Feng shui is an ancient
Chinese practice, which teaches an individual to live
in harmony with one's surroundings, in order to
increase the flow of positive energy and to have a
positive state of mind. In the West leading a life
based on the principles of Feng shui has increased in
the recent times. The followers of feng shui use a
number of procedures to get an idea of the energy of
the surroundings and then alter it to suit the people
living there. This ideology can be used to ensure that
energy or "chi" flows freely in the
surroundings thus making the people in that place
happier and more positive in their outlook. The
principles of feng shui can be applied to lighting as
Here are a few tips to follow to
light your house based on these principles:
Shadows must not be cast while we read or
cook food. So ensure that your study and kitchen is well lit
with incandescent bulbs or halogen lights.
Different colored lights denote different
moods. Pinks have a calming effect; purple is used for
passion, yellow for a relaxed feeling.
Soft lights create positive energy, therefore
when you need a lot of light for a particular room, use two
Paper and cloth lampshades make the light
appear softer and create a quiet atmosphere. Metal shades or
shades that reflect light create an active atmosphere. Use
these shades in different rooms according to the mood you want
Using red lampshades in the living room
Use pink shades in the bedroom to increase
romance in your life.
Using purple shades in the office will
Soften sharp corners of a room using accent
lighting. Softening of sharp edges increases the energy flow
and crates a relaxed atmosphere.
Use uplighting to light up dark corners and
beams so that the effect of negative energy is reduced.
Well-lit areas encourage the flow of positive
energy. Place mirrors in dark rooms or corners so that they
will reflect light and positive energy will flow freely.
Place a red colored crystal chandelier in the
beginning or at the end of the room. This will increase the
flow of energy.
In rooms with irregular shapes place a lamp
in the area that is missing to allow positive flow of energy.
Channelize useful energy from the earth in
the garden by using a pole light with the lamp on top. This
will bring good fortune as well.
Place a metal lamp with a white shade, in the
western corner of a room, to increase your creativity.
Using dimmers will not only create the right
mood but positive energy as well.
Follow these simple tips to change the lighting
of your rooms and there will be an increase in the amount of
happiness and harmony in your house.