Looking to create a more harmonious home? Consider adopting the principles of feng shui. Feng shui is an ancient Chinese method that you can adopt to balance the energy (or chi) in your home or workplace. The intention of feng shui is to promote prosperity, good health, and general well-being.
Fellow design blogger, Bryn Huntpalmer of Modernize, stepped in to share some of her expertise and imagery! Read on to learn how to incorporate the basic elements of feng shui into your physical environment. We’ll show you feng shui style at its best, then break it down Kirkland’s style!
First, and Most Importantly, Clear the Clutter
The appearance of your home has an immediate impact on your energy. If your home is neat, clean, and organized you will be more likely to relax and participate in activities that you enjoy and that are good for you, like reading, talking with a good friend, or preparing a delicious, healthy meal. If you are greeted with chaos when you enter the door, you are more likely to be irritable and depressed. Clear the clutter and shift the energy from negative to positive. The process of clearing clutter is often compared to therapy. It is the physical manifestation of letting go of negativity in your life.
Improve Your Chi with Quality Air & Light
Whenever possible, open the windows in your home and let the fresh air inside. Introduce houseplants that clean the air. Plants like garden mums, spider plants, peace lilies, and aloe vera all remove dangerous toxins from the air including formaldehyde, ammonia, benzene, and xylene. These plants are easy to care for and inexpensive to purchase at your local nursery. You’ll also want to maximize natural light, avoiding fluorescent light whenever possible.
Use an Energy Map to Help Balance Your Life
Feng shui relies on a bagua, an energy map of your physical space. The bagua can tell you which areas of your home are affecting different areas of your life. For instance, if you are struggling in your romantic relationship, the southwest area of your home may be out of balance. Additionally, if you are looking for a new job, you should nurture the northern portion of your home which is directly related to career.
The way that you restore balance and nurture the various areas of your life (including spiritual growth, creativity, and health) is by maintaining a design scheme that keeps the feng shui elements in those various zones in harmony.
Utilizing the 5 Feng Shui Elements to Create Harmony
To maintain balance in the various areas of your home and life (because they are one in the same), you will need to utilize the five feng shui elements: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water.
The elements can be productive (earth) or destructive (fire), yet they are all necessary in your life. Use them proportionally to create balance. So for example, if you are struggling financially, consider introducing wood elements (which are productive) to the southeast corner of your home.
You can also find your feng shui birth element based on Chinese astrology. My birth element is metal, so I would incorporate metal design elements such as white and gray colors and round shapes to create an environment that is peaceful for me. Once you know your birth element, you can introduce the shapes and colors that go along with it into your home–tailoring your home to match your energy.
Discover Which Directions are Lucky for You
Beyond clearing the clutter and balancing the five feng shui elements in your home, you can also tap into the directional flow of energy using your Kua number. Your Kua number will tell you if you belong to the east or the west group. This will be your lucky direction that you should try to face to attract the best energy. My Kua number is 4, which puts me in the east group. As a result, I would want to face the east when I am working at my desk or sleeping in my bed because it will maximize the positive energy coming my way.
While it’s easy to be skeptical of feng shui, most of its principals are grounded in practical wisdom. Clean air and sunshine are definitely important to your health. Additionally, numerous mental health professionals will attest to the importance of ridding your home of clutter. So why not try out the design elements incorporating direction, shapes, and colors, too and see how you feel? This 5,000 year old practice may just hold the key to your overall well being and prosperity.
Have any feng shui questions for Bryn? Share your questions in a comment below!