While we are all spending more and more time at home, albeit involuntarily, a perfect opportunity has been created for us to really get to know how our homes can best work for us. Whilst the prospect of renovating a home can be a little daunting, especially if money is tight and we don’t particularly want to venture to the shops, a full home renovation is not always the answer when we are craving a change. In this post we will explore some ways that Feng Shui can be implemented into your home without breaking the bank or the lockdown rules.
What is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese philosophy that has been adapted over many years becoming compatible with the ever changing world. First integrated into western homes in the 1970’s, the principles have gradually adapted to be implemented effectively in modern homes regardless of size, layout or interior decor taste. The ancient Chinese Feng Shui principles revolve around implementation of materials and colors helping to activate different elements to create flow of energy. The modern or western interpretation of Feng Shui most commonly revolves around furniture arrangement in the home. When both of these methods are used in conjunction with each other, incredibly good Feng Shui in the modern home can be achieved.
How can I achieve good Feng Shui without shopping?
Most commonly Feng Shui focuses around a more minimalistic way of living, I don’t mean to say that all of your walls need to be white and there is no furniture allowed. My point is that implementing Feng Shui in your home might actually be the perfect way to make a change without feeling the need to buy new stuff.
Where do I start?
The first steps to ensuring good energy flow and Feng Shui in your home is to assess its current state. An effective way to imagine and understand the energy flow in your home is by likening it to water. Stand at your open front door. Does the energy flow from this key area in your home to all other rooms smoothly and with no harsh obstructions? If not then this is a great place to start. You should also make assessments in every room of your house, however, there is no harm in just starting in one place and seeing how you go. Don’t feel like you need to take on the whole home at once. These assessments should generally consist of you thinking about the elements that frustrate you or give you bad energy in the room, for example is your bed facing the door making you feel insecure and vulnerable whilst sleeping?
Take into consideration the points you noticed during your assessment. For example, we all have that annoying piece of furniture that we bump our hip or stub our toes on every time we walk past. Think about a new spot for that piece of furniture where it’s no longer an obstruction for you or the energy flowing throughout your home.
Decluttering and Touch-ups
You should also consider reorganizing and finding a better home for some of the items you have laying around. Keeping surfaces clear of clutter and your drawers organized is another key element of Feng Shui. A clear and clutter free home guarantees you a more clutter free mind! Although you should consider getting rid of those old paperclips and broken pens sitting at the bottom of your drawer, it is equally as important to keep key meaningful items around you. For example, in Feng Shui it is believed that items that remind you of good relationships in your life whether that be with friends or partners or even items in pairs can help to encourage future healthy relationships with new or existing people in your life.
Ensuring that you are mindful of completing those small DIY jobs is also very important especially when it comes to areas such as your front door. Often people tend to forget about the odd paint chipped door or stiff handle, however these small jobs can really make a difference when it comes to the overall feel of your room. After all, first impressions count right?
Mirrors can be a bit of a controversial subject when it comes to Feng Shui however there are certainly right and wrong ways to use them in your home. For example, we mentioned previously that the entryway of your home is one of the key areas, a place where pretty much all of your energy enters. A common mistake that homeowners make is placing the mirror opposite the door over a side table or piece of furniture. Not only does this act as an obstruction for the energy flow into the home, a mirror in this position can actually obstruct energy flow completely, bouncing it right back out of your front door. Although it is perfectly acceptable to have a mirror by your front door to check your appearance, if you find that this is the case in your home, it’s important to consider moving these items perpendicular to the door. This placement will encourage any natural light and energy to bounce around the home.
If you would like to know more about Feng Shui and how you can implement it effectively in your home, check out The Ultimate Guide to Feng Shui For Your Home.
About The Author: Lori Wilson is the founder of and author at Roomforinspo.com, a website about home design & decor. Passionate about interior decor & gardening, in 2019 after renovating her own home, Lori decided to start a blog all about it in the hope that her passion and research could help others on their journey to creating their dream home.
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