Everyone talks about feng shui, but nobody really knows what it is or why it is so important. Feng shui, which translated means “wind water,” is an ancient Chinese practice to arrange buildings, tombs, furniture in certain geometric relation in order to increase good qi or to expand positive consciousness. In ancient China everything was designed, arranged and organized according to the laws of feng shui. It wasn’t really until the last century when Westerners started to adopt these practices and realized that they can improve the mood and can increase peace and balance in their own homes by incorporating feng shui. Here are the top feng shui home design tips.
- Keep the energy flowing through the front door. One of the easiest ways to incorporate feng shui in your home is by making sure there are no major blockages at the front door, like a big potted plant or perhaps a hat rack. In feng shui you want to keep everything around the front door completely clear. In an ancient China, the door to the home was a like a gateway to the positive spirits and if it was blocked a home’s qi could be seriously effected.
- While your front passage way should never be blocked, you should also incorporate some kind of element in the front part of your house so that when you walk in you think of positive thoughts. In order to do this, according to the laws for feng shui, you should determine what the first thing you look at is when you enter the home. Is it a certain wall, the stairs, or perhaps another room? Whatever it is, it might be wise to incorporate a design element to welcome you, like a quote or a painting with bright colors.
- It is also important to note that the most important feng shui centers of the house are the kitchen, master bathroom and bedroom. If those rooms feel unwelcoming, too crowded or uncomfortable, it is a sign that you need to make a few adjustments to the interior design in those parts of the house. This can be with the arrangement of furniture or by the way the room smells. Fresh roses and candles can hugely increase a home’s qi.
- Simplicity is key. One of the basic tenants of feng shui is that energy is always flowing. Energy never stops and that means that your job of arranging the home accordingly will never stop either. You can make some design choices, but if you don’t stay dedicated to making sure energy is free and flowing – by removing clutter and things that don’t belong – you could be blocking some serious qi.
- Lastly, get rid of items that you don’t need. One of the main tenants of feng shui is that you don’t fill your home up with items that can cause energy to be blocked. This can be from having to many thrift store items on the wall or having a couch that is too big for a room. So, make sure to think about every item you purchase. It might also be wise to do lots of measuring so everything fits perfectly in your home and isn’t off kilter or squeezed in. Feng shui isn’t just something you see, but also feel.