The idea that rearranging the furniture in your home will bring you happiness is no doubt somewhat debatable, however the basic principles of Feng Shui can be a useful tool when trying to create a cohesive layout and enjoyable space in your home.
Feng Shui is all about the placement of possessions to create a nice flow within the space, to promote positivity. The idea is to create carefully considered arrangements of objects within your space to produce a flow of natural energy.
In Feng Shui The Hall represents opportunities and should be maintained to create a calm environment. Ensure it’s kept clutter free so that energy can circulate, place coats and shoes inside a closed cupboard and keep the door closed. Fresh flowers instantly uplift the energy of a space so place a vase near the door, and a beatuiful mirror.
In the Bedroom, the bed should be positioned against a wall, and should ideally have a headboard. It is prefereable to have the bed positioned so that it is not in line with the bedroom door, or underneath any beams. You should also avoid arranging the bed so that you point your feet or your back towards the door.
Bathrooms have a bad reputation for Feng Shui as good energy can be drained from the house via the bathroom. Ensure that the bathroom door is always left closed, and if you're at the design stage of a new build, try to avoid alignment of the bathroom and main front door.
Plants in the bathroom should be standing in water as opposed to potted plants, to help maintain good energy within the room itself.
The Dining Room is considered the heart of the house. It’s good practice to seat the oldest family member (or an important guest) in a strong position at the table; this is the seat furthest from the door, with solid walls behind it and offering a good view of the door and windows. Try where possible to place all dining chairs so that no one has their back against a door or window.
Our vessel dining table in this image desmonstrates a fabulous layout with nice equal seating space. Use chairs with armrests for the ends of the table, to create a nice balance.
Placement of smaller items within the space should be carefully considered, as this can shape the overall effect and feel of the room. To start with, place a lamp in the corner of the room, diagonally opposite the room door to create a balance.
Water features should also be well thought out, these should be positioned in the north end of the house, or by the main front door. However, water should not be positioned under a stairway, or directly below a bedroom.
The best place to start when arranging the layout of your Living Room is to ensure that furniture is in proportion to the space. You should make sure that you do not block any doorways with the furniture, and position the main sofa with it's back against a wall.
Written By Imogen Abbot