How to decorate your house according to Feng Shui – tips for beginners
Feng Shui is a system of laws supposed to govern the spatial arrangement and the orientation of the flow of energy (chi), and whose favorable or unfavorable effects are taken into account when siting and designing buildings. Feng shui uses five elements which, according to Chinese practice, must all be present in order for the space to be balanced. The elements he uses are water, earth, fire, wood and metal.
The role of each element in human life
Water is rippled, so its shape is sinuous. The Earth is flat, so the best shape that represents its quality would be square. For fire, the Chinese basically used the triangle because that is what fire looks like when it burns. Metals are depicted as circular and spherical, while wood is meant to be rectangular and columnar, perhaps because the share of tree trunks when we look at them from a distance is rectangular, and wood is related to trees.
In terms of seasons, water is related to winter, fire to summer, wood to spring, metal to fall, and earth to the transitions between seasons. The colors that best describe each item also differ. The fire is, of course, red. Surprisingly, the water is not blue. The water is black and blue with green being the color of the wood. Earth is believed to have a yellow color, while for metals we keep the colors white and metallic.
In feng shui, things get interesting when you start to address each element to a certain quality and its role in life. Water, for example, is linked to the quarry and its quality is supposed to be downward, fluid and moving. For some reason the wood is ascending and expansive as it symbolizes vitality; the area that this element affects is family and wealth.
The Earth is grounded, stable and self-conscious and is strictly associated with knowledge and partnerships in health. The fire is described as passionate, enlightening and brilliant and it has mainly to do with fame. Metals represent efficiency, beauty, and precision, and are related to children and people who can be of help.
Showcase the five elements to decorate your space
So how does this translate in terms of decor? Where do we meet each of them in the house? As mentioned earlier, the land is related to food and care. Apart from yellow, brown and orange are also very “earthy”. Heavy objects are a perfect match to emphasize the element of earth. A solid desk is a perfect example of this element. Rugs in the colors and shapes of the associated element are also appropriate. If you want to add the element of water, you can get a water fountain or art with water images.
Dark blue and black will highlight the wisdom behind the water. Wood can be found in natural wood surfaces such as floors and furniture, but it can also be found in small trees which are suitable for the interior of a home or apartment. Natural solutions are excellent for bringing out the symbolism of growth and vitality.
Metals manage joy and can be achieved in fixtures and metallic objects in white, gray and metallic colors. Again, fire is related to light, so lamps are perfect for adding fire to your interior. If you have the luxury of maintaining a fireplace in your home it is even better, the atmosphere will be warmer and will inspire passion and excitement.
The rooms of the house and their role in space
The entrance is the first thing people see when they come to your home. It therefore represents your image to the outside world. It is important to be neat and tidy as well as visible to others. When moving in we usually come across the living room where people gather and spend time together. The plants will warm the environment and the seats should be oriented outward to promote communication. In addition, you can avoid having the backs of the chairs facing the doors.
Cooking has to do with nutrition. Proper nutrition is important for good health, which is why the earth element should be abundant in this room. It is also very important to keep a refrigerator tidy and to throw away any expired items.
Another essential part of the house is the bathroom. Bathrooms are often connected to drains, and the Chinese believe the toilet seat and door should be closed to prevent money from escaping you. Finally, we have the bedroom. The bedroom is the representation of yourself. Make sure the area under the bed is not used for storage.
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