Decorating With Feng Shui - The Chinese Art of Placement

Posted by on Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 at 3:24pm.

Decorating with feng shuiBy Marc Rasmussen - Sarasota Luxury Homes

Owning a home is exciting. Everyone likes his or her own space. You can choose your finishes, color, floors, paint, and anything else that comes with purchasing and decorating your home.

There are so many decisions to make it can make your head spin. You just have to be methodical. When you are in the early stages of decorating, you want to have an idea how you want your new home to feel. Many people rely on Feng Shui for guidance.

Feng Shui is the Chinese art of placement. The direction of your front door is an important decision when looking for a house. For example, you do not want a straight path or a narrow hallway from your front door to a window or door in the back of the home. The belief is that the good energy will enter the front and travel straight out the back. It is important for the energy to flow to other areas of the home.

Color is also important. A good example is a red door in your entryway, which will bring wealth, health, and harmony to the home. Colors inside your home are just as important. The colors should flow from room to room, disbursing energy throughout the spaces.

A water feature is another desirable element in Feng Shui. Placed correctly by the front entryway and flowing towards the home symbolizes the flow of wealth and happiness. If you would rather have the waterfall inside the home, be sure it does not flow toward any doors or windows. It should always flow towards the center or the heart of the home.

Feng Shui also plays a part in landscaping your home. So many times, you'll see homes with shrubs around the base of the home. This actually plays a part in keeping the energy at bay. A winding path, beautiful flowers, rock features, and lush greenery not only improve the curb appeal, it welcomes you into the home. Nothing can be more gratifying than the feeling of peace when approaching one's residence.

After a delightful walk to the front entry, the feeling of calm should continue. The placement of your furniture will direct your guests and your good fortune into each room. You do not want to block or inhibit the path or face away from an entryway. Every corner of a room has a specific role in Feng Shui.

A living area should have a warm conversation area. Sofas and chairs, if possible, should be about three inches off the floor, permitting floor to ceiling energy flow. In a bedroom, position the bed facing the door. Nightstands should be three feet from the edge of the bed, space permitting. An office desk should also face the door. These decorating practices are the same for any room.

There are also certain areas of the home that color and placement enhance good fortune. The east is the area of love chi while the west is the home and family chi. Fame is the south and business is the north. Each space, if designed according to Feng Shui philosophy, will bring in the good and drive out the bad. And we all want peaceful and prosperous energy in our homes and our lives.

Marc Rasmussen | Michael Saunders and Company | c 941.812.6272 | |

16 Responses to "Decorating With Feng Shui - The Chinese Art of Placement"

Zac Coplan wrote: I think its important to have a theme in mind when you start decoration. If you are not a professional it helps keep you from straying to far off. Feng Shui is a great theme to start with.

Posted on Sunday, May 1st, 2011 at 5:15am.

Bob Lilley wrote: Great article! the third paragraph says it all - feng shui is the art of placement.

A lot of people think it means decorating in an Asian or Eastern theme, but it is simply an arrangement of home, furniture, and space to fit your lifestyle.

I have heard it pronounced many different ways, but the concept a good one to consider whether living your life or listing your home for sale.

Posted on Monday, May 2nd, 2011 at 9:22pm.

Bayut wrote: Great and wonderful with a unique tip to decorate sweet homes. Feng Shui is a great Chinese art to decorate one's house and I really like it but most of the people are still not aware about it.

Posted on Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 at 10:07am.

John Evan Miller wrote: I absolutely agree withe the importance not only of proper color usage, but also placement. Feng Shui art is incredible and having a starting point (aka this theme) is a great move to having a contemporary, culturally decorated home.

Posted on Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 at 3:49pm.

Deborah wrote: Feng Shui is helpful in getting a home sold.

Posted on Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 at 9:29pm.

Adam wrote: Great post! I have a terrible eye for decorating and need to rely on my more artistic peers for help. But this article really help... I will be sure to use some of the tips and see if there is any improvement. Thanks for the post!

Posted on Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 at 9:29pm.

Ashley wrote: Whenever I would hear people talking about Feng Shui before... I always thought it was just a big hoax. But hearing the way you described it here, I realize that I use a lot of it without even knowing it-just because it feels right. I love the way you phrased it, "it welcomes you into the home," and furniture should welcome you into a room... I think that's why we feel at home where we do, because we feel welcomed. Thanks for the great description-now maybe I can use more of these ideas in my house!

Posted on Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 at 3:43pm.

Residential Contractors Monroe wrote: I read a book on Feng Shui then redecorated my home (as much as I could on a budget) and it does have a certain flow to it. Plus the new decoration keeps me mindful of some of the important aspects of my life as they relate to my home.

Posted on Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 at 3:43pm.

Sam Dodd wrote: Feng Shui is a cool way to go about decorating a new home, or even an old one. I think it is important to furnish your house properly, and it is good to tell clients that because it helps them get excited about their house- and you get more leads through good experiences. All in all, this was a good post. Thanks!

Posted on Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 at 3:43pm.

Alan wrote: Like it or not, but Feng Shui is real. There is a certain feel, or flow about homes. While not everyone feels it, when you're showing a home some feels just feel good, and others don't.

Posted on Sunday, May 22nd, 2011 at 8:08am.

Salt Lake Homes wrote: The art of decoration really matters and good to a certain property if you just have a positive outlook on it. Feng Shui is true!

Posted on Sunday, May 29th, 2011 at 3:11pm.

James Vasquez wrote: Marc, great little article. As a real estate agent in San Antonio, I've seen some really bad design techniques used, all of which not only don't add to the overall feel of the home, but a poorly decorated home can absolutely take away from even the most beautiful home.

Posted on Tuesday, June 14th, 2011 at 6:38pm.

Nakisha wrote: Thanks for sharing this one, I have been interested lately in feng shui because I have my own new house that I brought. It was my first house and I am having a problem in decorating but with the help of feng shui it really helps me alot. Feng Shui originated from Ancient Chinese and it was brought to the different continents.

Posted on Monday, July 25th, 2011 at 1:26pm.

Marcus wrote: I really enjoyed this post on Feng Shui Marc, I checked out your real estate site and thought my site could be a great resource for your readers. Maybe you would like to do a guest post for us? Let me know and thanks again for the great post.

Posted on Friday, August 26th, 2011 at 6:09am.

tammy wrote: I am really thankful for feng shui tips because it really helps me in designing my own house with unqiue designs plus it gives me a good fortune.

Posted on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011 at 9:30am.

Rich STover wrote: The importance of intelligent and sensitive decorating cannot be over emphsasized when a party is preparing a home for sale as well as making the home a comfortable place to live. Feng Shui has always been one of my favorite motifs

Posted on Friday, January 18th, 2013 at 4:15pm.

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