Balancing act

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 19 June, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 19 June, 2005, 12:00am

Have you ever felt unsettled in an apartment with breathtaking views from floor-to-ceiling windows? Or perhaps felt uncomfortable in a dark, windowless room with mood lighting and antique furniture? Essentially, you are reacting to environments that are either excessively yang or yin, which is contrary to the balance sought in fung shui.

Excessively yang environments occur when the percentage of windows to walls exceeds 30 per cent. Those living in such conditions may become anxious, impatient, unsettled and unable to concentrate. Occupants may also experience insomnia and dizziness. One solution would be to keep thick curtains or blinds drawn over the large windows. Lace or sheer materials will not reduce the yang energy entering the apartment. Dark-coloured furnishings and decorations will also help introduce more yin energy.

Spaces with an excess of yin energy lack natural sunlight, such as when the windows overlook adjacent buildings or the window-to-wall ratio is less than 10 per cent. Occupants living in such conditions can feel sluggish, lethargic and unmotivated. They may also be prone to fatigue and arthritis. Try to increase the amount of natural light by keeping the curtains open at all times or opening more windows. Otherwise, introduce strong overhead lighting or play soothing music. The interior design should be kept bright with vibrant colours.