Achieve Feng Shui In Your Home
If you take the time to dig into the philosophy around feng shui, you'll understand that it doesn't come off as esoteric as one may think. It's based around simple practices to make a home feel healthier and more organized. It also helps you to connect to your home, in a way that can affect your mood and well being. Feng shui should be thought of like "spring-cleaning", or decorating to make a home more comfortable.
This ancient Chinese tradition can easily be incorporated into your own home. It can be done in a modern holistic approach, while still honoring the age-old traditions that come with feng shui. It's not about transforming the structure of your home, but instead refreshing your home - and in turn your health. The following feng shui tips will do a little more than just bring you some harmony, they can potentially increase your homes value.
Let's get into to the best feng shui tips and tricks for your house!
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1. Slow Down Your Home's Energy Flow:
The back door and the front door usually have a direct line of sight, that means the energy in the home, or the chi, flows through the home too fast. Instead of it going straight out of the back door, you want it to undulate throughout the whole home with a graceful even manner. The best way to slow down this flow is to place a pattered rug on the floor in front of the front door, add artwork on the walls, or add a round entry table to the foyer space. Below is one of my favorite area rugs, it comes in all different colors and sizes to complement any space and style!
2. De-Clutter Your House:
Decluttering your home may seem like an obvious solution, we are all guilty at times of letting stuff accumulate in our home that dosent have a function. Clutter is more than just visually unappealing, it's an anchor for the energy in a home. An excessive amount of clutter can stop you from having clarity of thought, and even weigh you down emotionally. Feng shui isn't focused on having a perfectly styled home, but instead on providing a happier and healthier environment. Be sure to have the correct organization throughout your home. From paying bills, to recycling content, and even something as simple as a designated spot for your keys. It'll help you feel less frazzled and more efficient in your day to day routine. I love to use a magnetic knife bar to hold keys by the door like the one below from amazon. It's subtle and sleek and doesn’t end up acquiring extra clutter!
3. Maximize The Natural Light:
Natural light can make a person much happier and more positive. You want to enhance as much natural light in a home as possible. This can be done by placing mirrors directly across from windows to help reflect the light throughout your space or using light airy curtains that allow light to pass thorugh. Another tip I love is hanging window covering from the celling instead of the top of your window. This creates the illusion of your windows and space being much larger than it is.
4. Front Door Path Must Be Kept Clear:
The front door in a home is very important to feng shui. It's the main portal through which the energy from outside will enter into your home. You want to try make sure the energy flows uninterrupted through the front door, without "metaphorically" running into a wall. Keep your front door area free of clutter and consider installing a mirror near the front door. This holds the meaning that you are expanding the energy in the space, which in turn expands the opportunities within your life - and prevents you from feeling limited.
5. Balancing The Five Elements
Whether present physically, or symbolically, the five elements you can find in a home are earth, fire, wood, metal, and water. The fire element can be brought into a home through warm tones, a fireplace or burning candles. Try to ensure there is a balance between all of the elements. People can easily be drawn to certain elements which can cause an imbalance in their life. For example, if a person were to find themselves rather aggressive, they'd want to avoid a large amount of fire elements - such as a bright red wall. If a person is lacking motivation in their life, it'd best suit them to add more fire elements. Look at the elements within your home in a symbolic manner, and see what you need to change to create a more balanced emotional life.
I love pillar candles, you can add just one or cluster as many as you like to create different atmospheres depending on the mood you’re in or the look you’re going for. These candles stand out on their own or you can arrange them in different types of glass containers.
6. Remove Any Negative Symbolism:
Daily we are guided by the symbolism that surrounds us, from books to traffic signs. This can be enhanced even more so within our homes. An intimate environment represents an individual's fears and challenges. If you have trouble finding clarity, see if you have a lot of stuff cluttered in your home. If you have low self esteem, check to see if mirrors are hung too high, which equates to you never measuring up. If you find yourself unable to get out of the single life, do you surround yourself with single decor? I.e. single vases, single chairs, single person in pictures/art. Figure out the challenges you face on a daily basis in your life and look at the symbolism the content in your home hold.