PART 1 – THE FENG SHUI SCHEME
The décor should be calm, neutral, simple and uncluttered. Use natural materials and soft colours for a harmonious scheme. Rooms should not be overstuffed and there should be no hard or sharp edges or too many straight lines. Use timber mouldings on sharp edges and to soften the exposed corners of walls. The room should create a calm state of mind, order in the occupants’ lives, promote clear thinking and decision-making, and encourage harmonious interaction between people. The setting should be one that creates ambience, and the layout should encourage the easy flow of conversation. The acoustics should be soft and rooms comfortable. Full length curtains create a softer atmosphere and add comfort and warmth. Beams create division between people and are oppressive. Avoid placing a seat directly under a beam or you will find it little used. Plants positioned under a beam will do not do as well as those placed elsewhere.
Windows should also be clean as they represent our view of the world and how the world sees us. Mask unattractive views with voiles and maximise a positive view such as an attractive garden. Doors should open smoothly and quietly or there will be arguments in the home. Make sure the door handles work properly and are oiled regularly. Doors are the voices of the children in the home and you don’t want them squealing and screaming! Tend to repairs around the home quickly as a stitch in times saves nine. Make sure that there is adequate ventilation and air circulation, natural daylight and an ambient indoor temperature throughout the house. Finally, avoid displaying objects or ornaments that evoke bad memories. Instead use items that create positive thoughts and evoke pleasant memories.
Next week, read Part 2 – The Entrance Hall in my latest blog on ‘Feng Shui Interior Design for Entrances & Reception Rooms’