Looking to harmonise your home? We’ve consulted Feng Shui designer and Thierry Go Lucky founder Thierry Chow to learn about the art of Feng Shui and achieving precisely that.
The daughter of Chow Hon Ming, one of Hong Kong’s most respected Feng Shui masters, Thierry is breaking the traditional mould with her unique take on Feng Shui, fusing art, fashion, and interior design.
Providing easy tools to achieve a harmonious energy flow at home, read Thierry’s insider guide below and maximise good vibes…
How would you summarise the concept and practice of Feng Shui?
Meaning “wind/water” in Chinese, Feng Shui refers to what sustains all manner of life. It’s an ancient art of channelling vital, natural, universal energy (known as qi in Chinese; prāṇa in Sanskrit) to benefit our wellbeing. The term alludes to geomancy, but encompasses diverse disciplines such as geography, astronomy, astrology, and meteorology. On a practical level, Feng Shui experts in ancient China combined the various fields of environmental ecology, topology, architecture, interior design as well as psychology into one cohesive, interdisciplinary practice to secure the health and wealth of their clients. Many of its age-old applications still have striking relevance today as they are grounded in human interaction with nature.
Having been around for almost 4,000 years, Feng Shui has acquired quite a few myths and misconceptions about it. To some, it’s interior decorating; to others a profound spiritual tool for soul-searching. Throughout the East-Asian cultural sphere, especially for Chinese communities all over the planet, Feng Shui still enjoys a live presence, exerting an omnipresent yet diverse influence in contemporary architecture, interior design, and art.
Tell us about Go Lucky and the Go Lucky method
Go Lucky is a creative expression of how Feng Shui encompasses both the emotional and physical — applied to all aspects of design, including fashion and interiors. The brand concept is our way of sharing my family recipes in an easy-to-understand manner to help you flow into the right direction of your life. Through my curation process, I seek to show clients that Feng Shui is neither magic nor superstition, but an effective and practical way to transform homes and offices into surroundings that soothe and inspire; spaces you want to be in
1. A style that speaks to you
Be it bohemian chic, Versailles opulence, or minimalist Zen realness, the style of your home is crucial as your space reflects who you are. Be mindful of who you are. Nature knows what it is, you are no different.
2. Cheerful, fun colours
A sun-soaked yellow, an optimistic orange, or a nourishing green, colourful accents do brighten the mood. Make sure it’s in the right direction with Thierry Go Lucky first.
3. A decorative detail that delights
Place a picture or piece of art that sparks positive emotions — be it an inspirational painting or photograph, grandma’s quilt or a cute teddy bear from childhood — whatever makes you smile.
Can you explain the Five Elements System in Feng Shui to us?
In the Feng Shui Five Element System, everything in nature is made up of five basic elements: earth, water, fire, metal, and wood. Feng Shui essentially uses these elements to curate and balance the energy of a space. Human beings are not separate from nature. Living plants keep you company and remove stagnant qi (their life-stimulating properties proven to reduce stress). Metals minimise illness (copper, bronze, gold, and silver are known to have antimicrobial properties). Bring in the earth element for grounding with marble or crystals. Lit candles invoke inspiration and creativity in spaces. Water features such as fish tanks or fountains let abundance flow through.
1. No Qi Blockage
Imagine a river going through your home or office. Position furniture to allow for a smooth flow to all areas, keeping the qi moving freely through and letting it flow into the right directions of your life.
2. Purge & Declutter
We collect emotional debris all around us, and it’s hard to expand and create when boxed in with all that stagnant qi. Get rid of old, unused items and clothing. Declutter your physical space to make way for something new.
3. Mood Lighting
Invest in diversified lighting that reaches every dark corner, with a good balance of Yin and Yang — neither too bright nor too dark, overly warm or cold. Coloured candles and curtains gives you a lot of options, as ample sunlight can be let in during the day, softened in the afternoon, and made ambient in the evening.
4. A Good Home Lets You Stay Present
Whether you want deep invigoration, soothing relaxation or a quick reset, your space should allow you to connect to your soul, effortlessly. Setting an intention helps shape the use of your space, and being mindful of it creates the right energy to revitalise you immediately.
How important is symmetry?
Getting symmetry in a space is also heavily considered, but not everything in a space needs to have symmetry. Still, do take it into consideration when decorating, it is a very good way to get balance in a space.
Tips on layout, any guidance on colour?
I recommend using more neutral and warm colours in general, it is important to make sure you have soothing colours that brightens your mood, but most importantly have fun with colours.
How important is lighting?
Lighting is super important when it comes to a healthy space. Invest in diversified lighting that reaches every dark corner, with a good balance of Yin and Yang — neither too bright nor too dark, overly warm or cold. Coloured candles and curtains gives you a lot of options, as ample sunlight can be let in during the day, softened in the afternoon, and made ambient in the evening.
What considerations should be made regarding entranceways?
Entranceways should be clear of clutter – keep them tidy, warm, open, and bright. There should also be enough space in the entranceway, i.e. if you feel super closeted when entering an entranceway then it means there’s not enough space.
Tips on how to Feng Shui the kitchen, the living room and the bedroom…
It’s good to be mindful not to use extreme colours on the wall, such as painting bright red or full black onto a huge wall. Carpets and rugs can be a bit more colourful – you can use colours like yellow, beige, pink, brown, orange, or light blue.
Advice on creating better workspaces?
Declutter often and to keep your work area tidy.
What is your top tip for creating a balanced and harmonious home?
Whether you want deep invigoration, soothing relaxation, or a quick reset, your space should allow you to connect to your soul, effortlessly. Setting an intention helps shape the use of your space, and being mindful of it creates the right energy to revitalise you immediately.