When it comes to home design, Feng Shui represents both a hot trend featured in lifestyle publications and social media channels and a deeply philosophical tradition with ancient roots planted in concepts of flow and balance. The meaning of the word "Feng Shui" is entwined with nature– Feng translates to wind and Shui translates to water. In Chinese culture, both these elements are associated with good health. Ensuring the flow of this energy was something the ancients believed they could influence health and fortune and many people in contemporary settings would likely invite both into their busy lifestyles.
While you may or may not subscribe to the belief system itself, there is something to be said for the flow of a room, the way that furniture is arranged, color schemes, and overall design themes. Some spaces are naturally inviting, uncluttered, and easy to navigate while others can be crowded and can set off a sense of claustrophobia.
Here're Five Easy Ways to Give Your Home a Feng Shui Reboot
Clear the Clutter--If you don't love it, need it, or want it, then get rid of it! Lighten the load and open the passages through which energy, light, and air can move through your home.
Good Air and Good Light-- Chi, the energy that Feng Shui attempts to channel and concentrate requires ample amounts of these two elements. Make sure you open your windows regularly, invite the fresh air to travel through your home. Use air-purifying plants such as Bamboo Palm, English Ivy, and Peace Lily to help filter out impurities from the air.
Have the 5 Basic Feng Shui Elements--Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water are the five main elements of Feng Shui and they can be represented in a multitude of ways, either through colors, shapes, and literal objects.
Find Your Feng Shui Element--Based on your birthday, you can find out what your Feng Shui element is. This can influence your entire approach to designing your living space and maintaining harmony between how multiple elements interact. For example, if wood is your element then strong representations of fire and metal may disrupt you, whereas elements like water and earth may nurture you and help you thrive. Knowing this information can help you decide what colors, shapes, and formatting could be best suited to your particular needs.
Be Mindful of the Design Trinity--In Feng Shui, the trinity is composed of your bedroom, your bathroom, and your kitchen. Always be mindful of how the energy flows between these three spaces. In the world of energy, nothing is ever still--Chi is constantly moving. This may mean your design aesthetic may change and adapt over time with additions to your home. Embrace balance, find your peaceful place, end enjoy the harmony of your home.
If you have favorite Feng Shui design tips we would love to hear from you.