Do you feel your home lacks energy, flair or glamour? Does your interior feel boring or cluttered? Do your feel deenergised and uninspired when walking through your front door? The solution to reinvigorating your home could be the practice of ‘Feng Shui’.
What is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese practice based on the belief that the arrangement of physical objects can affect the flow of energy, or ‘chi’ in a space. By arranging furniture, objects, plants, artwork and other elements in a specific way, you can optimise the positive flow of energy in a space to promote harmony, balance and good luck in life.
Feng Shui has evolved over the centuries and is now used in a contemporary context to elevate modern interior design. If you’re looking to add some style and energy to your home, Feng Shui may be your perfect solution.
Feng Shui home styling principles
The principles of Feng Shui home styling are based on the theory of the Five Elements, which are Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood. Each element is associated with a form, a colour, and a direction, and each element is said to bring balance to the other elements. To create a harmonious home, it is important to incorporate components of each element into the home’s design.
Feng Shui home styling also involves the use of shapes, colours, and textures to create a peaceful atmosphere. Curved lines, natural materials, and soft colours are said to bring calmness and relaxation. Additionally, Feng Shui principles suggest that people should avoid clutter, as it can create negative energy in the home.
Balancing yin and yang
The art of Feng Shui involves balancing yin and yang elements – two opposing but complimentary forces that exist in all things. The following elements are examples of yin and yang principles which can be used to inspire balanced Feng Shui spaces.
- Dark (yin) and light (yang)
- Feminine (yin) and masculine (yang)
- Soft (yin) and hard (yang)
- Open space (yin) and closed space/solidity (yang)
- Curved (yin) and geometric (yang).
If you’re ready to bring tranquillity and balance into your home, start with these age-old Feng Shui principles:
- Maximise natural light and air in your home to promote energy and positivity. You can do this through sheer curtains or window furnishings that have translucent qualities.
- Declutter and organise your home to promote clear energy and good chi.
- Place your furniture wisely and in a way that allows for easy movement and a sense of openness. For example, the ideal placement for a bed is to have the headboard against a solid wall, facing away from the door.
- Incorporate plants into every room of your home as they promote a calming, harmonious energy and naturally purify the air.
- Hang a painting or artwork with a mountain landscape to promote stability and grounding.
- Place a wind chime in the entrance of your home to attract positive energy.
Learn more about the principles of Feng Shui here.
Feng Shui tips for window furnishings
In Feng Shui tradition, windows are considered ‘the eyes’ of the house and serve as the conduit between our private life and external world. They also have the capacity to free bad energy and bring in good energy, which directly influences our mood and behaviour. As a result, the window furnishings that we select in each room are critical for maintaining the balance of chi in our homes.
When choosing window furnishings, we encourage you to follow these Feng Shui principles to maximise positive energy flow, balance and harmony in your home.
- Select blinds in light, neutral colours such as white, light grey or beige. Dark or bright colours can be overwhelming and create an imbalance in energy flow. Specifically avoid pink window coverings which represent irritability and anxiety.
- Opt for curtains and blinds with simple designs. Feng Shui suggests that simple designs create a peaceful atmosphere, while complex designs can create a more chaotic environment.
- Choose sheer or light fabrics that allow natural light and fresh air to enter the room, which helps to create a sense of balance and harmony.
- Choose natural curtain and blind materials such as cotton, silk or linen. These materials are believed to be more energy-efficient and can help create positive chi. Avoid synthetic materials such as polyester or nylon.
- Avoid metal fixtures on window furnishings as they can disrupt the flow of energy. Choose wooden or plastic fixtures instead.
- Make sure your curtains or blinds fit the window perfectly. Window furnishings that are too small or too large can create an energy imbalance.
- Window furnishings should be unobstructed. Remove any unnecessary clutter such as books, toys and other items to enhance energy flow.
Remember, your home is your sanctuary. By creating a balanced and harmonious space using the Feng Shui philosophy, you can nurture your wellbeing, sustain your emotional equilibrium and attract good luck into your life.
If you get stuck, you may wish to engage a Feng Shui specialist who can help you achieve a consistent flow of positive energy in your home.
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