My wife and I had a meltdown... no not at each other, it was at the TV tray that is always in the way, and the two lamps in the living room that make no sense. It was at the rug positioned the wrong way to make the room feel small and cramped and the TV that was in front of the southern window in the living room. We had a clutter meltdown, and decided it was time to Feng Shui the place.
What is Feng Shui? Its an ancient art that has been practiced in China for centuries. Feng Shui literally means wind and water. The art of Feng Shui has is used to create a harmonious home environment and can be applied to most any decorating styles. In addition, using Feng Shui can and will attract potential buyers by increasing the perceived value of your home.
Here are some Feng Shui tips to help you get the zen:
Reflecting disharmony. Remove or cover large mirrors in the bedroom if you don't sleep well.
Room with a view. Place your bed to give you the widest view of the room. Your bed shouldn't be in direct line with the door. Paint the bedroom walls in a color scheme that is both pleasant and inviting.
Calming Sounds. Hang wind chimes outside your door to create a soothing sound for you and your guests.
Writing on the wall. Try to avoid having completely bare walls. Group together non-personal pictures or hang up interesting art pieces in a diagonal or staggered pattern.
Go with the flow. Place a blue or black doormat at your front door to encourage good things to flow in like water ("shui")
The color of love. Include the romance colors (white, pink, and red) in your room. However, don't overdose with a red wall because too much red can trigger anger.
Plants for energy. Healthy plants generate positive energy. Avoid dried flowers because they have no energy left.
Look overhead. Move beds, couches and desks from under any overhead beams to keep energy flowing.
Less is more. When arranging furniture, less is better. Too much clutter can restrict the potential of a great room.
Create positive impressions. Keep counters clean, closets organized and clutter concealed in order to project an organized and stress-free environment for you and your guests.
Now my home is not purely feng shui'd up, but applying a few of these techniques has truly had an immediate impact on the way we feel around the house. So try them out and let us know how well it worked!
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By Brian Perry