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WHAT IS FENG SHUI?




Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese art and science that seeks to create harmony and balance between individuals and their environments. The term "Feng Shui" translates to "wind" and "water" in English, reflecting the idea of harnessing the natural forces of the environment to promote positive energy or "chi."


The fundamental concept behind Feng Shui is the belief that the arrangement of objects and the layout of a space can influence the flow of energy, affecting one's health, wealth, and overall well-being. Practitioners of Feng Shui aim to enhance the positive energy in a space while minimizing or redirecting negative energy. I can teach you these principles to enhance your designs, read below...


Key principles and concepts in Feng Shui include:


Bagua Map: The Bagua is a grid used in Feng Shui to map out different areas of a space and associate them with specific aspects of life, such as wealth, career, relationships, and health. Each area is linked to a particular element, colour, and shape.


Five Elements: Feng Shui is based on the five elements—Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. Each element is associated with specific colours and characteristics, and balancing these elements is believed to promote harmony.


Yin and Yang: The concept of Yin and Yang, representing opposites and balance, is fundamental in Feng Shui. A harmonious space should have a balance of these forces.


Chi (Qi): Chi is the life force or energy that flows through all things. Feng Shui aims to facilitate the smooth flow of positive chi while preventing stagnant or negative chi.


Eight Trigrams: Feng Shui incorporates the Eight Trigrams, which are combinations of three broken or solid lines used to represent different natural phenomena and energies.


Practitioners of Feng Shui use these principles to analyse and adjust the arrangement of furniture, colours, and other elements within a space to optimize the flow of positive energy and create a harmonious environment. It is applied to various aspects of life, including home design, office spaces, landscaping, and city planning. While Feng Shui has ancient roots, it continues to be practiced and adapted in modern contexts around the world.


Feng Shui and Interior Design is a process I work with daily, and I’m pleased to announce I will be offering training courses as individuals or groups. Message me for information and look at a new way of designing in 2024.

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