Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of placement and organizing your surroundings. Most of us have a rough idea of what it is, but what does it actually do?
To put it simply, Feng Shui is a combination of Zen philosophy and home decorating ideas that help attract positive energy – or “Chi” – into your home.
Having this energy at home can give people a sense of peace, calm, and balance in their lives.
Not surprisingly, people all around the world are now turning to Feng Shui for inspiration and ideas when designing their homes.
But before we dive into the specific steps that you can take at home to Feng the Shui out of your home, it’s helpful to first understand a few key ideas that Feng Shui puts forward.
As you might have guessed by now, a huge part of Feng Shui is about being aware of the different energies in your home.
Going back to “Chi“– a core part of Feng Shui is understanding how the Chi energy flows into and out of your house.
The general principle behind Feng Shui is to organize your home in such a way that it allows positive Chi energy to flow through while simultaneously expelling the negative energy from your house.
There are 5 core elements in Feng Shui that you should know before you start rearranging and decorating your home.
These elements are:
1) Water: Relating to money and career, it offers the feeling of new beginnings and renewed strength.
2) Earth: Relating to permanence, stability, and home, it nurtures the feeling of safety and comfort from within.
3) Wood: Relating to developing creative energies such as inspiration, motivation and passion, it encourages energy for personal growth and a sense of renewal.
4) Fire: Relating to energy, passion, expansion, and transformation, it offers spirituality and action.
5) Metal: Relating to mental and intellectual strength, it nurtures focus and clarity
Understanding the Chi energy behind each of these elements will give you a better understanding of how to approach Feng Shui decorating in your home.
Let there be light
A good place to start at home is by opening up your curtains and windows to let in some air and natural light.
Mirrors are a popular go-to Feng Shui tool that can help amplify the presence of natural light in your home.
Feng-Shui, which literally translates to “Air and Water” are great elements which can attract positive Chi to your home.
For even more Chi goodness, consider getting an air purifier or a couple of air-purifying plants to help maintain the freshness of air quality at home.
Go with the flow
Having a water feature at home is a very popular and almost essential part of Feng Shui.
A small fountain with flowing water can help positive Chi flow through the house while also releasing bad and unwanted energy.
On the other hand, a still-water feature can create
Water features can be placed in most places of the house. But avoid putting any water element in the bedroom or Southern sectors of the home.
Placing a water feature in a space meant for a fire element will extinguish the energy that fire brings to your home.
Rooms in the Southern sector of your house are predominantly meant for the fire element, which is meant to nurture the passion and light within your relationships with other people and more importantly, yourself.
Green is good
Wood elements such as plants are capable of attracting nurturing energy that can help with personal growth and motivation.
It is scientifically proven that being in the presence of nature can significantly reduce stress levels and improve your overall well being.
Plants are a huge part of Feng Shui – not just because they purify the air and reduce C02 levels in your home – but because they also represent prosperity, abundance, and new beginnings.
Plants bring a great energy to your living space, but note that some plants need more care and attention than others. To help make your life just a little easier, here are our top picks for the 5 Indoor Plants That Need The Least Maintenance
Less is more
Cleansing your space from clutter accomplishes two very crucial things in Feng Shui.
Things that are not of use and collecting dust are considered “Chi blockers”. These Chi blockers can’t keep positive energy, and only disrupt the flow of Chi within your house.
Getting rid of your Chi blockers not only helps with the flow of Chi, but it also teaches you another lesson of living a more minimalistic life at home.
As the queen of cleaning up Marie Kondo always asks: “Does it spark joy?”
If it doesn’t, say thank you and get rid of it.
It’s all color-coded
Everything from the
Here’s what they are:
Water: Blue, Black
Earth: Sand/ Earthy tones, Light Yellow, Light Brown
Wood: Green, Brown
Fire: Red, Orange, Purple, Pink, Strong Yellow
Metal: White, Grey
Too much of one thing is never a good thing, which is why it’s important to work towards a harmonious balance between your space and belongings.
Want your sofa to attract more wood Chi for creative energy and motivation? Or maybe you want more earth Chi from your sofa for more stability and comfort?
Choosing the right color for your sofa can be a daunting process. It’s almost always the largest piece of furniture in your living room, and getting it in the right
So that’s why we made a quick and easy to follow guide that will help you choose the best color for your sofa.
Instead of getting a brand new sofa to fit with the Feng Shui of your space, you could instead change up the
Balance is key
One of the most important lessons
You need to incorporate all 5 elements into your home, not just the elements you’re lacking.
Living in a harmonious balance with the elements ensures that you are able to receive and allow positive Chi to flow all throughout your house, bringing prosperity, health, and growth to your life all year round.
For some simple and easy ways to transform your home into a more conducive living space with Feng Shui, check out our blog post on Ways to Create a Better Living/ Work Space.
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