Home design: All you need to know about Feng shui

Avid followers of feng shui have a strong belief that good luck comes to those with a good feng shui home while bad luck is a part and parcel of bad feng shui. Moreover, while locating buildings, plots, placing decor, oriental homes as well as planning gardens, everyone would prefer unhindered energy flow. If we keep the features of feng shui in mind, then this dream can turn to reality. Inclusive of these features are alignment, design and decor. A good feng shui home should generally be on a relatively flat land, should be sunny and airy too.

Some of the general Feng Shui home design rules include:

Front door


This is the main door and should be the largest in the home. It should not open into a bathroom, mirror or kitchen area. What would appear better when opening it is the sight of green plants, red decorations, calligraphies or classy paintings. Doors on the cardinal directions are viewed as bad positioning. You should try avoiding front doors that are arch-shaped with a tombstone resemblance.



The overall home harmony is very dependent on the kitchen location. This is because what you eat, where and how you do it are all part of the vitality and health science. Your kitchen should never face south as food may rapidly deteriorate. You should also avoid sharing a door with the washroom. The kitchen floor should be lower than other floor rooms in that home. Your stove should not at any point face the balcony, bathroom door, refrigerator, sink or passage. There should be a solid wall behind your stove and between the kitchen ventilator and stove, there should not be a window. In case of any spare space, some plants should be placed in the kitchen.

Living room


This is the ultimate relaxation sanctuary in a home. You should avoid beams, pillars and sharp corners in a living room. In case of a sharp corner, you can opt to have a luxuriant plant, fish bowl or cabinet. Beams should certainly be covered. You can cover a side pillar with a shelf, cabinet or book. You can choose to decorate a single pillar with lights or paintings.

Remember to place your heavy furniture’s or sofas in such a way that they occupy the west and southern areas of the room. The northeast sector is considered the knowledge sector so avoid blockages or furniture there. Try by all means to avoid a tea table that is diamond shaped. The goal here is to be lower than knee of the sitter. Hang a painting of a landscape or set an elliptical or semicircle furnishing over low cabinet. Laying a carpet on the sofa’s front is considered auspicious.

Master bedroom


This is one of the most vital rooms in any good home. The sleep quality is obviously of more importance than the length of sleep you have. Some locations are better for peaceful sleeping as compared to others. A wooden cot or bed is better because wood is warm and benign unlike metal beds that are oppressive and cold.

Toilet and bathroom


In earlier days, toilets were not attached to the main house unlike these days. Feng Shui requires the toilet to be furthest from the kitchen because the food and toilet energies are not compatible. The bathroom on its part should be both airy and dry. Granite and marble tiles are most suitable. You should decorate it with black, blue or white colors. Bath curtains that are a cause of static electricity should be avoided at all costs.



The windows a vital component of a home and can therefore not be neglected. You need to avoid windows with sharp corners or triangle ones. The good ones are vaulted, square and round. The vaulted and round ones are good for a living room, entryway and bedroom. Square ones are best suited for the study and dining room. If your window is facing a sharp corner, dirty stuff, or hospital with the distance in between being quite short, the window should be covered with wooden blinds and not opened frequently. The windows should also be covered with curtains or blinds if they are too big.

Study room


The study room’s door should never should never at any time face the bathroom or the kitchen. The furniture should be dignified and dark colored. The writing desk should not have a beam over it. Also, the desk should not lean against the bathroom wall nor face it. Putting some plants on the desk would be nice too.

Dining room


This room should be elegant and clean. It should have a combination of light colored and simple walls, photos of flowers or food, tasteful light, etc. try to avoid a diamond or triangle dining table; a square or round one is okay. Try to also avoid glass or marble tables. The table should be set in a place that does not face the toilet, passage or front door.



The entry way should be bright, medium-sized and tidy. You should place the ceiling high and not use glass, dark color or mirror for it. The light should be round or square but certainly not triangle. The wall is to be flat and not too bright or dark; the upper part being bright and the lower being dark is however okay. The floor is good if flat and not slippery. Preferable, its color should be dark on the sides and bright on the center. Do not use sharp patterns to decorate it.



Bedrooms should be quiet, airy and bright. The bedroom door should neither face the kitchen nor the bathroom. The walls will seem better if painted with soft colors; do not make the mistake of decorating them with metal, marble or glass. Avoid items that reflect light e.g. memorial tablet, sword, knife etc. the bed should be placed higher than the knee level and in a southern direction. A beam, pendent lamp, air-conditioner etc. should not be over the bed’s head. Lighting should be standard.

Adapting to these feng shui principles helps in the creation of a harmonious working and living environment. Regardless of the feng shui school you follow, these rules always apply!