For centuries, the Chinese have used Feng Shui to harness the earth’s positive energy and improve their environment through the art of special arrangement and orientation. Based on the patterns of Yin and Yang and the flow of energy, those that practice Feng Shui believe that you can arrange your home or apartment in a way that brings you peace, happiness and good fortune.
The first step to cleansing any home of bad energy is to get rid of any clutter. Focus especially on the area by the front door. The entrance to your home is the mouth of Chi, which allows energy to pass in and out of your home.
In Feng Shui, the living room often reflects your relationships with other people. That being said, it should feel attractive, comfortable and welcoming. Try grouping furniture in this room together in order to facilitate conversations and improve Chi flow. This is also a great space to incorporate color, photos of the positive people in your life, and objects that have positive memories or associations.
Your bedroom will be one of the more important rooms to focus on in your home. It’s where you rest and rejuvenate your mind and body, so it should be relaxing and intimate. Consider using rich, warm colors and subtle lighting to promote comfort. Keep in mind that the bedroom can also be a very romantic and sensual space, so displaying paired objects rather than solitary ones can help promote partnership and strong romantic relationships.
The kitchen, according to Feng Shui, is often a reflection of fortune and abundance. Bright colors and natural lighting are great ways to promote health, happiness and vitality, as are fresh herbs, flowers and fruits. Keep the countertops free of clutter, and cook often in order to celebrate the earth’s abundance.
Your bathroom is the place in your home for purification and renewal. Keeping it fresh, light and well-ventilated will help you to feel clean and let go of all that is negative or no longer needed. Bring in some fresh plants and use light colors like blue and green to create a pure, clean space.
The intention of Feng Shui is to enhance positive energy throughout the home. Once you’ve got the basics down, consider using a Bagua map to even further focus on each particular area of your home. The Bagua breaks down the home into nine areas representative of distinct life elements, for example: abundance and prosperity or relationships and love. Read more about it here.