Feng Shui

 Floor plan analysis is an important element of Feng Shui interior design consulting.  A template or diagram called a "Bagua" is overlaid on the floor plan to help determine energy relationships in the living or working space.  Photo courtesy of:   Feng Shui for Us .

Floor plan analysis is an important element of Feng Shui interior design consulting.  A template or diagram called a "Bagua" is overlaid on the floor plan to help determine energy relationships in the living or working space.  Photo courtesy of:  Feng Shui for Us.

Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese art form focused on improving all aspects of one’s life - including health, happiness, prosperity, social status, and personal relationships - through the enhancement of one’s living and working environments.  It is similar to acupuncture in that it holds that all buildings - as opposed to “persons” - have a positive energy or “Chi” flowing through them and that obstacles to this Chi energy translate to difficulties in the financial, creative, and personal realms of one’s life and career.  On a practical level, Feng Shui maximizes a building’s Chi energy by:  1) creating harmony between architectural and interior design;  2) using the five basic elements of nature - water, wood, fire, earth, and metallic alloy; and 3) arranging and positioning furniture and small objects to let Chi energy flow better.

Under Feng Shui, each of the earth elements have their own Chi energy and benefits.  Concrete is the most important “Earth” element.  Its use in a home or place of business brings positive Chi energy in several ways:  1) grounding and stability; 2) peace, safety, and security; 3) family happiness and joy; 4) self-confidence, kindness, and personal generosity in relationships; and 5) good health.  The use of concrete may also be enhanced through the use of earth tone colors - yellows, oranges, browns, greens - and earthen shapes - rectangles, squares, horizontal & vertical lines.  So, according to Feng Shui thinking, acid-stained concrete flooring incorporates Chi energy in a major way.   Not only are decorative concrete floors based on the earth element of "concrete", but they incorporate the earth tone "coloring" of acid stains, and the earthen "shapes" of saw-cut squares, rectangular tiles and linear borders (see Decorative Concrete Scoring).  At the same time, the smoothness of concrete flooring, its ability to be easily cleaned and maintained, and the fluid, confluent, marbling effect of acid stain work to prevent what is referred to as “stagnated Chi energy" from accumulating in living and working spaces, and blocking positive Chi energy.

Feng Shui has grown greatly in popularity in the Western hemisphere over the last 35 years, and its principles are now mainstream in U.S. architectural and interior design circles, and the world of corporate consulting.  Some may call it "Chi energy", others, simply "great ambience" - regardless, acid-stained concrete flooring provides a terrific foundation and sense of security to a room that cannot help but be impressed upon the senses of its occupants, guests, visitors, or customers.