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Feng Shui Tips: Are Your Rooms Missing Anything?

Living in a home or working in an office that has the shape of a square or rectangular is ideal in feng shui. It offers balance and incorporates a complete bagua. The bagua is an energetic map that divides up any space - from a room to an entire house - into eight sectors plus the center, each with its own powerful attributes.

Now it's not easy to find perfect squares and rectangles in our homes, apartments, or offices. With incredible design concepts and necessities like bumping out in a room to add a closet, different shapes are created. So what do you do if you have a missing sector?

Well, first you should symbolically “square the space off. This is quite easy to do if you have access to the outdoors. You can use bushes, fences, flowers, anything to create that outline needed to “complete the space.

You should also figure out what sector you're missing and then compensate that space by adding the element of the missing sector. And you can be creative about it! You can add furniture, pictures, fabrics ... you can even paint the whole room the element color! Just follow these guidelines below. If you're missing the following sector, add that direction’s element near that missing sector.

Career/Journey (Water) – add a representation of water: the color black, dark blue (not sky blue), actual water, a picture of water, wavy shapes
Self Cultivation/ Knowledge (Earth) – add a representation of earth: the color brown, yellow, earth tones; terracotta, square shapes
Family/Health (Wood) – add a representation of wood: live plants, trees, flowers; the color green; tall shapes
Wealth/Prosperity (Wood) – add a representation of wood: live plants, trees, flowers; the color green; tall shapes
Fame/ Reputation (Fire) – add a representation of fire: the color red, lights; triangle shapes

Love/Marriage/Relationships (Earth) – add a representation of earth: the color pink, earth tones; terracotta, square shapes

Creativity/Children (Metal) – add a representation of metal: the colors white, grey; round shapes; shiny metal itself

Helpful People/Travel (Metal) – add a representation of metal: the colors white, grey; round shapes; shiny metal itself


Your Feng Shui Homework

So, for the month of May, go “color in the corners” and have fun doing it. You'll enjoy the benefits of finishing off your rooms, too. It won't radiate that intangible feeling like there's something missing, you'll have more energy in the room, and everyone working or hanging out in the rooms will feel more comfortable and balanced.

Until next month,

Be well, 



Franca is one of the Feng Shui instructors at Sheffield School; visit her website for more information. If you're interested in learning more about interior design and accessories, then we encourage you to explore the Sheffield School, New York, NY. Sheffield began as an Interior Design school in 1985, and then expanded our course offerings to train people in other design-related fields, including Feng ShuiWedding and Event Planning, and Jewelry Design. With thousands of active students and more than 50,000 graduates, Sheffield has trained more design professionals than any school in the world.

Reader Comments (6)

You got to love Feng Shui, it's a bit complicated though. I don't even understand how they get those things, I guess it's just a long term commitment to learn these stuff.
May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTutors Brisbane
Feng Shui sounds like something I need for my office. I would go with the wood representation since it represents wealth, prosperity, family, and health.
May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn
I feel like you could probably teach a class on how to make a great blog. This is fantastic! I have to say, what really got me was your design. You certainly know how to make your blog more than just a rant about an issue. Youve made it possible for people to connect. Good for you, because not that many people know what theyre doing.
May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAugen Lasern
Feng Shui is something that I'm still new at and it's quite interesting! Will be looking for more information about it.
May 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMilionis Homes
I loved reading your post! I'm getting more and more interested in Feng Shui and love to learn more about it. Getting very excited to 'dive' in to!!
Thanks for posting!!
May 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMir
Wow finally a blueprint for Feng shui!

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