Feng Shui in Property

Our recent Wellness research highlights the impact the design of a home can have on the wellbeing of its inhabitant. The Chinese have known this for centuries; their system of Feng Shui is a set of principles that govern the layout and design of a home

Feng Shui translates to Wind and Water and it's all about the elements of earth and how they relate to design. Focused on the flow of energy (chi) around the house, and reducing the negative energy in a home, the values involved are still as relevant today as ever.

Not intended as an exhaustive guide, the below points demonstrate some of the key things to consider when designing a house, or buying a property. These common sense principles add balance and harmony to the design process, and help create a desirable, wellness-enhancing home. 

Architectural principles

  • House Shape: Should be square or rectangular. The ideal ratio of a floorplate is 2 to 3.
  • Maintain a visible address. Must have House name or number on display so that energy knows exactly where to find you.
  • Activity from children, plenty of animals and people doing things such as sports are signs of a good feng shui neighbourhood.
  • You shouldn't open a door onto a toilet, you shouldn't have direct visual views into a changing room
  • Use curved lines when possible. Straight lines allow chi to flow too quickly and rarely occur in the natural world

Interior design principles

  • Painting your front door green is said to bring growth; red can bring wealth; blue, relaxation; and brown, stability
  • Clutter is not good - throw out any broken objects, replace blown lightbulbs and be ruthless with items that you haven't used in the last 12 months
  • Plants bring vibrant chiinto a home. Large plants like lily, bamboo and jade varieties are top on the list for good energy
  • Music is a positive and soothing element in feng shui. Fill your home with soothing sounds
  • Electronic devices shouldn’t be overused
  • The bedroom is a haven for rest, and uninterrupted sleep is paramount to achieving a successful and productive life – remove electronic devices where possible