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The History of Feng Shui Interior Design

Cairns are integral to feng shui.

Feng Shui interior design is the art of arranging objects, buildings and space in the environment in a way that allows those that occupy the space to achieve more balance, harmony, and energy (known as ‘Chi’). To create that harmony in the space around you, different things are used like colors, lights, fountains, music, etc. Of course, that’s a simplistic explanation of a very involved system. Let’s take a look at the history of it, so you can gain a better understanding of feng shui interior design.

Some people believe that Feng Shui goes back as far as 2,000 years while others say it goes back as far as 5,000 years. Regardless of how old it is, we do know that it originated in China along the banks of the River Lo. The Chinese people from this era knew how important it was to live in nature and be in touch with it. They would bathe in the waters and it is said that the songs and poetry they created were inspired by nature. They observed the seasons and the effect the different seasons had on their lives.

What does this have to do with Feng Shui? One of the first principles of Feng Shui is the inclusion of nature and the living environment. Meaning plants and fountains are often used in creating Feng Shui.

The First Feng Shui Masters

Feng shui can give outdoor areas a unique feel.
Feng shui can give outdoor areas a unique feel.

Master Yang Yun Sang is one of the first recorded famous names in the history of Feng Shui. He was the founder of the landscape school of Feng Shui. Coming along about 100 years later and introducing the Compass Feng Shui School was Master Wang Chih.

Feng Shui Changes Over Time

Since it first originated, there have been many different systems developed as well as many changes made. That’s not surprising considering Feng Shui interior design has spanned over such a large amount of time and been used all over different parts of the world. If you’re a newbie that has studied more than one different style, this may be confusing to you because certain changes and new systems may seem contradictory to previous ones.

Some of these changes that have happened over the course of time have been extremely radical. One example would be the position of trigrams changing producing the earlier heaven sequence and the later heaven sequence.

Feng Shui interior design offers a very precise and artsy take on decor.
Feng Shui interior design offers a very precise and artsy take on decor.

Feng Shui Interior Design Today

It’s more and more common today for Feng Shui to be applied to modern homes and building designs. In fact, it’s not unusual to find out that an interior designer actually studies it so they can better serve their clients. Because it’s believed to be an art form, many people do it for the mere fact it makes their home look much nicer. As cleanliness is also a major aspect of Feng Shui, it may pay to invest in some high-quality cleaning products.