Simple Ways That Feng Shui Can Enhance Your Hotel Space

By Amy Locke Director, Interior Design, Hatchett Hospitality | May 06, 2010

For some people feng shui is a science, while for others it's superstition. However, if you're a hotel owner or designer, feng shui is one more tool that can create a positive experience for your guests. Here's how.

What is It?

Feng shui is an ancient and complex Chinese discipline that focuses on balancing the energy - or "chi" - of any given space to assure health and good fortune for the people inhabiting the space. It's based on understanding the relationships between nature and ourselves so we can live in harmony with our environment.

Not surprising then that "feng" means "wind" and "shui" means "water" -- since in Chinese culture, gentle wind and clear water have always been associated with good harvest and good health.

Among feng shui's principles is the sensible notion that our lives are deeply affected by our physical and emotional environs. If we surround ourselves with ugliness, indifference, and noise, we will corrupt ourselves. By contrast, if we surround ourselves with beauty, kindness, music, and other expressions of sweetness, we will ennoble ourselves as well as our environment - and enjoy life more.

Basic to feng shui is the idea that five elements - wood, fire, earth, metal, and water - must be considered in order to properly balance a space and place objects within that space. Each element affects the retention or dissipation of "chi" and each element can be expressed or influenced through color, shape, season, direction, and specific objects.

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