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Feng shui, feng what? Where did this style come from?

Relaxing, contemporary, modern and foreign — are you curious about this latest decor trend? It’s called feng shui. Don’t let the name confuse you — the essence of this style is simplicity. Incorporating this ancient concept into your home will not only boost the aesthetic value of your decor, but could also have a positive effect on your mental state. Here is the history of feng shui and its decor significance today.

Feng shui living room

Where does the term “feng shui” come from?

Feng shui (pronounced fung-shway) was created in China nearly 3,000 years ago. Feng shui literally translates into “wind water” in English. The Chinese concept is essentially a system of geomancy that uses the laws of heaven and earth to create balance, good health and positive well being. It’s based on the Taoist theory with a strong emphasis on positive and negative energies.

What does that have to do with decor?

Inspired by the designs of the Chinese and Taoists thousands of years ago, feng shui is a modern trend that combines nature, spirituality and modernity. If done right, feng shui decor with draw only positive energy into your home to create a good feng shui (you don’t want a bad one). The Chinese started incorporating these designs in their buildings thousands of years ago to bring good fortune, energy and Zen to their people. The strongest emphasis is on placement.

What do I need to create a feng shui space?

There are countless items, objects and plants that will bring feng shui to your space. One type of go-to plant for a feng shui home are various cacti. They are thought to circulate positive energy while absorbing and containing all bad energy. Other items would be golden Taoist sculptures (think Buddha), plants, candles, burning aromatic oils and sand gardens.

How do I prep my home for feng shui?

The first step to creating a feng shui space is removing all the clutter and unnecessary pieces. You have to clean and cleanse the space in every way possible. Remove all the unnecessary and gaudy decor that you’ve been wanting to get rid of. To create peace in the mind, one must create peace in the home.

Where in my home do I apply feng shui?

This all depends on where you want your energy. If you want more passion and happiness in the bedroom, then you should incorporate feng shui into your nest. If you want more productivity in your home office, then incorporate elements here. Create a feng shui place in your living room to make family time even more peaceful. Choose your spaces carefully and remember that in Taoist fashion, one should never be greedy.

Feng shui inspiration

Red room

Image credit: The Tao of Dana

This space is considered good feng shui because of the simplicity of a single chair and natural elements. The vibrant red and interesting patterns create an environment that re-energizes.

Feng Shui bedroom

Image credit: Loving Living Room

The light and comfort-inducing balanced colors in this room make it an automatic feng shui victory. Everything is inviting and essentially seducing you into a state of relaxation and Zen.


Image credit: Apartment Therapy

This one may have you scratching your head, but this little red ribbon alone has created a simple and effective feng shui bathroom. Tie a red ribbon around a doorknob to keep away bad energy and evil.

Feng Shui bedroom

Image credit: Apartment Therapy

You don’t need to go feng shui-crazy to include it in your home. One great emphasis of the feng shui and Taoist ideals is that positioning is what matters most. The couple that designed this bedroom paid very close attention to the placement of their lamp, bed, nightstand, etcetera.

Feng shui living room

The feng shui secret to this couple’s living room is balance. Notice the precise placement of the lamp, photography and other decor accents.

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