Positive energy, by design! Feng Shui translates to wind and water, and its principles are used to bring harmony, health and prosperity to an environment and its inhabitants. By developing the life-force, or chi, Feng Shui enhances the flow of energy through the space and the body, improving life and destiny. Placement, rituals and other disciplines are utilized to encourage the flow of chi, so that the beneficial energy neither stagnates nor dissipates too quickly. The design world has taken notice of how these considerations combine, along with the power of color, for success.
Feng Shui involves a careful arrangement and design of a home, office, interior or landscape to bring it into balance with the surrounding environment. It is based on the principle that both good and bad energy flows through and from all things. We can think of this energy as analogous to and intertwined with good and bad design.
To see where the principles of Feng Shui might work in your space, open your eyes and senses to where things feel good and where they don’t. Feng Shui is a practical art that overlaps with the functional principles of architecture and strategic color design. It has developed into a complex blend of common-sense design maxims, logical reasoning and symbolism.
The Core Color Plan, like Feng Shui, gives the home soul. In fact, I did serious investigative study of Feng Shui prior to developing the Core Color Plan. Both practices rest on a foundation of intentional choices. Both can help make the home into a more sacred space—one that encourages respect for the welfare of the inhabitants. The difference is that Feng Shui works from the outside in and the Core Color Plan works from the inside out. Feng Shui works with external compass points, as in architecture, light and air flow, while the Core Color Plan makes use of your likes and dislikes-–your inner compass points. Who you are within. Both teach us how to live in the world—to be attentive to the energies that flow through and from them. Both disciplines are committed to the spirit, and to the individual human being.
Feng Shui works with existing elements whenever possible. It’s not tied to a certain decorating scheme. In fact, a Fend Shui consultation often becomes a psychological conversation about what a client wants to do with their life. The individual retains control over the taste and style of the space. Feng Shui takes a humanistic approach, like the Core Color Plan, to increase productivity and comfort.
I frequently utilize the octagonal Bagua in my practice. The Bagua diagram depicts where certain “life situations” are located, in a home or office –wealth, family, career, children, fame, health, and so forth—according to the location of the front door. This information provides suggestions to enhance or “cure” areas within or outside the home, which is useful for apartment- and city-dwellers.
The Pa Kua methodology of Feng Shui bases its recommendations on the literal, directional placement of a space on the earth, starting with true north. In all respects, critical aspects are symbolized by color. Color is key.
Excerpt from The Core Color Plan: Use Color with Intention for Great Well-Being and Productivity, pages 95-96. ©2016 Debra A.Wilde
Debra is an Accredited Color Consultant through the International Association of Color Consultants/Designers and holds a BA from Southern Illinois University with a specialized major in the Integrated Arts.