Feng Shui UK
Feng Shui Guidelines for Rooms - Part I
The chi enters a house through its doors and windows, but mainly
through the main door, known as the 'kou', meaning mouth. The chi must
be able to curve and wander through the hall in a meanderitng fashion,
not just rush through and be wasted or lie in stagnant pools, losing
its goodness. Auspicious Feng Shui halls are fairly wide and so let the
chi move in gently and then allow it to circulate slowly throughout the
property. So that the chi can move freely, the hall should be well lit,
have no clutter, not be over furnished, especially with angular, sharp
edged furniture. A hallway can be a good place for windchimes, bells,
frog and fish ornaments and the Blue Carp, a blue coloured ceramic fish
which is hollow, to be filled with uncooked rice, and placed facing the
door to show any visitors that this home has prosperity.
This balance should be reflected in the lighting used and also
through the colours of the walls, pictures, ornaments and carpets. No
one element should be allowed to dominate. Depending on the Pa Kua
direction, it is important to bring in the other elements.
a hall seems dark and shadowy, it may be necessary to bring in slightly
stronger colours, so that it becomes a bit more yang, but the colours
should never be too strong as you do not want yang to dominate. If the
hall is left dark, then the hall will remain very yin, also a problem,
because the chi would tend to become lazy and staid! Rugs, carpets and
doormats can be used to introduce 'friendly' elements both in colour
and shape. I also recommend that three Chinese coins
together with a red ribbon, Yang side up [4 bits of writing!] are
placed under the mat for general good fortune. Pound coins can be used,
but cannot be tied together. They should be placed, Heads side up,
which is yang.
To help good chi into the house, bright lights just inside and just
outside the front door are excellent. These can be left on during the
hours of darkness. The on/off security lights are not effective for the
attraction of chi, as a constant light is needed.
Once the chi is in the property, it begins to flow through the
passageways and rooms like a slowly winding stream. This flow must be
steady, never stagnating, never rushing. If you imagine a gorge through
which a strong river flows extremely fast, this is the effect which a
long narrow hallway or corridor has on chi. The goodness of the chi
cannot settle and be used, it rushes straight through and so is wasted,
especially if there are three doors in a row, including the front door.
Even worse is when there are three doors and two of them are the front
door and the back door.The classic way of preventing this rushing chi,
this 'gorge and rapids 'effect happening is by using the 'aspirin of
Feng Shui'----the mirror
. Mirrors can be placed alternately
along the passageway to help the chi to curve and bounce from them
instead of just rushing through. The mirrors can be quite small but
should not cut off the heads of any adults in the property.
can also be used to moderate flows of chi, and sometimes if there is an
appropriate small window in the hallway, it can be opened to help the
chi. This must be used carefully, as security should be a
consideration. It is no good getting the right chi flow, if all your
possessions are stolen becuase you forgot to close a window when
you'popped' to the the shops!!!!!
are useful as an enhancement of chi,
especially in dark alcoves and the sharp edges of alcoves. A few plants
placed alternately along a hall, especially broad leafed plants, will
help to nurture the goodness in the chi. All the above can be reversed
to a certain extent if you think that the hallway is too huge and wide.
The chi will stagnate in a wide hall and needs pushing along a little.
Also remember, windchimes MODERATE, crystals ENERGISE, so hanging faceted spherical quartz crystals
along a wide hall would move the chi. What I have found to be even better is a small crystal chandelier
Easily the worst kind of stairway are spiral ones. They look so
pretty, but act as a waterfall for the chi--a Niagara Falls!It just
flows down the stairs, between the stairs and is lost in a pool at the
bottom. I generally advise using green silk material wound around the
bannisters, so introducing Wood element, a mirror right underneath the
bottom most step pointing upwards and green trailing plants alternately
placed up the stairs themselves. A windchime can be placed at the
bottom and the top of the staircase, which can also be beneficial. The
other common problem is stairs which face the front door directly. What
I normally recommend in this situation is, obviously, if possible, to
move the door or the bottom of the stairs. If this cannot be done, a
circular rug in the colour of the Pa Kua sector often helps, as does a
windchime hanging between the door and the stairs to moderate the chi
A living room is just that---a room which has life. It is the room
in which the family gather for various activities including TV watching
and relaxing. Usually in this room, two or three sectors of the Pa Kua
are involved which means decor needs to be closely monitored from one
wall to another. The chi in a lounge/living room should be slightly
balanced towards more yang--powerful,active energies. Any alcoves must
be carefully enhanced, so that they do not become pools of stagnant chi
with their edges becoming 'poison arrows'. Once again, broadleafed
plants and mirrors, on protruding walls, can be very useful. Obviously
then, the best kind of room, whatever its function in the property, is
a regular shape, square or oblong, producing few corners and no missing
areas, or alcoves. Alcoves usually mean stagnation and plants and
mirrors, as well as crystals can serve to get the chi moving again.
Remember, crystals energise, windchimes moderate. Windchimes can be
useful near doorways into rooms,especially the living room.
The chi moving into the room then has chance to move around in a
meandering fashion, through the placement of the furniture. It is best
if the furniture placement resembles the shape of the Pa Kua, with the
tai chi of the room left empty, apart perhaps for a very low coffee
table. You can buy Pa Kua shaped, octagonal shaped coffee tables which
are excellent Feng Shui.
Chairs and sofas should be positioned around the edgeof the room,
none of them with their backs to the door is best. Try not to make the
TV the centre of attention and depending on your personal Pa Kua number
and best locations, you may wish to place yourself, or your most comfy
chair in that best position for you. Yang energy should be encouraged
in the living room, but it should not become dominating and harsh. No
lights should be above people's heads directly and watch out for any
'poison arrows'created by angular shelves such as bookcases. Glass
fronted shelves will solve the problem, as they will do with kitchen
units. Also you could use trailing plants on the edges of shelves or
simply move the books right forward to the edges of the shelves, thus
A three legged toad
ornament in the room [the Wealth God] is a good idea, as though it has
just hopped into the room from the hall. This ornament need not be
prominently displayed. It could sit under a coffee table, or on the
floor near a chair, even in the South East sector of the room, the
Wealth corner. Like ornaments or pictures of sailing ships [which also
represent wealth coming into the property], have him facing into the
Any electrical items will energise the yang chi in whatever
location they are put. TVs, stereos and indeed computers give out a
great deal of electro magnetic energy. An amethyst crystal placed on
top of these appliances will serve to soften this, if it is needed.
Electrical items in the South West will benefit relationships, South
East, wealth and accumulation of prosperity, North East, knowledge and
learning, and so on, Career wise the North West and North are excellent
locations for these appliances, bringing energy and movement into vital
areas in the home.
As well as furniture and ornaments, pictures need to be considered
carefully, in all rooms not just the living rooms. Any pictures should
be pleasant and attractive, with no hunting scenes, lonely windswept
moors with single figures or any with sad connections, such as
'Guernica'by Picasso! The colours in them as with the elements
contained in any ornaments are very important to their Pa Kua location.
For instance, landscapes representing theWood element would be good in
the East and the South East, symbolising growth, whilst red should not
be used in the West and North West------Fire and Metal do not get on!