Feng Shui seems to be on everyone’s lips these days, but what is this weird-sounding thing? Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese art or discipline that aims to boost positive energy in your home. No matter how you take it, some of its points are worth considering; a pleasant environment has amazing effects on human lives. So, here’s what Feng Shui says about designing a peaceful, healthy and welcoming home.
While you might consider keeping your home tidy and clean an obvious thing, we’re all often guilty of creating clutter. But, clutter is not only visually displeasing, it’s also an anchor that doesn’t let good energy float in your life. All the clutter that takes up precious space in your home can stop you from gaining clarity and can weigh you down emotionally. Don’t think that Feng Shui requires you to have a home that looks like it’s ready for a design magazine spread, though! What this art does is give you an opportunity to create a home that’s happy and healthy.
Be Open To Chi
The chi, or life energy, is a visitor in your home. And what you want to do with any visitor, is to make it feel welcome and comfortable. Make sure your home is well-lit, marked and visible so that the “chi” can find it easily. Once you open your front door, you don’t want all that energy to just bump into a wall; try to design your entrance so that it opens into your home and allows circulation of energy.
Balance The Element
Feng Shui is ruled by five main elements: earth, water, fire, wood and metal, and they should be present in your space either symbolically or literally. For instance, fire can be introduced to your space with a fireplace or a candle, but you can also opt for red and orange hues to bring symbolic warmth to your home.
Just remember that the five elements need to be balanced. Often people will fill their home with one element that they like or lack, but that can cause an imbalance in their life. For instance, if you know you have temper issues, limit the fire element in your space, but if you’re too passive and need motivation, the fire element will give you the spark you need.
Welcome Positive Symbols
Items that symbolize life and happiness are always welcome to your home. Things like plants not only suck out all the toxins from your home, but also balance the chi in your space. Comfortable furniture will also do wonders for your home. Just a single look to your stylish leather lounge suites will fill you up with relaxation and pleasant feelings. Plus, these require very little maintenance, so you don’t have to tip-toe around your home and you can relax fully!
Remove Negative Symbolism
Every item you have in your home carries either positive or negative emotions. So, make sure to remove everything that will have a negative effect on your energy, because these items will definitely affect you consciously or subconsciously. If you lack confidence, remove images of photo models that will make you feel like you can’t measure up. Or if you’re unhappily single, watch out for that single vase, single photo or single candle and give them a pair instead.
Light It Up
It makes perfect sense that natural light feels good to humans and makes us feel more positive. After all, the sun is the source of all life and happiness in the world. If you lack natural light in your space, there’s a quick remedy – mirrors. They are a perfect choice of accessory when you need to boost lighting and expend your space. However, be mindful of what your mirrors reflect. Whether they reflect a pile of unpaid bills or a beautiful vase will make all the difference.
Slow Things Down
Many homes are built in a way that provides people with a direct line of sight between the entrance and back door. This means all the energy that enters your home will just flow right out the other door too fast. Luckily, you can keep all that chi inside by moving your furniture and layout in a way that will push chi to flow all around your home evenly.
If you want to improve your wellbeing, consider Feng Shui as much as you consider changing your diet or boosting exercise. It will make a huge difference in how you feel in your home!
Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in business and marketing related topics.
In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.