The practice of Feng Shui dated back thousands of years ago and is still practiced by many people. Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese art of placement that and geophysical orientation. It is considered both an art and science and helps one design their living space to harness positive energy. It is not only for personal use but is used e extensively in the business world. Since the principals of Feng Shui are inspired by the Chinese, it would make sense that many of the buildings in Hong Kong are inspired by these principles. It is considered more of a natural practice rather than a cure-all so it’s doubtful that it will help you win the lottery, but it might make you more aware of positive business practices.

In Chinese, Feng means wind and Shui means water. The Chinese believed that water sustains life, and the wind carries the water around the earth. Our survival is dependent on both water and wind. It is also believed that these carry an invisible life force known as the ch’i. The ch’i is known as the cosmic breath of life.

In order for us to receive the maximum effect of the wind and water, we must have been adequate ch’i in our house. This can happen if the ch’i is mapped effectively throughout the house so it can flow freely.

You may be thinking that Feng Shui has to do with superstition; it has to do with the symbolic placement of items throughout your house. Psychologist Carl Jung showed the world that the unconscious mind was often moved by symbols that were overlooked by the conscious mind.

Decorating using the principles of Feng Shui is really quite interesting. One of the favored decorations is the mirror.

It is said that the mirrors are capable of moving the ch’i around because of its reflecting nature.

Colors are an important part of Feng Shui. Colors are used to balance the Yin (usually considered female) and Yang (usually considered male). It is said that the balance is typically 60% Yang and 40% Yin. Yin/yang balance consists of both soothing and robust colors. Strong colors (reds) are considered Yang colors. To balance these colors, softer colors or Yin must be added.

Another way to add Yin into a very male environment is to add plants and flower to soften the area.

Each color is attributed to the five Elements; fire, wood, metal, earth, and water. The strongest colors are red, green and gold and are used in many Chinese decorations. Here’s what the colors mean:

Red is for happiness and festivity. (fire)

Green is for peace, eternity, posterity and harmony. (wood)

White, gold and silver represent royalty, strength and wealth. (metal)

Yellow is for gaiety. (earth)

Black is for calamity. (water)

Blue is for the heavens. (dark blue also represents water)

Here are a few tips on circulating the ch’i:

Placing furniture in circular, square or octagonal grouping will help the ch’i circulate. Roundtables will also encourage the ch’i to move throughout the room. Both plants and light will help promote good energy throughout your house.

Looks like Wood Doesn’t it?

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Similar to wood, laminate comes in a variety of colors and patterns that would make you swear that it is wood. It is extremely strong, a beefed-up version of your kitchen counters. Other than the outdated look of the pattern, laminate countertops are still functional in many old homes.

Laminate flooring is made essentially the same way. It starts with a core at the bottom which is usually engineered wood or fiberboard. The core is covered with a stabilizing layer which is made of paper or melamine. Above the core is the design layer, typically a photo or printed patter on paper. This is strengthened with resins. The top layer is a type of cellulose paper impregnated with clear melamine resins. The laminate pieces can be made to look like any material. Another thing which makes laminates different in wood is the continual repeating of the pattern throughout the floor.

Although it is not wood, It can still cost as much as solid or engineered wood floors. One of the major differences between wood and laminate is the fact that laminated floors cannot be refinished when they are damaged.

Today’s laminate hand-scraped floors are actually scraped prior to applying the wood making laminate visual, thus creating a realistic look and texture. Laminate floors come in similar sizes to wood floors; some of the new boards are over seven feet in length. They are also available in an oiled finished, hand scraped and reclaimed wood look.

The larger planks may be easier to install because long planks in real would maybe have a potential for warping.

One of the things that makes laminated flooring more desirable than wood is that it can be installed above and below grade. Many of the laminate floors are warranted against moisture, so they can be installed in the kitchens and half baths. They are not suggested for installation in baths where there is a tub. Laminate is highly water resistant but not water proof.

People have often commented on a ‘hollow’ sound when walking on laminate. Most manufacturers provide a special underlayment pad or sound deadening cork to make this less noticeable. These underlayments will provide both sound deadening as well as protecting the floor from sub floor conditions.

Are you thinking of installing it yourself? Why not? Many of the manufactures have videos that will show you how to install their floors. Since laminate contains wood particles it is recommended that it be left in the room where it is to be installed for acclimate in the room where it is to be installed for 48 hours.

Most of the laminate floors produced today can be installed using a click together method. This method requires no adhesive, nails or staples, and you can walk on your floor immediately.