Feng shui rules say a bed must have a headboard for support. The colour blue is said to promote calm restful sleep.
Since then, this 5,000-year-old Chinese approach to positioning buildings, division of internal space, and how people can live in a way that will enhance well-being, health, relationships and prosperity, has filtered into mainstream building development, but a bit of study is required to get to grips with the fundamentals, rather like yoga or Pilates, where exercises off the internet won’t make you an expert, or even competent.
Feng shui is now used by Fortune 500 companies and the likes of Nike, Bill Gates, Dreamworks, Richard Branson, Oprah Winfrey, and even an American president with a penchant for wall-building, although it’s doubtful he consulted a feng shui master on that particular subject, as any blockages are considered a no-no.
Closer to home is Nina Kati, an award-winning, Co Waterford based interior designer for whom feng shui is core to her practice. “The home is our outer skin,” she says.