Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of harmonizing your own energy to that of your environment. Under feng shui philosophy, everything has energy called chi, and it is very important to allow this energy to flow freely through the environments we inhabit. Doing so helps you create a positive and comforting space that also has utility.
It is important to make sure the layout of your home is coherent with feng shui standards in order to guide the energy in your home to flow freely. Here are some easy tips on how to use feng shui to change your living space for the better.
1. Arrange your furniture so that there is a clear path through your home.
It is important to make sure that every walkway is unobstructed in your home. Of course this means every hallway, but this concept also extends to “walkways” that are not explicitly defined. When decorating, be mindful about furniture placement and how you and your guests will move around the room. It is very important to make sure that you are able to walk around your home without bumping into anything.
2. Avoid clutter by putting up extra shelves and storage.
This is a simple one: make sure you don’t let clutter pile up in your home because clutter blocks the flow of energy. It is easy to avoid clutter if everything in your home has a designated place. This means having adequate storage, shelving, and cabinetry to house all your belongings so that they don’t end up on the floor, or piled up high on a spare table. If necessary, add more shelves to increase storage space.
3. Balance shapes and textures when decorating.
In feng shui, different shapes represent the elements. Earth, wood, fire, and metal are represented by squares, rectangles, triangles, and round shapes. A room will feel most balanced if it is decorated with a balance of shapes and textures.
4. Let light flow around your home using sheer curtains in the living room.
In feng shui, the windows of your home are the entryways for energy. The flow of light is crucial to your energy and happiness, and in a family room, this energy should not be blocked. Having sheer curtains or blinds allows light to flow through into your home freely.
5. Don’t put a TV in a “private” space.
This one’s quite important. In feng shui, there are private ‘yin’ spaces and public ‘yang’ spaces. Public spaces should be open to all energy, whereas energy in private places should be controlled. This is why in public spaces it is recommended to allow lots of light in through your windows, and it is perfectly acceptable to place a TV in a public space. However, you should designate certain rooms as ‘yin’ spaces, and decorate them accordingly. For example, your bedroom is generally a private space. This is why it is okay to put up soft, thick curtains so you can control the flow of light and energy through your windows. Along with this, it is strongly advised not to have a TV in the bedroom. This will allow you to have your private time be ‘private’, will help you relax, and will prevent insomnia.
Feng shui might sound a little new-age at first blush, but as you can see, the result of changing your home to suit feng shui standards leads to some very practical benefits. After giving it a try, you will see that implementing feng shui in your home will help you be calmer, happier, and stress free.