SO WHAT IS FENG SHUI, ANYWAY?

Feng Shui is an ancient art form developed over 3,000 years ago in China that survives as a science dedicated to improving the functionality and fortune of one’s home and inhabitants. This is theoretically done through enabling an efficient flow of energy through a living space by means of proper furniture placement, lighting conditions and use of negative space.

In Chinese, Feng Shui literally translates to wind water. These elements are both considered highly fortunate and have a very beneficial effect on the health and luck of whomever are in its presence. In addition to these elements, Feng Shui has a strong foundation in polarity and each of the compass directions. The ideas behind the directional placement of furniture and walls are hand in hand with the Chinese notions of yin and yang as well as Qi—pronounced “Chee.” This Qi is the previously mentioned energy, and the main goal of Feng Shui is ensuring that this energy is free flowing throughout the house and not being encumbered due to poor architectural and furniture arrangement.

SHOULD I USE FENG SHUI DURING MY NEXT REMODEL?

Even though you may or may not believe in the ideas of Qi, that does not mean that you will not benefit from the aesthetically pleasing use of positioning and airflow. While maintaining the theoretical perfect energy balance through the use of Feng Shui requires a large amount of focus and devotion, implementing some of the core concepts of this art form will help keep a more organized, clean and efficient household.

When going through the process of remodeling a home, deciding to utilize Feng Shui can mean a wide range of dedication to the art, from simply introducing more plant life in the living spaces to a complete home remodel based around the concepts of Feng Shui. While evaluating whether your upcoming home remodel should include these types of elements, you would be wise in studying the art and science behind the theories before coming to a final conclusion. Feng Shui can offer much in the way of organization, style and aesthetics; however, choosing to use Feng Shui should also be consistent with the furniture and remodel styles of the home as a whole.