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A centuries-old Chinese practice, feng shui has in recent years captured the Western imagination as a tool for good design and spiritual well-being.
The Chinese words for "wind" and "water," feng shui teaches how to live in harmony with home, garden and office surroundings in order to create the most positive energy flow and mental state of mind.
Though there are many different schools of feng shui, the basic beliefs are the same. Practitioners use a number of different approaches and design principles to connect with the energy (chi) or "feel" of a place, and to fine-tune it for those living or working there.
These principles can be implemented at little cost in both new and existing buildings, and users believe that allowing for a free flowing "chi" of energy can produce a happier, more positive mental outlook and an abundance of harmony, vitality, joy, love, and peace.
Whatever the outcome, the principles of feng shui contain many sound design ideas that are easy to try and fun to put into practice!
So how can the principles of feng shui be applied to home lighting?
Well, feng shui correctly recognizes that the position of lighting has a profound effect upon the occupants of a home or office.
If shadows are cast where we read or prepare food, or if light glares on a computer or TV screen, we will be constantly irritable and out of sorts. Harsh, unfiltered light can also affect our moods.
Modern lighting design can help you follow feng shui principles and create harmonious, pleasing rooms to live and work in.
Here are some specific design steps you can take to follow basic feng shui principles:
Try these tips and keep making subtle changes and adjustments in your lighting plan. You might just be surprised at the level of happiness and harmony that proper room lighting can achieve!
Have questions about your home lighting? Give us a call or visit a LAMPS PLUS store for more information. One of our American Lighting Association trained consultas will be happy to answer all your questions!