What You Need to Know about Chandeliers and Feng Shui
You've probably heard of Feng Shui - the ancient Chinese system of rules and regulations that dictates how to plan and orient your space in order to maintain a good "chi" or energy flow. ArrangingÂ your living space according to the principles of Feng Shui will ensure it's well-balanced and emits a positive vibe. To get the most out of Feng Shui, it's important that youÂ maintain your space well, arrange your personal items carefully, and ensure you donâ€™t bring anything into your home that would disrupt the flow of energy.
What is the Connection Between Chandeliers and Feng Shui?
Feng shui is all about balance. It is based on the interplay betweenÂ space, environment, air, sound, and light. If all of these elements are balanced, there will correspondingly be harmony in your room and home.
Chandeliers play an important part in the energy flow in any room; if you place them in the wrong location, they can significantly disrupt the energy of that space. Here are some ways in which these fixtures are connected to Feng Shui:
Yin and yang is a concept derived from Taoism, representing the two polar opposite forces found in Nature. Chandeliers represent yang energy because theyâ€™re lively and vibrant (yin energy is much more peaceful). Most chandeliers combine the elements of earth and fire: the fire element comes from the electricity or candles that light the chandelier. The earth element comes in the form of the crystal, glass, metal, or wood used to create the chandelierâ€™s structure and arms. Both combine to create a very powerful object thatâ€™s rich in yang energy.
False Materials and Disruptive Shapes
Affordable chandeliers are made from acrylic and other false materials. They might look beautiful, but they donâ€™t contribute much to the vibe and aura of the room. In essence, you can install them and not experience any significant disruption to your room's "chi" - either positively or negatively.
Of course, the fire energy thatâ€™s in the form of electricity will still have an impact, but it would be muted. Feng Shui experts wouldÂ ask you not to include spirals in your chandelier designÂ because they send energy shooting outwards.
How to Choose The Best Place for Chandelier According to Feng Shui
Chandeliers can be placed in almost every room in your home, so long as you plan the placement carefully and make sure the fixture doesnâ€™t disrupt the flow of energy. Here are some tips on how to install a chandelier in different rooms:
Entryways and Foyers
Large and bright chandeliers are a great addition to entryways and foyers. They lend illumination and positive energy to everyone who enters the house. You should make sure that the chandelier is centrally-located and is big enough to light the entire space. This will ensure there are no dark shadows or corners to influence people as soon as they walk into the door.
Living and Common Areas
Living rooms and common areas are great places to hang a chandelier. The brightness and active yang energy emitted by the fixture will encourage communication and confidence. People are more open and personable when theyâ€™re in well-lit areas. If you want to place a chandelier in a living room area, make sure itâ€™s not directly above the couch or seats. The fixture should be placed in a central location so it doesnâ€™t focus light on one person or place in the room. The central location will ensure everyone in the public area receives equal amounts of light and positive energy.
This is one of the most popular places to hang a chandelier, and with good reason. Dining rooms are social places so the positive and active energy from the chandelier will help you communicate with and engage your guests. When the chandelier is placed directly above the dining table, it highlights the food and ensures your guests eat well. Chandeliers in dining rooms will attract auspicious energy and make the overall experience more memorable.
Feng Shui experts discourage installing chandeliers in bedrooms. Chandeliers emit vibrant yang energy, whereas bedrooms should be yin spaces where you can unwind and relax. In this peaceful and restful environment, a large, glittering chandelier will be a disruption. You can install something more subdued and smaller in size, but you still need to ensure that the smaller chandelier isnâ€™t installed directly above the bed as that will make you anxious and disturb your sleep.
The principle thatâ€™s followed for bedrooms applies here as well. Bathrooms are passive, yin spaces where you can relax. You shouldnâ€™t place large chandeliers in this room. However, you can place a small one away from the bathtub.
You may not personally believe in Feng Shui, but if you want a harmonious home with light and space inÂ perfect balance, then why not give this system a go and see what you think?