Feng Shui

Feng Shui, those new to the art would be forgiven for thinking it simply entails moving a few pieces of furniture about your home for a new lease of energy; yet this ancient Chinese system is far more complex. Feng Shui practitioners believe that everything has an energy (‘chi’) and how we place objects can affect our entire lives.

Feng Shui (pronounced ‘Fung Schway’) translates to ‘wind water’, and reflect the way energy moves to and around a building. The art of Feng Shui strives to strike a balance between environments and the people who live or work there. It’s about making a space ‘feel right’ and enhancing the quality of life by reducing the negative influence unbalanced energy flow can have.

We all practice feng shui

Feng Shui is something we practise daily without even realising it. This can be seen by how we pick a table in a restaurant or get a sense of ease or discomfort when we walk into a property for the first time.

Getting to grips with the elements

Each of the elements has unique energetic qualities that can be expressed through specific colours, textures, shapes, sounds, and even flavours.

The foundation of Feng Shui they came to discover, is that in order for an indoor environment to reflect the potency of Universal energy (promoting maximum health, wealth, and vitality) specific elements must be present.

These elements are WoodFireEarthMetal and Water.

Each of the elements has unique energetic qualities that can be expressed through specific colours, textures, shapes, sounds, and even flavours.


green tones, images of trees, upright plants, and tall, thin shapes suggesting growth, rising energy and optimism


bright red/orange tones, images of the sun, candles, and stars or triangular shapes, suggesting illumination, activity, fulfilment and recognition


earthy tones, images of mountains, rocks, crystals and low rectangular shapes suggesting stillness, gathering, support and nurturing.


white and metallic shades, images


blue and black shades, images of moving water, water features, wavy patterns, suggesting movement, flow and progress

The five elements have complex ways of interacting with each other. But ultimately they can be described by looking at two cycles – the Productive Cycle and the Destructive Cycle.

The productive cycle

The Productive Cycle is the way in which certain elements work together to support each other. Think of it like this; if you want fire, you need wood. If you want a healthy plant, you need water.

The destructive cycle

The Destructive Cycle is the way in which certain elements work against each other.


Every home has its own energy map, called a ‘bagua’. On a basic level, this map functions to show where you are at the present moment and how to get where you want to be – just like any other map, but energetically.‘Bagua’ translates as ‘8 areas’. These 8 major life areas cover everything important to happiness and well-being;

Health & Family

Wealth & Prosperity

Fame & Reputation

Love & Marriage

Children & Creativity

Helpful People & Blessings

Career & Path in Life

Spiritual Cultivation & Personal Growth

When a Feng Shui bagua area of your home is arranged effectively, the corresponding life area is improved.


There are two approaches to defining the bagua of your home – the Classical approach or the BTB (Western bagua) approach. Both practices have their merits, but you’ll need to think about which is right for you.

Classical bagua (or traditional Feng Shui school bagua) is always defined by taking a compass reading at your front door.

Western bagua (or BTB bagua) is defined without the need for a compass, simply overlaying a floor plan onto a bagua grid.

You can achieve dramatic Feng Shui results through both approaches. Many beginners choose the Western style, for its simplicity.

It’s not recommended to mix both approaches, which can lead to much confusion and weak results.

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Northeast bagua area (compass reading from 22.5 to 67.5)
Life Area: Spiritual Growth & Self-Cultivation

East bagua area (compass reading from 67.5 to 112.5)
Life Area: Health & Family

Southeast bagua area (compass reading from 112.5 to 157.5)
Life Area: Wealth & Prosperity

South bagua area (compass reading from 157.5 to 202.5)
Life Area: Fame & Reputation

Southwest bagua area (compass reading from 202.5 to 247.5)
Life Area: Love & Marriage

West bagua area (compass reading from 247.5 to 292.5)
Life Area: Creativity & Children

Northwest bagua area (compass reading from 292.5 to 337.5)
Life Area: Helpful People, Blessings & Travel

North bagua area (compass reading from 337.5 to 22.5)
Life Area: Career & Path in Life


The steps to mapping with western bagua are:

Use tracing paper to create a grid with 9 squares over a floor plan of your home.  Western bagua has 9 areas, with the addition of the ‘centre’ area.

Align the bottom row of your grid with the wall of your front door.

Assign each of the 9 squares to the following Feng Shui areas:

More often than not you will have some missing areas, but it is possible to balance these out by using Feng Shui cures on the walls and spaces nearest to missing areas.

Feng Shui room by room

As well as the bagua of your entire home, you can consider the bagua of a single room using the same mapping techniques. You will find that certain rooms always have more influence on corresponding areas of your life, wherever they are positioned in your home.

For example, the bedroom is always strongly linked to love and relationships, while your front door has connections with career and business prospects.



Living Area


Home Office


Keep an eye out for the above icons in the following sections.

