For those of you who don’t know, Feng Shui originated as an ancient Chinese system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy (qi), and whose favorable or unfavorable effects are taken into account when siting and designing buildings and their interiors. Because so few of us have control over the exterior coordination of our homes (unless we’re able to build wherever we like), and most of us have homes with an already established structure, or that are part of apartment or condominium complexes, the Feng Shui homeowners most take into consideration now is in interior design.
While Feng Shui is an intricate system and to benefit from its effects fully you should hire a Feng Shui expert, there are some simple things you can easily apply on your own:
- Remove Clutter! Pick up your living spaces (especially your bedroom and most intimate rooms–living rooms, too). Feng Shui relies heavily on the flow of energy. It’s believed that if there’s a whole bunch of junk lying around, the energy will likely be blocked.
- Have Good Quality Air and Good Quality Light . These two elements are essential for good Qi (energy) in your home. Open the windows often, introduce air-purifying plants or use an air-purifier. Allow as much natural light as possible into your home, and whenever possible use full-spectrum lights.
- Define the Bagua of your home. The bagua is the Feng Shui map of your home. It will help you determine the best places to arrange your furniture in relationship to key Feng Shui elements (like Water, Earth, Wood, Fire, and Metal).
- Shut Closets, Drawers, and Doors at night. This allows for the most nourishing flow of energy while you sleep.
- Remove Electronics, especially in the bedroom at night. There is nothing like electronic energy to destroy beneficial and restorative qi while you sleep. Turn them off!
- Use Soothing Colors throughout your home, but particularly in places of rest, like the bedroom. This includes your decor (bedding, furniture colors, drapes, and wall color as well). Here’s a guide to Feng Shui colors.
And ultimately, be mindful of the feel of your home. Feng Shui, in principle, is primarily about creating an environment for positive energy to thrive. If you feel happy and healthy in your home, imagine the kind of impact that could have on your everyday life!