Spring is here! This means moving in some new life, new energy and positive wood elements into the home with the changing of the seasons!
In feng shui philosophy, the spring season symbolizes new beginnings, growth, and expansion—like when the trees start to grow back their leaves. With the advent of springtime, feng shui principals advocate using plants, the colors green and blue, as well as columnar and expansive shapes to symbolize this type of energy.
Now, I don’t adhere 100% to the principles of feng shui, but when I hit an interior decorating roadblock, or just need a decorating pick me up, I turn to these age-old principles of interior design for inspiration. You really cannot go wrong with feng shui!
In feng shui, there is an overarching attempt to balance the Five Elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. Each element symbolizes important parts of our lives — the Wood element is all about New Beginnings and Family: vitality, growth, deep roots, our DNA.
With spring right around the corner, many people will be incorporating plants into their interior design, with or without the guidance of feng shui principals.
And there is good reason! Green plants represent growth and new beginning and cultivate human kindness and compassion. They are related to the wood element and the area of New Beginnings on the feng shui bagua map.
But what about fake plants in the grand scheme of interior decorating with feng shui principals? Lets take a look at what some feng shui masters have to say on the issue!
Are Fake Plants Good Feng Shui?
Salvatore Manzi of http://www.salvatoremanzi.com says:
There is a big guilty expression on my clients’ faces generally when they ask me if it is ok to have fake plants and it pleases me to see the huge sigh of relief when I give my response, “use what is best for you!”
Yes! Real plants offer a beautiful energy all to themselves. They add chi and light and health to a space, but, if they are not kept up, or do not get the light, water, nutrients they need, they wither and die, and that death is a negative vortex of energy!
Fake plants may not have the same natural energetic properties to the space, but they do not add stress to someone who is not plant savvy, and they do provide a psychological impact of uplifting chi energy… which is what we want!
So if you are debating whether to get real or fake plants, choose what is right for your lifestyle and keep in mind that it is the intention they support in your life more than the actual energy they give off. If you do keep fake plants, I do advise wiping them down or washing them regularly… And replacing them when they begin to look tattered as some are want to do in homes with children or pets!
Enjoy your plants, real or fake, and let the chi shine on!!!
Anjie Cho of angiecho.com says:
While it is preferable to use living green plants for feng shui applications, my teachers have taught me that faux green plants are also acceptable. The faux green plants should be of high quality and as realistic as possible. It is fairly easy now to find good looking fake plants. I believe it is much better to have a realistic fake plant over a dying real one. There are often locations where a plant could improve the feng shui of a space, however the natural light is lacking. In this case, I think it is good feng shui to use a fake plant.
A fake plant is okay for low light locations or for seriously black thumbs. But, there is something to gain from the care and nurturing you give to a living green plant that makes your feng shui adjustment more effective.
The easiest way to anchor Wood is with healthy live plants, but if you have low light conditions or a “brown thumb,” silk flowers and plants are a good substitute. There are a lot of absolutely gorgeous silk arrangements out there, and I use them quite a bit in my own home.
Adding a Faux Bamboo Tree for Feng Shui Decor
I recently acquired a high quality five foot tall faux bamboo tree from Commercial Silk.
While this one item is just a small sampling of the high quality realism of artificial plants in this company, this particular piece features vibrant leaves and an ornate trunk, and is completely indiscernible from a live bamboo, except upon VERY close inspection. It lends an immediate air of tranquility to our bedroom, and requires minimal care.
Bamboo is a plant that is abundant in Asia and grows very quickly. It represents upright and honest growth, as well as flexibility and adaptability. Since the bamboo plant does not flower or fruit, it’s lifespan is long and simple. And because it is hollow, bamboo also symbolizes an empty heart of humbleness.
According to Anjie Cho on inhabitat.com:
I often suggest clients place bamboo stalks in the relationship area of their bedroom. To locate this area, stand at your bedroom door facing into the room. The far back corner to the right is the relationship area. This symbolizes a harmonious union between you and your current or future partner. The stalks represent a balanced and equal relationship that can grow together in accord.
If you’re looking for more abundance and prosperity, you can place your bamboo in the wealth area of your home, office, or bedroom—or better yet, in all three locations. To locate the wealth area of the feng shui map, stand in the entry door to the home or room. The far back corner on the left side represents wealth, prosperity and abundance. The bamboo will represent positive and steady growth.
One of the things I like about having an artificial bamboo tree, is that is looks utterly realistic when done well. And this one is done well! I am extremely pleased with the work I have been seeing from Commercial Silk International and would highly recommend!
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More About Commercial Silk
From the Commercial Silk website (CLICK HERE to visit):
Setting the Standard for Authentic Artificial Plants
Commercial Silk International was founded in 1986 as a division of Plantscape Inc., a leading national interior landscaping firm based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Our goal has always been to produce the world’s finest, most authentic artificial trees and silk plants for commercial projects.
Our broad experience in the interior landscaping business has enabled us to build and install the most natural looking artificial plantscapes in the industry. Since we have all the disciplines in-house (design, manufacturing, and installation) we can control the final outcome of your project.
So whether you are looking for a single artificial office place or a complete design / build, Commercial Silk International should be your first choice.