Our beginner’s guide to feng shui

Our beginner’s guide to feng shui

Feng shui is an ancient Chinese art based on Chi, a universal and positive energy.

Literally feng means “wind” and shui means “water”, therefore feng shui is associated with good health and fortune.

Feng shui has become a real hype and promises to bring more harmony into your home and family life. We gave it a try! It’s real simple! Check out these five feng shui rules for beginners:

Rule #1: Declutter your home

It goes without saying that a clean and organized house brings good feng shui.

So sort, categorize and throw away unnecessary items and clothes to create more space in your home. Easier said than done? Then start with the areas where you often pass by, such as entrance hall and the corridor.

The fewer physical and visual obstacles, the better you will feel. Self-storage can help to create some free space, while keeping your belongings conveniently accessible.

Rule #2: Bring nature indoors

Feng shui is associated with nature and its harmony.

Our modern lifestyle and materialism however are creating chaos. But fear not, these five basic feng shui elements can restore the balance and energy: water, wood, earth, fire and metal.

Completely up to you to decide which of these five elements you want to bring – or even combine – into your living space, for example some air-purifying plants or the Lucky Bamboo (but avoid the unfavourable spiky cacti or plants with thorns!), some wood statues or shelves for good health, or a bowl with floating candles for welfare.

Rule #3: The art of placement

The way that furniture is placed in your living room impacts the flow and feeling of the space.

Therefore, install your furniture so that everyone can move freely around the house. In the living room, for example, the sofa is ideally placed against a wall and not in the middle of the room and in your bedroom, the bed should not stand in front of a door.

Rule #4: Each room has its own function

Feng shui is all about creating a harmonious and balanced space.

This means that each room in your home must clearly have its own function, adapted to your lifestyle. The bedroom for instance has to be relaxing, while a home office must be functional and comfortable so you can work without being disturbed.

Rule #5: An eye for detail

Even small details can promote the feng shui, like the use of the right colours and decoration.

Pastel colours are more suitable for areas where you need to relax, such as the bedroom, the living room and the bathroom. Lively colours are perfect for the entrance hall and kitchen.

Well-placed mirrors can also effect the positive energy in your home, provided that they don’t hang against the door, so the energy is not led outside. It makes sense, doesn’t it?

Have the feng shui vibes kicked in? Let us know how you’re creating good feng shui in your home and share your comments below!

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