Decorating a new home build can be exciting yet exceptionally overwhelming because everything is so new and a completely blank canvas to start from. Don’t let newness of it all keep you from creating a space that you love and serves your style preferences while welcoming balance and harmony.
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Over the last couple of our posts we’ve covered what feng shui is and basic feng shui practices, and today we’ll continue to delve into this ancient Chinese concept around home decoration.
Building A New Home – Beyond Feng Shui Basics
If you missed our last two posts covering feng shui basics, you can get caught up here!
Basic feng shui revolves around energy balance, so naturally, more complex feng shui concepts also rely on energy. The feng shui bagua is a roadmap and square-like grid to help you define and map nine areas of your life. Each part of the bagua then relates to one of the five Chinese elements of fire, earth, metal, water, and wood.
The bagua features the following:
- Power/wealth/abundance (fire)
- Fame/future/reputation (fire)
- Love/marriage/relationships (fire)
- Family/health/community (wood)
- Well-being/balance (earth)
- Creativity/Children/Legacy (metal)
- Knowledge/wisdom/harmony (water)
- Self/career/work (water)
- Compassion/travel/helpfulness (metal)
Now, this is where the feng shui becomes a little more complicated!
You can use the bagua either vertically (better for row homes or townhomes) or horizontally (better for ranch, split-level, and colonial) depending on the features of your home. Once you figure out your grid, you can understand how areas of your home connect with the energy of your life.
Directions of the bagua:
- Fire faces south.
- Earth faces southwest and northeast.
- Metal faces northwest and west.
- Water faces north.
- Woods faces east and southeast.
Using the Five Elements With Feng Shui
The five elements represent the archetypal energies that are connected and expressed through body organs, colors, directions, planets, and flavors. Like we touched on above, the five energies are fire, earth, metal, water, and wood and are building blocks to creating balanced energy in your home. To cultivate certain energies, use these elements in each room.
The flow of the elements in a creative and productive home are as follows:
Wood manifests fire, fire supports earth, earth supports metal, metal supports water, water supports wood.
The above is cyclical and achieves harmony in the home.
The five element system can also be guided by your feng shui birth element. Once you figure out what your birth element is, you can support and cultivate this energy through colors and shapes.
Take Feng Shui One Step Further…
Did you know in the Chinese culture you have lucky and unlucky directions? When you find your kua, this can help you determine what directions your home furnishings should face and where to adjust the angle of your bed or the dining room seating.
Post by post, our knowledge of the feng shui has increased and this post presents the most detailed facets of feng shui including the bagua, the five elements, and the kua.