The Chinese concept of Feng Shui is focused on achieving harmony in design and construction by utilizing natural principles that exploit various forms of energy in nature. It has been a staple of Chinese design for millennia and can be seen throughout Chinese homes and architecture both in China and in diaspora communities abroad. If you are interested in trying to incorporate Feng Shui principles into the look and feel of your own home, below are some tips to get you started.
One of the easiest things to do to get started is to clear out clutter. Clutter is, perhaps, the number one enemy of Feng Shui and should be dealt with immediately. Anything that you don’t absolutely need, or love, should be gotten rid of immediately. If you aren’t sure that you ultimately want to do with these things, consider donating them, or placing them in self storage until you know for sure what their fate will be.
Air and light are key
These are the two elements of harmonious chi in your home. Make sure that you frequently keep the windows open, introduce air-purifying indoor plants, invest in an air purifier, allow as much natural light into your home as possible, and even think about swapping out your existing light bulbs (at least in some rooms) for full spectrum lighting.
Make sure you have the 5 elements of Feng Shui
The five elements of Feng Shui are earth, fire, water, greenery and metal. Certain combinations of these five elements are often used to achieve different feelings, and to promote different energies and outcomes, but a truly Feng Shui house capitalizes on all 5 of these elements to create harmony.
Discover your feng shui birth element
Everybody, depending on their birthday, has a different element of feng shui that is better suited for them and their energy. The best way to maximize Feng Shui based on your birthday is to include materials and decor schemes in your home that utilize these elements. For instance, if your element is fire, colours associated with fire (red, magenta, pink, and orange, for example), triangular shapes, and wood (which feeds fire) will make a positive impact on your home.
Feng Shui is often dismissed as superstition, but it has worked for one of the oldest, and most knowledgeable cultures in history for many thousands of years. We are connected to nature in ways that we have yet to understand, and the harmony we feel when we are aligned with nature is hard to explain in words. Keep the above tips in mind when incorporating Feng Shui elements into your home.