Seeking harmony, balance and flow in your life? Looking to add some feng shui to your home design? The ancient practice of feng shui can teach us a lot about simple, flowing design. In this post, we examine some of the “dos and don’ts” of feng shui house design.
What is it?
Feng Shui, which means “wind water” in English, is a Chinese metaphysical system that seeks to harmonise a person with their home or physical environment. It involves the balancing of negative (Yin) and positive (Yang) energy forces. In feng shui, energy is generally referred to as Chi or Qi.
Most existing homes contain elements of both negative and positive Chi. The advantage of designing a new home is that many feng shui issues can be avoided or negated. G.J. Gardner Homes has a very good understanding and appreciation of feng shui house design principles.
Some Do’s and Don’ts
You shouldn’t buy a block of land near a prison, cemetery, hospital, train line or junkyard / rubbish tip, as these facilities emit pent-up negative Chi
Be mindful of cul-de-sacs, as the same energy force can bounce between three or four different homes.
Avoid buying a block of land that faces a sharp bend in the road or a T-junction – the feng shui is usually poor. Likewise, intersections should be considered carefully, as sharp angles (poison arrows) could be pointing at your home.
Make sure the pathway to your front door isn’t dead straight. A curving pathway softens the energy flow to your front door.
The driveway should end at the house, and not “snake” around the house. A meandering driveway results in lost opportunities.
The front door to your home should open inwards and be free of clutter. Avoid placing trees, hedges and walls too close to the front door, as they impede energy flow.
The front door should open onto a hallway to “welcome” the flow of positive energy.
The front and back doors of your home should never align, as the Chi will be harsh.
Never position a bedroom above a garage or kitchen – it’s not good for general health.
Avoid or minimise floor to ceiling windows in bedrooms, as energy loss can occur.
The bedrooms shouldn’t be near the front door – to avoid the home’s major energy flow.
An internal staircase should never face a front door, as good energy will flow out the door.
Avoid spiral staircases, as they “twist” energy and produce negative Chi. A more traditional sweeping staircase is preferable.
A kitchen should be positioned towards the back of a home, away from any staircases. Also, the kitchen should never face a bathroom door, as it’s detrimental to intestinal and mental health.
Bathrooms should be positioned towards the back of the home to limit their inherent negative Chi.
A beautiful garden generates positive Chi, as does a water feature, eg. water-wall, fountain or reticulating pond.
Internal doors should never open out on one another – a problem in poorly-designed hallways.
The backyard should always be at a higher level than the front yard. In addition, the backyard should never slope downwards. This ensures that positive Chi is attracted to your front door.
Ensure your home is blessed with abundant natural light, as darkness traps negative Chi.
Good air flow throughout your home ensures that Chi doesn’t become stagnant.
The bottom line
Hopefully we’ve given you an insight into feng shui house design. The key to embracing feng shui is to incorporate a few of the major concepts into your design – something which G.J. Gardner Homes can advise on. Even if your home isn’t feng shui-perfect to begin with, “aftermarket” devices such as Bagua mirrors can be used to correct or nullify energy imbalances. For further information on design styles and feng shui house design, please contact us for a friendly chat.