Translated literally from Chinese to English, feng means “wind” and shui translates to “water.” Together, the words Feng Shui can be defined as “a Chinese geomantic practice in which a structure or site is chosen or configured so as to harmonize with the spiritual forces that inhabit it.”

Ultimately, the goal of Feng Shui is to promote optimal energy flow throughout a space by carefully placing desirable objects, and by avoiding objects or placements that could interfere with or inhibit good energy. Many believe in the power of Feng Shui to repel bad energy and improve specific aspects of their lives: relationships, wellbeing, personal success, protection and realizing one’s full potential.

Based on principles that are typically represented within the context of the home, the concepts of Feng Shui extend quite naturally into the realm of interior design. This ancient system for analyzing and optimizing the energy of a space is based on five major elements:

Wood for growth, creativity, and vitality. Wooden furniture and decorative pieces, as well as greenery and plants, are common in many homes.

Earth for stability and balance. This element often takes the form of rocks, crystals, and carefully-designed landscape treatments.

Metal for logic and intelligence. Metal frames, sculptures, bells, and wind chimes are symbolic of this element.

Water for wisdom, serenity, clarity. Aquariums are particularly effective for introducing the power of water to your home, as are mirrors and reflective surfaces in general.

Fire for passion and energy. Harness the power of this element through strategic splashes of the colour red and the flickering flames of candles or a fireplace.

Who among us is not looking for ways to attract more positive energy into our day to day lives? Here at LFI Design, we’ve got the beautiful décor items and thoughtful guidance you need to attract good energy and elevate your surroundings according to the time-honoured teachings of Feng Shui. Feel free to stop by, give us a call, or take a look through our website to learn more.