Whenever you are buying a new home, decorating, or even making changes in your current home, do you pay attention to feng shui? It seems that there are people who strictly follow it, and then some that will only occasionally follow it. Developed over 3,000 years ago in China, Feng Shui is a ancient art form that is used to bring positive energy into one’s life by balancing the energies in any given space. Whatever your take on it, the principles behind the ancient discipline can benefit almost any home.
Probably one of the most important rooms in your home is the entryway. The entryway will be the room that people see most when they come over to your home, but is also one that you will use on a daily basis and often take for granted. The outside entryway will also set a precedent of what people should expect in your home, so you want to make sure you start here.
- Make sure it is eye- catching: Everyone wants to believe that their house is the most beautiful house. Since most people won’t see the inside, you need to start with the outside. Make sure that you have bright lighting so that your walk way is visible. Also, use plants that will stay beautiful year round.
- Get rid of the cluster: Next time you think about droping your mail off inside the door, don’t. You do not want a lot of clutter upon entering the home. It needs to be as inviting as possible. Make sure that there are no broken steps and that the inside is as breathable as possible.
Another important room that is often overlooked in terms of decorating is the kitchen. In our fast paced society, not a lot of people have time to cook and spend hours slaving over the stove. So if you are never in there, why should you care what it looks like? Well first of all, you need to spend time there. Spend time with your family cooking great, nutritious meals. It will benefit your family in the long run. Not only will your health improve but so will your closeness.
- Color: Color is essential in any feng shui element, but particularly in the kitchen. With the use of water and your stove and appliances, you already have fire and water playing against each other. Therefore, you will want to stay away from fire colors such as red and orange. These colors have been proven to make your brain associate them with hunger so your waistline will appreciate it also. Make sure to use cooling colors. Pale yellow is thought to be one of the best options.
- Layout: Along with color, you will also want to think about the placement of your appliances. How easy would it be if your sink was across from the stove? Well, do not do it. You will put water and fire in direct contrast. This alignment is said to increase arguments in the household.
For some, their room is their sanctuary. They love to spend time cuddled up in their room, but is it really inviting? There are certain elements of feng shui that will make your bedroom more relaxing and will help aide your sleep habits.
- Bed: Obviously the most important part of the room should have the most rules associated with it. When it comes to placement of the bed you want to make sure that it is placed opposite the door and usually up against the farthest wall. You will want to have a solid headboard like wood or leather and new sheets. Why new sheets? When you replace the bedding every year, it adds fresh energy to the room.
- Decoration: As we mentioned, color is key to feng shui, so in the bedroom you will want to make sure that you use warm colors and flesh tones. These colors are said to spice up the room and increase romance. Any decoration elements should usually be displayed in pairs. Also, if you want to keep the room romantic then get rid of all electronics and exercise equipment. There are better places for these things.