Shapes play a big importance in feng shui because it is through shapes (as well as color) that the 5 feng shui elements express themselves in modern decor. In your flooring, specific shapes and layouts become very important because a good layout will channel and strengthen the flow of Chi, or energy throughout your home, while a poorly chosen one will block the energy flow and creates areas of stagnation in your home and in your energy.
Nobody wants that, so let's look at how you can create the best feng shui energy with the right choice of flooring layout or shapes and patterns.
Working With Wood Floors
If you are working with wood floors, there are two main flooring layouts choices you are looking at - you can place your board across the width of the room or across the length. You can also go for a unique look - that of a diagonal, or 45-degree angle placement, as well as the most sophisticated option of unique inlaid patterns.
Feng shui-wise, the way you place the boards determines how the energy is directed, so an obvious flooring layout to avoid - and the main bad feng shui flooring layout - is the laying of wood boards across the length of a narrow hallway that ends in a window or another door. In other words, if your front door opens into a narrow hallway that ends into another door or a window, avoid the front to back / across the length layout.
This also applies to a narrow kitchen or a narrow home office. Why should you avoid this layout? Because this specific flooring layout will make the precious incoming energy (Chi) rush straight out of the window, which will make your house starve for good feng shui energy.
Remember that houses, just like people, need nutrition, too! It comes in the form of Chi, or universal energy, and good feng shui is all about inviting, channeling and keeping this energy inside the house - happy and strong.
Patterns and the Direction of Energy
The question to ask yourself when deciding on a specific flooring layout is this: "Where does this pattern direct the energy to?" Be sure to look into basic interior design principles of flooring layout, such as making a narrow room wider with across the room layout, or grounding the energy of a big space with a square shape like patterns.
Square is the shape of the earth element which is very grounding, thus square tiles from various materials are often a good choice for a busy entryway or a kitchen because it calms and grounds the energy, it settles it in.
If you want to add specific shapes to your floorings, such as diamonds, triangles or stars, first be aware of their correspondence to specific feng shui elements and find out if you are compatible with this energy.
You might be fond of the diamond pattern but if you are considering it for you East Bagua area kitchen, it is best to keep exploring. The diamond shape is the expression of the Fire feng shui element and is not welcomed in the East area (Wood element) because it can overpower and weaken it.
There are so many amazing ways to create interesting flooring looks - just check the feng shui floors folder on Pinterest for inspiration! - so there is no way to cover it all even in several articles.
However, if you just remember these 3 points you will make good choices no matter what flooring style, material or color you have your heart set on!
1. The direction of the floorboards directs/guides the energy either out of your house or keeps it in to nourish the house. Be wise and do not let the energy escape, help it stay in to explore and nourish your house!
2. Flooring represents your foundation, so make it strong and sturdy.
3. Colors and shapes are expressions of 5 feng shui elements, be sure to choose the quality of energy that works best for you and your family, as well as for the feng shui area you are considering.
There are many beautiful traditional choices, as well as unique and original modern choices for you to look at; so if you are considering new flooring be sure to take some time and explore all the available options.