If you’ve never considered creating a Feng Shui friendly home, you might want to give it a second thought. Indeed, the Chinese philosophy claims to harmonise the energies in your home to help you create a balanced space that supports the fundamental principles of Yin and Yan.
For the western mind, it’s fair to say that Feng Shui might sound a little too abstract. However, it would be unfair to assume that nobody needs reassuring from time to time. Whether you’re expecting an important professional answer or you’re looking for ways of increasing your wealth, you might check your horoscope or your inner feeling of luck to talk yourself into staying positive. Consequently, using Feng Shui at home might be nothing else than a new expression of your hopes and success.
Besides, it can also considerably improve your interior decor, which makes you feel good, as a result. In short, the question you need to ask yourself is not why you haven’t yet applied some of these helpful principles at home, but how you can use Feng Shui effectively in your home.
#1. Find the right Feng-Shui home
Did you know that not all properties are appropriate for a Feng Shui display? In fact, if you’re still in the process of looking for your next home, you might want to apply some Feng Shui pre-selection tips to ensure that your house is not only a wise investment for your family, but can also give you the comfort, safety, and place to grow you expect. As the Chinese philosophy gives great importance to the flow of energy inside the house; you need to ensure that the homes you visit receive positive energy from their surroundings. In other words: is the street clean, are the neighbours friendly, is the house free of nearby structures that might affect the overall passage of energy? The direction of the front door, where the Chi enters, is therefore essential. Additionally, you need to check that the chi can travel inside your home freely. So, it’s especially important to check carefully on your real estate property website for a floor plan and indications of orientation. This will save you from visiting properties that are not suitable.
#2. Energise your home
When it comes to energy, crystals have been used for centuries across most civilisations to add protection and good health. Nowadays, they are a favourite decorative piece. Their elegant and unique three-dimensional structure is said to give them the power to hold energies, and consequently to change the energies in the house. In the Feng Shui philosophy, you can use crystals as a mean to bring positive energy, or chi, into your home. Therefore, you can use strategically placed crystals to influence the passage of chi. However, you need to understand first the attributes of each crystal, so that you can choose the right one. Black tourmaline, for instance, is an excellent choice for protection, while rose quartz promotes happiness in love.
#3. Create a colourful harmony
At the heart of your Feng Shui decor, you need to understand how to use colours to balance energies inside a room. Indeed, each colour represent one of the 5 elements of the Chinese philosophy: fire, earth, metal, water, and wood. Fire, for instance, represents passion. You can incorporate it into your decor to support your life and career with red, orange, yellow, purple and pink elements. Earth is about stability and brings peace and inner balance through beige and skin colours. Metal is about purity and encourages focus; its colour is grey and white. Water is blue, and helps you concentrate. And finally, wood represents growth and gives you vitality. It’s often included through brown and green elements.
#4. Less is more
To let the energy circulate, you need to make room for the chi in your home. Cluttered spaces accumulate negative energies. To put it in terms the western mindset is used to hear, the best Feng Shui setting for your interior is minimalism. Of course, a minimalist decor implies that you need to be able to clear out the clutter you don’t need. And while the room will be clearer and cleaner once you’re done, it’s a difficult task while you’re trying to tidy up. However, your home will benefit from a minimalist approach. It will become safer and more inviting. Ultimately, it’ll make you feel better in your skin.
#5. My inner garden
The wood element in Feng Shui is represented by the colours brown and green. While you can choose to paint your walls or look for decorative items in these colours, you can also consider a natural alternative. Houseplants, for instance, can encourage grown, stability and vitality, while actively purifying the air in the room. It’s a win-win situation, if you know which plants to pick. A bamboo, and especially a lucky bamboo, is a sturdy plant that is easy to maintain and that thrive in most conditions. A golden pothos, a vine-like plant with heart-shaped leaves, is suitable for all Feng Shui decors, and is almost impossible to kill even for poor gardeners!
#6. Yes, there’s a Feng Shui secret for your digital gear
Does the Feng Shui philosophy think of digital screens and gadgets? It does, and it’s filled with valuable solutions to reduce the harmful digital energy at home. Your bedroom should remain a relaxing place, and consequently, it has to be free of computer and TV screens. IN the living room, you can use electronics to active trigrams of the Feng Shui Ba Gua. For instance, your computer needs to be in a knowledge recognition trigrams.
#7. Make the home smell awesome
Last, but not least, scents can activate positive energies and encourage the creation of a harmonised home. You can use essential oils, candles, incense or aromatherapy machines to prepare the space. The front door, for instance, should use vanilla for well-being. But you need to keep citrus scents for the kitchen, as these stimulate the mind. If you have a gym studio, you can use strawberry to encourage exercise.
In conclusion, Feng Shui can give you a new approach to building the perfect home sweet home. While you may not believe everything the Chinese philosophy has to offer, there’s no harm in following some recommendations. After all, the importance of decluttering, scented rooms and houseplants doesn’t need further explanation!