How To Feng Shui Your Space

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Did you know that your environment, let alone your space influences your prosperity or stagnancy in life?

As a granddaughter of a Feng Shui Master, I grew up with the mindset of where your environment influences your life. Nurturing your environment is key and fundamental towards your well being. You want to make sure that your environment allows an even flow rather than static energy to block up your means of abundance. I want to share what I believe Feng Shui is and how to apply this ancient 3000 year practice towards your own well being and prosperity in life.

Feng Shui is a Chinese philosophical belief system that believes that certain design elements of a home or apartment can bring prosperity or the opposite. The word ‘Feng’ basically means wind and ‘Shui’ means water. Which means that the home that you choose to live in and how you arrange the furniture in your home can increase the flow of “CHI” (universal life energy force). Feng shui helps you make the best use of available space using universal principles and the laws of nature. The main aim is to promote a healthy lifestyle and invoke feelings of positivity. Feng shui’s principles are based on natural elements and when they are applied a nurturing environment is created which is beneficial for everyone. It encourages the idea of inducing positivity in our lives by embracing change.

Though while I have adopted some of its most basic rules to design my own space, it actually requires years of study to fully understand the complexities behind Feng Shui. I do not know that fully, so that you know. :)

The principles of Feng Shui are largely influenced by the belief in chi, or life energy that works as a force in the universe. The principles of Feng Shui attempt to encourage the ebb and flow of positive energy. In secular terms, all this means is that the room will put you in a good mood and function efficiently.

If you don’t prescribe to the spiritual aspect of Feng Shui, then no problem! Ultimately, these principles are just basic guidelines to designing a home that will elevate your mood and make you feel at ease after a long day. In this busy day and age, these guidelines can be useful to anybody!

In feng shui, the goal is to create and maintain this natural energy balance of harmony in homes, offices, businesses, and other manmade venues.

Things to Consider During Your Home Search

All apartment buildings have positive and negative feng shui features. You can't change building structural features, but you can still create a harmonious space if you begin considering certain design elements before you even select a home or apartment to rent. During your home search, be mindful to look out for the following:

  • Location You want to notice what is around your potential new home. find a building in a location with a beautiful garden views or a relaxing view of the city. Avoid living in a home built into a hillside or along a ridgeline. These locations will result in harsh environmental obstacles and elements. In addition, this location cannot provide you with the support you need in general. I always recommend to aim for higher floors. If you’re within view of an industrial area, or cemetery, please consider looking elsewhere. living in places like these calls for creating stagnant energy and blockages in the flow of life. aim for a nice view and something most uplifting.

  • Main Entrance look for light! a bright main entrance will make you feel safe and secure. If the lights are dim, it shows that the landlord doesn’t care much about his/her tenants… now do you really want to live there?

  • Floor Plan the only thing that matters is that your apartment’s floor plan seems to “flow” and make sense to you. Remember, the point is to come home to a relaxing space! setting up your furniture in an intuitive way can counteract the negative vibe that may come from living in confined spaces.

  • Lighting natural light is always preferable. the natural light symbolizes the abundance of which helps create an cheerful environment. Humans evolve with being outside, with vitamin d! We were meant to be in light so do not restrict yourself from that. look for large windows that let sunlight into the room. otherwise, make sure you set up great lightning into your living space.

  • Wall Color look for colors which promotes you a “zen” atmosphere… something with good health and uplifting energy. the kitchen should be a bright color. the bedroom should be a blue to symbolize restfulness. the bathroom should be a green or blue, which reminds you of water.


    The Basics of Furniture Arrangement & Decor

Knowing where to arrange your furniture and what accessories go in what room can help you create the perfect atmosphere in a room and keep everything running smoothly as you navigate a space. Remember, it’s all about conjuring a positive association with each room.

General Rules 
Each room of the house is treated differently, but there are a few general rules you can follow:

  • Furniture size should be conducive to the space they occupy to avoid crowding

  • High traffic areas should be left open for ease of movement

  • The main piece of furniture in the room should be in the “command position,” a space that seems central to the room

  • The best accessory for any calming, zen-styled room is cleanliness

Living Room  
Feng Shui living rooms revolve around balance and warmth for a group of people. The following elements promote this feeling:

  • A tight circular shape is preferable for chairs and couches, so people can face one another while speaking

  • A central element to gather around, such as a coffee table, ottoman, or fireplace

  • Empty fireplaces should be filled with attractive decor – like plants, paper screens, fan, or s decorative sculpture

  • Televisions should be hidden in entertainment centers, as they are not aesthetically pleasing and can suck the energy out of a room

  • Fresh green plants create a sense of, especially when paired with natural light

  • If you have high ceilings, place pleasing pieces of art at eye level to create a focal point and keep the energy from rising to the ceiling

Bedroom  
Bedrooms are intended to promote both relaxation and sensuality. It is one of the most important room that Feng Shui can be applied to, because it can really boost both your restfulness and love life:

  • The bed should be placed in the command position, but never on the same wall as the door because this brings a feeling of insecurity to those sleeping in the bed

  • Two bedside tables create balance and a welcoming feel to the room

  • Soft fabrics with a luxurious feel will help make your bedroom into an escape

  • Color palette should be soothing overall, but hints of red and pinks throughout the room will promote a romantic feel

  • Art on the walls should be calming and promote positivity

  • Having moody lighting with dimmers allows you to control the feel of the room

  • Avoid placing electronics in the room as these can quickly become the focus of your energies instead of the bed

  • A desk in the bedroom is a BIG no-no. No one wants to wake up, look at their desk, and immediately be reminded of their hectic lives.

