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FENG SHUI: HARMONY FOR YOUR HOME
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FENG SHUI: HARMONY FOR YOUR HOME

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An ancient tradition for more than 5000 years, Feng Shui is a practice that deals with the arrangement of the spaces we live in and how we positively design them so that vibrant energy flows through.

Still very much established in China, notably in Hong Kong where a Feng Shui expert is often contacted when buying a plot of land on which to design a house. Direction is a fundamental principle of this practice and, when possible, should be assessed not only in the arrangement of interior design but also in the positioning of the rooms according to the different energies organized in correspondence to the cardinal points.

The façade and the main entrance facing South, a watercourse nearby as water brings wealth, or even the elimination of acute angles are an example of this philosophy.

The main objective for Feng Shui is to establish harmony and order within the spaces.  The environment must represent a container that adapts to our personality and the activities that take place there;

Decluttering

Rooms should be furnished with the essentials, unnecessary objects help block the natural flow of energy.

Materials

Natural materials are preferred such as wood, stone, not plastic materials. You can also use fabrics such as hemp, linen and cotton, neutral silk or dyed with ecological colours.

Colors

Green is the colour of plants and nature, symbolizing growth and study.

Red and orange represent conviviality and sociability; It brings good luck especially combined with black.

Yellow in the kitchen stimulates appetite and gives energy at the start of the day

White is the colour linked to money and is used in public places to attract good luck.

Black is linked to rest and replenishing (ideas).

Blue and green provide relaxation and rest.

Mirrors

The mirrors are elements able to channel energy and focus it in the environment in which they are positioned, therefore excellent for walkways or for example on a desk or in a work space, not in the bedroom, which is a place to rest.

Bedroom

The bed should be positioned transversely with the head facing East. The optimal position is that you don’t have your head or feet facing the entrance of the room. Yes to the wardrobe if it helps free up space in the room.

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Workspace

The work desk should be positioned with your back to a wall and never facing the door. Pay attention to the visual workplace, it must inspire and encourage the flow of ideas, never in front of the wall.

Light

Take advantage of the light coming in from the outside with large windows, artificial light must be as neutral as possible, avoiding direct beams and favouring diffused and dimmed lights such as lampshades.

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The sofa must be facing the entrance door. Whoever comes into the house will perceive a feeling of welcomeness and hospitality. It should also be positioned with its back near the wall, giving those seated a sense of protection.

Green

The vegetable patch and garden must always be taken care of and tidy. Even the plants inside the House or on the terrace must receive the care needed to avoid the presence of dry leaves and the perception of a feeling of clutter. Taking care of the garden is also excellent therapy that helps combat stress.

If you want to read something more we suggest these books:

Manuale del Feng Shui – WU Xing

Feng shui. L’arte di creare ambienti accoglienti e salutari – Gunther Sator

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