Just like the flow of people in and out of your home, energy too flows in your front door and through each and every room.
The ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui is all about welcoming the right energy into your home and keeping the not so good stuff out.
Literally meaning ‘wind’ and ‘water’, Feng Shui is based in the belief that the energy or ‘chi’ around you can affect the way you feel and even your success in life.
Attracting strong, positive chi can bring health, happiness, prosperity and good fortune. Sounds good, right?
So, why not have a crack at using the principles of Feng Shui in the bedroom, your living area, and even your bathroom to create a happy and harmonious home. What have you got to lose?
Use Feng Shui principles to make some simple changes for a more harmonious home
While truly mastering the art of Feng Shui in the home is quite an intricate and involved process, there are some simple ways that you can embrace the practice and let the good vibes flow at your place:
Energy and opportunities are like new visitors to your home. That’s why it’s important that your front entry is welcoming and easy to find. Just like our Tropical Paradise Prize Home’s entry, it should be bright, tidy and uncluttered. You can also help to attract good chi by making sure you have a clear and inviting path to your front door with no obstructions along the way.
In the bedroom, the command position can be a real winner. Now before your mind gets too carried away, what we’re talking about is how to use Feng Shui in the bedroom to create a place of harmony and rest. Like the master bedroom in our Tropical Paradise Prize Home, you should position your bed where you can see the door (and people coming and going) but not be directly in line with it. The The bed is also placed against a solid wall which is also good for positive chi.
Placing your bed against a solid wall with a view of the door (without being directly in line with it) is good for positive chi.
If you’re aiming for optimum good vibes at your place, have a think about how you can shuffle your furniture around to create the best energy flow. Ideally, your furniture should face the entry way to your room so try to avoid having the backs of your chairs or couch facing the door. It’s also best to position your seating so that you and your guests are facing each other to encourage good conversation.
No, we’re not talking about dark street corners, although they too can be less than appealing. Whether it’s the corner of a room, or the corner of your coffee table, corners are considered bad news when it comes to Feng Shui. To avoid energy going stale in an empty corner of a room, try positioning a pot plant there or hanging some colourful artwork to counter the negative energy. And sharp corners like those on furniture are thought to shoot negative energy into the room, so for a more harmonious home, try to choose curved pieces, like a round coffee table, whenever you can.
Choosing furniture with rounded corners helps create positive chi
Improving your home’s energy flow could be as simple as bringing the outdoors in. Adding some lush, green indoor plants can help absorb negative energy and promote wellness and growth. But it’s not enough to just buy them and stick them on the shelf. You also need to be prepared to look after them. Healthy, living plants can be a wonderful addition, however, funnily enough, dead or dying plants can have the opposite effect. Get that watering can ready.
Indoor plants can help to absorb negative energy in your home.
Having too much stuff lying around can really block the flow of chi in your home, so take the time to tidy up regularly and put things away. However, don’t think you can get away with just stuffing it all into bulging cupboards. Nope, that’s not going to fly in Feng Shui town. Just like the visible parts of your home, it’s important that these unseen spaces are also well-organised, uncluttered and have some spare space set aside. As they like to say in the Feng Shui world, ‘save some space for opportunity.’
Decorating with well-placed mirrors can make your home feel brighter and more spacious, improving the energy in your home. You can also use mirrors to reflect or ‘double’ positive qi. For example, you could position a mirror to reflect plants or nature from outside that can be seen through a window.
Just like the rest of your home, your kitchen should be a place of life and vitality. The last thing you want is mouldy old leftovers in fridge dragging down your chi. So, clean out your fridge regularly and keep it stocked with fresh, vibrant food.
Cutting back on the Uber Eats and preparing your own home cooked meals could be good for your health in more ways than one. Feng Shui experts say that using the stove at least once a day is believed to keep the energy active in your home. But don’t worry if you don’t love to cook, even boiling water on the stove can have the same effect. Perhaps a stove top kettle could be on your Christmas list this year?
Put the kettle on. Using your stove at least once a day helps to keep the energy active in your home.
Closing the toilet seat when you are not ‘in residence’ is not only good manners; it could also be good for your finances. In Feng Shui, the flow of water represents the flow of money. By closing the toilet seat, you can help to prevent money flowing away from you. See, Mum was right all along.