Why do some spaces make us feel more relaxed and comfortable than others? How can you design your home in a way that promotes positive energy? Most people want their home to be a place of peace and harmony in which they feel welcome and vital. Especially the bedroom should be a space that promotes comfort and peaceful sleep.
This can all be achieved by arranging your furniture according to an ancient Chinese principle called Feng Shui. According to Feng Shui, your environment affects your internal state and well-being. A peaceful home means a peaceful mind. In this article, we will talk about Feng Shui as a practise of interior design, and how to arrange your home according to this philosophy. Before we start giving tips for your house, let’s talk about what Feng Shui means.
What is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui 风水is a Chinese philosophy that is more than 3000 years old. Feng Shui literally means Wind and Water. This represents the flow of Qi, or Chi 气. Qi is a dynamic flow of vital energy that can be both positive and negative. The goal of Feng Shui is to create a harmonious flow of Qi. Arranging your environment in a way that maximises good Qi, increases your own well-being and good fortune.
In Chinese philosophies, harmony and balance between Yin 阴 and Yang阳 is of great importance. Yin and Yang are opposing forces, yet they complement each other. This can be expressed through hot and cold, male and female, light and dark, and much more. In Feng Shui, a perfect balance of these powers in an environment will lead to good health and fortune.
The Five Elements or Forces, also called Wu Xing五行 also play an important role in Feng Shui. The different elements – fire, water, wood, metal and earth – can either grow, weaken or destruct each other depending on the combination, and they should be kept in mind when decorating a home.
How can I Feng Shui my home?
Now you know the basics of Feng Shui, you must be wondering how to put this idea into practise. The best thing is: you don’t have to renovate your whole house, as even a few simple changes can already make a huge difference! Proper use of colours, materials and arrangements of furniture will do wonders and can increase harmony in no time. Let’s talk about a few basic rules and then move on to specific rooms in your house.
In general, it is important to leave enough space for new energy and keep doors clear for a better flow of Qi. Try to create a centre in the house from which positive energy can flow. Enough room for circulation of this energy is essential, as well as having a good view of the doors. Plenty of daylight and fresh air will also contribute to a healthy environment. Try to remove clutter, as this can create a sense of restlessness and doesn’t contribute to hygiene. When it comes to decoration, using natural materials, living plants instead of dried flowers, and round shapes will provide good energy. A light, natural colour palette is the most suitable for your house.
The door is the first place in which new energy can enter. That’s why it is important to keep your door and hallway tidy and inviting. Take care of any plants, oil the door to keep it soundless and remove any obstacles that prevent the Qi from flowing freely into your house. Take off your shoes when you enter the house, so you can come in with clean energy.
The living room should preferably be at the front of the house, having a rectangular shape. Couches should be placed against a wall, and armchairs should be facing each other. Try to leave electronics out of sight. Enough light and room for circulation will improve your living room as well. Placing a round rug in the middle will make the room more harmonious and cosy.
The bedroom is the number one place in which we want to feel relaxed, comfortable and safe. Place your bed against the wall and make sure you can see all the doors and windows. This creates a feeling of safety. Do try not to be directly in line with the door. A bed with a headboard is preferable. Try to avoid mirrors, especially in front of the bed, and electronics. It is best to leave your books on another place instead of your nightstand, so you have a clear mind while sleeping.
The bathroom is the place in which the water gets polluted and the energy can leave the house. That’s why it is important to keep the bathroom doors closed, as well as the lid of the toilet seat. As mirrors are believed to disrupt negative energy, you can place a mirror in the bathroom to maintain good energy.
In the kitchen, it is essential to provide plenty of healthy food. Placing this food where it is easily accessible will optimise a sense of health and well-being. It is also essential to maintain the kitchen clean and tidy. If possible, try to avoid clashes between fire and water, for example the stove and the sink, by placing an object of another element in between (such as a plant). Place a basket with fresh fruit on the dinner table to represent health and abundance.
Bring in the balance!
As you can see, there are a lot of ways to design your home according to the principles of Feng Shui. You don’t even have to drastically change your home or spend a lot of money!
Besides, Feng Shui cannot only be applied to interior design. Believers of the ancient philosophy also use it for healing purposes and guiding their businesses. There are many layers to Feng Shui, and these are only the basics, so there is still much more to learn about this interesting concept! Just let the effects of Feng Shui surprise you. We wish you good luck in decorating your home! 加油！
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