Feng Shui: tips for creating a calm space in your home
By Bea Patel on 5 Apr 2018 in Home Improvements
Have you heard of the ancient Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui? Can it transform your head space and create a positive impact on your mental, physical and emotional wellbeing?
We look deeper into this ancient philosophy – at what you can do in your home to positively change your performance and the way you feel.
What is Feng Shui?
Its definition in the Cambridge Dictionary is:
“An ancient Chinese belief that the way your house is built or the way that you arrange objects affects your success, health and happiness.”
Feng Shui is an art and science dating back to over 3000 years ago. It’s the art of placement, knowing where to place objects within a space to positively affect different areas of your life.
Is this important? A recent survey from Carpetright reveals that 76 per cent of people thought the layout of a room influences how they feel. 72 per cent said their bedroom makes them feel relaxed, 37 per cent said their kitchen makes them feel creative, and 30 per cent said their garden makes them feel happy.
So, could you benefit from some Feng Shui in your home? Read on for tips on how you can Feng Shui your home, and how an energy map can help you discover the connection between areas of your home and life.
Tips to Feng Shui your home
Carpetright provide seven tips to help you Feng Shui your home:
1. Energy flowing entrances
The front door is the first and last thing you see when entering and exiting your home, so it can set the tone for your mood and lay the foundation for positive change.
In Feng Shui, your home receives its chi (energy nourishment) through this portal. Keep it clean, clear and easy to access. The interior directly behind the front door should be a focal point, as it gives way to the ambience of your whole home. Decorate this space with something that triggers positive feelings.
2. Clear space = clear mind
The basis to all Feng Shui is clear space. This lays the groundwork for a calm and focused mind. It will allow chi to flow more freely through your home, without becoming entangled in old objects or trapped in stagnant formations.
Decluttering your environment can help detox your mind from any harmful or negative thought patterns. To keep on top of this, set aside 15 or 20 minutes every week to throw out anything that no longer serves a purpose – in your head space or home place.
3. Find your sleeping sweet spot
In Feng Shui, the command position involves placing the main piece of furniture used in each room (such as a bed, seat or desk) where you can see the door without being in direct line with it. This lets you to be the commander of your own energy, so that you’re best positioned, both physically and mentally, to deal with what comes into your life. This position is of particular importance in the bedroom, where you’re often at your most vulnerable – resting and sleeping.
4. Purify with plants
Clean air is an essential element to Feng Shui. House plants absorb pollutants and toxins while releasing oxygen. This purifies the air you breathe, helping energy flow through and revitalise your body. Avoid lots of small plants as they can build up as clutter. Instead, choose larger, low maintenance varieties, like areca palm – an indoor palm tree which is pet friendly and NASA approved. It’s nurtured by nature, so open the windows regularly to let in fresh air and natural light.
5. Energy map your space
For example, the northern part of your home is related to your career and the flow of water. If this is an area that feels blocked, you may want to introduce a fountain into that room, which is said to bring balance, flow and progression into your career.
6. Introduce the elements
For a harmonious home, you’ll need a balanced blend of all five Feng Shui elements to bring vibrant energy to all areas of your space and life. These don’t necessarily need to have an equal presence in every room. For example, you may choose mainly wooden elements for your kitchen, or the eastern side of your home, to promote health, growth and creativity.
The more energy you allow to flow through your home, the more it will enrich and renew your wellbeing. A good place to start is to think about which areas of your life you want to work on, and what kind of energy you want to attract. Use the bagua to identify where in your home you can release any blockages or imbalances to help you move forward.
7. Repair and replenish
What’s broken must be fixed in both the home and the mind. By repairing broken furniture, leaking pipes, or even holes in fabric – you’re healing what’s around you and within you. So, by repairing and strengthening your environment, you can replenish and revitalise yourself.
Are you inspired to add some Feng Shui into your home?
Feature image credit: ArtbyPunam