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Interior Design: What I learnt about Feng Shui

Feng Shui provides some great tips and tricks for interior design

When Investor Assist recently brought world-renowned Feng Shui and interior design expert, Adelina Pang, to Perth for a series of information seminars, many of the ABN Group’s designers, draftspersons and interior designers attended the session to get some interior design tips.

I have to say it was a pretty informative session. Even if you don’t follow the principles of Feng Shui closely in your interior design, it is helpful to understand interior design ideas, their origins, what they are based on and how they can affect a person’s home design plus their ability to harness positive energy and prosperity.

A large proportion of Feng Shui interior design ideas are based on your date of birth plus your house position, but I discovered there are also plenty of general ‘guiding principles’ which are useful to keep in mind for your own home design, or when considering a home or location to purchase. Some of them might seem pretty obvious, but you would be surprised how easily they can be overlooked in your interior design.

Here are some of the Adelina’s interior design tips to keep an eye out for (and why):

  • Avoid a residence that is exposed to neon, flashing lights (such as billboards or traffic lights) as they will affect your energy causing impatience, lack of concentration and short-tempers;
  • Avoid a street lamp shining into your home as it can cause occupants to be irritable and short-tempered; 
  • Beware of strong reflections from an opposite building where a wall is made entirely of glass or mirrored glass as this can cause occupants to be short-tempered and may also cause accidents, irritate the eyes and affect concentration;
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to rubbish, bad smells, contamination and mould as it is not good for the health;
  • If possible avoid living near an electrical tower or power sub-station as illness or emotional upset can be caused by exposure to high electromagnetic frequency;
  • Avoid exposure to loud or repetitive noise (such as piling works, running water, freeways or howling winds) as it can cause lack of focus and concentration;
  • Avoid looking over the roofline of another building as heat radiated from another rooftop is said to cause discomfort;
  • Avoid living near large industrial areas or long term exposure to air pollutants for health reasons;
  • If possible, avoid your house facing a T-junction and avoid a straight road facing your house/front door;
  • Avoid a house directly at the end of a cul-de-sac;
  • Avoid living in a dilapidated or run-down home as it creates disharmony and affects motivation and happiness;
  • A house too close to a cemetery or funeral home can cause depression and illness to the occupiers;
  • Avoid facing the edge or corner of a facing or adjacent building;
  • Avoid building in a valley/gulley or at the lowest point as it doesn’t promote good flow and can create stagnation;
  • Avoid large structures in front of your front door (such as large trees, traffic signs, lamp posts or other buildings) as they can make you feel obstructed and not at ease plus cause accidents;
  • Avoid triangular, irregular or L-shaped blocks of land. The back of a homesite should be equal to, or wider than the front;
  • Avoid your property being sandwiched between two taller buildings;
  • Avoid facing your front door directly into wind tunnels or strong wind gusts in your home design as it is said to cause long term poor health;
  • Don’t have exposed beams directly over your stove or cooking area in the interior design as it supresses well-being, financial growth and can create health problems and family disharmony;
  • Don’t have a water element opposite the stove;
  • If you live in a two level home, avoid having a bed positioned above the stove in a downstairs kitchen in the home design as it can create agitation;
  • Mirrors should not face the main entry as it can absorb negative energies into the house or the bed as it can cause body ache and disturbed sleep;
  • Avoid crystals in the home because if placed inappropriately they can affect health and wealth;
  • Don’t have exposed beams above the bed;
  • The bed should not be in the direct path of the door and the headboard should not be on the same wall as the door;
  • Don’t have the foot of your bed facing a toilet or have your bed sharing the same wall as a toilet;
  • Avoid having your feet directly facing a door when you are in bed as it can drain your vitality and create illness;
  • Do not have too many electrical appliances in the bedroom, especially at your feet as it can affect your health;
  • Do not use cracked mirrors in your home and avoid mirrored ceilings in the bedroom as it is bad for one’s psyche. 

It is quite a lengthy list – and that is just the beginning! It goes without saying many of you (me included) probably noticed a number of the interior design tips as you were reading through the list that may apply to your own home design, work environment or investment property. In fact, you may have had a mirror facing your bed for years or you may live at the end of a cul-de-sac and have not experienced any adverse effects.

It is important not to be alarmed by Feng Shui or immediately erect a ‘For Sale’ sign out the front of your property if your house doesn’t meet all of Adelina’s Feng Shui interior design ideas. They are simply recommendations and it is up to you whether or not you choose to follow them or taken them into consideration when buying or building a new home.

What I did find interesting, is that in the weeks directly following Adelina’s presentation we experienced a number of investors contacting our office, wanting to review their home design in response to the information shared by Adelina at her seminar. In some instances we were able to make adjustments and in some circumstances it was too late in the building and design process, but it was great to see investors applying the interior design tips.

Adelina’s Feng Shui interior design seminars certainly provided a unique learning experience for many of our design staff and it is good to have a better understanding of the basics so we can discuss it with our clients, or so we can talk with confidence if the subject of Feng Shui is raised by a client or investor.

If you would like to know more about Adelina Pang, home design and Feng Shui, visit adelinapang.com or contact Investor Assist on (08) 9200 7200 for further details.

Finally, I thought I would share with you a couple of Adelina’s bonus Feng Shui tips for 2014. To enhance romantic luck in 2014 – place fresh flowers around the home and to boost academic luck and career advancement this year, place four bamboo stalks in water in a central location.

It might be worth a try – what have you got to lose?

Want to learn more? Contact our team of Perth Property Investment Specialists today or book an appointment for more information.

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