Feng shui is the Chinese art of studying how energy flows and how to make decisions based on that energy flow. Historically it has been used to choose the most promising places to build houses and so on, but today the principles that emerged from feng shui can also be used to help decorate and remodel your home.
If you are particularly interested in an open, friendly home that lets energy flow freely, then studying feng shui can be very helpful! Here are a few ideas to help get you going.
Open Up Seating
This is particularly important for your living room or other areas where there is a lot of seating: Keep the seating open and conducive to conversations. Have seating face either windows or other seating. Don’t put chairs out in the middle of the room, and don’t position seating so that it just faces the entertainment system or fireplace – this is bad for energy flow, and isn’t nearly so inviting for guests.
The Bagua or energy map is a traditional way of mapping out the energy of your home and finding out which elements to favor, and where, when you are decorating. But if that all sounds like a lot of work, you can stick with a simpler concept: Balance is important. If you are using one element, like air or fire, try to balance out with other elements like water, life, and earth. It’s especially important to balance out earth elements like metal and plastic because they can really drag down energy flow if they become too much of a focus.
Use Lighter Colors and More Natural Lighting
Energy thrives on open space and light. Encourage it by choosing brighter colors and encouraging natural light throughout your home. Walls and ceilings should always be white or light colors, slowly moving toward darker shades as you progress to the floor. Keep your shades open to let in natural light, too! If you have an area that doesn’t get much natural light, mount a mirror to reflect the light, so it reaches more places.
Use Natural Plants
Plants are another great way to encourage the flow of energy around a home. Typically any plants will work as long as you keep them healthy. Dying plants aren’t great for feng shui! Traditional feng shui practices tend to prefer leafy green plants and stay away from succulents like cacti, which have a lot of earth energy. However, customize your plant choices based on your climate, and what you know you can keep alive.
Create Open Floor Plans
Walls and narrow spaces don’t make for good feng shui. Open up your house wherever you can – this also helps with airflow and natural lighting, so your feng shui will improve all around! Experts say it’s especially important that your entryway and living area are open so that visitors can immediately see seating options and feel welcome. Of course, it’s all right to keep other areas like studies and bedrooms more private.
Have more questions about the right design for your home? Contact us at Hannah Custom Houses to start the conversation! We look forward to hearing from you.