According to this 4,000 year old Chinese theory based on wind (feng) and water (shui), home is a refuge for its inhabitants to liberate external tensions and stress as well as to find peace and tranquility.
When applied to architecture and to decoration, this mystic knowledge (some say it is a science, some just a scam) helps to assume that, depending on how distribution and selection of home furniture and elements is made, it is possible to increase the harmony within a living space or to disrupt it.
As Feng Shui explains, your living environment makes an impact on your physical, spiritual and emotional state. Therefore, there are some elements that, on their own, increase harmony and energy circulation at home, whereas others can counteract against bad energies, like plants, for instance, water fountains and convex mirrors.
Other important aspect of Feng Shui is the placement of the furniture, in harmony with cardinal points and the access to the home (a bed, for instance, should not be placed opposite to the main entrance of the house).
As we mentioned before, the nature of Feng Shui is widely discussed. As their followers affirm it to be a science, some critics say it is just superstition, with no scientific base at all. Whatever the correct answer might be, there is no doubt that Feng Sui is making a huge influence in decoration lately. Forbidden in mainland China during the Cultural Revolution, it is widely used there nowadays and has been exported to the US, first, just to be disseminated during the last decades all over the rest of the world.