Fung Shway - Mastering The Art Of Positive Energy And Design

Fung Shway – Mastering The Art Of Positive Energy And Design

By: - Interior Design - July 13, 2011
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Fung Shway, or Feng Shui, is the ancient Chinese practice of orientation to maximize positive energy. With the belief that forces from heaven and earth have an impact on a person’s positive or negative energy, known as Qi, or Chi, Fung Shway seeks to create an environment that maximizes the positive forces of polarity. Fung Shway literally translates to “water-wind” and is linked to the Chinese elements of life, where both wind and water represent good health; therefore, the phrase “fung shway” became associated with good fortune.

Originally used to orient ancient buildings or tombs, Fung Shway has made its way into mainstream decorating and design. Orientation, color and layout all play a role in creating an optimal environment for positive energy.   Typically, Fung Shway works best in a square or rectangular room. This shape allows for free-flowing and balanced energy.

To incorporate Fung Shway into your own home or office, try making sure you can see the entrance from your point of rest. If you have a desk, make sure it faces the door. In a bedroom, try placing the bed off to one side of the room with the door in full view. This allows a person to feel open and welcoming and not unsure or afraid of whatever person or energy enters the room.

Colors also play a large role in Fung Shway. While we all respond subjectively to different colors, Chinese philosophy adheres to certain beliefs about colors. To the Chinese, red is often a color associated with good luck, yellow with peace and well-being, and green with renewal. Shades that are too dark are thought to make a person too introspective, and too much white – a color associated with death – can feel cold and unwelcoming. In Fung Shway philosophy, different colors are associated with the different elements of life, and it is best to use those colors and elements in the correct vicinity and location of a home. For example, the color blue is linked to the element of water and is associated with calm and pure energies. It is best to use this color in the northern spaces of a house or room to ensure balanced and harmonious living.

The key to incorporating Fung Shway practices into your own home or office is to experiment with different locations for large pieces of furniture as well as orientation for placement and position. Choose colors that represent the correct moods and elements of your life and home, and pay attention to the feeling or energy of a certain room. Fung Shway may be an ancient practice, but its philosophy is alive and thriving in many homes today.