The Art of Feng Shui
Feng Shui Your House & Home: How To Get Started
The concept of Feng Shui is based on the belief that an energy or life force – ‘chi’ – can pass through your home. This will, however, depend on how your living space is arranged. Such things as keeping your home free of clutter and how you arrange your furniture will have positive benefits, not only for your home but also the people living there.
Feng Shui puts great emphasis on clearing clutter, both in your personal life and in your home. This actually makes a lot of sense, whether you believe in Feng Shui or not. If you are to rearrange your home the first thing to do is clear up any clutter or mess.
Clutter, in Feng Shui, is seen as a barrier to energy and something that drains energy from you. So, the thing to do with those things considered as clutter is to either use them, find a place for them, or get rid of them.
It should also be understood that clearing clutter applies to the entire property and not just the living areas. Any clearing should also include the closet, laundry room, garage, attic and basement.
The aim of Feng Shui in the home is to encourage the flow of chi – energy. Having cleared any clutter which blocks chi, the next thing is to arrange the furniture in such a way that the energy flows freely.
In order to Feng Shui your home, no room or space should be crammed, be it with furniture or accessories, as this will only block or distort the energy. The best way to achieve this is not to overfill any of the rooms. It is suggested that there should be at least 3 ft between items of furniture.
Another important of element of Feng Shui is that all furniture in a room, such as chairs and sofas in the living room, stoves in the kitchen, and beds in the bedroom, should face the entry. If this is impractical then a mirror should be placed to ensure that a glimpse of the entry can be caught wherever someone is within the particular room.
Plants and Flowers
Another way to Feng Shui – assist the flow of energy – throughout the home is with plants and flowers. Flowers not only add a touch of color, they also enliven a room. Plants should have wide, rounded leaves. The jade plant is seen as ideal. Flowers, incidentally, do not have to be fresh. Artificial ones, such as plastic or silk, will suffice.
Light and Air
Light and air pay an important role in Feng Shui. Natural sunlight flowing through the windows during the day will enhance the flow of chi throughout the property. During the hours of darkness, good lighting will enable you to appreciate the colors in the home. White fluorescent lights are frowned upon in Feng Shui, so if any new lighting is fitted it is a good idea to ensure they promote your home’s energy efficiency. The flow of air is also beneficial, either through open windows or the air conditioning system.