannot be help, then you should place furniture or a large screen to block the alignment.
A vacant room should not be kept closed and empty all the time. Open it occasionally to allow the flow of good chi.
Windows should be open daily to bring in fresh air and sunshine, and along with it, good chi.
Indoor plants are good as it helps to energize your home. However, avoid plants with thorns as it brings in bad chi.
Bedroom Feng Shui
Bedrooms are probably the most important rooms in your house as you spent at least a third of your life in these rooms. Some points to remember when designing these bedrooms are:
- Bed should not be placed below an exposed beam or rafters as it symbolizes having pressure over you. If your ceiling is high, then do a false ceiling to cover it
- Garage and storerooms have stagnant chi, hence do not position your bedroom above them
- It is inauspicious to locate master bedroom near the house main entrance door. If you cannot avoid this, introduce a buffer zone such as a small sitting area
- A spectacular view from your room is a great idea. Unfortunately, in Chinese Feng Shui this is not healthy as it provides too much energy for the bedroom. Instead, design your living and dining rooms to enjoy this vista
- Bedroom should not have direct access to a bathroom. Buffer it with a dressing room or corridor
- Do not place your bed too close to a window or facing a door. This will cause energy to drain away. If your bed needs to be near a window, then separate it with a table or chair. Ideally, the bed should be located diagonally to the window. If it is near a door, the door should open such that the bed head is not immediately in the line of sight
- For attic bedroom, aligned the bed so that you will be parallel with the roof slope when lying on bed. Make sure there is no exposed roof beam or rafters over the bed area. If there are any, do a false ceiling to cover these
- Avoid having mirror in the bedroom as it is inauspicious. If required, place mirror in a position that will not reflect view of your bed from the entrance door. Avoid placing the mirror in front of your bed (a common feature in most hotels). Mirror in the bathroom and inside closet door is acceptable. You can however, take advantage of the ‘deflection characteristic’ of mirror to deflect chi from places like in 'dead-end' part of your house
- Dressing table should not be placed opposite a door
- Bedroom should preferably have only one entrance. If it adjoins another room that room should have slow-moving chi such as a bedroom-sitting room or dressing room.
- Paint your bedroom walls and doors with light colors. Strong colors should be used only as accent colors
- Lights from morning sun is beneficial in the bedroom, but not to shine directly onto the bed
Feng Shui for Dining Room
Dining room is the place where family members, relatives and friends eat, meet and enjoy each other's company. It is a room with strong family relationships and it must represent good harmony. Follow these tips to tweak your dining room layout for a harmonious design.
Dining Room Location
The best location for dining room is east of the kitchen. If it is not possible, then it should be south of the kitchen.
Entrance to Dining Room
If possible, have two entrances to the dining room. One entrance should be from the kitchen and another from the living room. Dining room should not be in isolation to the rest of the house. It should be an extension of another room such as the living room.
Dining table should be octagonal in shape. Next choice will be a circular dining table, as these designs will improve the chi flow between family members. Square table is acceptable provided it has the correct Feng Shui dimension. Click here for fengshui ruler.
Rectangular table should be your last choice, but if desired, make sure it is not too long and is of the correct Feng Shui dimension. Otherwise, it will exaggerate the hierarchical relationship for people seating on that table.
Feng Shui for Living Room
A living room is for family and friends to get together and is usually the first room for guests when they are welcomed into your house. Living room should therefore be Feng Shui for harmony and prosperity.
Living Room Shape
Living room should be of sufficient size with enough spaces in between furniture for chi to flow. The shape should also be regular.
Living Room Location
Ideally, it should not be higher than dining room and located in the outer half of the house.
Furniture in Living Room
Chairs should not be placed directly facing doors or windows nor placed with their back to them. This is to allow chi to wander throughout the room.
Do not place chairs directly under ceiling beams or facing sharp corners of columns or wall junctions as this will have ‘sharp arrow’ pointing at them, which is inauspicious.
Arrange the furniture in regular pattern. Octagonal pattern is highly recommended. Avoid the L-shaped arrangement.
Kitchen Feng Shui
Your kitchen will have fire and water and these two elements are in constant conflict. It also has the metal element in the form of cooking utensils. All these elements need to be harmonized to have good kitchen Feng Shui as kitchen is the heart of your home.
- Kitchen should be located at the center of your house as center represents Earth. Otherwise, it should be away from the main entrance or entrance hall, which represents the South (Fire side) of the house. This will conflict with Water element, which represents the kitchen. Avoid the North side (Water side) as Water is in conflict with Fire (associated with cooking). If North is your only choice, have a west-facing windows in your kitchen. The West (Metal) is neutral and a fine compromised location for your kitchen
- Kitchen should be away from bathroom and if this is not possible, separate them with a storage space or passage way. In a double-story building, toilets should not be above the cooking area
- Cooking area should be on the South side (Fire) of the room
- If you have family dining or informal dining area in your kitchen, separate the table from the food preparation area and the cooking area. Ideally it should be to the east or south of the cooking area
- Avoid cooking area and water area to be in the same alignment. Hence, your kitchen sink should not be on the same countertop with your cooking area. Exception to this is fridge.
Feng Shui for Bathroom and Laundry Room
- Bathroom and laundry belong to the north (Water) side of the house, as it uses a lot of water
- Whenever possible, all bathrooms should have direct openings to the outside air. Hence, mechanized ventilation with extraction fan is not an ideal option
- Do not have plants in bathrooms, as it will hinder the flow of chi provided the bathroom has plenty of sunlight coming in
- Always have the toilet bowl lid down all the time when not in use
- Keep bathroom windows open whenever possible, but keep bathroom door closed all the time
Feng Shui for Study Room and Workroom
The best location for study or workroom is on the north (Water) side of your house. This also applies if you have a home office. Water element is associated with communication and is, therefore, an ideal place for study or work.
Place your study table at an angle to the window to reduce glare, which is considered a bad chi.
Staircase should not face a door, as it will break the flow of chi in your house. Design your staircase to be at right angle to the door instead. If possible, put it in a location that is out of sight from the main entrance.
However, it should not be in the middle of the house. If this is not possible, then turn the last thread at an angle to the main entrance. Otherwise, you can either place a screen to 'hide' the view from main entrance. Alternatively, place a mirror on the intermediate landing.
Feng Shui Tips
As mentioned earlier, Feng Shui consultation can be expensive, but if you are serious on getting results tailored to your personal reading, then it will be money well spent.
If you are looking for an outline and basic guideline, then the above Feng Shui tips should give you a good start.
Good luck in your new adventure, and may there be peace and harmony in your life.