Feng shui is often referred to as the art of placement. An ancient Chinese philosophy, feng shui teaches you how to harmonize the elements of your home to create positive energy flow. Although this might sound a bit odd, feng shui creates a more comfortable environment that combines the beauty of the Western design elements you appreciate with ancient practices that optimize the energy or “Chi” in your space.
Although it’s a rather complicated philosophy, there are some feng shui basics anyone can adopt in their home. Whether you live in an apartment, a house, rent or own, if you would like to apply the principles of feng shui to your décor, you can use these ideas to create a more balanced home.
IMPROVING YOUR FRONT ENTRY
Your front entry is very important as it allows energy to enter your home and by extension, your life. Feng shui refers to the front door as the “mouth of qi,” making it a good first space to introduce feng shui into your home décor.
Follow these simple steps to improve your front door/entry feng shui:
Declutter and neaten the area, using storage to keep things organized.
Sweep and clean both inside and out.
Add more natural light, and if this isn’t possible use brighter light bulbs.
Create a welcoming space that allows energy to enter the home and collect such as a nice bench or a chair and little side table.
If space is very tight, choose a bright and cheerful mat or area rug to welcome energy.
Many homes today have a bathroom located directly above the entryway. If this is the case, choose a dark coloured floor or area rug in your bathroom to help energy collect in the area below.
BETTER SLEEP WITH FENG SHUI
Your bedroom should be a restive place that allows for a good night’s sleep. Feng shui for the bedroom depends heavily on the proper placement of furniture and accessories. Some basic feng shui rules for bedrooms include:
Avoid exposed beams or be sure to avoid placing furniture directly below exposed beams.
Bedrooms should be clutter-free with everything placed in drawers and closets to keep things neat.
Place your headboard firmly against a solid wall.
Choose either solid wood or upholstered headboard and avoid paneled headboards and headboards with built-in storage or shelving.
Avoid primary colours in the bedroom especially reds, purples, blues, and black.
Choose neutral colours for furniture, bedding, and accessories.
Avoid hanging a mirror in your bedroom (which is a challenge but recommended).
If you have challenges in your bedroom such as a mirror, you can add any of the five elements to act as “elemental remedies.”
FRESH TOUCHES IN THE KITCHEN
In almost every culture, the kitchen tends to be the heart of the home. According to feng shui, your kitchen sustains life and nourishes your family. No doubt, clutter is hard to manage in the kitchen, but feng shui calls for a spacious, airy kitchen that is filled with light. So, for a start, try to clear away unwanted items on the counter.
Some kitchen feng shui basics include:
Reduce the number of gadgets in your kitchen to keep things as simple as possible.
Fresh flowers, bowls of fruit and green plants such as an herb garden welcome energy.
Ideal kitchen colour is yellow which can be paler buttery yellows or deeper more golden yellow tones.
Whenever possible don’t have your sink and stove directly across from each other as this causes conflict.
Keep the space above your cabinets filled as this area can trap negative energy when left empty.
Incorporate glass cabinet doors if you can to allow chi to flow.
Some nice décor features can be used to add metal and wood details such as lighting as well as items such as cutting boards and bowls.
DOWNPLAY WATER ELEMENTS IN BATHROOMS
The bathroom is a small yet significant room in the home. As with all the other areas of the home, you’ll have to try to reduce clutter. For the cosmetic and small appliance maven, this can prove to be a real challenge. However, it’s worth the effort to create a more calming room. Take a trip to your favorite home décor or renovation centre to look for bathroom organizing items. You can get creative using baskets and other unique containers to help keep everything in its place.
You can then use as many of these suggestions as possible to create better feng shui in your bathroom:
The bathroom is another room in the house that benefits from neutral colours, especially whites and pale tones such as beige.
Avoid colours such as blue and black as they reflect water elements and water already has a strong presence in the bathroom.
Likewise, although hanging calming images of waterfalls or ocean scenes might seem soothing to look at while soaking in the tub, they also reflect the water elements you want to limit in the bathroom.
If you do want to incorporate more natural elements some good design features might include seashells, natural candles, aromatherapy products, and non-water related nature images.
And remember, an entryway directly below the bathroom means you need to choose darker coloured flooring or floor mats. Just avoid black and dark blues to reduce water elements.
THE WELL-LIT LIVING ROOM
Your living room tends to be the room where people gather to chat, watch movies, play games and enjoy some quality time together. Concentrating on the layout, colours, and furnishings is the secret to improved living room feng shui.
Try these tips:,
Regardless of the size of the room, try to keep things as open and spacious as possible. Pathways are important, so avoid having furniture that juts out awkwardly where people logically travel often.
When choosing colours, consider using red, pink, orange, or green hues on any southerly walls. If you aren’t overly fond of these options, consider using these colours to create an accent wall on the south side of the room.
Embrace beautiful views by positioning furniture to allow for a clear aspect of the landscape. If this isn’t possible, you can use a mirror to reflect the view into the room instead.
Choose rounded designs for furniture to create a more restful feel as angles create negative energy. The only square shape should be your coffee table to create a more hospitable room.
Your sofa should be comfy and positioned against a solid wall instead of floating in the room.
Add a single chair and loveseat to balance out the furniture in your room and to keep everyone comfortable when you have guests.
Hang positive artwork on your walls instead of moody pieces that create a negative atmosphere.
Incorporate different elements to improve chi including metal, wood and crystal.
As with the other areas of your home, reduce clutter to maintain excellent chi and allow for energy to flow freely.
These basic principles of an ancient Chinese form of art will help you create good feng shui in your home while improving the balance and comfort of your living space.
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