Style of design

The environment plays a significant role in Feng Shui, with an emphasis on optimizing natural light in a space. If achieving ample natural light is not feasible, opting for full-spectrum lighting provides an excellent alternative.

The environment plays a significant role in Feng Shui

Sleek geometric silhouette chandeliers, Feng Shui role in home

Achieving a harmonious balance of the five elements water, earth, metal, wood, and fire is essential in Feng Shui. Imbalances, whether too little or too much of any element, can result in feelings of exhaustion, fatigue, overwhelm, or lack of inspiration. Focusing on the wood element in Feng Shui, considering that your desk and shelving may already be made of wood, incorporating a few plants can enhance creativity, intuition, and strength.

It's crucial not to overpopulate your space with wood, as an excess can induce feelings of stubbornness and being overwhelmed. If your furnishings and flooring predominantly feature wood, introducing a rug that nearly covers the room can soften the space and maintain a balanced Wood Element.

Feng Shui home style

Feng Shui, translated as "wind-water," is deeply rooted in the principles of these two elements. Practitioners, designers, and architects often focus on harnessing the direction of prevailing winds to cool or refresh a house. Water holds significant importance, with careful consideration given to the placement of pools, from small fountains to large swimming pools, for both aesthetic and Feng Shui reasons.

The integration of a swimming pool into the landscape is crucial to ensure it complements the surroundings and supports the overall harmony of the house. Feng Shui also pays attention to details like the direction of water entry and exit in a pool, as water carries ch'i energy.

Alignment is a key aspect of Feng Shui, and architects may purposefully orient houses in the Northern Hemisphere towards the South or Southeast to capture the early morning warmth of the sun, aligning with traditional Feng Shui principles. Other factors influencing house facing direction in Feng Shui include the owner's birth date and the period in which the house is constructed.

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Z-Lite 3 Light Chandelier

Z Lite 3 Light Chandelier in Linear Style 23 Inches Wide by 25 Inches High Olde Brass, Bronze Olde Brass, Bronze Finish

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Z Lite 4 Light Chandelier in Linear Style 29.5 Inches Wide by 31.5 Inches High Olde Brass, Bronze Olde Brass, Bronze Finish

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Good design

Both design and Feng Shui emphasize the relationship between a building and its surroundings, discouraging features like large nearby buildings overshadowing a house. The art of alignment in Feng Shui strives to eliminate shapes or forms that generate unsettling energies, promoting the screening of undesirable objects. A harmonious balance between yin and yang, creating vibrant ch'i energy, is a fundamental goal in Feng Shui, mirroring the principles of good design that seek efficiency, beauty, and originality.

In terms of health considerations, both Feng Shui and good design emphasize the importance of balance. Feng Shui masters aim to generate and accumulate healthy ch'i, aligning quiet spaces with less auspicious ch'i and vibrant areas with strong energy. Both traditions recognize the significance of proper drainage to avoid stagnant water carrying negative energy (sha ch'i), and ventilation is crucial to prevent the accumulation of condensation or stagnant air, promoting well-being. While not every architectural rule aligns with Feng Shui, the shared goal is to create homes that foster positive energy and preserve health.

Examples

Feng Shui finds its roots in the surrounding landscape, yet city living has limited our awareness of the impact that landscapes and gardens can have on a building's Feng Shui. In urban settings, a garden represents the most natural landscape achievable. Therefore, it becomes crucial to engineer the Feng Shui of any surrounding garden.

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Z-Lite 3 Light Chandelier

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New furnishings

While not identical, good design and Feng Shui collaborate to create living spaces that are both aesthetically pleasing and beneficial to their occupants. A well-designed space often incorporates many placement rules integral to Feng Shui. A skilled designer ensures easy paths and convenient access to each part of a room, while a Feng Shui practitioner eliminates dark or cramped corners that could trap energy, promoting the smooth flow of ch'i.

Personal health space

Buildings consciously constructed or furnished with Feng Shui principles often reflect this in their design. However, there are well-designed buildings that unintentionally embrace good Feng Shui, influencing the lives and perspectives of their occupants. Every building, in its own way, communicates something about Feng Shui.

In compiling this book, I've contemplated the diverse ways Feng Shui has impacted the design of the featured places. The prevalent Western notion of Feng Shui, influenced by over two decades of Western literature on the subject, often emphasizes minimalism, purity, emptiness, and spirituality. Contrary to this perception, Feng Shui is a practical discipline concerned with improving life in the present, including aspects like business success and wealth generation.

Traditional Chinese Feng Shui practitioners prioritize considerations such as the facing direction of the building, the presence of water, the location of the main door, and the uses of specific rooms. The book showcases a broad spectrum of Feng Shui designs, ranging from those practiced by respected masters in the late Ch'ing dynasty to modern interpretations found in high-tech buildings of the late 20th century, demonstrating timeless principles.

Ancient Chinese mansions

Some structures may have undergone Feng Shui analysis during design and construction, while others might have unintentionally harnessed Feng Shui benefits.

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Aesthetic understanding of occupied spaces

The examples in more books span from strictly formal Feng Shui in ancient Chinese mansions to more modern structures designed with discernable Feng Shui principles or inadvertently benefiting from them. Considerations of aesthetics, color, and furnishings are integral to Feng Shui. The books explores the artful fusion of sound Feng Shui principles and an aesthetic understanding of occupied spaces, aiming to showcase carefully engineered yet seemingly effortless blends.

Apart from the visual clues provided by the landscape, another aspect of feng shui also deals with invisible ch'i flows. This is Compass School feng shui. The main feng shui instrument used to identify ch'i flow is the Chinese compass or Luopan. This instrument consists of a circular (Heaven) plate that rotates in a square ( Earth) base. Its use in feng shui predates the use of the compass as a maritime device by hundreds of years.

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