Design Balance: Feng Shui Your Home
Feng shui is an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China. It is a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to assure health and good fortune for people inhabiting it.
Feng shui is based on the Taoist vision and understanding of nature, particularly on the idea that the land is alive and filled with Chi, or energy.
Today in the contemporary sense of feng shui, designers have incorporated some of the common foundational concepts. Have you thought about re-imagining your space to include some of the basic principles of feng shui? The art of feng shui can restore balance to a chaotic living situation and lifestyle while creating a harmonious surrounding that enhances your yin and yang. Here are a few of the places in your home that can benefit from feng shui influence:
- Create an inviting and eye-catching entrance, both inside and out.
- Include uplifting “greeters,” such as a waterfall or piece of artwork.
- Add bright and beautiful lighting so the pathway is safe and visible.
- Place inspiring objects leading up to the door, like a meandering pathway and flowers.
- Add plants, especially evergreens, which will stay lush all year.
- Pile up paperwork, trash or broken objects near the doorway, inside or out.
- Walk into a wall or dead end. If necessary, add a mirror to help visually expand the space.
- Have objects that get in your way or block the flow of energy moving into the home.
- Leave broken steps or items in poor maintenance.
- Let your garage door draw more attention than your home’s entrance.
- Make sure you can see the entrance of the kitchen when you’re cooking, either by installing the stove on an island or by hanging a mirror on your backsplash to reflect the room.
- Keep drawers, cabinets and pantries clean and organized.
- Add seating, regardless of the size of the room.
- Add warm lighting, like incandescent or halogen, which makes you and the food seem much more appealing.
- Keep your stove clean and be sure to use all the burners.
- Have clutter or unnecessary objects and appliances sitting on countertops or tables.
- Keep old food, whether it’s leftovers, dried foods, packages or cans.
- Use fluorescent lights, as they’re harsh and unappetizing.
- Have sharp points or dangerous edges on cabinets, furniture and tables.
- Keep knives visible; instead store them away in drawers or cabinets.
- Use beautiful, yet comfortable and safe furniture.
- Arrange the furniture so the room is inviting and easily accessible.
- Put the TV and other electrical equipment into a cabinet to be hidden from view when not in use.
- Hang objects at the same height and create strong visual horizontal lines, especially when ceilings are extremely high.
- Marry objects and face furniture together so they’re in relationship to one another.
- Use uncomfortable furniture and seating.
- Have too many decorative objects, unless they are organized together as a group.
- Place too many pillows on the couch.
- Use the TV as the focal point of the room or seating arrangement.
- Have beams in the ceiling or sit directly beneath them for long periods of time.
- Create a beautiful, uplifting and organized space.
- Add new linens, bath soaps, plants, soft lighting and other beautiful accessories.
- Add a mirror to the door to help the bathroom visually disappear.
- Put a divider between the bathroom and bedroom in master suites.
- Add earth and fire elements.
- Leave the toilet seat up or drains uncovered when not in use.
- Create clutter on the sink, countertop and tub edge or in the shower stall.
- Hold on to old or unused bottles of shampoos, products, creams and potions.
- Have the toilet in plain view. Try covering or screening it when possible.
- Create a small, cramped area. Try adding mirrors to help expand the feeling of the space.
- Sleep in the power spot, which is located directly opposite the door.
- Add a solid headboard, ideally in a warm, friendly material such as wood or leather.
- Replace bedding at least once a year to add a fresh, positive energy to the space.
- Add romantic imagery or objects grouped in sets of two or pairs.
- Use warm colors, flesh tones or red and pink to spice up the room and your romance.
- Sleep with your body in line with the path of energy entering through the bedroom door.
- Have TVs, computers or exercise equipment, unless they’re hidden away or in a storage cabinet.
- Have an excess of mirrors, which can sometimes activate too much energy.
- Use footboards, which prevent you from easily moving around the bed.
- Place one side of the bed against a wall. There should be equal space on either side for two people to comfortably enter and exit.