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?
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
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,
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 Shui, Wedding 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.