Fengshui is a common traditional Chinese practice taken into consideration by numerous Singaporeans in interior design, architecture and home renovation. As a Taoist practice, it focuses on the attainment of balance between any number of different elements since all living and non-living things, and even places are animated with ‘chi’ (spiritual energy). Fengshui practitioners aim to achieve a harmonious ‘flow’ when applying their philosophy to renovation as they believe it promotes a smooth passage for energies within the home, which will facilitate good fortune, success and health.
There are a few key principles those who believe in fengshui should take note of to maintain and improve the harmony between furniture and objects in their home.
Firstly, fengshui is used to create the best environment suited to each unique location’s purpose and designated activities. For example, a living room would require a safe, jovial energy of togetherness while a workspace might require a determined air of success. To ensure this, knowing the fengshui bagua (energy map) of one’s home will function as an important guide on what objects, colours, images and orientations are beneficial to energy flow.
Keep in mind that every space in your home contributes to its overall fengshui, so organising every living space will prevent any accumulation of bad fengshui in one or two isolated areas in the home. Discover which areas of life each room corresponds with, such as the fengshui of your bedroom which might translate to the flow of energy in your marital life. With this knowledge, you are better equipped to regulate the various aspects of your life to your benefit.
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To generate good chi in your home, basic rules of maintaining any home apply – such as making sure the room is not cramped or messy, that there is good ventilation and natural light passing through the room. You can have large windows to facilitate entrance of good light and air, or perhaps get an air purifier. If you are not fond of natural light, it is important to ensure good lighting nevertheless, so consider installing full-spectrum lights to emulate it.
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One of the most common fengshui practices amongst Singaporeans when designing their home is to ensure the presence of all 5 fengshui elements; namely fire, earth, water, wood and metal. Furniture or built-in features within the house consisting of these elements serve as fengshui tools that help create an auspicious, strong energy and vitality within the living space. This state of energy will then act to support the activities conducted in that room, by extension, affecting the person’s corresponding sphere of life.
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This is the reason many Singaporeans place rustic wooden furniture and plants in the East area of their home, since it corresponds to the fengshui element of wood which helps one maintain good health. On the other hand, koi ponds or fish tanks are immensely popular in home furnishing since they represent the element of water, which can encourage prosperity and wealth if placed in the Southeast area of your house.
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The position of objects representing these elements in your home is important, as placing them in the wrong direction or area might lead to a different direction of energy flow and cause unsatisfactory outcomes. If one for example, places a water or wood-based item in the wrong position in a room, it might direct positive energy flow out instead of into the home, possibly resulting in good fortune leaving rather than entering the household. Thus, the location and orientation of your furniture is crucial in creating good overall fengshui.
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Additionally, one may need to seek guidance from a fengshui practitioner on what colour, types of furniture and ornaments will create the healthiest balance of energy for each room. This is because every home and every room has differing energy needs, therefore requiring specialised attention in some cases if certain aspects of the room are attracting bad energy or if a piece of furniture is incompatible with that environment’s purpose.
If you are interested in truly encouraging a harmonious and conducive environment within your home, consider exploring fengshui philosophy more comprehensively. Who knows, you might just find the peace of mind and results you desire.