Blending eco housing, environmental architecture, Feng Shui design and Feng Shui decorating is challenging as there are going to be compromises made due to the conflicting nature of the practices. Sharing various thoughts for you to understand the differences will help you to make choices to suit your personal needs. A Feng Shui bedroom layout with the Feng Shui bathroom may meet the criteria set in one Feng Shui study, while at the same time conflict with a different Feng Shui training.
Please recognize I am sharing knowledge in hopes you can make better decisions when building or buying homes, not stating a home, design or decorating solution is "good" or "bad" - it just "is".
Today I had the opportunity to revisit the first San Mateo County passive home, Menlo Passive. Now that it has been "staged" for selling to make it look and feel more "lived in", you actually can see the beautiful characteristics of the reclaimed wood floors and perceive how the rooms will function.
The master bedroom has been designed to focus on the view to the private patio with large oak trees. Yet, according to Feng Shui bedroom layout, this configuration does not provide a sense of safety and protection to the human psyche.
As you can see in the picture to the left, the bed is placed close to the hall entry door. A bed in this location often makes us feel we cannot defend ourselves should there be an intruder. I was standing in the "armchair position" in order to take this photo. The armchair position gives us, as human beings, a sense of protection and safety when we are sitting or lying in this area within the bedroom.
An eco housing feature of this home, mentioned in a previous post, can be observed in the photo to the left. LED lighting fixtures are placed on either side of the mirror above the dresser.
In a prior post I mentioned the correct placement of the toilet in relationship to the bed's location and entrance to the bathroom. A Feng Shui bathroom will have the toilet unseen upon entering either the Feng Shui bedroom or the Feng Shui bathroom.
In the picture to the left, you can see the door to the separate room that houses the toilet, creating the water closet (The door is on the left side of the photo next to the plant located on the bath tub.) By closing the door to this separate room, your view of the toilet is obscured from both the entrance to the bathroom and the bed when lying in it.
Also seen in this photo is an eco buildings feature built into this home. The round white object above the bed is part of the heat recovery ventilator system. This system pumps fresh air into the bedroom, even at night, as part of the recirculating air system to aid in the improved indoor air quality (IAQ) while reducing heating costs.
In striving for better IAQ in this eco housing design, low-VOC paints (Volatile Organic Compounds) were used. VOCs are the "smell" we experience with paint and other toxic products when they are off-gasing.
Wood floors (these are reclaimed reducing stress on natural resources) were installed instead of wall-to-wall carpeting to reduce house dust mites and dirt particles, both of which contribute to poor IAQ. I've heard it said that old wall-to-wall carpeting can weigh up to 7 times as much as when it was installed due to the dirt, dust and any number of other "things" trapped in the carpeting when it is removed.
As you can surmise, when working with environmental architecture, eco housing and Feng Shui decorating or Feng Shui design, we may have discord, disputes or disagreements based on the divergent views. In the end, the differences create a better design - one based on conscious decisions for holistic, healthy and happy homes - homes filled with a sense of hearth and harmony.