Professor Lin of Berkeley CA introduced The Black Hat Sect, a Western method of Feng Shui utilizing the Bagua Map as a template foor plan to describe different aspects of a space or room. The Bagua can be laid over any space or room and Feng Shui adjustments can be applied to maximize ultimate harmony and auspiciousness. Not all Feng Shui experts use Bagua Maps, some use compass direction and other modalities. Compass is a traditional and older school of Feng Shui; it can be extremely tricky in our modern homes to find the correct direction to make adjustments and not always plausible. Often you buy a home and can not change the direction of where the stove is, you have to live with it’s placement or you may have only one placement for the bed in the bedroom. I find the Bauga Method to be the most applicable to modern society and easy to use. However, if you are building your own home and can choose the direction of how the house is facing, have access to placement of rooms and furnishings, the Compass School can be a good choice of Feng Shui. For others not building their home, see your Western Feng Shui consultant to find out how a bagua map can help harmonize your living space and optimize Feng Shui.
Feng Shui incorporates aspects of floor plan and placement, also elements. The five elements in Feng Shui consist of fire, earth, metal, water, and wood; together with their colors, elements can be used to achieve harmony, balanced energy and luck in the environment. Elements are importantly used to balance the energies so that the space feels comfortable to it’s occupants. See your Feng Shui consultant to find out more in depth how proper use of elements balance a space or how the misuse create disorder.
We have all seen in high end architectural magazines neutral-grey ultra-modern stainless steel kitchens, with sharp lines, no textures and no color except neutrals. That’s all good for a magazine selling furniture or architectural design, but who wants to live that way? The room as it is, feels cold, hard and uninviting, but you like the ultra modern look and neutral color palate, by adding neutral textures in the same monochrome colors: a multi-textured floor rug, artwork on the walls with rough edges, a textured pottery, a counterbalance to the smooth lines is created making a difference how the room feels, the sterile kitchen is placated while keeping the sophisticated modern tone. Feng Shui is about having choices in your decor, there is not one answer or correct design choice. Other options to warm the space up could be accomplished by adding the “wood element” such as a green plant or a “fire element” such as a vase of red flowers or red candle sticks to the counter. These simple elements neutralize all the “metal elements”, straight lines, neutral colors when not balanced feel harsh. Sometimes all it takes is one or two opposing elements to soften and balance a whole room, what was a cold uninviting environment turns into a warm balanced space while still in keeping with the design integrity. Oppositely, too much “wood or earth element” would stifle a space and make it feel claustrophobic and unmotivating.
Ultimately, Feng Shui decorating incompasses many aspects: color use, element utilization, furniture placement, energy enhancement with harmony, intention(what you want to accomplish with the space) making Feng Shui decorating and art versatile, there are many options and solutions to choose from.
For those interested in the benefits of Feng Shui either for art, real estate or real life needs contact me, I would love to get Feng Shui into your life. Jennifer 541 610 7831