Happy New Year
According to the Chinese New Year – which this year fell on Monday February 8 – 2016 is the Year of the Monkey. As with many celebrations around the world, the Chinese New Year is an important time to reflect upon the events of the previous year and to also plan for the year ahead.
The Chinese New Year is a great opportunity to thoroughly clean and de-clutter your home to ensure that your home is looking its best for the dawn of a brand New Year. According to the principles of Feng Shui, this allows your home to be free to attract both good fortune and luck. Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese tradition of allowing good energy (Qi) to flow throughout your home.
There are plenty of other Feng Shui tips that are part of preparing your home for the Chinese New Year – including opening the front door at midnight so as to allow the new energy to flow into your home, or to put out a bowl of fruit which is supposed to represent abundance in all areas of your life. And who doesn't want that?
Above: the living room at the Bordeaux 56
Of course, many of the design principles that form the thinking behind Feng Shui are evident in many of our beautiful home designs, such as the Somerset 59 in Glen Waverley and the Bordeaux 56 in Balwyn.
If you take a walk through either of these stunning display homes you will see that the moment you step inside the front door you can't see the staircase. This is because the placement of the staircase in the home can play a large part in whether your home has good or bad Feng Shui as the staircase is what allows the energy in your home to move upstairs and downstairs freely.
Above: the staircase at the Somerset 59.
Staircases should not be located in the centre of the home as that disrupts the flow of energy and similarly they should not be aligned with the front door. By doing so, any energy that comes into your home will head straight upstairs and it is important that this energy is dispersed throughout the home freely.
An important room according to Feng Shui is the kitchen, considered the heart of the home and with it being where meals are prepared for family members, it can influence the health of those living in the home. The island bench in the Somerset kitchen has been kept clean and unencumbered and does not contain the kitchen sink as many other homes do. Kitchen sinks are best kept on side benches as water that is located in the centre can drain energy from the home.
Above: the kitchen at the Somerset 59.
Feng Shui also says that the kitchen sink (which represents the Element of Water) should not be located beside the stove (representing the Element of Fire) as Fire and Water do not mix well. This particular principle has been applied inside both of these beautiful display homes.
These are just a few of the Feng Shui tips that can be seen in our display homes, thanks to our great team of designers and interior stylists. We hope that they have given you some ideas about your very own home design and layout and help you prepare for an exciting year ahead.
Happy Chinese New Year. Good luck in the Year of the Monkey.