The Basics of Feng Shui
Feng Shui is all about energy flow and maintaining the right balance to create a peaceful ambiance filled with positive vibes. This practice has been around for thousands of years, and today it can sometimes have the reputation of being confusing or old fashioned. However, it’s more accurate to describe it as a process for setting an intention for your home and inviting the energy you want to welcome into your daily life.
Maybe you’re trying to focus on self-improvement this year or just itching for a change now that spring is here. No matter what you’re looking for, feng shui is a fun way to set up your home for positive energy and beautiful design!
The foundation of feng shui is the bagua chart, which serves as a map and guide for kicking off your feng shui design. Start by imagining your space from the vantage of your front door and from there overlay the chart into your space. It won’t be perfect or fit exactly within the chart for everyone, but think in terms of directions to best utilize the chart. Even for oddly shaped spaces, imagine it in terms of “the back right corner” being a perfect spot for something small like a jade plant or purple accent to find the corresponding location.
Using the bagua as a map for creating an intentional design is another way to help attract energy where you want it and create a harmonious balance since there is no positive without the negative and vice versa. Consider what areas of your life you’d like to see a boost in and place decor to give those areas a bit more attention. Adding a jade plant to the back left quadrant of your space would be a good addition if you had a potential raise coming up, or a yellow accent towards the center during cold and flu season to heighten your wellness.
Using the bagua chart is a streamlined way to quickly implement a holistic feng shui feel to your entire home. If you might be looking for a more in-depth feng shui project, the main living space and bedroom are good places to concentrate your efforts.
Feng Shui Living
First things first, clear off surfaces like coffee tables that can be a spot for collecting random items from books and magazines to electronics and cups. Clutter is not a friend to balanced feng shui, or for maintaining a design you worked so hard to create.
Take another look at your existing furniture and decor to see if it still speaks to the style you want, if not donate it and make selections that fit the bagua and achieve the look you’re envisioning. Since living areas are where we spend our time with others and enjoy activities we love, find the right seating to fit everyone and your space comfortably and decor pieces that bring you joy.
Once your large pieces of furniture are in place, time to consider the arrangement and placement, which are major facets of feng shui. Pull large furniture away from walls and get creative with the layout to maximize the space and encourage good flow for energy and movement around the room. Try to keep sofas away from underneath windows and anchor the front legs on a rug if you can to ground the good energy. Grouping things in pairs is also a good idea, both to highlight companionship and to create balance everywhere. Throw pillows in sets, a duo of decorative candles or a couple of seasonal accents will all add to your design and feng shui balance.
In addition to grounding the energy in your living space, avoid letting all that positivity flow out with “poison arrows” caused by harsh straight lines. Add in some curved edges on your furniture, rounded picture frames and create variety with a gallery wall including different sizes and arrangement instead of a grid pattern.
Feng Shui Sleeping
Bedrooms are one of the best places for feng shui, as balanced energy and uncluttered spaces are ideal for rest and relaxation.
Start by positioning the head of your bed to face the door if you can and find a solid bed frame and headboard without holes or sharp edges. Loose or broken furniture, frames with cutouts or heavy hangings above the bed can create a cutting effect, which is not something that’s conducive with proper rest.
Find a pair of nightstands and opt for pieces made of solid materials like wood or a sturdy upholstered headboard. Think of soft tapestries or macrame pieces if you want something to hang over your bed. However, all the best energy in the world probably won’t help if your mattress isn’t up to par, so make sure you have one that matches your sleep style to fully enjoy your bedroom and balanced energy.
Refer back to the bagua chart to look for colors or materials that can align with the location of your bedroom, while keeping your style and sleep needs in mind. For example, your bedroom might match the quadrant where red has the highest energy, but it’s not always the best color for getting rest. Turn instead to bamboo framed pictures or mirror you love that could bring in good energy while not interrupting your rest.
The versatility of feng shui is something that makes this practice so accessible and fun, no matter your budget or design style. Make it work for you and your unique space and start to reap the rewards of a balanced home!