6 Ways to Feng Shui Your Home

Nov 24, 2014

   

The practice of Feng Shui dates back to ancient China, when ancient Chinese philosophers laid the foundation of this theory that aims at harmonizing spaces in conjunction with nature. Using a specific style of architecture, placements and arrangements, the Chinese used to ensure that every space was balanced or in sync with the natural forces of the earth, thereby emitting positive vibes. Over the years, Feng Shui has evolved into a deeper and extensively branched-out study, with landscape ecologists, interior architects, commercial interior designers and geographers using these principles in their respective fields. Here are some useful practices on how to Feng Shui your home:-


Lighten Up the Load
The first principle of Feng Shui is that clutter hampers the harmonious flow of positive energy. Be it your closet, your bathroom, your store room or your kitchen, each area needs to be clutter-free and well-organized. Therefore, prior to applying any other practice, you need to complete the process of decluttering first.


Beautify your House Entrance
The entrance and main door of a house is accorded great importance in Feng Shui, as all the harmonious vibes are believed to route their way in from there. Make sure there’s no major obstacle blocking the energy flow (like a big tree or any other structure right in front of the main door). Furthermore, choose an ambient color for your main door and use a beautiful door mat, lovely greeters and small flowering pots to create a warm and hospitable vibe. Ensure that the door is cleaned, cobweb-free and well-maintained at all times.


Focus on Air Quality
In Feng Shui, there is a lot of focus on air quality, which implies that your house needs to be well-ventilated. If certain rooms do not have sufficient ventilation, invest in a high quality air-purifier (one that’s not noisy!) for those parts of the house. Many of us have the misconception that placing plants in the bedroom is a recommended practice, when in reality it is not. Feng Shui plants are ideally recommended near the entranceway, main door and in the living room. Also ensure that there’s a mosquito-proofing system in place around the plants.


Feng Shui Fountain
If feasible, a small Feng Shui Fountain located in the eastern part of your house can promote great family harmony. Needless to say, it needs to be kept immaculately clean at all times.


 Focus on Freshness
The ancient Chinese propounders of Feng Shui laid a lot of emphasis on freshness, be it the fresh air quality in the house, the use of fresh flowers in vases, fresh fruits on the table and so on. Anything that is stale, withered or redundant promotes disharmony and negative vibes.


Maintaining a Balance

Some of us tend to get obsessed with the use of Feng Shui elements and over-deck our homes with wind chimes, Feng Shui rooster, eagles, Buddhas, bamboo shoots, crystals, coins, plants and so on. Remembers that maintaining a balance (also known as Yin and Yang) and not overdoing things is equally important.