Feng Shui and Home

Feng Shui and Home
Category : Door Hardware
Date : 20/01/2020

 

If you can move through a room with ease and can settle into it with a feeling of security, you have probably created a room that has good feng shui.

Reams have been written about feng shui, but many of them are both complex and confusing. Feng shui is essentially a branch of an ancient Eastern study based on the understanding of the whole universe of the nature of a single vibrational force. Today, not only Eastern practitioners of the energetic arts and sciences, but also many contemporary Western physicists recognise vibrational energy.

This single vibrational energy is common to all things, both organic and inorganic. It is known in the East as chi – the breath of life. The Chinese do not seem to have been the only ancient people to have an understanding of Chi. It seems that the Mayans, the American Indians, and the Ancients of Europe, among others, were also aware of this energy.

Feng shui is used to identify and correct energy areas that are not suited to human habitation, and to enhance areas that are thought to be more auspicious. In addition, it is used to calculate the compatibility between man and location. But the principle is always the same: to protect, then to enhance. Only then can we succeed.

Feng shui should be used sparingly and respectfully. Approach it defensively in the first instance –ensure health and then aim for wealth. Use it with intent – know what you want from it – and with integrity, avoiding greed and malice.

Invite the chi to your front door on a gently curved path that will reach the house at an acceptable pace and benefit the garden along the way. You want it to reach your entrance neither too quickly (yang) or too slowly (yin).

And there's something to remember about feng shui and homemaking here: there are two ways to do it. (A) You choose the ideal feng shui location and have your house built accordingly (luckily you). Or (B) you enlist the help of feng shui to help you make the most of it.

Even if you have a house, you still don't have a home. Don't use force. This is absolutely natural reaction. Begin by calling the house home and encouraging the rest of the family to do the same. You can walk around your new home by yourself. Stop in every room and feel the way around you. Choose a wallpaper, lift the corner of a carpet, poke a paint job, trace the woodwork with your fingers, breathe on the windows. It ’s called marking your territory.

The first step towards implementing any feng shui system is to ensure that the premises are protected from unhealthful influences, that the property is secure and that any unwelcome energies are reduced or denied. This means considering the stability, function and orientation of the house, among other things. Once this dimension of feng shui has been addressed properly, the inhabitants will indulge in the luxury of improving their home and playing good energies.

Back of the building: Turtle.

Hills or dense trees may shield a home to the rear. We may view this these days as a high, solid wall or fence, or maybe another structure. The original intention was to allow nothing to get between the house and its metaphorical ramparts. The inhabitants were given physical security and therefore peace of mind by this line of defence. They could rest easy, secure in the knowledge that their back was exposed to no danger whatsoever from the weather or the ' enemy '!

Front of the building: Phoenix.

A building should have a clear view towards the property's edge. It shouldn't be dominated by anything directly in front of it and the building should be elevated slightly to prevent flood risk. Today a front garden or common ground acts in this way, enabling us to see what is coming to the house and also to provide a healthy sweep of land for chi to wash before it enters the building. This is vital, since the entrance is the most important area of any dwelling.

Right side of the building: Tiger.

Hills or mountains should enclose a building on this side, somewhat lower than those supporting the site's rear. They should not be so high that from this direction the sun is completely blocked out. These hills would have protected the building against the elements but also against predators to some extent. Today, if there are no hills to talk about, we can interpret the Tiger as a neighbouring building. Cultivating the neighbours won't do any harm either because they can act as protectors (as you can for them), looking for your home when you're away.

Left side of the building: Dragon.

To this side a building should be supported by greenery, trees, hills, or moors. In feng shui this area is especially important as it represents the prosperity of those within the building. Again the overall height shouldn't be as high as blocking light. Similar to the Tiger, the Dragon should also act as a defensive barrier.

Now that protective measures have been evaluated and any necessary work is underway, you can start looking at your new home's internal layout and decor. Many people find this the most interesting aspect of building a home; others enjoy being involved in the original planning and design as well as in the actual construction.

Comfortably protected from the elements of our relaxed and cosy homes, the downside of this rarefied existence is that our senses have become dull. Most of us rarely feel the sun on our face compared to our ancestors, the wind in our hair, the grass under our bare feet. Survival in those days, in an often harsh world outside, naturally sharpened our senses, creating a synergistic effect known as intuition – our sixth sense, if you like.

You have the chance to rethink the way you experience life in this, your new home.

Placement of furniture is what many people think about when feng shui comes to mind but the space between the furniture is equally important. This new house is an opportunity for you to think through this dimension of Form School feng shui and build a home that allows for convenience, freedom of movement and a favourable chi flow.

If you can move through a room with ease and can settle into it with a feeling of security, you have probably created a room that has good feng shui.


The decor of a summer-designed house can well suit its purpose. The home offers the householders a comfortable, relaxing, airy atmosphere. The feng shui is fine, and it contrasts with the outside heat and glare. Come winter, it's inadequate for that internal environment. It's still cold and uninviting now. Things have to change. Take in the blankets, fur rugs, paisley drapes, fluffy cushions. Turn the heat on, the fire light up. You have generated equilibrium again and meet the criteria for successful feng shui.

Don't let it make your house stale. Use every opportunity to incorporate change into your environment. It's going to keep you on the toes. But don't consider it an onerous task. It really should be a second nature to you, as a matter of course something you do naturally. Finding balance is about preserving health, and a basic survival instinct is to look after your health. We forgot about that somewhere along the way, that's all.

At Architectural Design Hardware we will help you find your Feng Shui.

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