The phrase comes from an ancient Chinese system; “a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy.” Over time, the term has been related to interior design and the specific feel of a home.
Historically, feng shui had three essential principles: the commanding positing, bagua, and the five elements. The commanding position is where you want to spend the most time in a room. For example, the bed in your bedroom will probably be that room’s commanding position, located furthest from the door yet in eye sight from it, creating a place for you to feel confident and comfortable. Bagua is translated to “eight areas” which, put together, surround you as the middle ninth piece. Traditionally the eight areas represent family, wealth, career, knowledge, children, fame, helpful people, and partnerships. Earth, metal, wind, wood, and fire are the original Taoist five elements that synchronize to make a complete system. Choosing what you want to focus on in bagua and the elements can lead to corresponding color schemes and decorations.
Today, many have taken on integrating feng shui into their homes. The modern take on feng shui still aligns with the original purpose; to make your living space evolve with you and fit your needs. The foundations of this are clutter free, removing negative symbolism, natural light, and balance of the five elements. While less concerned with charts and compass directions, modern feng shui clearly reflects ancient traditions and can make for a personalized home.
We would love to talk with you about how we can help with making your home truly yours. Read The Spruce’s article on traditional feng shui key principles here: https://www.thespruce.com/what-is-feng-shui-1275060