There’s nothing better than the feeling of coming home after a long day at the office and finding solace inside your home. Whether it’s the cool tones on the walls that give you a feeling of serenity or the plush carpeting that feels like clouds under your feet, whatever it may be your home should feel like heaven. The art of Feng Shui will ensure that you leave the negative energy on the outside and step into a comfortable, positive environment inside your home.
For those who are new to the ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui, it is a complex body of knowledge that examines how the placement of things in your surroundings can affect not just your level of comfort but also your physical and mental health and even your relationships. Feng means wind and Shui means water; in Chinese culture these two elements are associated with good health. If you want to bring some positive energy into your life and your home, here are some simple tips to get you started.
- Remove the TV, computer or exercise equipment from your bedroom. These items bring the energy of work and the stressors that come with it right into your bedroom, plus they create high EMFs (electromagnetic fields) which can cause a range of health problems.
- Ensure that your bed is easily approachable from both sides.
- Your bed should not be directly in line with the door.
- Choose the images in your bedroom carefully and keep in mind that images carry powerful energy. Choose pieces of art that represent, love, health and happiness.
When choosing colors for your home, do so with much care and consideration; think about each room and the vibe you want the space to emit. In Feng Shui different colors represent different things; for growth and health, choose green, for new beginnings opt for white and for nourishment and happiness, yellow is best. And if you want to encourage romance, paint your bedroom purple.
In Feng Shui, the position of lighting in a room or space has a profound effect on its occupants and can greatly affect their mood whether positively or negatively. As you might have guessed, harsh lighting can cause us to feel irritable and uncomfortable and softer lighting has the opposite effect. Natural lighting is always good but in situations where this is not an option, here are some useful Feng Shui lighting tips:
- Opt for two or softer lights instead of using one bright light in a room, this creates positive room energy.
- If there are lamps in your home, chose lamp shades that are made from paper or fabric as this creates a quieter atmosphere.
- If you have a driveway, or a garden use a post light that has a top light fixture, this channels positive energy from the earth and encourages good chi to rise.
General Feng Shui Tips:
- Keep your home free of clutter and mess, when you clear your space you also clear your mind-in Feng Shui clutter is considered to be ‘stuck energy.’
- Water is a symbol of abundance so install a water fountain or pond in your home or garden. If this is not an option you can even opt for images of waterfalls, or rivers.
Mirrors bring joy and light into any space, and they also have a tendency to make a small area seem larger. Plus mirrors are wealth magnets so you should definitely invest in one for your home.