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How To Improve Your Home’s Feng Shui

September 21, 2015


Remember when everyone was talking about Feng Shui back in the ‘90s? Well, it turns out they may have been onto something! Feng Shui is literally translated as ‘Wind-Water’. It’s the Chinese practice of arranging your home or work environment to improve your life. Contemporary Feng Shui is now understood as a set of ideas used to understand the mental or physical benefits of a particular space. It’s all about getting the right balance of five elements – wood, fire, earth, metal and water. These are represented by intertwining colours and textures.

Use The Correct Colours

Colours are believed to be linked to the psyche. For instance, too much ‘fire’ (i.e. reds, oranges and yellows) can lead to anger, yet not enough can leave a room unstimulating. Earth is represented by blues and greens – they seem to provide calmness and stability, probably because these colours are found in nature. Consider using different coloured crystals to help achieve a lively yet harmonious feel to a room. Have a look at websites like Feel Crystals to help you find the right ones for your chosen space.

Have A Suitable Entrance

The entrance of a home is important in the practice of Feng Shui. The entryway is where energy is absorbed by the home. Ideally, you shouldn’t see any clutter, a bathroom or bottom of a staircase when you walk through the front door. These may either cause positive chi to escape or block it from the home. Your entry should be clear with a focal point – a painting or a vase perhaps.

De-Clutter

Physical objects can interrupt the energy flow in our lives. For instance, we may see a messy bundle of cords near our TV, upsetting our subconscious mind and therefore disrupting the sense of balance in the room. Simplify your belongings – throw out unused clothes from closets, store children’s toys in a chest, don’t allow all your table and bench space to be filled with countless appliances, and keep your bathroom vanity clear. Surround yourself with only the most important objects. The clutter in your mind will reduce and your ideas will flow more freely.

Connect With Nature

It’s believed that humans relate to the environment in a primal way, so it’s best to incorporate natural elements into your home. For example, hardwood floors are reminiscent of the forest floor. So the ground in your home should be either wooden or dark coloured like a forest path. Your ceiling should be bright like the sky. Monochromatic colour schemes are considered unnatural and could lead to stress. The ‘command position’ also links with our natural instincts, meaning our furniture should be placed in a way that represents our control over the room. For instance, a couch or desk should face the doorway so we can see our ‘enemies’ if they were to enter.

Feng Shui is very much about feeling a sense of balance and unity with what is natural. Arranging or designing our environment in a way that makes us feel comfortable is the only way we can achieve this. When doing this, take a moment, feel how your mood changes according to the placement of furniture or use of light and textures. Listen to your instincts.

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