9 Feng Shui Tips for Your Home
Feng Shui: an ancient Chinese system of laws for governing the spatial arrangement and orientation of things and how they affect the flow of energy in a given space. We’ve all heard of it, and perhaps have a general idea of what Feng Shui is, but it’s harder to really explain what the guidelines are. Essentially, everything in an environment has it’s own energy, or ‘chi’; disorganization and clutter cause bad energy, which can lead to illness or financial troubles, good balance creates a positive chi along with good luck and prosperity. Here are 9 Feng Shui tips to make sure you fall into the latter and not the former.
- If your entrance is to an open living space, situate your main couch on a solid wall, farthest from the door. This gives you a clear view of the door and the rest of the room, helping you feel more secure.
- When it comes to seating arrangements, place couches/chairs close to each other to create more intimate conversations. Don’t forget for each seat to have a place to set a drink or a book; it creates a more welcoming environment.
- Keep all walkways clear. There should always be a clear paths to and from rooms throughout a home, having to maneuver around furniture or other objects can create an unbalanced energy flow.
- Use your front door. A lot of people pull into the garage and enter their home from a side or back door. According to Feng Shui, this limits energy and good opportunities from entering your home.
- Don’t be square, go round when it comes to a coffee table; they’ll allow chi to flow more freely and refrains harsh corners from being pointed at people. Still, you’ll want to have an even balance of shapes throughout the rest of your house.
- Position your bed accordingly. Much like your sofa, put the bed as far from the bedroom door as possible, ideally in a diagonal corner as to not interfere with a direct path from the bedroom entrance. This is called ‘commanding position’.
- Keep all areas free of clutter, especially your bedroom. As a place of peace and relaxation, you shouldn’t be bothered by outside forces in such a sacred place. Have storage for everything, and keep your bedroom clutter to a minimum. Don’t have books, bills, mail, or anything piled up where you can see them.
- Make sure you get enough light. In the day, there should be an abundance of natural light coming into your home and/or bedroom. In the evening, calming, soft lights are recommended. At night when you sleep, you want darkness. This is probably the most challenging tip to try and follow, as some spaces just are situated to receive enough natural light, or away enough from outside street lights.
- Focus on numbers. In Fung Shui, the number 9 is the ultimate number (hence why we’ve listed as many tips), representing success, attainment, and gratitude. 0 is nothingness, the beginning of something. The number you really want to stay away from is 4, because in Cantonese the number and the word ‘death’ are the same. So just make sure you have nine of everything, and four of nothing.
Now, take these Feng Shui tips and turn your place into a habitation bursting with positive energy!