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The Art of Feng Shui

Updated: Oct 5, 2021

Create a peaceful environment full of positive energy for your home interior in the #CanaryIslands.

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We are going through a very strange period and for everybody’s safety we need to stay at home for a few weeks. When you spend so much time at home, you realise how important it is for your well-being. Maybe you are taking advantage of this reclusion at home to do some deep cleaning, rearranging your wardrobe or doing some overdue #DIY fixings. At the same time, looking for too long at your home interior could make you want to start thinking about a home renovation or a different style of interior design. Whatever you decide to do with your time at home, it is undeniable that your home should be your most positive and favourite place to be. This is why this week I have decided to talk about Feng Shui, hoping to share with you a calming moment of inspiration in this crazy period we are all facing.

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This ancient and worldwide famous Chinese philosophy aims to create balance and harmony between elements, placing emphasis on physical and mental health, success and positive energies. Feng Shui is all about keeping the energy flow thanks to the correct placement of furniture and objects. “Feng” means wind and “shui” means water, two vital elements that are always moving and flowing around us and with Feng Shui, we can optimize our “Chi” (energy) in our home. In interior design, these energies will translate into a relaxing and positive living space.

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There are five elements in Feng Shui: #wood, #metal, earth, water, and fire. Wood symbolises vitality and placing wood items and furniture in your home décor will promote personal growth. You can add metallic home decorations like frames for examples, to develop a focused mind. The meaning of the earth is balance and stability, therefore make sure you add rocks or plants within your home. Water is the energy of wisdom and serenity and if you can’t add this element to your home style, mirrors will be a perfect choice as they are reflective surfaces just like water. Guess what? Fire is a strong and passionate energy that deals with transformation and expansion. A touch of red (or even just candles) is always welcomed.

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Another essential tool in Feng Shui is the Bagua Map, a tool that helps analyse the energies in a specific place. Your interior décor will be affected by this map that shows different colours and elements to promote love, wealth, wisdom, health and more. You can simply put this map on top of your home floorplan with the door facing south to get started. Each of the nine quadrants of the Bagua Map will tell you what objects will promote, or block, the energy flow of that room. Usually, in Feng Shui, to attract energy into your home you need a nicely presented entrance as this is the first area of the house you walk into. Spaces should be clean and open to allow you breathing and relaxing, therefore decluttering is very important for the energy flow. Crystals can be used to tune into the frequencies you want to enhance, for example rose quartz for love and tourmaline for protection. 

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As we mentioned air before, make sure natural light comes into your property as in Feng Shui it is believed to bring good energies and rejuvenation. Another must in Feng Shui, one of the most famous ones, is placing the bed and desks towards doorways in order to increase power over vulnerability. #Plants are always present in my interior design projects and in Feng Shui they are believed to promote health and to naturally purify the air. You don’t have to change your whole home interior design; you can start from two very important spaces: your living room and your bedroom. The largest piece of furniture should have priority in your living room décor, make sure it faces the door and it is placed against the wall (this is a great idea for the sofa). #CoffeeTables should not upstage the other furniture and it is recommendable to use round shapes or natural materials. Your bed should be placed as far away as possible from the door and should not face it directly. I know it seems impossible but it is better to avoid many electrical elements close to your sleeping area, especially a TV that usually becomes the focal point of any room, something I really try to avoid as an #InteriorDesigner in my home renovating projects. Opt for cosy materials like soft-coloured linen to welcome a calming energy. Most importantly, everything stored under the bed has to go, as it blocks the energy flow.

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