Feng Shui is a Chinese philosophy of home decoration that has existed for hundreds of years. However in the past 2 decades it has made its way towards western civilization with many homeowners adopting its techniques.
The goal of feng shui is to redefine and rearrange how the energy flows through ones home. Translated, the words literally mean wind and water. The idea is that every item has a certain energy that it emanates, some can have positive energy and some negative, and they can interact with each other. That is why certain things should stay on one side, while others in the opposite way, and not side by side.
For example, if you were to sell your house right now, Feng Shui says you should always place the ‘For Sale’ sign on the right side of the house, and never the left. This will bring a lot of positive energy towards the house, making a sale more likely. Put it on the left side and you will be weakening the energy, driving potential customers away.
Welcome The Energy Into Your Home
It is said that energy penetrates your home through the front door, so always pay attention to that area of the house. The front door should always complement the rest of the exterior, in both color and design. It should look like it perfectly fits the house. To enhance this even further, try adding a welcome mat and have plants on both sides, plants with rounded leafs. It is said that sharp leafs bring negative energy in this case, so you should avoid them.
Create A Stunning Living Room
The living room is probably the most important area of the house. It is where people spend much of their day, it is the first room you see in the house, it is the room where you entertain your guests. Create an easily accessible path to this room, either with a stylish rug or some cool art and accessories on the lobby walls. In the living room maintain a lot of free space and good lighting, a poor lit living room will always seem uninviting and attract negative energy.
Keep The Bathroom Door Closed
The bathroom door should always be closed by default, and the toilet seat left down. Feng Shui tells us that water symbolized wealth (money), and if the seat is up, the water can ‘escape’. Toilets and pipes take away energy from a room, so keep them covered when not in use.
Rearrange Your Furniture Accordingly
The way you arrange your furniture is key to achieving positive chi (energy). If you’ve ever walked into a room where people were standing with their backs turned to you, you should get a good idea of how NOT to arrange your furniture. That is why the furniture needs to face the door as much as possible. Make every room inviting by having a comfortable couch or bed facing the door to invite people in, not turn them off instantly with bad energy.
Calming Artworks Invite Energy
To get even more positive energy into your rooms, a great idea is to have calming works of art hung over your beds and sofas. Something that invites rest, sooths the mind, something relaxing. For example a nature scene, a waterfall, a quiet little shed in the middle of the forest on a sunny day. Never have workout equipment out in the open (except for a gym room), so hide them in the closet or under the bed if you’re not using them.
Clutter Is Bad
It goes without saying that your home will benefit from looking as clean, fresh and not at all cluttered. So everything that’s extra and doesn’t belong needs to go, stuff like personal items that are just lying around or sitting out of place, an excess of plants, clothes thrown on different chairs or sofas etc.
Apply these feng shui decor principles to your home and you’ll notice you’ll immediately feel better in your own surroundings. Your home will look fresh, you’ll feel more energized, and when you have friends or family over, they’ll notice that too. They might not be able to put their finger on it (if you don’t outright tell them), but they’ll tell you you’ve done ‘something’ with the decoration that makes the space much more inviting and relaxing than ever before. It’s so worth it!