For thousands of years, Chinese culture has used Feng Shui in all sorts of everyday life. It is believed that good Feng Shui can bring good fortune. If done incorrectly, it can do the opposite! This is something to keep note of if you're looking to bring in some extra good luck, prosperity and better times into your own future! Interestingly enough, the shapes of your picture frames and their overall layouts within your home can harness positive energy in the rooms and walls that they are placed on.
There are five shapes in Feng Shui that are extremely significant with each one representing one of the five elements. Those five elements are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water.
The rectangle shape or what is most commonly used for most picture frames is an embodiment of growth and as such is a representation of wood.
Now you may or may not know this, but in terms of numbers, in Chinese culture, the number 4 is mostly associated with bad luck. Just like what you may find on large commercial passenger aircraft or even hotels, in western culture the number 13 is removed. The unlucky number 4 is often a problem because, of course, a rectangle has four sides.
To improve the energy of a room, a trio of rectangular-shaped frames used as a gallery display would be a sure-fire way to avoid using the number four. Of course, you don't have to follow this principle if you are not superstitious!
The second of the five elements is the triangle which represents fire in Feng Shui. Be mindful, that this is best used in small doses as too many triangles can burn down houses in many Chinese beliefs. On the other hand, the triangle also is a representative of growth when the point is shaping upwards. Much like a triangular-shaped gallery display would, rather than triangular corner shelves.
One way to improve the overall energy of a room by using the principles of Feng Shui is to use different shapes and sizes of frames in a triangular-shaped gallery formation, making sure it is pointing up towards the ceiling and not left, right or downwards. Such an arrangement can be put together by using large rectangular shaped frames at the bottom part of the display, a smaller rectangular shaped frame in the middle section and a smaller square frame at the top.
If you want to find grounding in your life, then the square is what you would use. This element represents the third element which is earth. It is believed in Chinese culture that using squares brings about a firm foundation and is mostly beneficial for family, friends and relationships.
For those of you that are moving in together for the first time, copy that Instagram style frame and bring about the energy needed to stabilise the relationship and slow things down.
Curved frames or wavy shapes are the perfect representation of water. Unfortunately, these are less common to come across when it comes to frames but there are plenty of wavy shaped mirrors available. The wave or curve represents water in Feng Shui. Be mindful that having too many waved shaped mirrors or frames can bring despair into your home but used sparingly in an office environment for example, may bring about growth and prosperity.
The fifth and final shape in Feng Shui is the circle which represents metal. If you find that there is too much wood overpowering the room that you are focusing on, then circular shaped frames and objects can bring in more of a balance. You will find that this tones down the energy of the room where perhaps you have a collection of wood photo frames. A circular metallic frame could help balance the energy bringing about a transformation and an overall feeling of Feng Shui
There are many ways in which you can bring balance to the particular room that you are working on. Sometimes with all the best intentions, you will still feel that something isn't quite working. By using the principles of Feng Shui it should help to give you a nudge in the right direction. Like we have said in previous posts, the creative process often comes down to an element of trial and error. So, don't be disheartened if things don't come together straight away. Do let us know how you get on.
You'll want to frame whatever you buy. Any good framers will be able to show you a vast range of different solutions and advise on what might be the most suitable given the work and its proposed location.
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Article Posted: 22/09/2020 10:01:58