Feng shui is a very complex, philosophical concept, so we won’t go too deep into explaining the origin. Instead, this guide offers synthesized information on how to use some of the principles of feng shui to create an atmosphere with positive vibes and balance, the qi for your next event location.
The Chinese New Year started on 10 February 2013, with the year of the Water Snake.
What you’ll need to feng shui your event is firstly, a bagua map. Overlay the bagua map over the footprint of the hall with the bottom of the chart (the black section) aligned with the entrance. Follow the different sections of the map as your guide to putting the correct details in the right places.
Tiffani Connors, contributing writer at How Stuff Works, tells us the following on Bagua Areas:
Black – Mirrors and fountains are good here;
Blue – Books and computers;
Green – Plants and photos;
Purple – More plants;
Red – Awards and animal-related items;
Pink – Paired items;
White – Neat and tidy area for artwork;
Gray – Religious items (if you must), and souvenirs;
Yellow – Pottery and stone objects;
Now that we have an idea of how to apply some of the principles of fung shui and what to do with the Bagua map, let’s apply everything to the year of the Water Snake. Radika Tchi, a Feng Shui guide writes the following:
For the Northeast this year it is good to bring fire elements, use colours such as red, pink, purple, orange and bright yellow.
For our event this could be the color of chairs, curtains and tablecloths. To balance the fire elements, we can bring earth element colours, just remember to avoid metal elements here!
Northwest is the area to display metal element colours such as white and grey. To those we can add earthy colours, as Tchi advises. Whites are neutral, so they can be applied to many accessories at your event without interfering with the other details.
North this year is the direction where you should place metal element colours – black, blue, grey, white. On the North you can also add water elements and colours, as well as round shaped decor elements. Avoid earth elements here – green, brown colours, and plants. This may be a suitable place for the bar. A round bar, to cover most of the requirements of this area!
Southeast areas are under the water element this year according to Feng Shui. Appropriate colours here are blues and black, also plants and fresh flowers will go well here. You can add water features to Southeast areas as well. Avoid metal element colours such as grey, white, silver and gold, metal decor too. You could try arranging a welcoming area for your guests across the bar that features fresh plants. Generally, flowers are always a good decoration and frehsen the atmosphere.
On the South we should decorate in pairs of 9. Tchi gives us ideas such as 9 candles, but we have the freedom to choose whatever decor we feel is best suitable. Fire element colours are also suitable in the South.
If your event’s Feng Shui just seems to be missing or is not working, have a look at our “10 Steps for Dealing with Angry Event Attendees“.
Rodika Tchi, Feng Shui guide for About.com
Details on the Bagua and how to arrange your work area according to the sections of the Bagua