A lot of people are fans of interior design but overlook the benefits of incorporating Feng Shui into their design. For many, this is simply because they don’t understand Feng Shui or think it is something completely different from what it actually is. So what exactly is Feng Shui?
In essence, feng shui is the practice of arranging objects, such as in the home, to help attract positive energy. It is a part of an ancient Chinese art & science, primarily concerned with the harmonious relationship between people and their environments. It is based on the Taoist idea that nature is alive and energy appears in different forms.
So how can this be incorporated into Modern design? If we look at the traditions of Feng Shui, there’s nothing to suggest that the two pratices can’t mix, in fact the very opposite is true. Feng Shui & Design work wonderfully well and by striking the perfect balance of the two, you’ll live in an environment with the best kind of energy in a beautiful, aesthetically designed home.
Here are 6 tips that will get you started with feng shui in your own home.
Place your furniture in the ‘Command’ position,
The command position is where you can see the doorway to the room from where you are sitting or lying. This should not be in direct alignment with the door, but at a diagonal position that gives you a commanding position of the entire room. The bed, desk, cooker, or place where you spend the most time reading or watching TV should always be placed in the command position. Not having the key pieces of furniture in a command position will lead to a person feeling disempowered.
Make your front door the main entrance
A lot of us forego the front door and use a side door or back door as a main entrance instead. Looking at the best practices of feng shui, this may limit good energy and opportunities in your life because the front entry door is the main entrance for “chi” to enter your home and life. Make your front entrance the main entrance. Choose the colour of the door carefully and arrange plants and other ornaments neatly. Make sure it’s tidy and welcoming!
Keep bathroom doors closed
The bathroom is one of the main concerns when it comes to Feng Shui. As a room, it has more exit points for Chi than any other. The idea is that water leaves home here. Since water is related to wealth, it can be representative of ‘flushing our money away’.Useful fixes are to keep the toilet lid closed and the bathroom door closed as often as possible. You can also leave stoppers in drains, but make sure you don’t have any leaky taps first!
Replace or fix anything that is broken, cracked, molding, rotting or in any kind of disrepair.
Care for your home the way you care for yourself. Often if we are not caring for ourselves, our homes reflect this as well. They are a mirror to our inner and outer worlds and if we pay attention will give us profound clues to where our lives are! Mold is also very toxic and needs to be addressed immediately in the home.
Where is your bed located?
As mentioned previously, we angle furniture in a ‘command position’. The bed is arguably the most important piece of furniture in the house as we spend so many hours in their sleeping.
A command position essentially means that you will face the door from the opposite side of the room, but you won’t be situated directly in front of it. Usually, the point diagonally furthest from the door will offer the greatest common position for your bed.
Also ensure that your bed is supported by a solid wall behind it. This position allows you to be in visual command of the space. It allows you to face life and energy directly, both literally and symbolically.
TV in your bedroom?
A lot of us have televisions in our bedroom. In Feng Shui it is recommended not to have one at all. However, if you do then make sure to have it in a place that can be covered easily. Having a TV cabinet with a sliding door or closing doors is an excellent way to achieve this. The active energy of the television is counter-productive to the type of calming quiet energy more that leads to sleep and good energy in the bedroom. If you don’t have the room for a cabinet, then simply covering the set with a throw or blanket can calm the active energy.
For beginners, understanding the principles of feng shui is the first step in achieving a harmonious home. Feng Shui does not have to mean using particular tools to come up with a harmonious home, rather sticking to the basic elements is enough to attract the right energy into your home and allow it to work in tandem with the beautiful design you have chosen.