Are you feeling low on energy, want to spice up your life or worried about the future? You can help improve your mood by just changing a few things around in your home by following the principles of the ancient art of Feng Shui.
Which brings into question what is Feng Shui for those of you that do not know and may wonder why should it be good for me and why should I care?
What is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese belief that refers to ‘Energy’ - in the sense of life force and where you build your house and decorate your home as well as objects and colours can affect your life. In the olden days in China it relied on astronomy to find correlations between humans and the universe - so they invented a magnetic compass. The purpose of the compass or Feng Shui is to build and decorate on spots with good qi (energy) - as the belief is that the land you build on or living on has different energies and is alive. So the way your house is built or you arrange decor affects your health, success and happiness. It is also based on the idea that our homes are a mirroring what is happening inside ourselves. That is why you want to get your environment in alignment with who you are and where you want to go - which will enable you to harmonize your energy with your home’s energy. Qi flow in through the door and out through the window so the key of Feng Shui is to help qi flow gently through your home and not get stuck or escape.
The principle of Feng Shui is based on Five Elements - Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood. These are used in combination with The Bagua which is the chart used to map the areas of a home or office and determine where to locate the objects and colours that represent the Five Elements.
The Five Elements and the Bagua
Each element have their own attributes, colours and shapes that are used to improve the balance of qi in our home. Depending on what you want to unblock or bring into your life different colours represents different attributes such as: health, happiness, grounding, strength and so on. Take a look at the table below.
|Fire||Red, Orange, Purple, Animal prints||Passion, Emotion, Wealth|
|Earth||Brown and Yellow||Grounding, Stability|
|Metal||White, Metallic, Grey||Strength, Independence|
|Water||Black and Blue||Relaxtion, Inspiration|
|Wood||Green and Teal||Growth, Expansion|
The Bagua Chart
So depending on what you want to improve in your life you decorate you home accordingly. That brings in the Bagua which is the chart used to map the areas of a home that tells you where to locate the objects and colours that represent the Five Elements. Modern approaches to Feng Shui use a grid-shaped chart to map nine areas of your life which you should align with the entrance of your home.
Basic Rules of Feng Shui when furnishing your home
Whether you believe in Feng Shui or not there are some great rules to keep your home neat and organized which in turn will make you feel rejuvenated and refreshed. Just by trying some of these few simple rules you can instantly feel less weight and drain. I just moved myself and had 4 or 5 large sacks full of things that I no longer need as I was sorting the clutter whilst packing. Some I gave to charity or friends and some things I just throw out. And when I moved into my new place with no clutter laying around I felt energized. And one of the major rules of Feng Shui is no clutter! A few other great rules are :
- Open the door to positive energy and nothing blocking the entrance. But add nice features such as an aroma diffuser or big plant that purifies the air or a nice quote on the wall.
- Choose the right the proportion of your furniture. Don’t furnish a small house with big furniture as it will not let the energy flow and vice versa - it should be a balance!
- Mix masculine and feminine decor to create a yin yang balance too. This is what Feng Shui is about - balanced energies - so we want to create harmony and balance.
- Don’t put your bed beneath a window and also allow space on the sides of the bed as we don’t want the energy to get trapped against the wall - we want it to flow.
- Mirrors are very powerful Feng Shui tools and part of the water element. If placed in strategic areas they can bring great beneficial energy to your home. But avoid to place a mirror directly facing your bed or above your bed. In fact it suggest to NOT put mirror in the bedroom all together to protect your own qi energies from escaping as you sleep.
There are also a variety of other tools that are used in Feng Shui to unblock or balance the qi in your home which includes, plants, sound, water features, light and art among a few things. Home accessories, for example, such as cushion covers and curtains in colors that will balance the energy flow are an excellent choice and also brings a warm feeling into the room.
Feng Shui colours when choosing home accessories for your home
When you decorate your home you should choose correct colours so that its ensured you're building positive energy, clarity, and happiness. The Feng Shui colour guide is useful when you choose colours to decorate your flat or choose home decor. You should choose the Feng Shui colours according to the energy you want to balance and without having to do a total house renovation you can use home accessories such as cushion covers, wall art, curtains or various other home decor items. Here are 5 examples of how to implement the colours based on the 5 elements and recommended home accessories.
Fire Element - Red, Burgundy, Orange, Animal Print
All these colours including animal prints represents the fire element which is great for transformation: richness and luxury as well as passion, love and romance. So if you want to steam it up in the bedroom or living room perhaps add some cool fiery cushion covers. Animal print such as zebra, leopard prints are associated with luxury and richness but also according to Feng Shui supposed to protect the house and the peole living in it. Burgundy is a great colour as an accessory in the bedroom and living room to support the love/relationship area whereas red is suitable in the living room but should be avoided in the bedroom.
Earth Element - Brown and Yellow
Both brown and yellow are part of the earth element. Brown promotes stability, safety and grounding when you are feeling stressed and great to use when you want to increase your knowledge or improve your skills. Because of the grounding element it is a great colour for any room in the house. Yellow though earth element is considered to be as auspicious as red so great for lifting up spirits, energy levels and dispel negativity. It is also associated with enlightenment and intellect as it stimulates our brain. Since it symbolizes optimism and playfulness it is a great colour for the hallway (remember warm positive entering the house), kitchen, office, living room but may be too energetic for the bedroom unless it is a very pale light yellow.
Metal Element - White and Metallic
White and metallic are associated with the metal element. The color symbolizes children, innocence, purity, strength, creativity and cleanliness. White is a great colour to use in the bathroom as it symbolizes purity and cleanliness. Although I think the walls in most rooms in your home should be white to increase creativity and add colourful home decor to balance the qi. Saying that it is also possible to have colour on the wall sticking to lighter coloured walls in your home based on the Bagua and add white home accessories into your home. Grey is associated with travel, creativity, children and helpful people but as it is a relative low energy colour it should only be used as an accessory.
Water Element - Black and Blue
Black and blue is associated with the water element. Both colours are relaxing and inspirational. They support career, renewal, help us to concentrate and mediate and handle creative endeavors so great colours to add to study room or office to improve your career and skills. Blue can slow the heart and breathing rates and lower blood pressure too and is very calming and healing. Black is associated with sophistication, power and modernity but should always only be used as and accessory. The water elements are great to add to your living room or study. Blue is also a great colour for the bathroom due to its calming and soothing effects.
Wood Element - Green and Teal
Wood element colours include green and green with hint of blue. Green is associated with calming, healing, balancing, relaxing and tranquil effects. It represents growth, vitality, abundance, and nature. This is a great colour to used in the family rooms and great for the elders in the family agua to promote healing and balance. It is also associated with spiritual growth and wisdom. Green is also great to use in the bathroom as it represents tranquility, purification and brings vitality and freshness.
There are plenty of books on Feng Shui if you want to find out more. But hope you have gained some basic knowledge and ideas on how to improve your home decor and physical wellbeing by using Feng Shui.
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