Moving to a new home? Need cheering up? Try something different…
Colour in Feng Shui
Colors have very strong and individual effects on people. Different shades will have radically different results on people’s mental behaviour.
How they make you feel
Dark colours can either be relaxing or depressing, light colours can be uplifting or annoying, and extreme colours can be exhilarating or aggravating. Pay attention to how these colours make you feel. When you visit other peoples homes, or even their shops or offices, pay attention to the effect that walking into a room has on you. Sometimes you will enter a space and feel naturally relaxed. Other places can have a negative effect, making you feel uncomfortable or agitated for no apparent reason. Remember the colours and the shades of these rooms, especially if you have a particularly strong response to one.
Flow of Feng Shui
In traditional Feng Shui, the goal is to maximise the flow of positive chi in an area. While you will probably not be able to detect the essence of the energy of a space, you can increase the feeling of flow in a room by paying attention to the way people and objects move through the space.
The flow you want to achieve is in the essence of the room
You want there to be easy access for people moving through the room, as well as in and out of it. You want objects to be able to move from their storage, into use, and back without adding to clutter. This kind of flow is a mixture of organisation and design that focuses on removing blockages and allowing easy movement through every area.
Practical Feng Shui
Debunking the myths and finding out what we can actually learn from the ancients. Most of the information that is available concerning Feng Shui is highly over-simplified. It often comes in the form of out-of-context eastern principals, mixed in with basic interior design horse sense from the west, to form a hybrid which many professional.
Feng Shui analysts agree it can be as harmful as it is helpful. Feng Shui is more than just choosing certain colours, or "getting rid of clutter", as many books and articles will have you believe. It is actually an extremely complex system of mathematical formulae that give highly specific advice based on the type of home, its layout, and its time of construction. There are no simple answers in Feng Shui, however there is something we can learn from the methods the ancients used to derive these principals.
It is important to allow yourself to be wrong. If you don’t make mistakes, you won’t learn anything. Pay attention to emotional variations you feel from placing different decorations and colors in different spaces. At a certain point, stop and simply exist in the room, remaining attentive to the feel of the space. Occasionally, make small changes, and observe the emotional and interactive differences.