If you are new to Feng Shui, here’s a basic rundown of the ancient art:

Feng Shui translates to Wind and Water, and is used to describe the flow of Qi (energy). Feng Shui is the art of accessing the qualities of the energy converging at, or affecting, a certain location; this is to determine the location’s potential and shortcomings. And no, Feng Shui is not just for Chinese culture or magic tricks for you to get rich!

Design: Space Matters

Dato’ Joey Yap, who recently told us that furniture placement doesn’t matter at all in Feng Shui, lets us in on four must-know facts about Feng Shui.

1) Qi is a natural occurring force around us, and is considered an active principle that forms a part of every living being. 

2) The placement of ornaments is not going to have dramatic life-changing effects on someone’s life. In fact, they don’t matter at all – unless it’s a water feature. “Be careful with the placement of external bodies of water, such as ponds created by landscaping, rock gardens or rock waterfalls. Their positions should be in tandem with individual auspicious directions,” says Dato’ Joey Yap.

Design: Story of Us

3) Before making big changes to one’s home, one should first study the Feng Shui of the exterior. Understanding the flow of Qi outside the home helps to determine how the expert can ensure good energy flows in a suitable direction towards and within the home.

4) The benefits of Feng Shui would not be noticeable if it is used half-heartedly, without being properly educated on the nuances of its practice.