Feng Shui has been around for ages, and even nowadays many homeowners follow the principles of this ancient Chinese art in order to achieve harmony and balance in their home. If you are renovating your home, consider maintaining a good energy flow with the help of Feng Shui. It is believed that by arranging pieces in your living space a certain way you can create balance with the natural world. One of the most important factors regarding Feng Shui philosophy is the chi - the energy in a room. Here are several ways you can ensure your home has a good chi.
Get rid of the clutter
If you have been feeling tired and unmotivated lately, it is possible that the chi in your home is very slow. Too many things can intervene with the energy flow, so if your home is cluttered, it is time to roll up your sleeves and get rid of some stuff. Especially pay attention to your entryway and halls, since clutter in those areas will prevent energy from flowing to other rooms.
Make sure your staircase is in the right place
If you are currently involved in a massive home reno, where you are knocking down and moving walls around and installing interior wall insulation for maximised energy efficiency, make sure that in the end, your staircase doesn’t end up across from your entryway. According to Feng Shui, when a staircase is facing a home entrance, it directs all the energy to the upper floors, leaving the first floor without any chi. Therefore, while you are already moving everything around, make sure you place the staircase in the more remote area of the house.
Opt for a sturdy door
Speaking of the entryway, keep in mind that according to the Feng Shui philosophy, your front door should be made of sturdy materials. It is believed that a strong door keeps the bad energy away and protects the home. Therefore, instead of going with a glass door or plastic, opt for wood or even metal.
Move your bathroom away from the dining area
If you are building a new bathroom or moving your old one, make sure you build it away from the kitchen and the dining area. Feng Shui philosophy claims that having a bathroom facing the kitchen or dining room could make those living in the house ill. Your bathroom should also be kept away from the home entrance, as it keeps the energy from being dispersed throughout the house.
Reorganise the bedroom
When remodelling the bedrooms in your home, make sure each member of the family ends up with an equal amount of space. According to Feng Shui, this will foster love and equality in the house. Paint the walls a neutral colour and allow the room owners to personalise their space. However, if you wish to follow Feng Shui rules, make sure that the bed is placed against the wall, but in a way that prevents your feet from pointing to the door. The flow of the chi could be greatly disturbed by the electronic devices on a bedside table, so find a new spot for them. If the bedroom has any mirrors in it, make sure they are not placed opposite the bed or the door.
Put the kitchen in the centre
It is believed that the kitchen is the heart of the home and therefore should be placed right in the middle of the house. The kitchen produces most of the home’s good energy, so it should be connected to other areas as much as possible. When renovating this area, make sure that the sink and the dishwasher are not facing the kitchen stove.
Add a touch of green
Real plants lend energy and add freshness to your home. Therefore, make sure to decorate each room in your home with greenery. However, be aware to choose Feng Shui plants, or in other words, those that are suited for your home’s light conditions. Also, go with plants that are rounded and feature softer leaves.
With these tips, you will increase the energy flow in your home and create a harmonious environment for everyone living in it.