Restaurant Feng Shui

Symbols / September 14, 2020

Part of Feng Shui in restaurant design includes a live plant at the entrance.Part of Feng Shui in restaurant design includes a live plant at the entrance.


Feng Shui literally translated means wind and water. Feng Shui is the Chinese art of creating harmonious surroundings through the design and arrangement of a room or entire building. The belief is that by creating a balance between the yin and yang (two principles - one negative, one positive) of an environment, the maximum flow of ch'i (life force or energy flow) can be achieved. Feng Shui in restaurant design, as well as in other small businesses, can have a strong influence on success.

Five Elements of Feng Shui

According to the Chinese view of the universe, there are five elements which contribute to ch'i energy: fire, water, wood, metal and earth. The art of Feng Shui is strongly influenced by these five elements, which are also connected to colors, planets, directions and seasons. Every item placed in a business space, such as a restaurant, contains either negative or positive (yin or yang) energy. Tips on the effective use of Feng Shui in restaurant design include the proper use of lighting to increase fire energy. Yellow-based lighting will stimulate appetites versus blue-based lighting. Lights should fit the time of day and ambiance of the restaurant - brighter during lunch time and dimmer in the evening.

Location & Form

The most essential Feng Shui factor of a successful restaurant is an abundance of ch'i. The first thing to consider is the location of the restaurant. A favorable location includes four primary features: suitable ground to build on or ground on which the building is already located; a supportive feature behind the building, with no steep drop-offs; a balance of buildings on both sides and an open space (parking lot, garden or water feature) in front of the building. The forms of the building and its interior spaces should be wholesome, such as squares, circles and rectangles with moderate length-to-width ratios. Avoid irregular or triangular forms.

Energy Flow

A successful restaurant will have an abundance of smooth-flowing ch'i energy. On the exterior, the restaurant should be easily accessible with a free flow of traffic. In accordance with Feng Shui design, the inside must not have too many partitions breaking up the space, or the energy flow can become stagnant. However, if the space is too open, particularly the space directly across from the restaurant entrance, or if there are large windows at the back, you cannot retain positive energy.