SO, you finally have your dream house or are in the process of getting it, but how do you make it feel like your home? There are a range of modern techniques you can use to ensure this, but there is an ancient tradition that just might do the trick. Curious? Then keep reading.
FENG SHUI. An ancient Chinese tradition that suggests our homes, the environment of them and the energy that flows through them has a deep effect on our wellbeing and consequently our everyday lives. It also suggests that our homes are a direct extension of ourselves and when we make physical changes in the arrangement of our homes, it will affect the movement of energy. This ultimately is reflected by changes in our wealth, health, happiness and inner feelings of peace.
Feng Shui which essentially translates to ‘wind and water’ is the practice of allowing good energy to flow through your home and for bad energy to easily flow out. For thousands of years the ancient tradition of Feng Shui has been used in architecture and interior design to better people’s lives and now it is your time to utilize this tool. A house is not a home unless it feels like one, so let’s explore the art of Feng Shui together. Read on as we guide you through some top Feng Shui principles that will transform your house into a space of positivity, abundance and good energy. Let’s go.
#1 Bye clutter
In Feng Shui, surfaces and areas with minimal clutter encourage positive energy. Therefore, decluttering your home and organising your belongings effectively is a must. Keep it tidy by:
- Letting go of items that no longer serve you because they evoke bad memories or feelings.
- Store belongings in tubs, drawers or baskets so things are all in one place and easy to locate.
- Only have on display items you regularly use or those that hold the upmost sentimental value.
#2 Lights up
Another incredibly important principle in Feng Shui is the presence of light. In fact, it is suggested that the presence of natural light in-particular can further enhance positive energy in the home. Further to this, an abundance of natural light in the home can also make walls more reflective, ultimately making spaces appear more open and airy. Don’t be shy, add that extra window to the plan.
#3 No air, no way
Air out your home daily. Whether it be an open window or an open front screen door, this principle is an absolute must. Not only does this freshen up the home and allow airflow, but it also gives somewhere for bad energy to exit the home and for new positive energy to enter. Another great way to produce some extra Oxygen within your home is by having air purifying house plants. Low maintenance varieties such as the Devil’s Ivy, Fiddle Leaf Fig and Monstera Deliciosa are great options to start with.
#4 Mirrors are your mates
Mirrors + Feng Shui = match made in chi (energy) heaven. Mirrors are a great tool to use within your home, but if used incorrectly can have reverse effects (e.g. room distortion). Here are some tips to keep in mind regarding mirror size, positioning, location, etc:
- Big mirrors help create the illusion of space and so are particularly ideal to enhance smaller areas in the home.
- Mirrors work great when they can be used to scatter light throughout a room (e.g. when positioned opposite a window).
- We use mirrors daily and so it is important that the image you see is a true reflection – try to stay away from mirrors with distorted reflections.
#5 Colour consciously
In Feng Shui colours hold significant meanings related to the five elements: earth, water, fire and wood, with each associated with different feelings. For example, the colour blue is a representation of the water element and the colour of calm and peace. Whereas the colour red is a representation of the fire element and associated with luck, romance and energy. When selecting colours to be used throughout your home, it is vital to keep in mind their meaning and how they can subconsciously make you feel each day. Of course, this differs between each individual, but as long as you choose colours that make you feel peaceful, then positive energy will flow.
Whether you have built a house, in the process or considering it, here are some final Feng Shui inspired tips to keep in mind:
- First things first, entrances are the gateways of chi (energy) into the home and so should be easy to find and free from obstruction inside and out.
- Staircases should either be at the front or back of the home. Having them in the centre of the home has been said to disrupt energy flow and the overall layout of the home.
- The kitchen acts as the heart of the home and therefore to encourage good steady energy, the kitchen should be tidy, orderly, free from clutter and chaos and with good organisation and storage.
- The placement of furniture in a home is important as it can enhance the movement of both good and bad energy, as well as the overall interior design aspect of a home.
- Beds and couches should be placed up against a wall with a clear view of the door of the room. Their location should feel logical and convenient without blocking a walkway, as this can encourage bad Feng Shui.
Armed with the knowledge of Feng Shui, you now have the knowledge and power to transform your life, starting with your home. Simple interior design choices are a keyway to help you create a more stress-free and positive environment in your home.
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