The 5 Power Principles – Feng Shui Basics For Home Decor

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You may have read about Feng Shui tips for your home, but did you know that all these Feng Shui tips you see online are based on the 5 power principals of Feng Shui? There are 5 of these Feng Shui principles and it is important to combine them in order to create the ideal situation for the flow of positive energy.

In this article, we weren’t be talking about Feng Shui products, we will only be discussing the power principles, what they are & how to optimize them. So, enough beating around the bush, let’s get to it.

Listed Below Are The Feng Shui Principles You Should Keep In Mind While Decorating Your Home: 

1. Feng Shui Principle #1 - “Chi”

This refers to the constant movement and change of the forces around you that either give you good or bad vibes. The whole purpose of Feng Shui items is to control the flow of “Chi”. So whatever adjustments made in the name of Feng Shui, are made in order to control energy coming in or leaving too aggressively. Chi is the energy that is generated all around us by nature, living organisms & even inanimate objects.

So how does Chi flow? Well, at home Chi usually flows through the front door and out the nearest exit which could be another door or another window. In order to keep “Chi” in check, one must bring in new Feng Shui items and move previously placed objects around.

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Positive or negative Chi is dependent on your surroundings. You may have noticed how offices, that have sharp angles, white walls & blinding white lights make you feel uncomfortable. Whereas resorts that have open spaces, curved structures and plants, give you a sense of comfort. Think about this contrast the next time you try to restyle the interior space of your home. Careful planning will ensure a smooth flow of chi.

2. Feng Shui Principle #2 – The 5 Elements Of Feng Shui

feng shui principles – the 5 elements of feng shui

These Feng Shui elements refer to Fire, Earth, Metal, Water & Wood. Each element has a distinct association to the shapes & colors that represent specific aspects of our lives.

Listed below are the 5 elements & their details –

•   Fire Element – This is the Feng Shui element that represents emotions, passion & energy levels of an individual. Naturally, the colors associated to the fire element are red & orange but also purple & pink. Triangular shapes are associated to this particular Feng Shui element.

•   Earth Element – This element, is what grounds you & brings a sense of balance as well as stability into your life. Objects within this element comprise of items that have been made using the rocks, soil & plants present on earth. Clay pots, granite counter tops etc all fall under this element. The colors under this element are – brown, yellow & terracotta.

•  Metal Element – Metal is the Feng Shui element that helps give you strength & stability in life. Metal objects are known to create an environment that stimulate concentration & commitment. As expected, the colors under this element are metallic colors such as gold, silver & bronze but also include pastel colors. The shape of this element is depicted as a circle, similar to the shape of a coin.

•   Water Element – Ever noticed how the sound or sight of flowing water has a calming effect on you? This element is the one that brings relaxation into your life. Glass & mirrors represent this element in all its glory along with the obvious such as aquariums & fish bowls. Blue & black are the colors listed under this element.

•  Wood Element – Representing growth, expansion & vitality, is the Feng Shui element of wood. The presence of this element in your surroundings is said to enhance creativity. As you may have guessed, anything made of wood falls under this element. Weirdly, the color associated to wood is not brown but is in fact green or teal. The shape used to represent this element is a rectangle.

The whole purpose of this theory is to ensure that your living/working space, incorporates the right mix of all of the above elements in order to create an optimal environment for you, your family & others to thrive.

3. Feng Shui Principle #3 – The Bagua

feng shui principles – the bagua

Bagua in Chinese means eight sided and refers to a mapping chart used to determine which part of your house relates to unique aspects of life. It is depicted as an octagon with 8 sides & a grounding center. This is said to represent the 9 critical aspects of life. This is the base theory used by Feng Shui interior decorators. It is used to determine what objects should be placed on what side of the house. Placing your furniture & décor based on the Bagua map can be the difference between a positive & a negative environment for your home.

How To Optimize Your Home Using The Bagua Map -

   Always orient the Bagua map by standing at the main entrance looking into your home, not away.

   Draw a floor plan that includes everything from your rooms to your car garage.

   Divide the same, into 9 equal areas. Then you can determine which rooms lie within what areas of the Bagua map.

   Based on the above, you can decorate your rooms keeping in mind the specific areas within the Bagua map to activate the energies specific to those divisions.

4. Feng Shui Principle #4 - Yin & Yang

feng shui principles - yin and yang

The Yin & Yang theory states the importance of having a balance in life. It aims to achieve a balance between the two opposing but interconnected forces that surround us.

Yin refers to feminine energy & yang refers to masculine energy. Everything soft, passive, nurturing & dark falls under Yin. Whereas everything hard, active, aggressive & bright falls under Yan.

The basic idea behind this is to ensure that both energies, masculine & feminine are present in balanced quantities around your interior space. Too much of either Yin or Yang can cause your home environment to become unfavorable.

Yin & Yang are present all around us. The chair you sit on, is made of hard wood but the cushion placed upon it is soft. Similarly, when the water you use to bathe gets too hot, you balance it out by adding cold water.

You need both these energies to create a finely balanced atmosphere. So, whenever you bring home something that carries a masculine energy, be sure to counter act with something feminine. An excess of either one will disrupt the environment around you. For more details on Yin & Yang refer to this article. (

5. Feng Shui Principle #5 – Continuity & Connectedness

feng shui principle – continuity and connectedness

As the name might suggest, this theory talks about how all aspects of life are interlinked and that any action will always have a reaction. In Feng Shui, the colors, shapes & images you surround yourself with will influence the decisions you make and the path you take.

If you surround yourself with objects & items that attract wealth, peace & happiness, you are more likely to succeed. Whereas, if you surround yourself with objects with negative or darker energies, your life is likely to be plagued with failure & all-round negativity.

For example, there is a reason kids are influenced by the actions of their parents. If a father is an artist and owns a home filled with paintings, music & all things creative, his children are more likely to get into the field of arts & crafts. Similarly, if both the mother and father are doctors, their children would be more inclined towards getting into medicine and other professional jobs.


Nature and energy flow make the foundation for Feng-Shui. That is why, if you are looking to decorate your home in eco-friendly ways, have a look at this blog. Now that you know about these principals, you can better judge the ‘Feng Shui tips for home’ you see online as a lot of them aren’t ideal. Keeping all of the above in mind might just be the difference between success & failure as well as happiness and sorrow. We hope this post helped your understanding of the Feng Shui basics & life in general. Use it to good effect and great things are bound to come your way.

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