The traditional Chinese practice of feng shui aims to harmonise individuals with their surrounding environment. Many Westerners incorrectly think this is just about furniture arrangement. However, it’s much more than that.
Many believe proper feng shui can bring happiness and luck to any space, whether that be your home or working place.
Throughout history feng shui has been used to organise urban areas, parks, homes and even tombs. Feng shui’s primary directives involve making inhabitants feel refreshed and hopeful.
Here are five main aspects of feng shui that can help bring a little ancient Chinese energy to your home:
Homes that follow traditional feng shui should take advantage of natural light as much as possible. After all, electricity is a recent technology. In the past, letting sunlight into your home was crucial.
Yet, it’s still important to this day. Sunlight can lift your mood and reduce stress. It makes rooms feel open and free. Plus, getting a little bit more vitamin D never hurt, right?
Colour is another essential element of feng shui. Just like light, colour was thought to affect the energy and flow of a certain space. Of course, light colours have warming and lifting energy. On the other hand, dark colors are believed to be heavy and cold.
It is recommended that you use dark and light colours in combination to fit the feeling of each room. The tones must be compatible. For instance, blue and white are two colours that are thought to look harmonic together.
This is one aspect of feng shui that is already familiar to people in the West. Decorators are already familiar with complementary colours and clashing colours.
Plants play an important role in any home decoration. Indeed, a home that follows the techniques of feng shui is no different. Plants are, of course, living organisms so the fact that they produce energy is undeniable.
Scientific studies have often supported the fact that rooms with plants feel more relaxed and comfortable. In feng shui, plants are particularly powerful if they are in places where you see them in the morning.
Have you ever complained that a room feels too “stuffy”? Maybe there just wasn’t enough airflow.
In feng shui, having enough natural air movement is pivotal in bringing energy to a space. Proponents of this practice say that fresh air contributes to the health of inhabitants and improves vitality.
5. Cleaning on a Daily Basis
Lastly, you may not know that cleanliness is a big part of feng shui. It is said that clutter and disrepair cause negative energy to enter a space.
Many in the US are following the teaching of Marie Kondo from Japan who instructs her students to get rid of anything that doesn’t “spark joy.” This idea jives with that of feng shui.
Get to it
So, whether you ascribe to the ideas of feng shui or not, it’s undeniable that rooms can have a certain mood. Whether you’re moving into a new apartment or sprucing up your home, use these methods to be more in tune with feng shui.
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