The art of Feng Shui
Have you ever walked into a home and thought, “I really like the energy here.” So is a positive home aura just coincidence or have the occupants of the home incorporated Feng Shui into their decorating technique? First off, what do I mean by Feng Shui? Simply put, Feng Shui is a reflection of your inner self and your ambitions displayed through the object placement and design of your living quarters . In other words, it’s about having congruence with your home’s layout and your personal zest for life (echoing one another). As the Chinese put it, Feng Shui is a fancy way to say the words wind and water which are two components that glide and travel all around our planet. Not to mention, both wind and water are essential for all living creatures.
Maintaining the flow of energy
As crazy as it sounds, even non-living objects have some ‘life-force’ to them. Therefore, implementing Feng Shui takes into account the types of objects in your home, the placement of them, and the home’s upkeep. Ultimately, it’s about allowing Feng Shui to control the direction of the energy or chi and thus, keep an unobstructed progression of chi in the home. As stated by dummies.com, “Feng Shui is the art of designing environments in harmony with the flow of chi through one’s living space, and this flow supports and enhances one’s personal chi or life force.” If the chi can’t remain in motion, your own personal energy suffers as a result. Let’s face it -positive vibes can be contagious, but if blocked by some external source, they can cause a downward spiral of emotions.
The five elements
When planning to decorate your home by following Feng Shui, consider the concept that everything is attached to one of five specific elements – fire, earth, metal, water, or wood. Each of these elements has a certain shape, color, and unique quality about them. For example, fire is represented by objects shaped like a triangle and being the color red, orange, or purple. Furthermore, the fire element ignites passion and emotion in the beholder. As for earth, square objects in the colors of brown or yellow depict this element and represent grounding and stability. When it comes to metal, circular objects possessing white or metallic colors symbolize the epitome of being independent and strong. Next, the water element is expressed in black or blue waves and signifies rest and insightfulness. Lastly, wood is the element shaped as a rectangle in the colors green or teal and exemplifies prosperity and personal development.
The Bagua is a “blueprint” to follow for object placement purposes in terms of color and shape for the incorporation of the above mentioned five elements in your home. In other words, you can set up your home utilizing your current possessions, as well as incorporating new objects that will attract the things you desire for your life (ex. love, wealth, health, career aspirations, etc.). Basically, decide which areas in your home you spend the majority of your time in and what aspects of your life you want to improve upon. In addition, map out your home and directionally determine what is north, south, east, and west.
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This will give you an idea of which areas in your home whether it be the southeastern far corner, northwestern side, or somewhere else to focus your decorating strategies in order to improve upon certain aspects of your life (“money & success, better health, love & marriage, and spiritual growth”).
15 Simple steps to get you started
- Declutter your home.
- If you have a sofa, position it significantly away from the front entrance to not obstruct the main door.
- Situate your living room furniture to be inviting for a sit-down chat.
- Put end tables or some type of resting surface next to the chairs for guest comfort and convenience.
- Keep all walkways between rooms unobstructed.
- Consider circular tables as your centerpiece table rather than sharp-cornered tables, but incorporate a combination of all shapes and sizes for diversity.
- Televisions are best in public areas rather than private (bedrooms) areas.
- Choose a dining room table that proportionally fits in the space of the room.
- Incorporate other metals (besides crystal) such as brass, bronze, or nickel for added shine.
- According to real simple.com, “a nice, big mirror reflecting the dining table is said to double the abundance and bring good fortune.”
- Adequate lighting is essential for the steady flow of chi in your home. If need be, consider full-spectrum light bulbs that mimic light from outside.
- Plants are a good addition when trying to incorporate one of the five elements based upon their unique shapes and colors.
- Position your bed furthest from your door and offset to the left or right from it.
- When entering your bedroom, give yourself something to look up to (a pretty painting).
- If you have a fireplace mantel, Feng Shui suggests utilizing “pairs (such as vases and the dogs on the mantel) which represent love and nurturing.” real simple.com
In conclusion, Feng Shui is a great resource to use when decorating your home and keeping your chi in constant positive motion. I understand that the concept may be a bit confusing, but I urge you to further research this up-and-coming decorating platform. Either way, here’s to living your best life ever and taking action to improve your situation and quality of life! Feel free to leave me a comment or any additional insight you may have on the concept of Feng Shui home decorating.
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Sforza, N. (2017). Feng Shui Decorating Tips. [online] Real Simple. Available at: https://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/decorating/what-feng-shui#feng-shui-fireplace-mirror [Accessed 11 Jan. 2018].