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Is Feng Shui for You?

Is Feng Shui for You? By Laura Horwitz
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

One of the growing design trends in the U.S., especially in California, has been to design the home around feng shui principles. But what is feng shui? How does it work? And does it require major home renovation?

What Is Feng Shui Interior Design Anyway?

According to the rules of feng shui, every home and room has both positive and negative areas. Redecorating according to feng shui principles balances those 'power' and 'problem' areas.

What is a power area you may ask? It's unique to each person or family, but essentially it's a place that has special meaning to you. If you're doing a major home renovation you can design around your power areas, but even simple decorating changes can have an affect.

Feng Shui: First Steps to a Balanced Interior Design

When you consult a feng shui guide, either in the form of a book, Web site, or person, one of the first steps might be as simple as rearranging your furniture. For instance, a long hallway is considered a 'problem' area because it carries the energy, or Chi, in a straight rushing line that creates imbalance. But putting large pictures or plants in the hallway can help soften this affect.

By contrast, other pieces of furniture may block the flow of the Chi life force and need to be moved out of the way. Adding mirrors also helps keep Chi flowing freely. Feng shui is all about holistic design that affects the entire home.

Many interior design experts have embraced the feng shui trend because it helps people find a happy life balance in their home. It can also soften the overwhelming affect modern technology often has and influence the use of more natural fabrics, stone, wood, and metal.


About the Author
Laura Horwitz has worked as a freelance writer and researcher for five years in both London and the US. She had a monthly landscaping and tips column for the Sussex County magazine RH Review, and her articles have also appeared in Film Focus, 6 Degrees Film, and BizBash magazine.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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