For many decorators, feng shui is about bringing more comfort, along with good energy, into a space. Achieving this through the selection and placement of furniture in conjunction with existing structural elements of a room or outdoor area can deliver a certain peace of mind. The many elements and methods of designing a space with feng shui in mind allows for the wide use of natural materials including wicker.
Feng Shui Design Principles
Steeped in centuries-old Chinese practices, feng shui is both precise and flexible when it comes to redefining any space. While the existing design of each room or an entire home plays a large role, it is often beyond an individual’s control in reducing negative energy while increasing the flow of positive energy.
The meaning behind feng shui translates into wind and water, with the latter considered one of the five essential elements. Along with the concept of yin and yang, there are deeper levels of using color to bring the life force referred to as chi, or qi, into play. All things, whether alive or inanimate, will benefit from the nurturing of chi.
In addition to water, earth, fire, metal and wood are elements that invoke harmony in the home or office. When all of these components are balanced, they produce constructive energy. However, they do not need to all be incorporated into one space. Finding the right blend based on their color and assigned seasonal coordinates is also important.
While the complexities of feng shui as a Far Eastern practice go much deeper, decorating can be simplified with a few specific steps. Eliminating clutter is an essential move, followed by getting rid of items that are out of place or not needed. Adding greenery, the sounds of water from a fountain and selecting quality furniture along with natural materials are basic principles of design.
Working Wicker into Fengh Shui Places
Starting at the entry, keeping loose objects contained might include adding tall woven market baskets to hold umbrellas. A storage bench for other loose gear that tends to clutter smaller spaces is a practical organizer and also offers a place to sit.
In sun rooms and living areas, curved wicker sectional can eliminate the negativity that sometimes arises from angled corners. Another step in creating positive flow is arranging sectional seating, especially in sun rooms, with a view of the landscape. For the smallest spaces, decluttering is even more important. However, the use of colors that represent feng shui elements can also be incorporated to bring any room into balance.
Bathrooms are not exempt from a feng shui approach. Hampers and cabinets that blend wood and wicker can provide a constructive buffer to offset metal fixtures, which never mix well with water components. Accessorize with a touch of red or orange to represent fire and bring in neutral tones for the earth element.
Along with rattan wicker or cane furnishings, bamboo is another natural material that is feng shui friendly. While Asian themes are popular, natural bamboo, rattan and vine accessories can be featured in any setting ranging from tropical to country.
Outside, arrange conversation groups in the round utilizing all-weather wicker seating with a fire pit at the center. Designed to strengthen the bonds of friendship and family relationships, these can also be cozy gatherings at a round-topped dining table or become even more intimate with a circular lounger designed for two.
Moving from room to room and taking the feng shui concept outdoors, a harmonious spirit based on elemental cycles and balanced arrangements will surely enhance the beauty of a space.