Introduction to Feng Shui

Written by Nawaz Peerbux

June 2020

Feng Shui  

Feng Shui which translates as “wind-water” is a term which we are becoming more and more used whether it’s referred to in a works space or at home. This is an ancient Chinese philosophical concept which addresses the “art of placement’ aiming to give the optimal harmonisation of everyone and their surrounding environment. Feng Shui is often confused with being a religion, however, it has no religious basis and its foundations are more scientific as it uses metaphysics which studies the flow energy. 

This system has some very defined parameters which should be respected in order to achieve the correct level of “qi” positive energy flow. It has become the foundation on which several famous architects and interior designers have based their works and achieved outstanding results.

There are several schools of thought for how to practise Feng Shui, however, there are some principles which are common in all.

9 Tips for Designing your Home:

  1. Your main door should open to a nice clear open space without a wall, toilet or stove obstructing the flow. 
  2. Avoid a direct line from the front of the house to the back window or door. 
  3. The rear part of the home should be a quiet area – not where the hustle and bustle takes place.
  4. Bathrooms and utility rooms should not be positioned in the centre of the home.
  5. On entering the home, stoves should not be seen
  6. The home should not be divided in half by a staircase or hallway. 
  7. Doors should not be in alignment with beds
  8. Beds should be positioned so that the headrest is against a solid wall.
  9. Toilets should not be:
  10. opposite the main entrance door
  • above the main entrance door
  • in alignment with beds
  • opposite or in alignment with stove 

 

 

7 Tips for Designing your Workspace:

  1. Ensure all drawers and storage spaces are cleared of any unnecessary items. 
  2. The desk should not face a wall. 
  3. The desk should face a window.
  4. The desk should be located furthest away from the door and not in alignment with the door.
  5. Your back should be against a solid wall.
  6. To the right is where the heavy furniture should be positioned. 
  7. To the left should be the activity side such as the window or door.