Classical Feng Shui
Interior Form School uses observation and analysis to understand the surrounding environment within a property. The size, shape, layout and structural form all have an effect on the occupants. Everything from sight, sound, smell to touch can have an influence on your comfort levels. Ease of passage and circulation for people/ air currents are both important so that areas do not ‘stagnate’, become impassable or air locked. This interior form school is about common sense, good design, supporting yourself within the home and ease of passage. The following list gives a basic overview of interior form principles.
- Good source of natural daylight
- No excessive noise levels
- Natural, fresh, frequent/constant ventilation
- Clean, tidy, organised and clutter free
- No damp patches or water leaks
- No draughts or air leaks
- Windows and doors (any opes) with pleasing and open views into the exterior landscape
- Good standard of decor and maintenance
- A square or rectangle shaped building or room without awkward corners or shapes
- Poor source of natural daylight, dark rooms, rooms without windows
- Poorly ventilated rooms that suffer with stuff air, damp, mould and mildew
- Unkempt belongings
- Poor standard or décor and maintenance; broken furniture, run down furnishings
- Beams, sharp angles, awkward shapes & obstructions
- Large cracks in the walls, ceiling and floors
- Triangle, circular, hexagon shaped rooms
A shape isn’t good or bad Feng Shui, as all of the following points are considered:
- How the space around the shape is used
- Other shapes that are close by
- Who uses the area
Sense of Safety and Security
In our homes, where we rest, sleep and rejuvenate, we need to feel safe and secure. Our ancestral instinct is to create a home where we have support in the surrounding landscape from any dangers that may come towards us. We tend to need the most support from behind us, where we cannot see, and we feel more secure when there some support to each side of us. Our plot and properties become similar to the shape of comfy armchairs, supporting us from our vulnerable sides.
The scale of objects is important. If you sat with your head 50cm away from the angled edge of your computer screen for eight hours, you would feel uncomfortable and under pressure. However if you sat with your head 50cm away from the angled corner of a tall building, the effect would be much more severe. The size of sharp objects and intensity of unfavourable form such as odours, lighting etc all have varying effects on your comfort and wellbeing.
Within the home you have both fixed structures and moveable structures to consider. Furniture placement is important to create a sense of support and comfort. Within your interior there will be aspects you can change and aspects you cannot. There will also be a markable difference between those who own their own home and those in rented properties. Common sense prevails when looking at form within a home.
How does Interior Form fit into Feng Shui?
Interior Form is a small part of the complete Feng Shui survey. This method of observation and analysis should only be used alongside other Feng Shui systems both Form School and Compass School. The other systems will help provide the bigger picture of a single property. Interior Form Feng Shui used on its own, is a like taking a car engine apart and only replacing the spark plugs. It’s great to do as a hobby, and can help you feel more comfortable in the space you live in.