Feng Shui is a Chinese system for creating a balance of energies – called Qi – between humans and their surroundings. Good feng shui produces positive energy, which translates into good health and fortune.
The concept is built upon introducing certain natural elements into the home to correspond with particular aspects of your life. These elements include fire, earth, metal, water, wood and wind. You can find some helpful information to guide you through feng shui at Sacred Feng Shui Design.
Feng shui can be applied to any number of areas, from your home’s architecture and location to its interior design style. It can even be applied to wall art, from what you should display, to where and how.
Having empty walls doesn’t do your house any decorative favours, and it is also bad for your Qi. The more art on yours walls doesn’t necessarily mean better Qi, though. In fact, it can be counterproductive. It can restrict your energy flow, which makes you feel tired faster.
Feng shui is often associated with polarity. The cardinal directions are aligned with particular energies which corresponding natural elements can harness.
In feng shui, the north wall of a room is associated with career and success. Feng shui principles therefore suggest introducing corresponding water elements to harness positive energy for your career.
Hanging wall art with rivers, oceans or waterfalls is a good way of doing this. Since wealth is also closely connected to water, images of goldfish (linked to wealth in feng shui) are recommended too.
The east corresponds with the health and family in feng shui. As a result it is the one wall in your room you’ll want to make sure is not empty.
Pictures of vitality encourage positive energy and are recommended on the east wall. These can be pictures of forests, nature, people or even your own family portraits.
The south wall symbolizes fame, rank and reputation in feng shui. The fire element is said to harness positive energy for this aspect of your life.
Likewise, wood (since it is essential for fire) is an element worth adding to your south wall. You can include images of forests, for example, or even simply surround any images with a wooden frame. It is just as recommendable to avoid water elements in south wall pictures to avoid bringing on negative energy.
The west wall in feng shui represents creativity. For this reason, you can hang pictures and prints that define your own conception of creativity.
More often than not, these images tend to come from bolder, inspired expressions of art often found in Cubism, Abstract Art, and Expressionism.
The Wall That Faces Your Bed
The wall that faces your bed is the first thing you see in the morning and often the last thing you see at night. This is probably why it’s so important in feng shui principles to have artwork on that wall that inspires you.
This can be interpreted largely personally, since the things that inspire you are unique. It is best to hang images of people or symbols that give you confidence. Motivational quotes are ideal on this wall.
Colour is an important aspect of feng shui for this wall. Feng shui principles recommend colours that remind you of skin tones, such as beige, cream, peach and cocoa. These colours, along with light blues, greens and lavenders, are considered soothing.
It is also worth mentioning those images that would be bad feng shui to hang on this wall. Dark pictures or paintings that evoke sadness or anxiety should be avoided at all costs – you don’t want to go to sleep or wake up feeling discouraged! Having water elements or mirrors on the wall opposite your bed are also considered bad feng shui.
The Wall You Face in Your Office
Much like the wall opposite your bed, if you face a wall in your office, you may want to make sure it doesn’t restrict or block your positive energy.
This is a wall you may stare at for the larger portion of your day. Hanging artwork that inspires, as in the bedroom, is ideal. Photos or paintings of people you admire, places that inspire you, or even the framed degrees and diplomas you’ve earned over the years can be good for your Qi.
Feng shui is about keeping the energy in your building fresh and flowing so it doesn't become trapped. While hanging the right images on your walls is good feng shui, there is plenty more you can do to harness good energy.
Keeping spaces clean, ensuring there is plenty of good light, and providing a fresh flow of air are all key to ensuring good feng shui. If you want more tips, you can find them at Sacred Feng Shui Design.
Richard Tarrant - Bio
Richard is founder and CEO of PictureStore and has worked since October 2000 to make wall art accessible to all Australians. Google+