Feng Shui a Home to attract Positive Energy
If your home is feeling flat and lifeless, perhaps you need to move the furniture around a bit to attract positive energy.
Feng Shui is a Chinese tradition that revolves around using elements to attract positive energy that can bring good health, wealth and happiness. Also known as geomancy, feng shui looks at spatial arrangements and the orientation of objects to channel energy for positive results. Many interior designers consider the practice of feng shui when decorating homes for clients, and many clients request that their home be decorated in line with feng shui principles.
Whether you believe in feng shui or not, there's nothing to lose by moving a few things around in the home to see if it does attract positive energy and breathe new life into your living spaces. I might not be a convert of feng shui principles, but I have never mounted a mirror on the wall that faces an open door, as this is said to repel energy from the home. Likewise, I don't walk under ladders, so perhaps that just makes me a little bit superstitious.
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THE ENTRANCE TO YOUR HOME
One of the principles of feng shui relates to the entrance or front door of a home. Feng shui states that any positive energy flows through a home and enters your home through the front door, so it makes sense that you pay more attention to decorating this area to not only look good but also draw positive energy.
You want your front door to draw as much positive energy as possible, and for this reason, it should also look good. Perhaps that's why I painted my front door red - maybe I subconsciously realised that red symbolises wealth. Another way to draw positive energy into a home is to place greenery at the front door; a couple of evergreen plants at either side of the door are said to be good luck.
WELCOME GUESTS INSIDE
When guests arrive at your home, you will want to create a good first impression. An uncluttered entrance will instantly make the space feel more welcoming, and even a small entrance will benefit from being clutter-free. For a more positive and welcoming vibe, have a small or large console table on which you can place a vase of fresh flower or foliage. Whether or not you are channelling feng shui, you are adding visual energy that will uplift the space.
If you decide to mount a mirror on the wall of your entrance, remember to install on a side wall and not facing the door. The principles of feng shui say that a mirror facing the front door will repel any positive energy.
FENG SHUI IN LIVING ROOM
When decorating a living room with feng shui principles, it's very much the same as you would decorate the room anyway. It's things like making sure the furniture is in proportion with the space and that furniture does not block free movement or be placed in front of doors and, once again, make sure that mirrors are not directly opposite doors to the outside. And still on the topic of mirrors, having these in a room help to bounce around positive energy to fill the space.
Flow is important in any room in the home to allow positive or happy energy to flow easily. Don't place any furniture with its back directly in front of a window, as this signifies bad energy by breaking the flow from indoors to outdoors. However, if you need to disguise the view from a living room window, perhaps since it's a neighbours wall, consider installing blinds, sheer curtains or other window treatment.
If you are serious about decorating a living room in line with feng shui is to invest in furniture that has a curved design, rather than square corners and edges. And since not everyone can invest in curved furniture, you could at least add a circular or oval coffee table, or other pieces of furniture, for a more fluid essence and to up the positive energy in the room.
Splashes of yellow in a living room will not only create a sunny atmosphere, but yellow also brings positive energy into the room. You don't have to make a big splash, even a small amount of yellow with accessories with boost energy levels and help you feel more positive.
A POSITIVE DINING ROOM
When a family sits down to evening meals, or you invite family or friends over, you want your dining room to express positive energy and be a place where conversation flows freely.
You can use mirrors in any room, but in a dining room, you want to bounce positive energy around the dining table as well - or fill the room with plenty of natural light. Arrangements of fresh flowers help further boost energy levels while calming and soothing at the same time while the addition of one or two tall houseplants will increase good energy levels.
POSITIVE ENERGY IN BEDROOM
Everyone needs a good night's sleep and decorating a bedroom in line with feng shui is one way to achieve this. The bed is the most important feature in any bedroom but you don't want a bed that overpowers the space. You might like the idea of a large 4-post or canopy bed, but this is not something to consider if you have a small room. Leave plenty of space for energy - and you - to move around the space.
The principles of feng shui say that you should never place the head of a bed in front of a window, much as you would not do this with your couch in a living room. It is far better to have the bed or headboard against a solid wall. Additionally, the bed should not be placed to face directly opposite the main door to the room.
To balance out a master bedroom, have two side tables at either side of the bed. You can use these to display arrangements of fresh flowers, potted plants or have a pair of bedside lamps to illuminate the space.
Decorate a master bedroom in a neutral colour palette or use soothing colours, adding colour with decorative accessories. Fresh flowers will add subtle scents to this space, or introduce a bit of romance with scented candles.
There are many other principles of feng shui to improve the energy of a home, but unless you are really serious about decorating with feng shui in mind, following a few basic elements will not only help bring a sense of positive energy but also incorporate decorating practices that help to improve your living spaces.