When you enter a room, where does your eye go? What are you drawn to? Or, does your eye move past the room to the next?
Establishing a focal point is a great way to regulate the chi flow in a space. This can be especially beneficial in open space floor plans.
When your eye can't decide where to focus, a little direction is all that is needed. You can "highlight" where you want the chi to flow with accent lights, motion, sound, even scent.
What is the focal point of this room? Where does your eye go?
Notice the brown chair? Imagine if that chair wasn't there. Your eye would go to the beautiful windows, and on to the view. By simply adding the chair, the chi doesn't rush out of the room.
What about this picture?
What do you notice about the room first? I notice the outdoors - which looks lovely. Only then do I come back in to analyze the room. The outdoors is the focal point here, which means the nourishing chi has left the room.
Here is a good example in which the chi has been regulated:
Where does your eye go first? Is it the end of the hallway? Probably not. Which would normally be a long hallway, where the chi would rush through, instead, interest and focal points have been added.
The red chairs sitting area, artwork, lights, and plant all enhance the long hallway which would otherwise be rushed.
Try a simple test in your own space. Go through, and see where your eye lands first. How quickly did you get there? Or did you miss it all together.