THE SCIENCE BEHIND FENG SHUI AND INTERIOR DESIGN
By: Katie Anderson
December 15, 2017
Would you like for your business to make more money next year? Would you like to have a more harmonious workplace? Do you wish you could think more clearly and stay more productive while you’re in the office?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you might want to consider the use of Feng Shui, an ancient Chinese art of placing objects in a manner that affects the way energy flows into a building or room.
Kathleen Zemansky, a Business Feng Shui Master who uses Classical Feng Shui and Chinese Metaphysics to help business owners and individuals optimize their chances for success states that she looks at this ancient practice as a holistic approach to assist her client’s in reaching their goals in both business and life.
During our recent interview, she explained how the process works and what business owners can start doing right now to prepare for the coming year.
What are the First Steps You Take When Helping a New Client?
Kathleen says that her approach to Feng Shui is similar to the way a doctor might help a patient. She first performs a diagnosis of her clients by creating and studying their business astrology chart, which is based on the client’s personal Birth Day, Birth Month, Birth Year, and Birth Hour. This allows her to see what areas in the person’s life are potential trouble spots for them and their business, as well as what areas need improvement.
Kathleen then uses Feng Shui to “treat” the problem area by making changes in the interior design of her client’s business. These changes re-channel what is known as “chi,’ or rather, changes the flow of energy in a room or business, so that it flows in a more positive direction.
How Can a Business Owner Use Feng Shui to Make a Great First Impression?
When dealing with business’ space, a business owner should start by looking at the entrance way to their building or office space. Make the entrance as beautiful as possible to help direct positive energy to come in the door.
Think of a prominent business interior, such as the Ritz Carlton Hotel. When you walk in the door, you immediately feel the success of the business. This is a good example of how Feng Shui can work.
It’s not just the entrance way and the initial impression it creates when you walk in the door that makes a business successful, however. Successful businesses put their branding right up front on the wall, so it is one of the first things you see when you come in the door.
This makes visitors know who the business is and what they are all about from the moment someone sees the company logo.
Even if you rent your office space and don’t own the building, the rules still apply. Make the entrance to the doorway beautiful and put your branding right up front.
How Can a Business Owner Use Feng Shui to Help With Interior Design?
Number 1: Architectural Element
Although some forms of Feng Shui incorporate color and placement of accessories as a way to direct or redirect energy, Classical Feng Shui does not use this method. Instead, a Classical Feng Shui m
aster looks at the real elements of a building or office space as a whole.
As an example, the center of the building or office space is known as the “Heavenly Heart.” Since the energy needs to flow freely through this area, it is important to keep this center space unobstructed.
If something is already in this space and must remain, know that it can affect how well the business will perform. In the event that something like a restroom is already there, check to ensure that there are no water le
aks as profits and success could literally go right down the drain.
It is important to realize during the interior design process that the Feng Shui master is looking at the changes that are made as to how they will affect the business owner in the long term, as well as making suggestions for changes that will help benefit them for the coming year.
Number 2: Personal Element
In addition to the building structure aspect of Feng Shui, the diagnosis drawn from your astrology chart also plays an important part as to the placement of your personnel in the office space. For example, if you want to build up the capital in your business, you would strategically place your CFO in the section of your office space that corresponds with the compass direction most favored from your astrology chart.
In other words, if a goal for your business was to raise a large amount of capital, you might work with your interior designer to move your CFO’s office to the northeast corner (or whatever direction was most favorable) of your office space.
Number 3: Home Element
As you may have guessed, Feng Shui is not just about energy, but also about balance. Many business owners find it beneficial to not only incorporate Feng Shui into their business space, but into their home space as well. A Feng Shui master can help a business owner achieve overall success in both their business and their personal life by helping them transform their lifestyle into a life-brand, so to speak.
Who Does the Feng Shui Master work for – the Business Owner or the Interior Designer?
Interestingly, it really depends on who does the hiring. In some cases, a business owner may have their chart done by a Feng Shui master and then bring in an interior designer to help implement the changes. In other instances, the interior designer may consult with a Feng Shui master to help create a building or office space that is aesthetically pleasing both visually and energy wise.
2018 Earth Dog Astrology/Feng Shui Annual Talk
Would you like to learn more about Feng Shui and how to incorporate it into your interior design? Kathleen Zemansky is offering an Annual Astrology/Feng Shui Talk on January 13 in Novato. The event will cover the exciting changes ahead for 2018, as the Chinese New Year moves into the Year of the Earth Dog. Visit her website for more information.
After you attend the event, let’s set up a time to talk about your interior design needs and making the most of your space in 2018. It’s easy to get started. Give me a call at 415-722-9124 or drop me an email by filling out the contact form when you click here.
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