The kitchen is arguably the hardest room to Feng Shui without bespoke guidance from Feng Shui masters. Many homeowners and tenants move into a property with a kitchen already fitted, and perfect Feng Shui often needs a whole redesign. Tips to make the most of your existing kitchen include:

  • Bring in earth elements to ground our energy to help us when dealing with fire and sharp objects. If you want to remodel your counter tops, earthy granites or tiles in earth tones work well.
  • Keep stoves and oven tops clean. A clean kitchen ensures an empowered cook, and an empowered cook brings happiness to the home.
  • Keep the kitchen simple and uncluttered.
  • Keep the kitchen well-lit and ventilated so that it feels airy and fresh.
  • Bring life into the room with fresh flowers and a bowl of healthy fresh fruits.


Feng Shui has the power to positively impact every area of our lives. Here’s a look at exactly how you can use this ancient system to achieve the following:

Better health

How you approach Feng Shui for your health has a massive impact on the effectiveness of your home’s Feng Shui as a whole, and the many other areas of your life it can influence. Here are the areas to focus on:


  • Items and colours which make you feel safe and joyous
  • Earth tones – browns and yellows
  • Images and ornaments which remind you of peace
  • Positive and personal affirmations


  • Lush green plants encourage good health
  • Images of family and friends to encourage positive associations
  • Wood furniture and floral prints on textiles


Bathrooms can be hard to add a Feng Shui approach but once they are clean and clutter free, you can add art and scents to arouse the senses and create a spa-like energy for relaxation and improved health. Choose candles, diffusers, ornaments, and anything else which unwinds you.


Natural light and vibrant colour helps nourish our energy. Invest in full spectrum lighting so when you are at home you can renew yourself this way.


Make sure your bedroom is set-up for a good night’s sleep to ensure good health.


Air quality is a huge Feng Shui priority when it comes to good health. In fact, with poor air quality, all other elements of Feng Shui will struggle. Air purifying plants are the easiest and most natural avenue for improving air quality in your home. These include Peace Lilies, Dracaena Jenny Craig, and Boston Fern.

A good nights sleep


For a better night’s sleep, sleep with your head pointing to the north. This aligns your body’s polarity with the Earth’s polarity. It’s well-known that cows do this instinctively.


Feng Shui experts and psychologists suggest getting out of the left side of the bed is best for your health and prosperity. The left is associated with all we hold dear – health, family, money and power.


If you feel claustrophobic it makes sleep harder. Visual disorganisation causes distraction and anxiety, meaning you can’t focus on the task at hand – relaxation.

Clean under the bed

Even hidden junk has an impact on our quality of sleep. We can sense mess beneath us, plus it’s not good for air circulation.

Embrace the 'power position'

As children, we like our beds up against the wall to protect us on one side, as adults we often move our beds away so another adult can join us. But a sense of protection means better sleep, so embrace the Feng Shui principle ‘the power position’ which is a safe spot which allows your brain to turn off the fight or flight area. This means placing your bed head against a wall (not a window) and in a far corner (not in the doorway path or at the front of the room). Think of it as where the Godfather would sit in a restaurant – able to assess danger but out of the path of attack.

  • If you can’t be in a position to see your door, add a wind chime by the entrance at night so you can if someone were to enter the room. Knowing you have this warning signal will give a subconscious level of calm.

Cover up mirrors

Mirrors are very activity on our energy and it’s hard to sleep if you can catch a glimpse of yourself. Cover up mirrors with a scarf or a curtain, or avoid having them in the bedroom at all.

Create negative ions

Negative ions are often referred to as vitamins of the air. They boost creativity and help with depression. They exist in nature where oceans fall on rocks, or where the wind passes trees… but we have to replicate their existence if we want the benefits inside.

You can do this with:

  • Beeswax candles which burn cleanly and purify the air, charging it with negative ions
  • A shower before bed allows water on your skin to cause a flood of negative ions which will make you feel as if you’ve been outside
  • Himalayan Rock Salt lamps generate negative ions when they heat

Improved love life

There is two main focus for improving your love life, the Love & Marriage gua of your home and your bedroom.


One way to improve your love life is to create an area in this space where you have:

  • Items in pairs like: lamps, candles, statues of lovers, paintings of couples embracing
  • Red, pink, and white colours
  • No evidence from past relationships

FENG SHUI IN your bedroom

Your bedroom has it’s own gua for Love & Marriage too. Located in the top right-hand corner from the door. Here’s how to make the most of this zone:

  • USE NATURAL MATERIALS – Natural materials are best in the bedroom; silk, cotton, linen, and silk should be in abundance.
  • MATCH SIDE TABLES – Make sure you and your partner have matching side tables, so this creates a balanced and secure environment for a relationship. Try to have this set-up in preparation, even if you are single.
  • CHOOSE ROMANTIC SYMBOLS  - Decorate with images which will enhance love, fun, and romance. Avoid pictures of stark and solitary landscapes. Choose animals, happy people, flowers, and other uplifting scenes. Everything within
  • FLOWING LINES AND SHAPES – Encourage love and harmony with relaxed flowing lines and round/oval shapes. Angular shapes and edges cause a sense of uneasiness in Feng Shui referred to as ‘Shar Chi’ – cutting energy. To add harmony to a relationship, have a photo of you and your partner together in a round or oval frame. It suggests a sense of unity, like the symbol of a wedding ring.
  • TOUCHES OF RED – Red (a fire element) has long been known as the colour of love and passion. Use red flowers or red ornaments to bring this into the Love area of your bedroom.

