The principles of feng shui have always fascinated me but I have never consciously taken them into consideration insofar as house design and interior decoration go. It was a pleasant surprise when I found out that our new house was built in accordance with feng shui principles.
What is feng shui? Is it superstition? Is it crap? Or is there some scientific basis for it? The best explanation is one that I found in The Skeptic’s Dictionary:
Feng shui is related to the very sensible notion that living with rather than against nature benefits both humans and our environment. It is also related to the equally sensible notion that our lives are deeply affected by our physical and emotional environs. If we surround ourselves with symbols of death, contempt, and indifference toward life and nature, with noise and various forms of ugliness, we will corrupt ourselves in the process. If we surround ourselves with beauty, gentleness, kindness, sympathy, music, and with various expressions of the sweetness of life, we ennoble ourselves as well as our environment.
It makes sense that way. Instead of being concerned with the placement of doors and mirrors and windows, it makes sense to make a house a haven for its occupants and a welcome addition to the physical environment in which it is located.
Never mind about the beliefs that a bed headboard should be away from the window to prevent chi from going out. Or that a couple’s bedroom should have side tables on both sides of the bed to ensure a stable relationship.
It is more logical to follow the rule that a clutter-free home inspires harmony and well-being. That’s feng shui too.