No matter your style, there are many schools of thought to help you find balance in your space so it’s calming and uplifting. Feng shui is one technique geared towards that exact goal. Feng shui might seem a bit complicated at first, but as long as you abide by the core principles, there are lots of ways you can make it work for your space while you learn all you can. Here are some tips to get your space started on feeling less chaotic with feng shui.
1. Clean and Declutter
Although this is a tip you can find just about everywhere, there is plenty of value in getting the process started by cleaning and decluttering your space. Feng shui is all about feeling peace and balance, and that often comes from the ability to see the full space and feel comfortable within it.
2. Disrupt Opposing Exits
One tip for bringing a sense of good energy into your home is to make sure the energy – or chi – has the space to flow and slow down. If you have two doors that have a straight line of open space in between them, try to create dimension and activity between them so the energy doesn’t quickly enter and leave your home.
3. Keep the Entryway Clear
Slowing the energy down between opposing doors doesn’t mean, however, that you should let your entryway get crowded or stuffy. On the contrary! Feng shui practices encourage you to keep your entryway clear and neat in order to invite good energy into your space. This goes both for the outdoor and indoor spaces around your front door.
4. Balance the Five Elements
The five elements – earth, fire, water, metal, and wood – are a large part of balancing a space through feng shui. Since they each have different meanings – from love to career and health – it’s important to incorporate the elements into your space however you want to balance it. Remember to incorporate each of them, usually in specific patterns that denote your intention.
5. Keep a Clear Walking Path
For the energy to flow fully throughout space and balance the chi throughout your home, it’s important to have clear walking paths without any disruptions or awkward transitions.
This can be tough in small spaces, but it’s important both for balance and for the simple practicality of getting around your home. If this becomes a frequent stumbling block, try to carve out time to clean and tidy regularly.
6. Utilize Natural Light
One part of utilizing feng shui is incorporating the world’s natural elements into your home and allowing them to become a part of your space. Natural light is a great way to do this, and it’s also fantastic for saving money on electric bills, bringing natural beauty into your home, and making things feel much more open and uplifting.
7. Keep Mirrors Facing Indoors
Having mirrors that directly face doors and windows can be bad luck in the world of feng shui. This is because having your mirrors facing the outdoors can send the chi or energy out of your home and make your home feel emptier.
Instead, you can keep your mirrors on an angle facing away from the windows so they still reflect light inside without sending the good energy away. This way, you can enjoy the natural light without worrying about the energetic flow.
8. Keep Your Dining Area Circular
If you want to create a sense of harmony during mealtimes, keep your eating area configured in a circle. One of the easiest ways to do this is by having a circular dining table with chairs spaced all around it. That way, everything feels even and balanced. This can be a great design and function choice in addition to its feng shui benefits, especially if you like to host or have a large family.
9. Keep Double Beds Balanced
If you have a guest room with two beds or kids who share a room, one way to utilize feng shui here is to balance the room in accordance with the beds. Keep them on equal sides of the room and stay symmetrical if you can. That can bring a sense of peace and harmony into even the brightest and busiest kids’ rooms!
10. Decorate With Plants
Bringing life inside your home can never go wrong, and feng shui encourages this. Plants can bring a brightening and charged sense of energy that consistently boosts chi and helps it flow. There are so many different kinds of plants that thrive well in indoor environments, such as pothos, ferns, and bamboo – many of which also have specific significance within feng shui.
Balancing Your Space With Feng Shui
Of all the ways you can balance your space and help it feel calm and serene, feng shui is one of the best. With a system designed to help the balance and flow of any home, you can trust that your space will feel even more refreshed than it would after a simple clean or declutter. From using natural light to having ausing natural light to having a circular dining area, there are many possibilities to explore.
Rose Morrison is the managing editor of Renovated, a home living site where she loves to share home renovation ideas to help people live their best DIY life. She’s especially passionate about sustainable living and incorporating greener habits into everyday life. For more from Rose, you can follow her on Twitter.