Feng Shui tips for a happier home
Your home’s design can have a significant impact on you overall happiness. A space that makes you feel good reflects positively on other aspects of your life, and the ancient Chinese practice of Feng Shui has been applied with this aim for thousands of years. Its purpose is to achieve harmony and balance between humans and their environment.
Feng Shui, which translates literally as “wind and water,” was historically used to select favourable places and times for building homes, growing crops, and other life-sustaining activities. The philosophy is based around the elements of earth, metal, water, wood, and fire, which can all be represented through various shapes, colours, and materials throughout a home. The right balance helps to cultivate happy, organised spaces that support well-being and daily lives.
Your home is a reflection of your life, and any positive changes you make to your home are beneficially reflected in the rest of your life.
Here are some tips to reset your home space for more energy and less stress:
According to the Feng Shui philosophy, excessive clutter can impede the flow of energy in your home. For instance, if you’re feeling tired, depressed, unmotivated, or claustrophobic, the chi in your home is probably too slow. So, get rid of as much unnecessary clutter as possible. Employ organising solutions that help you to minimise clutter, especially around passageways. Remove any obstacles that stand in your path as you move through your home and let go of unnecessary or unwanted items that are taking up valuable space. The flow of energy is about moving easily from room to room.
Open up traffic flows:
Choose Feng Shui furniture arrangements that allow for open pathways into and around rooms. Blocked traffic flows result in blocked chi. In the living room, for example, avoid square coffee table and swap them for circular ones. Rounded corners are preferable to sharp edges because they allow for a smoother traffic flow.
Design a welcoming entrance:
Create a positive first impression with a tidy entryway that feels bright and inviting. Incorporate plants inside the entryway and around your front door to bring a welcoming atmosphere. Add plenty of lighting and fix doors or locks that cause frustration. The reaction that you have when entering your house is the energy you’re going to bring into the rest of the home.
Hang multidimensional artwork:
What you put in your space should make you feel good. Hang photographs of nature or artwork that allows you to look into the distance. Paintings with layers or horizons will help soften your place and reduce stress.
Bring nature indoors:
House plants provide a literal connection to nature within our homes, lending energy and freshness. Decorate rooms with plants appropriate for your home’s light conditions and your ability to care for them.
Apply the command position:
In Feng Shui, the command position refers to where a piece of furniture is located in relation to the door. The best spot is often located diagonally from the door with a solid wall behind you. Thus, you’ll be able to observe every movement, while positioning yourself directly in front of the door puts you in a vulnerable spot. This command position represents your ability to effectively handle opportunities or threats that come into your life.
Use natural light:
Natural light boosts levels of Vitamin D, reduces seasonal depression, and improves sleep. In addition to its health and mood-enhancing benefits, light is an essential component of good Feng Shui because it’s considered to be an energy source. Since Feng Shui is all about chi, or the flow of energy, the more natural light there is, the better. Open your windows, let the light in, and get the energy flowing.
Create balance with colours:
Depending on the shade, colour can ground or uplift a room. Muted, nature-inspired hues will encourage calm, while brighter, more vibrant colours will increase energy levels. Keep darker colours lower to the floor to provide solid foundations. For a balanced effect, you can apply lighter colours to walls and ceilings.
*A version of this article appears in print in the 24 February, 2022 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.