Feng Shui for Arabic Homes
“ A house is considered as a heaven functioning both as a place for rest and private shelter to it’s users. “ quote from Nur Uyun Bt. Aman. When the design and energy of the space is in harmony, whether in residential or commercial buildings, the occupants will naturally be supported for optimum health for task performance, child development, productivity and social interaction.
There are specific elements in traditional Arabic interior architecture that should be noted and respected in modern design and in a Feng Shui analysis. One must take into consideration the division of different spaces for private family space versus the areas allocated for guests. Also the Quiblah , Mecca direction for prayer, study and sleeping/ bed placement is important to the design layout.
The exterior property design of an open courtyard and water feature is an asset and in keeping with Feng Shui principles for prosperity . Adding a water feature and greenery not only provides cooling and a space for qi to accumulate for prosperity, but also creates a spatial boundary to the home’s entry for privacy.
A wall in the vestibule blocking the view through the entrance is used for privacy into the main quarters. For Feng Shui this is not desirable, as it blocks the qi from naturally flowing into the house. If this privacy feature is required, I would suggest designing this area with high ceilings and using curved walls to help the qi to circulate to the main quarters around this privacy wall.
As with Feng Shui , the favored color schemes in Arabic homes are mainly neutral with preferred colors of grey/beige, white, blue , green and accents of gold. The neutrality of colors according to Feng Shui principles, helps to lessen any negative qi, energy and increases harmony for the occupants. The neutrality of decor also follows the Feng Shui principles of clean, uncluttered design. Decor in Arabic interiors do not feature human or animal images, instead using geometric, arabesque and calligraphy motifs in tiles, screens, and wall finishes.
Every building has a specific floor plan layout of qi based on its direction orientation and built date. This energy layout distinguishes areas of favorable and unfavorable qi. Favorable qi increases our natural ability to prosper in all ways in our environment. In Arabic homes , the most favorable areas of energy should be reserved for the private bedrooms and prayer areas. Rooms for hospitality and guests should be designed in secondary areas of qi supporting business and meetings.
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