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Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese principle promoting the intentional placement of furniture and decor to channel positive “chi,” or energy, into the home. The goal of this 3,000-year-old principle is to promote good health and luck.
Whether you believe Feng Shui can bring good fortune to your life or not, one thing that is certain is that the balanced arrangements and aesthetic principles of Feng Shui can make your home’s interior look great, as well as possibly boost your mood.
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Feng Shui is based on the fundamental concept of Yin and Yang. As mutually dependent opposites, Yin and Yang must be kept in balance. If you study Feng Shui further, you will find that it is quite complex and that certain details vary from one school of thought to another. We’ve listed ways in which you can incorporate the more common principles of Feng Shui in your home.
Declutter: Getting rid of excess items will make your environment more harmonious. Removing unnecessary objects and furniture can open up opportunities for further improvements.
Make a clear view of the door: Do not obstruct your view of the entryway with objects or furniture. Feng Shui believes that blocking the doorway inhibits energy from entering the home. Your home office should have the desk situated to where you can see the door, and beds should be placed against the wall and face the door at an angle.
Furthermore, living rooms should have a balanced furniture arrangement. Chairs should be directed toward each other to encourage open communication. If the living room is connected to the home’s main entryway, the backs of chairs should face way from the front door.
Rounded corners: Sharp-edged furniture is associated with negative energy. Acquire furniture with rounded corners and circular tables to give the feeling of flow to the room.
Beyond strategic furniture placement, Feng Shui promotes the total functionality of the home.
Let there be light: The more natural sunlight you have, the more pleasing your home will be. Natural sunlight nourishes you with vitamin D, so it brings added health benefits. If some of your rooms lack adequate natural light, use natural light bulbs.
Have houseplants: Not only do houseplants help filter indoor pollutants like formaldehyde and carbon monoxide, but they also bring good energy into your home.
Fix anything that is broken: Make the repairs that are necessary to have your entire home in working order. A home that is functional will help you feel more balanced.
Decorate intentionally: Rather than cover walls with anything that matches the room, use artwork and decorative items that have a special meaning to you. These items will become positive reminders of things you enjoy and value.
Find Your Zen
It’s easy to get started with the basics of Feng Shui to harmonize your home. Creating balance and restoring functionality are the first steps toward making your living space more orderly and pleasant.