Having good energy and aura in your home is important as it can affect your physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese art that refers to the energy and its ability to flow through throughout the home. Here are five basic fundamentals that you can apply to your interior in order to improve your home’s Feng Shui.
“When we through out the physical clutter, we clear our minds. When we through out the mental clutter, we clear our souls.” – Gail Blanke
- Aim to include the five elements (water, wood, fire, earth and metal) in each room – Although you don’t have to literally include all of these elements in each space, try to introduce something that represents that element, such as a candle can symbolize fire, ceramic or stone can represent earth, and glass or mirror can stand for water.
- Clear your home of clutter – throwing away or packaging up items in your home that you rarely use but that are visible, is a great way to start clearing your space. A clear and clean space makes an interior look and feel bigger, and will have the same effect on one’s mental wellbeing.
- The concept of ‘commanding position’ – By placing the main piece of furniture in a room, such as the bed in a bedroom or the desk in an office, in a commanding position, meaning a place where you can see most of the room (including the doorway), you are more likely to feel secure and in charge of the space. Most of our initial instincts us to place furniture so that we can enjoy the view, however in rooms where you need to pay attention and be efficient, such as a home office, Feng Shui suggests that you place the desk so that the window is to the side instead of directly in front of you.
- Create a tranquil retreat in your bedroom – for approximately 8 hours a day, you are sleep in your bedroom. This is the most rejuvenating time of your day and you should be in the most comfortable and serene environment. Feng Shui suggests that natural, luxurious fabrics and textures, subtle lighting, equal and symmetrical furniture pieces such as bedside tables and bed lamps, warm colors, serene imagery, and a solid headboard are a great way to create a peaceful, clear, and centered space. This will ensure you wake up everyday feeling inspired and energized.
- Have a welcoming entrance to your home – Energy can flow from the street and into your home, therefore to ensure you are only attracting positive energies and protecting it from the busy energies, Feng Shui has a few suggestions. If you live on a busy street, plant trees and shrubs near the sidewalk, or place heavy statues or large potted plants near the front walk. Subtle lighting, a curved pathway, wide steps that lead up to your front door, and large, clear house numbers will also enhance the attractiveness of your home.