11 Ways to Introduce Feng Shui into Your Home

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With the summer holidays sadly drawing to a close, why not embrace the new season approaching and make a fresh start by introducing feng shui into your home? While it might sound more like your favourite takeaway dish, feng shui is actually an ancient Chinese system that teaches you how to improve your interior design. The main idea is that you can that create more balanced, relaxing and attractive living spaces by paying attention to the energy that is given off by each room.

If you think it all sounds a bit complicated, we promise it isn’t! Read on for our eleven simple steps to achieving feng shui in your home.

 

1. De-Clutter Every Room

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How can you possibly expect your home to feel harmonious when there is mess strewn everywhere? Say goodbye to the hoarder in you, and throw away anything that is broken, unused, or brings back unhappy memories. If you struggle to let go of things, make this a rule of thumb - if you haven’t used it in the last six months, find it a new home…the bin!

Clutter restricts the flow of positive energy, and can result in chaotic thinking. So, by keeping your home tidy, it will naturally give off feelings of calm and relaxation.

 

2. Know Where to Position Your Furniture

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When arranging sofas and chairs, you should position them in such a way that there aren’t any blocked passages. Why? Blocked passages halt the energy flow in a room, so if walkways are blocked then the energy is blocked! Additionally, living rooms should allow you to socialise effectively with others in the room, so arrange seating in a way that encourages conversation, i.e. facing towards each other, rather than away.

 

3. Separate Work and Play

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If you happen to have an office at home, be sure to keep it apart from a place of relaxation. If you’re a bit of a workaholic, an office next door to your bedroom is just asking for trouble. Instead of creeping into the kitchen for a midnight feast, you’ll be sneaking into your office for a nocturnal session! A snuggle spot in your office won’t do you any favours either - you won’t be able to switch off and fully relax while still in the same room as your work material.

If you don’t have enough space for completely different rooms, consider installing wall dividers to separate the areas.

 

4. Be Super Speedy with Repairs

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If you leave broken objects for too long, you will restrict the flow of positive energy. This is because broken objects can spark negative feelings in people who come into contact with them. Also, it is important to determine whether you will feel better about the object once it has been repaired, or if you will only notice its flaws: if it is the latter, then it would be better to discard or replace the item, to avoid negative feelings further building up towards the object.

So be sure to quickly repair doors and windows, as well as other prominent features in your home, to allow the energy to flow freely again.

 

5. Make the Most of Mirrors

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There’s nothing that promotes positive energy more than a mirror. How? Mirrors are believed to reflect these good vibes, therefore doubling the potency. They also work by preventing the flow of negative energy around the home. However, it is not advised to arrange a mirror to face a front door, as it reflects good energy back outside the home, before it has had a chance to work its magic!

Good places to hang mirrors are in living spaces, especially if they reflect views from your garden or outside, as this gives the feeling of nature being inside your home.

 

6. Fill the Home with Appropriate Colours

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The psychology of colour is as important in feng shui as it is in traditional interior design. Colours are said to signify different things, with certain tones suited to particular rooms. For example, a cheerful yellow represents sunlight, so can be used in home offices and children’s rooms to promote positivity. Green symbolises nature, and is therefore representative of health and renewal, so can be used effectively in bathrooms.

Most colours are suited to particular rooms, however strong colours like red and purple should be used in moderation, as they can create energies too intense for living spaces.

 

7. Light and Air

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Two of the most important elements for creating a good energy in your home, light and air quality, are critical to feng shui. Ditch any heavy curtains and go for lighter fabrics or blinds to allow maximum natural light into your home, and restrict the use of unnatural lighting to the darkest parts of the day. To improve air quality, leave the windows open frequently to bring in fresh air, and decorate with air purifying plants.

 

8. Pay Attention to the “Trinity”

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Three of the most important rooms in feng shui are those deeply related to your health – the bedroom, the bathroom, and the kitchen. This “trinity” is supposedly linked by a powerful connection, because of all the journeys you make between each room throughout every day. Therefore the pathway between each of these rooms needs to be clear, to allow good energy to flow between them. Also pay particular attention to the cleanliness and organisation of these rooms.

 

9. Choose Appropriate Art

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The pictures you choose to hang on your walls can have a big effect on the energy of your home. For example, if you went into a room that contained dark or distressing paintings, you would probably get a weird feeling about it at the very least! Positive images such as those of nature, or family portraits, can bring the best energy into your home - and will also help you to smile more!

 

10. Represent all the Elements

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To successfully apply feng shui in your home, all the natural elements must be represented: fire, earth, metal, water, and wood. These elements can be represented by using colour, for example fire relates to red, water to blue, wood to brown, and so on. You can also represent these elements by using objects and textures, such as installing a fireplace, an indoor water feature, or wooden furniture.

If you really want to get stuck in, figure out your feng shui birth element, and concentrate on filling your home with it.

 

11. Mix up your furniture

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Rather than choosing overly-matching furniture, feng shui encourages homeowners to choose a variety of shapes and sizes to achieve balance in their home. Pay attention to the balance of pieces in relation to each other - for example, if your sofa has square edges, try pairing it with a round coffee table. This encourages energy to move round the room more, as well as looking visually more

 

Conclusion

So there you have it: now you know how to fill your home with good energy using the ancient art of feng shui.

Even by working on just a few points on this list, you can improve the overall feel of your home massively. And with the kids going back to school and schedules filling up again, what better time to create a more harmonious home than now. So what are you waiting for, get cracking!

Posted in Homemaking, Interior Design, Lifestyle, Sofas on 21st Aug 2015

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