As Two-Thousand and Sixteen has arrived, one phrase that often emerges is "New Year's Resolution." Though not everyone enjoys setting resolutions for the New Year, it's difficult to avoid thinking of the nature of our lives over the last twelve months without comparing them to what we hope will transpire as the calendar year turns.
While we've previously written about the optimism of yellow, and the color's ability to invite feelings of tranquility, peace, and hope into one's home; we wanted to also take a small moment to consider one other interior design project that can help create peaceful and inspired living in the upcomming year: feng shui.
Translated from Chinese, Feng-Shui means "Wind-Water." Though we're considering what makes for great interior spaces, it's helpful to think about how the outdoors can inspire, comfort, and affect as well. For instance, yellow invites optimism due in part to the color's relation to the sun, and the comforting feeling that a warm sun gives to our physical and mental state.
Similarly, while wind and water are natural elements that occur outside of interior spaces, designing indoor spaces that are in-tune with the rhythm, feeling, and tendencies of these natural elements can do wonders for the sense of flow and joy that we feel within our homes.
As the hustle and bustle, spinning and twirling, and rushing and seemingly endless running of New York can sometimes make it difficult to retain our own personal centeredness and Feng-Shui, as the New Year opens, we though it would be helpful to offer three books to help generate feng shui in your home sooner, rather than later.
"Like Yoga and meditation, Feng Shui is rooted in rich tradition and has been studied and applied for thousands of years. Still, you shouldn’t feel overwhelmed by the prospect of starting to transform your life with feng shui. In fact, as you sail through this book you may discover that in some ways you have been instinctively employing feng shui all along."
"Even if you think you don’t know anything about feng shui, you know how you feel when you walk into a room. Sometimes the space just feels right ––– you like the way it looks, you’re relaxed in it, you notice that other people seem relaxed too ––– and other times, it seems off somehow. You may be able to pinpoint the problem using good old-fashioned common sense: for example, you might observe that a room’s furnishings are out of balance with its dimensions or that a building’s orientation clashes with the contours of the land, as if the structure had been dropped on that spot against its will. Or you may dismiss your feelings as merely “bad vibes.” Either way, what you’re responding to is the energy of the space."
“'I don’t believe in feng shui.' I can’t begin to count how many times I’ve heard this statement through many years as a feng shui consultant. Yet every time I do, it always amuses me. You see, saying you don’t believe in feng shui is like saying you don’t believe in air or gravity. Whether you believe in it or not, feng shui is all around you and affecting you all the time.”