Feng Shui is a popular term that often gets tossed around when redecorating and buying a home. But for good reason! Feng shui can have a positive effect on your mindset and help you find harmony in your life.
The key principal of feng shui is seeking balance.
There is an optimal place for every object that will help create a positive flow of energy. Some key terms to understand before we divulge into the nitty gritty is Yin & Yang. Many people know the symbol and understand the general concept but how does this relate to your home?
Yin is considered passive energy. It’s the energy of relaxation, which is key for your bedroom and bathroom.
Yang is active energy. Spaces like your home office, kitchen, front door and dining room, you want a strong, vibrant presence.
Clear The Clutter & Cleanse
The cardinal rule of feng shui is the flow of energy. Clutter disrupts the flow of energy, which can create negative energy. Remove items that remind you of bad memories such as a photo of an old boyfriend or anything broken. Only keep items that you love and need. This will allow energy to flow freely.
If It’s Broke, Fix It
Whether you’ve got a clogged drain, drawers that stick or a shirt with a hole in it, it’s time to fix it! These issues can reflect a sense of brokeness and create a negative energy you don’t need in your life.
The entrance of your home should always feel welcoming! It sets the tone for the rest of your home as it’s the first place you enter. Keep it free of obstacles such as packages left at the front, shoes or clutter.
Let The Light In
Feng shui is all about clearing your mind and having natural light helps set the mood in a positive way. Open your window coverings and let the light flood in. If you don’t have many windows for natural light, try adding mirrors or layer your lighting by adding different types of lighting options.
Clear The Air
Plants are key. They purify the air of toxins and help make the home feel more relaxing. Small plants can sometimes feel like clutter so big plants are usually the way to go.
This space is suppose to elude yin energy. The bedroom is a place of relaxation and sleep, which is why it’s recommended to keep things such as computers, TV’s and other work related items out of the room you sleep in.
As well, the placement of the bed is key. In Feng Shui, the command position is how you should align your bed in your room. The ‘sweet spot’ is often diagonally across from the door or the furthest point away, depending on space. Never have your feet pointing directly at the door. The foot of the bed should never be in line with the door. Avoid placing the bed under a window or in front of a mirror. Your bed should be against a wall or headboard to help ground you. Grounding is very important for sleep. A properly placed bed offers security and better sleep.
The kitchen is the heart of home, which is why it should be bright, welcoming and bursting with good energy. Flow is the key element. Avoid clutter on the counters with random gadgets.
The Living Room
The poison arrow is a term in feng shui that refers to the sharp edgest that shoot out aggressively when hanging art in a straight line. This can make a space feel uncomfortable so a gallery wall is often a good alternative.
The Home Office
Your desk should be diagonally opposite from the door as this is considered a ‘power position’. You want to command attention when someone walks in the door. Fountains represent cash flow as water is associated with wealth. So adding a fountain to your home office could bring good energy! However, avoid fountains in the bedroom as they can represent worry and sorrow there.
“Feng shui is not just about placing mirrors and plants. It’s much more about using the space as a way to teach us to be more conscious of creating balance in our lives.”