Bathroom  
This room is commonly ignored by Feng Shui because it has inherently negative energy. However, more recent spins on the Feng Shui aesthetic have begun exploring the possibilities bathrooms offer:

  • Brighten up this room as much as possible

  • Candles add a fire element that contrasts the overwhelming water elements of the room

  • Plants also add a earth element to the room

  • Mirrors widen this typically small space and allows you to admire yourself

  • Cleanliness is incredibly important, since bathrooms are so often considered dirty places

  • Keep the drains plugged and the toilets closed to prevent energy from flowing out of the room

  • Get matching towels and washcloths that will help create a cohesive, balanced vibe

    1. Position your Bed Correctly. Try to position your bed so you can see out the door without twisting your head. It’s best to avoid sleeping with your feet facing directly out the door, which in Feng Shui is considered the most inauspicious position for getting a good night’s rest. If you can’t move your bed, place a piece of furniture, a screen, a shawl, or other soft fabric near the end of the bed for cushioning.

    2. Clear Clutter. In Feng Shui, clutter represents postponed decisions and the inability to move forward, so be careful where you pile and file things. Being surrounded by too much stuff prevents the flow of positive chi, or energy, around you and makes your room feel cold rather than welcoming. If you have the opportunity to add your own furniture, look for pieces that double as storage space, such as an ottoman that opens so you can store your linens. For dorms where eating, sleeping, and studying are all done in one room, use a screen to separate the areas whenever possible to help minimize distractions. For example, when you're studying you can position the screen so you can't see the TV, which could distract you from studying. Or, you could screen off the bed, since this could tempt you to take a nap instead of opening your books.

    3. Add Living Plants. Place a living plant within 3 feet of your computer to help balance any electromagnetic frequencies, or EMFs, that it generates. Choose plants with rounded leaves since they represent wealth, and avoid cactus and other spiky plants that repel energy and Bonsai and stunted plants that represented limited growth. If you can’t grow natural plants, silk is an acceptable alternative because it’s made from a natural fabric. Avoid displaying dried flowers around the room because in Feng Shui they represent dead energy. 

    4. Clean Your Windows. Windows are considered the “eyes” of a building, so when they are dirty your vision is clouded. It may sound radical, but clean the inside of your windows occasionally so your can clearly see your future. And be sure to open your windows frequently to let in positive chi.

    5. Decorate with the Five Elements. Use a balance of colors and shapes of the Feng Shui Five Elements to decorate your space. The Five Elements is the collective name used to describe the colors, shapes, and textures around you: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood. Each Element is distinguished by a characteristic shape, colors, and set of attributes. When you include a mix of all of these Elements in your dorm or small apartment, your space feels more balanced and comfortable. For example, red is the Fire Element color that adds passion; yellow is an Earth Element color that helps ground you; white is a Metal Element color that gives you focus; blue is a Water Element color that will keep you relaxed; and green is the Wood Element color that helps your knowledge expand. Click here to read more about the Five Elements

Office/Work Space  
This room is your source of wealth and vitality, but it can also be a place associated with stress. It must always be kept separate from where you live, play, and rest. There are many design elements that can increase the productivity of your work space:

  • The desk should always be placed in the “commanding position”

  • Symmetry helps add a sense of harmony and order to this room

  • Artwork should be inspiring and creative

  • Plants add a sense of vibrancy to room and purify the air your working in, allowing your mind to work better

  • Adding a small fountain will help add a calming element to this otherwise hectic room

  • Cleanliness is vital in this particular room for  helping you work more efficiently

Studio Apartments  
If you have a small studio apartment, applying the principles of Feng Shui can get tricky. Despite your lack of space, dividing your each area strategically is a must:

  • Utilize a decorative screen or curtain to create a distinct area between your bedroom and work area, specifically

  • Your bed always takes the “command position”

  • Make sure the entryway is completely open and distinct from the rest of the apartment

  • Every space possible should be used for storage to keep clutter to a minimum

  • Shy away from loud artwork that crowds the space aesthetically

  • Placing mirrors in the right places will help expand the room

  • Furnish the apartment so that there is a balanced amount of furniture on each side of the room

In feng shui, the goal is to replicate that sense of well-being and positive uplifting energy flow. This is achieved through the use of feng shui principals, such as:

  • Clutter free: Get rid of all forms of clutter inside and outside your home.

  • Compass directions: Use compass sectors to activate specific elements for each sector.

  • Reinforce auspicious chi: Select colors, furniture, art, accessories and other aesthetics to layer into the room design to reinforce auspicious feng shui energies.

  • Light: Play up natural light in rooms and add artificial lighting to attract sheng chi.


And now you know how to balance the Chi Energy in Your Home

The best way to achieve balanced chi energy in your home is to follow these basic feng shui principles. While chi is invisible, when you take advantage of auspicious chi through the use of feng shui, you'll soon see the visible effects. This powerful energy manifests through abundance, career advances, improved health, and accumulation of wealth and blessings for your family.

LIFESTYLEAlice Chen