FENG SHUI AT A GLANCE
Feng shui is based on the principle that the way in which our interior is arranged has an impact on our life. It is therefore necessary to make sure to create a harmonious whole and balance the forces present in your home in order to promote well-being and health. Chi, Yin and Yang as well as the 5 elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water) are the foundations on which feng shui is based.
But how exactly does feng shui work? Meaning and explanations, we tell you all about this philosophy of life which improves and makes everyday life more zen.
The basis of this philosophy, Chi is an invisible energy that connects the elements that make up the universe. In a property, he enters through the doors and exits through the windows. In order to allow it to move freely and therefore to access the desired well-being, the placement of furniture in a room is of great importance. But be careful, that doesn't mean you have to get rid of all your furniture. It’s just a matter of finding the right place to put them and doing a bit of cleaning in the house because Chi doesn’t like clutter. So, we do not hesitate to throw away everything that we have piled up for years and that have no use (see our article Declutter your home for sale or move).
THE YIN AND THE YANG
The other essential principle of feng shui is the balance of the two opposing forces, yin and yang. Care must therefore be taken not to furnish and decorate your interior with just one of these strengths, but to combine them.
Where to find the yang?
- entrance, living room, dining room, kitchen
- white, orange, red, pink, yellow
- wood, metal
- rectilinear shapes
Where to find the yin?
- Bedroom, bathroom
- Gray, green, blue, black, brown
- Round shapes
THE 5 ELEMENTS
To balance yin and yang, it is therefore necessary to "play" with the five elements, these forces which act on the universe of signs and describe the five phases of transformation of Chi. These are wood, fire, earth, metal and water. It's all a matter of dosage and a question of balance. There are some things that don't mix. What are the associations to avoid? Which ones to favor? The principle is the same as for the game "rock, paper, chisel". Water extinguishes fire, metal cuts wood...
What do the elements act on?
- Wood: change, creativity, openness. Too much wood: instability. Where to find the wood? parquet, furniture, decorative objects...
- Fire: dynamism, sensuality, strength. Too much fire: dispersion, stress. Where to find the fire? Candles, fireplace...
- Earth: security, stability, prudence. Too much land: slowness, boredom. Where to find the land? Soils, tiles, stone, pots...
- Metal: order, management, rigor. Too much metal: lack of sociability and creativity. Where to find the metal? Mirror, lamp...
- Water: emotion, flexibility, calm. Too much water: melancholy and withdrawal. Where can I find the water? Blue, fountain, aquarium...
The combinations to adopt
- Water + wood
- Fire + earth
- Earth + metal
- Metal + water
- Fire + wood
The deprecated associations:
- Fire + water
- Water + earth
- Metal + fire
- Wood + metal.
To learn more, here is the link to an article published by The Spruce.