Let the Energy Flow: How to Incorporate Feng Shui Decorating into Your Home
Did you know that clutter can straight up be ruining your life?
Have you noticed yourself feeling stressed as you look around your home that is full of stuff?
Do you feel like the energy in your home is stale?
Use these feng shui decorating tips to fix that issue.
What is Feng Shui?
First, let’s talk about what Feng Shui is. The literal meaning in Chinese is wind (Feng) and water (Shui). A short summary is that it’s an ancient art of placement. It involves arranging your environment to enhance the quality of your life.
Feng shui decorating will make your home or office more inviting. Anyone that enters that area will absorb the energy and the attitude as they enter the room. Keeping the entry area light and airy will encourage even a grumpy person to leave their negativity at the door.
Organizing your space around positive things will attract positive things into your life. Same applies to the opposite if you organize your space negatively you will attract negative things into your life.
How to Incorporate Feng Shui Decorating into Your Home
Feng shui decorating is a way to decorate your home to create a feeling of harmony and joy. It means creating an environment that has the best energy to support what the space is intended for. Having fun while decorating your home is a key to not making it feel like work.
A bedroom will need soft, sensual energy. A home office will need active, vibrant energy.
Feng Shui Requirement
Feng shui first requires to clear the old energy and create a strong energy foundation. In other words, it means getting rid of the clutter. It doesn’t make sense in feng shui to decorate a home that is cluttered because the whole point is to have a clear space.
In order to have good feng shui energy these two elements are essential. Indoor pollution is sometimes much worse than outdoor pollution. There are several plants that are very effective at improving indoor air quality.
The following plants were defined by NASA in the 1980s as plants with good air purifying qualities:
- Areca Palm
- Lady Palm
- Bamboo Palm
- Rubber Plant
- English Ivy
- Dwarf Date Palm
- Boston Fern
- Peace Lily
Another way to improve air quality is using an aromatherapy diffuser with quality essential oils. This will improve the air quality and the energy in the room almost instantly.
Good lighting for feng shui means as much natural light as possible. If you have small windows in the area then mirrors are an option to bring more natural light into the room. Mirrors also recirculate energy as an added bonus.
Define Your Energy Map
The Bagua is one of the main tools used to analyze the energy of any space. The translation from Chinese to English means “8 areas.” These 8 areas include:
- Love & marriage
- Helpful people
- Spiritual growth
Use one of the two main feng shui methods to define the Bagua AKA the feng shui energy map. The two methods are the classical school Bagua or the BTB grid.
Understand the Five Feng Shui Elements
Use the following elements to create balance and vibrant energy in your home: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. An example of this is if you want to improve your health, place plants to represent the wood feng shui in the East area of your home.
Feng Shui Birth Element
Use your birth element to create a home that supports and feeds your energy. If your birth element is fire introduce triangle shapes, and fire colors.
Be Mindful of the Energy in the Room
Be intentional and mindful while you are in the room that you create the feng shui makeover. Pay attention to how you feel and your mood. In the world of energy things can constantly change which means that being mindful is key to always staying on top of the energy flow.
A very powerful way to shift the energy in your home is using color. Depending on what room it is you can choose what color is best. Color is alive and in feng shui, it’s considered to be an expression of one of the feng shui elements listed below:
- Fire element colors: red, orange, purple, pink, and yellow
- This element brings supporting energy to all your career efforts and nourishes a person’s sexual energy and inner warmth
- Earth element colors: light yellow, beige, and earth/sandy
- Earth element maintains health and inner balance
- Metal element colors: gray, and white
- Metal element helps with clarity and lightness
- Water element colors: blue, and black
- Water element brings in calm energy. It’s also an ancient symbol of abundance.
- Wood element colors: brown, and green
- Wood element brings the energy of vibrant health, vitality, and growth. It’s also an expression of abundance.
Looking for More Ideas?
Keep in mind that the best feng shui rooms are where everyone in your family feels relaxed, calm, happy, and at ease. Many of the elements in this practice don’t cost a cent it’s just a matter of decluttering and rearranging.
Feng shui is a practice based on the idea that our home is a reflection of what’s happening inside of us. The purpose is to align your environment with who you are and where you want to go.