I Think I Need Feng Shui
If you are like me you’ve probably heard about feng shui, and you might even think you could use it, but may not totally get what it is all about. A quick glance around my suburban home, and a stolen glimpse at the negative energy swirling around me, and I decided it was time to give this feng shui thing a closer look.
Turns out, the ancient tradition of feng shui, meaning wind and water, dates back over 5000 years and is based on the theory that everything is made up of energy or Chi.
Practitioners of feng shui believe we are linked to our home by subtle energy fields and vibrations, and by creating a good flow of energy we can bring positive changes into our life.
Feng Shui works with nature and uses the five elements—wood, water, fire, metal and earth. A positive energy flow is achieved when we bring these elements into our home, are mindful where we place furniture and by using the right colors.
The first step when introducing feng shui into your home is to de-clutter. De-cluttering is fundamental to ensuring a harmonious home and life. Clutter creates stagnant air and restricts the flow of positive energy—a sure why to block chi, while a neat and organized home fosters feelings of calm and relaxation. When de-cluttering, it is important that you throw away anything that is broken, unused, or stirs up unpleasant memories. Since energy enters the house through your front door, it is essential that the front of your home be clutter-free, welcoming and tidy. Make sure the hardware on the door is in good working order and the paint isn’t chipped or peeling. Cut away and removed dead or dying plants from your gardens and walkway.
Attention to furniture placement is an essential component in clearing a path for good energy flow. Furniture should be positioned so it doesn't restrict free passage through the room, and in such a way that people are able to sit with their backs to a wall.
A comfortable seat for every family member should be available in your family room and the door or entranceway should be visible from each chair. The flow of chi will be greatly improved if the furniture is grouped to facilitate conversation.
The best place for a bed is facing, but not directly across from the bedroom door. Placing the bed where your feet point directly out the door is an enormous drain on your energy and will cause good luck to rush out. You don’t want a window to be near your head either or your energy might escape while you are sleeping. If your bedroom has a pitched ceiling, try to avoid putting your bed under the angle of the ceiling. Positioning the bed in a corner diagonally opposite the door is considered the ideal placement. When choosing a bed frame, wood is preferable over metal. A wooden headboard is great, but a footboard is a no-no as this can block your forward progress. Place a nightstand—each with a lamp—on either side of the bed to provide equality in your bedroom.
The kitchen is where your family’s heart resides and therefore requires careful attention. As with every room in your home, clear clutter from your table and countertops, and store infrequently used appliances away. Since the kitchen represents the element of fire, cooking on a gas stove activates abundance. Provide the cook with a command view by adding a mirror to the room, or by using reflective cookware. Mirrors are believed to reflect positive energy, while preventing negative energy.
When it comes to furniture, rounded corners are best as sharp corners are thought to emit negative energy.
To bring wealth, fill a metal bucket with coins and hide it away inside a drawer or cabinet in the northwest corner of your home and place three plants in the southeast corner.
Each of the five elements is represented by a colour. Using these colors in your decorating is the easiest way to bring balance and harmony into your home.
Different colors represent different things in feng shui.
- Green symbolizes growth, fertility and harmony and is great for a conservatory or bathroom, but not for family rooms, playrooms or studies.
- Yellow is associated with enlightenment and intellect and will stimulate the brain and aid digestion. It is suitable for hallways and kitchens, but not meditation rooms or bathrooms.
- Red is stimulating as well as dominating and is useful as an accent colour, but should not be used in dining rooms, children’s bedrooms, kitchens or workshops.
- Blue is linked to spirituality, contemplation, mystery and patience. It can be used in meditation rooms, bedrooms and therapy rooms, but should be avoided in family rooms, dining rooms and studies.
- Purple encourages vitality and can be incorporated into bedrooms and meditations rooms, but not bathrooms or kitchens.
- Orange is powerful and cheerful. It is great for living or dining rooms and hallways.
- Brown represents stability and weight and is a perfect colour for studies.
- White represents new beginnings, purity and innocence and can be used in bathrooms and kitchens.
- Black is mysterious and independent. It can be used in a teenager's room and in bedrooms, but should not appear in young children’s rooms, studies or living rooms.
You don’t have to become an expert in Feng Shui to achieve positive results. Following a few simple steps to bring feng shui into your home can help provide the right balance and harmony to your home and to your life.