The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines feng shui as “a Chinese system for positioning a building and the objects within a building in a way that is thought to agree with spiritual forces and to bring health and happiness.” Feng shui can guide and inform the choices a designer makes. In order to incorporate the philosophy of feng shui into interior design, one should first have an experienced practitioner create a feng shui bagua to analyze the energy in the space. Then, one can decide where different architectural elements, such as a water feature, best belong to maximize well-being and good fortune.
For thousands of years, water has been considered a necessary and rejuvenating element in home design. In feng shui , water, or shui, is one of two essential elements in balancing energies inside a dwelling. (The other is feng, or wind.) The feng carries the qi/chi (life force or natural energy) to the home, and then the shui (water) stores the qi . According to Feng Shui Academy, the correct placement of the water feature is extremely important because putting water in the wrong spot can actually have adverse effects like financial loss.
Psychological and material prosperity will come to those who inhabit a space that is filled with balanced qi.
So where do you start? The water feature could be a fountain, a pool, a garden, or even a waterfall. Acquiring a beautiful fountain could be considered an investment towards more peace and relaxation for the family and will certainly enhance the style and architecture of the home. Perhaps, a simply-designed pool is just the thing to revitalize the living space. Something too intricate can clutter up the space, which can block positive energy.
Some feng shui practitioners suggest adding a water feature to something as simple as a bathroom. It can be an economical and pleasing first step on the path to serenity. Once the location of the water feature is decided, the sky is the limit on the design. The central idea is to harness the energy of nature in your home to bring the family a feeling of tranquility, prosperity, and good health.
In addition, feng shui suggests placing essential oils in the water as that can increase the sensory experience. Adding chimes or other environmental sounds can add yet another layer to the natural restful ambiance, and great lighting can further accentuate the beauty of your water feature.
Amber Liddell of Net Health Shops, LLC, says that when people think of feng shui, they often think of indoor spaces in need of holistic balance. “Strategically place objects in your living space to achieve inner harmony, peace, and prosperity to your life.” The feng shui touch to your home or gardens does not have to be expensive or dramatic. Small changes to create balance and harmony will reap many benefits.
Feng shui master, Henry Fong states, “There is a mutual feeling between the mother (Qi) and son (water) and they pursue each other. What we can see on the surface is water, what we cannot see inside is Qi. What is shown and not shown go together and that is the magical effect of making and transforming between the two.”