Feng Shui: How To Create a Mindful Living Space
The term ‘Feng Shui’ has been popular of late, as more people search for calm in a fast-paced digital world. The Chinese discipline translates as ‘wind-water’ and its philosophy can be traced back several thousands of years, initially used to identify safe dwelling places where families would be able to flourish and to determine the best burial sites for relatives. These days, it is synonymous with a minimal living space and the placement of which furniture piece goes where. Here, we break it down and ask interiors Influencer Miller Grey how he crafts the perfect calm-inducing home…
Get rid of everything that does not spark immediate joy within you – this is the Marie Kon Do’s cult-method, that grew wildly popular following the release of her book ‘The Magic of Tidying Up’.
A BREATH OF FRESH AIR
Introduce light into your space by opening the windows as often as possible, and painting your home in colours that reflect light. Introduce air-purifying plants, or use an air purifier to detoxify your space.
HOME ENERGY SUPPLIER
Define the Bagua, or the feng shui energy map of your house, by using one of the two main Feng Shui methods: the classical school Bagua or the BTB grid. In traditional feng shui, the Southeast feng shui area of your home is connected to the flow of money energy in your life – so once you are able to establish the Bagua you can focus your energy where you need it.
SOUTH OR NORTH-FACING?
Adjust the position of your bed, your desk, the seating in your dining area, according to your Kua number. For example, if your Kua number is 1, it is best to face one of the following directions: Southeast, East, South, and North.
In need of some Interiors inspiration? Look to Dan of Miller Grey – and discover his minimal style tips here…
WHAT SPARKED YOUR INTEREST IN INTERIORS?
Genuinely, it was Changing Rooms that started it. I know that probably sounds like a strange place for it all to begin, but watching people create these (sometimes terrifying) interior schemes each week was something entirely new to me as a kid. It definitely started here. I’ve also spent most of my adult life moving from rented property to rented property, with each move I became more and more interested in how I could make them feel like my home and not somewhere I was going to be temporarily.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE IN 3 WORDS?
Clean, angular and cosy.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE HOMEWARE BRANDS?
Artha Collections, Skagerak, Menu and Serax.
HOW DO YOU KEEP CLUTTER TO A MINIMUM?
Well thought out storage plays the biggest part in keeping things minimal. Over the years I’ve amassed a lot of things, most of which are cleverly concealed in woven baskets or boxes stacked under things! That being said I think sometimes it helps to just make a feature of things. I have so many magazines, a lot of which are in very high stacks against the walls. Having them all on a bookcase or shelving would probably make everything seem so much heavier, but this neat white columns make something that could be cluttered have a minimalist feel.
HOW DO YOU DECIDE ON A ROOM’S THEME – DOES IT CENTRE AROUND A STATEMENT PIECE?
When I moved into my current flat it was painted a really awful shade of magnolia. My landlord requested I keep the colour relatively neutral. I decided to paint everywhere a crisp, sharp white due to the flat’s lack of natural light. That dictated the schemes more than anything, it needed the light. When it came to arranging each room I started with the biggest piece and worked out from there. The sofa, the dining table, the bed, etc. I think things need time to evolve. None of my rooms looked like this instantly. Taking time to work out what you need, what you like and what you actually have no need for is really important. I’m a big believer in taking time to live in the rooms before you fill them.
WHAT ARE YOUR GO-TO HUES?
Always shades of grey. I love colour, I just don’t want to live with anything too bold. Greys and natural shades keep things clean and calm, but also really make any colours you do decide to add in really pop. I’m a fan of brushed brass and gold hues too.
FAVOURITE INTERIOR TIP?
Take your time! I think it’s so easy to move into somewhere try to plough through filling your space and just ordering things because you think you need them. I sat start with the essentials and work out from there, over time. You’ll soon know what you need. You’ll also prevent buying anything just for the sake of it hopefully. It’s fine for things not to look complete from the get-go.
WHO ELSE DO YOU FOLLOW FOR THEIR INTERIORS?
I’ve also had a huge interior crush on @catesthill. The tones are perfect. I love @brightbazaar for all the amazing shots of colour and sharp lines, and @rosaliapark and @rvstapleton from Cereal magazine. They post the most beautiful imagery.