What is Feng shui?
Feng Shui (風水), which literally translates to “wind and water” — is the philosophical Chinese art of placement. The goal is to enhance the flow of chi (氣 – life force or spiritual energy), and examine how the placement of things and objects within it affect the energy flow in your living environment, as well as how these objects interact with and influence your own personal energy flow. Your personal energy flow affects how you think and act, which in turn affects how well you perform and succeed in both your personal and professional life. Feng Shui affects you every moment of the day — whether you’re aware of it or not.
Top 3 Feng Shui Tips
1. On Seating, Shapes, and Spatial Relations
Where should the sofa be?
Against a solid wall—ideally, the wall farthest from the entry—with a clear view of the door. Leave a few inches of breathing room between the sofa and the wall.
If you don’t have a wall to put the sofa against, how can a floating sofa work?
Put a console behind it, topped with tall, sturdy lamps, so you feel more secure. Add a mirror opposite the sofa so you can see behind you. That makes you feel protected.
2. On Windows, Color, and Clutter
Do you have to cover living-room windows?
A lot of apartments have big windows to let the natural light brighten the space, but if you have a big window opposite the front door, according to feng shui, the energy can fly right out the window. To combat this, use drapes or blinds or simply put something in front of the window, like a plant or a pretty reflective bowl to bounce the energy back into the room.
What if you like uncovered windows but your view is not as scenic?
You can use sheers to soften the view and divert attention. For an unpleasant sight line, you could hang a crystal in the window to redirect the energy. Any clear, multifaceted crystal will work.
3. On Dining Area
Is a dining-room rug a feng shui requirement?
It’s an individual choice. In feng shui, rugs are grounding; a rug makes a dining room feel more intimate and encourages conversation. But if you have kids, a rug might not be practical.
Does the “round table” rule apply here?
Rectangular or square tables are OK in the dining room because, even though they have corners, no one will be sitting in front of a point, as they might with a coffee table. But if a circular or oval table fits perfectly, it’s an excellent choice. Natural materials, like wood, feel solid and warm. The sound of glass hitting glass can cause tension. And people get overly protective with glass tables—anything too precious brings on nervous energy.