Some people have all the good fortune in the world, whilst others have bad luck by the bucket full. To those people who seem to only attract bad luck, it could be that the design of your home is attracting bad feng shui. The bad feng shui could be caused by anything. It could be from having the wrong coloured walls or flooring, to even how your furniture is arranged!
What we shall discuss below is the philosophy of feng shui and how the colours and objects in your home can be orchestrated in such a way as to avoid the negative energies of bad feng shui.
The Practice of Feng Shui
The origin of the feng shui dates back to ancient China (over 4000 years) and has since branched out into a number of different variations. However, the main connecting principle behind feng shui and its various incarnations is to create balance or harmony between a person and their environment.
Feng shui is heavily influenced by the five elements: fire, metal, water, earth and wood. Those who practice feng shui believe that the elements represent us and our surroundings — that each element corresponds to certain colours, objects and aspects of our life. When practicing feng shui it’s important to understand the productive and destructive ways that these elements interact with each other (i.e. water is destructive towards fire by dousing it).
You also need to learn your own particular element, which is usually determined by the year and date of your birth. So, when decorating your home with colours and objects it’s best that they represent the elements that are productive towards you. Feng shui is all about bring positive energy into your environment.
Feng Shui and Colour
When choosing what colour to paint your walls or what coloured carpet to buy it is very important that you choose colours that don’t have clashing elements or clash with your own personal element.
Below are the elements and their assigned colours:
- Fire: red, pink, orange, bright yellow and purple
- Metal: white, grey and silver
- Water: blue and black
- Earth: light yellow, tan and light brown
- Wood: green and brown
As mentioned previously, the elements and their subsequent colours represent different aspects of our lives. It’s important, therefore, when considering what colours to use in your home that they correspond to those parts of your life that you need to harmonise or add some positive enhancement. Below are the elements and what aspects of your life that they represent:
- Fire: wealth, love and reputation
- Metal: children, clarity and creativity
- Water: career path, purity and wisdom
- Earth: stability, nourishment and physical health
- Wood: growth, hope and rebirth
It’s always suggested that the colour of the wall facing your front door is one that represents your own element. This is to ensure that as soon you walk through the front door you will be overwhelmed with positive energy.
Feng Shui and Furniture Layout
With Feng shui, objects in a room and the organisation of furniture should never interfere with a room’s functionality. For example, bad feng shui can be established in the bedroom by having heaps of electronic devices, which generate distractions. These objects interfere with the bedroom’s function as a place of sleep and relaxation.
The living room should never be cluttered. The furniture should be organised to facilitate conversation and other social activities because the living room is where family and guests socialise. Chairs placed around a circular table are good for establishing positive energy.
Furniture and objects in a room should never be placed in such a way as to block the flow of positive energy or ‘reflect’ negative energy back onto its users. Having a mirror facing your bed is a perfect example of this! If you have a mirror facing your bed it can drain your personal energy or even disrupt the sexual energy between you and your partner.
Objects, in representing particular elements, also need to exist in harmony. You should never have your stove (embodying fire) right next to your sink (embodying water) as both of these have clashing elements and generate bad energy. To help balance out the elemental harmony in your rooms and gather objects that represent your element, some common feng shui objects can include:
- Water: fountains, mirrors and aquariums
- Fire: candles and fireplaces
- Metal: metal frames and vases, metal wind chimes
- Earth: stones, pebbles and pottery
- Wood: lucky bamboo plant and money plant tree