In some parts of the world bamboo floorings are also used and they give a feel of staying connected to nature.
The art and science of Feng Shui is the skill of spacing, positioning, planning and orienting not just the structure but even the furnishings to offer greater support to the occupants. In short, it is the study of the energy around the occupants, its cause and effect and the effect of the immediate surroundings or environment.
There are many types of Feng Shui and Vastu imbalances in a place of dwelling as we are subjected to many kinds of energy fields like solar energy fields due to movement of Sun, geo magnetic fields due to the magnetic field interaction and rotation of the Earth, thermal imbalance due to temperature rise etc.
Research has discovered that most often one side of a house is subjected to intense solar radiation, while the other side remains in shadow region. This gives rise to the formation of what is known as “thermocouple” in the space around the house and leads to an energy imbalance in the premises. Higher the imbalance more severe would be its effect on the occupants. This kind of imbalance gives rise to the formation of ‘nodes’ and these ‘nodes’ are nothing but distorted energy fields. These nodes trap the sub atomic particles traveling along these fields and start resonating to give rise to micro level hazardous radiations which affect the existence of life forms, or in other words the occupants of the home. When left unchecked these thermal imbalances impede the smooth flow of energy in and around the place of dwelling. The art of restoring the imbalance or equalise the thermal difference and providing a harmonious place of dwelling is the key to good Vastu. Some of the general guidelines to counter thermal imbalance in a place of dwelling are:
- More open spaces in the north and east direction.
- Thicker walls and no openings in the south side.
- Planting more greenery or trees in the south to have humid environment.
- Most importantly choosing good flooring.
Flooring plays a significant role in beautifying the look of the house. Flooring can be natural wood, stone, wool or earth. Among the natural segment flooring we have marbles, granite and slate. Marble has never been out of fashion and is available in a variety of colours. Bricks are available in different shades of red and orange can also be used as ethnic flooring. In some parts of the world bamboo floorings are also used and they give a feel of staying connected to nature. Natural materials tend to carry the Chi energy more easily than synthetic materials — An example of this is wood, where the Energy (Chi) continues to flow along the grain. Each type of material encourages a certain flow of Chi and hence applying the transparency of the eight directions, you can establish which materials naturally suit each part of your home. Using the specific materials will lead to a more harmonious exchange of Chi and will develop distinct atmospheres in each part of your home.