Career Progress

In Feng Shui, the entrance to your home is associated with your career. By boosting the Career gua, you can help yourself move up the promotion line, earn more, gain respect and recognition, and put your business plans on fast track. Here’s how to improve this area:


Choose a colour that will energise you as you walk in, or opt for the colour associated with prosperity for the current year.

Buy a new door mat

A well-presented doormat will help build your self-esteem and energise you as you approach your house. You may like to place something meaningful underneath too; in many cultures, people bury coins as offerings to spirits outside (ideally 8 coins).


Stick a photo or painting that will stimulate your career upon your door. Images and metaphors which work with the career zone symbolise movement and new positive energy (like rivers). Don’t pick something too stagnant or too turbulent (like a dramatic waterfall).


Sound is an effective way to moderate the flow of ‘chi’ in any environment. Depending on what you wish to achieve, use the five elements to choose an appropriate wind-chime to hang outside your home:

  • Water = glass windchime
  • Wood = wooden/bamboo windchime
  • Fire = wooden windchime painted red
  • Earth = ceramic windchime
  • Metal = metal windchime


The flow of money is represented by the flow of money in Feng Shui. If you want to boost your career and income, it’s a good idea to have moving water in your Career gua and home office. This can be literal (with an ornamental water feature) or figurative (using pictures and patterns).

Things to avoid

Avoid objects which are flat or square in shape and objects made of earth, wood and fire elements – big crystals, rocks, earthy colours, and images of wood & fire. You should also avoid plants which have pointy edges or thorns, like cacti or rose bushes.

Increased Wealth

Prosperity can be encouraged through many Feng Shui techniques, including the use of the Wealth & Prosperity gua:


One way to improve your prosperity is to create an area in this space where you have:

  • Purple, blue, and red colours
  • Affirmations and images relating to your dreams
  • Coins, a fountain, precious metal items
  • Round-leaf plants

Use wind chimes

Wind chimes can be placed in various spaces in the home to promote wealth, including: outside the front door, in the Wealth & Prosperity gua, and in the left upper hand corner of your main living area.

Use flowing water

The flow of money is represented by the flow of money in Feng Shui. If you want to boost your career and income, it’s a good idea to have moving water in your Career gua. This can be literal (with an ornamental water feature) or figurative (using pictures and patterns).

Pay attention to corners

In Feng Shui, corners are known to retain energy. A strong corner will actively draw incoming Chi towards it. It is especially important to pay attention to the corner closest to the main door (and diagonally from it) and apply Feng Shui here to express and welcome abundance.

Pay attention to your personal 'direction'

Your lucky Feng Shui direction is based on your Kua number – a number based on your date of birth and gender. Once you have calculated your Kua number and found your lucky direction, you should try to direct yourself this way when based in your home, and put a meaningful object which represents wealth and abundance in that direction also.

Kua Numbers Chart

The year begins on February 4th. For birthdays before Feb 4th, subtract '1' from the year of birth to use the chart.

Lucky feng shui directions chart


Your lucky Feng Shui direction is based on your Kua number – a number based on your date of birth and gender. Once you have calculated your Kua number and found your lucky direction, you should try to direct yourself this way when based in your home, and put a meaningful object which represents wealth and abundance in that direction also.

Happier family life

If you’re wishing for improved family relations and a more harmonious home in general, try focussing on Feng Shui for the family. Here’s how:


Use the following in your family area as mapped in your home Bagua map:

  • Green shades
  • Rectangles, verticals, and column shapes
  • Black items, with water and free-flowing images
  • Avoid: white, metal and rounded objects

Express Happiness

Energy attracts like energy, so for a joyous family home, you need to promote harmonious energies wherever you can. De-clutter and organise your house as best is possible, and express love and care through your home décor.

Nurture the centre of your home

Along with the dedicated family Gua, make sure you are looking after the heart of your home (the yin-yang point). Create a vibrant yet peaceful energy there with images and ornaments which speak of joy.


Change the position of your bed

Changing your bed position will disturb the nervous system and help get your creative juices flowing, shaking up stuck thought patterns. Just make sure your bed is in an empowered position, where you can see the door for a sense of protection.

Allow creative energies to flow

Add the following into your home office, studio, or other spaces where you’d like to feel inspired:

  • Plants, natural light, rocks, sand – and other elements of nature
  • Strong blocks of colour and movement – art, a small fountain, patterns
  • Display successful projects
  • Organise all your creative tools

Create balance of peace & vitality

Use your space to create an energy that reflects the creative process. You need a balance between quiet energy for dreaming and high energy for manifestation.


Check what’s going on in the Gua for creativity in your home. Is there mess or lack of life which reflects the experience you are having with getting inspired? Clean it up and make it a place that reflects creativity energy.

The Metal Element is dominant in this Gua so include items such as:

  • whimsical wind chimes, mobiles, and whirly-gigs
  • arts and crafts supplies and projects
  • pastel colours
  • display objects made of metals, such as gold, silver, copper, brass, etc.
  • create an area where colours, artwork, and lights are exciting and uplifting