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THE FENG SHUI FEELING Whether you want to organise your home, bring positivity into a new property or simply want to revitalise your living area, feng shui is for you. The ancient Chinese philosophy of feng shui adheres to the principle that all things are connected through energy. Good feng shui can lead to good luck for individuals, families and even whole countries. Meanwhile, poor feng shui can lead to bad fortune. Whether or not you believe in it, Stacey Sibley, Creative Director at Alexander James Interior Design believes there’s no doubt that bringing feng shui principles into your home can have positive results. “You don’t have to believe in feng shui to benefit from its principles when it comes to things like furniture placement or colour schemes. Whether or not the placement of your sofa can really have an impact on your fortunes, it can certainly have a positive effect on how you feel in your living room. Similarly, the colours you choose for your home can enhance the living experience of the whole family.” When it comes to furniture placement, living rooms and bedrooms can be quick wins. Place sofas and beds against solid walls to anchor them, rather than leaving them ‘floating’ in the middle of a room. Then avoid blocking natural pathways in the room and use mirrors to enhance the flow of natural light and energy. At the heart of feng shui is the idea of harmony between people and nature. Natural textures and woody tones All Images Credited - Dmitry Pistrov/Shutterstock.com are huge trends for interior design in 2017 and are ideal for creating a balance that soothes the spirit and sets the scene for creating happy family memories within the home. However, good feng shui certainly doesn’t mean avoiding bright colours altogether, as Alexander James’ Stacey Sibley explains: “There are plenty of ways to achieve positive energy in your home using colour. Opt for fire colours such a red, orange, yellow and pink on the southern side of rooms and watercolours like blues and greens on the northern side. Fire colours are for active spaces and water colours are for calmer spaces, so bear that in mind when choosing colour schemes and decorative objects to place in your home.” While there may not be a host of scientific evidence that shows the impact of feng shui on health and wealth, there is certainly evidence that good interior design services can have an impact. One of the projects completed by Alexander James team, shot up in value by 65% after the team used feng shui methods. Belief in feng shui aside, those looking to sell their property – no matter how large or small it may be – would do well to opt for a professional interior design service this spring. For more information, visit Alexander James Interior Design atwww.aji.co.uk n


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