Recently, we’ve spent a lot of our time at home. You may have been thinking about ways to change your home’s energy if it has become a bit dull. The Chinese practice of feng-shui is a great way to change the energy in your home. Feng shui is an art of arrangement if you like. It involves organizing the space and placing elements at certain points to balance “chi,” or the energy in the room.
Feng Shui combines elements of nature and the art of Feng Shui
Elements heavily influence the art of feng-shui in nature. Art incorporates wood, earth, metal, water, and fire. These elements’ interrelationships create balance. The energy in a space is determined by the elements you prioritize, as each element has different associations with qualities and aspects of life.
Each element of feng-shui is associated with the following
Earth: is associated with stability, being grounded, health, and knowledge. This is achieved by using flat shapes and square colors, such as brown, orange, and yellow.
Metal is associated with precision, efficiency, and usefulness. Spherical and round shapes are used to achieve this, as is the color white and metallics.
Water: is associated with flow, change, and career achievements. The energy of water is symbolized by wavy shapes or curvy lines, as well as the color black.
Wood: associated with expansion and vitality as well as upward motion. It represents health and family. The wood is shown in columnar shapes, rectangular shapes, and colors like green.
Fire is associated with passion, brilliance, and fame. It also illuminates. The color red and triangular shapes are used to represent it.
General Approach Feng Shui Decorating
Consider the energy you wish to create in each room when you decorate your home with feng-shui. You may want to associate your office with success and energy while your bedroom with sensuality and calmness.
The commanding position is an important element of feng-shui. The commanding position is the place in the room furthest away from the door but not in direct line with it. This should also include a clear view of the door. This spot is usually diagonally opposite the door. This is the dominant position in the room, and you will likely spend most of your time there. In this position, place the most important items in each room. In your bedroom, for example, you would place the bed here. This is where your desk would go in the home office.
The doors are also an important aspect of feng-shui. In feng-shui, the front door is the source of all energy. The front door should be open and welcoming. It should not be blocked. Open the entrance if possible to allow positive energy to flow. Keep all doors open in your home to allow energy to flow.
Consider the air and light in your space. Feng shui is all about maximizing the natural light in your home and ensuring plenty of airflow. This means you need to have large windows in your home to allow the sun to shine and to bring in fresh air during warm days. Try sheer window coverings if you want to maintain privacy while still letting in natural light.
Consider that good feng-shui is not cluttered. The old saying “a cluttered office means a messy mind” might seem cliche, but it applies to feng-shui. Clutter can block the flow of positive energy in a room. Include attractive organizing elements wherever possible and eliminate possessions that you don’t need.
These tips will help you decorate any room in a feng-shui way. There is more to feng-shui than these basic principles, so research and create your perfect feng-shui space. As you begin your feng-shui journey, you will feel the old energy leaving your space.
According to Feng Shui, how can you decorate your home to attract positive energy
Decorating your home according to the feng-shui principles will create a harmonious, balanced environment.
You can start by following these tips for calming, positive energy Feng Shui home decor
Declutter your home to start. Clutter can create stagnant areas and disrupt the flow (chi). Keep your space organized and clean to encourage positive energy.
Map the Bagua. The Bagua, a feng shui map of energy, divides your home into nine different areas that correspond to various aspects of life. The Bagua can be mapped onto your floor plan to see which areas correspond with different aspects of life, such as career, wealth, and relationships.
Balance yin and yang: Achieve a balance between yin (passive) and yang (active) energies. Harmony can be achieved by combining soft, bright lighting with round, square shapes, and smooth, textured surfaces.
Use the five elements. Incorporate the five elements of feng-shui–wood, fire, earth, metal, water, and water into your decor. Each element has different qualities that can be represented through colors, shapes, materials, and other elements. Wood, for example, is linked to growth and can be represented as plants or wooden furniture.
It is important to enhance the entrance, as this is where energy enters your home. Make sure the entrance is well-lit and inviting. Add a welcoming mat, a vibrant flower, or beautiful artwork to attract positive energy.
Furniture should be positioned with care. Arrange it in a manner that encourages a good flow of energy. Avoid placing furniture that has sharp corners or edges facing seating areas. This can cause negative energy. You can place key pieces of furniture, such as a bed or desk, in a “commanding” position, allowing you to see through the door even if you are not directly in front of it.
Use mirrors strategically. Mirrors expand and reflect energy. Place them so that they reflect beautiful views or natural lighting. Avoid placing mirrors in front of the bed or in a manner that reflects negative or cluttered spaces.
Choose soothing colors: Colors that promote balance and relaxation. Soft tones such as earthy greens and neutrals like blues and neutrals tend to be recommended. Color preferences will vary depending on what area of the Bagua you’re decorating.
Include natural elements. Bring nature into your home by adding flowers, plants, wood, stone, or bamboo. These plants help purify the atmosphere, give you a feeling of vitality, and connect you to the grounding energy from the earth.
Personalize your space by adding meaningful items: Add objects to your home that you find meaningful or have positive associations with. Surround yourself with artwork, photos, and items that bring you joy.
Feng shui can be a very personal practice. It’s important to listen to your intuition when creating a space.