Feng shui (pronounced “fung shway”) is an Asian art of arranging space and has been practiced for thousand of years. The goal of this practice is to create a happy living environment based on the idea that our homes mirror what happens inside us. By harmonizing your energy with your house’s energy, you get your environment in alignment with who you are. According to Greatist.com, “from a home’s natural surroundings down to its furnishings and decor, feng shui practitioners believe that everything (and everyone) has a certain energy, or “chi,” and how we arrange those objects can affect all aspects of our lives”. Sounds interesting? Here are a few simple tips for bringing positivity into your house with feng shui:
Your front door is a very important part in creating positive “ chi” in your house. Does it need some care like new hardware or a coat of paint? Or does it squeak when you open or close it? You might want to address those little details. Keep in mind that the entry door is the first and last thing you encounter when coming or going from your home.
Along the same line, your main entry has to be as welcoming as possible. For good feng shui, the energy has to be attracted into the house and channeled through all rooms. In order to do that, pay attention to what you see first when you enter your home. For an instant fixer, add a pretty frame on the wall or a small table with fresh flowers.
One of the most vital rooms in feng shui is the bedroom. Here’s the best way to get that calm feel in your bedroom, according to feng shui master and interior designer Catherine Brophy: “it’s a combination of safety, with an enveloping bed; coziness, with soft materials; and symmetry, with table lamps and nightstands that create a bookend effect”.
Finally, if you’d like to add a little feng shui to your home but don’t want to redecorate or move furniture around, you can always start by decluttering your space. Messy rooms are associated with stagnant or dead energy. Adding plants to your house is also a great idea. According to Chinese tradition, plants represent growth, prosperity and good luck. Also remember to surround yourself with objects and accessories that you love and that are inspirational to you. “By using feng shui, we’re using tools that help people become more conscious about how the space relates to them”, says R.D. Chin, a feng shui architect.
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