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Feng Shui Can Help With Your Home Decorating Decisions

You may not be aware of it, but you’re always experiencing and reacting to the energy in your environment.  Using the principles of Feng Shui will help balance energy in your home.  Why is this important?  Because when your home looks and feels good, you can relax and feel comfortable.  And that creates a better life!

So – how do you balance energy?  By using the five elements – fire, earth, metal, water, and wood and the principles of yin and yang.  The feeling you get when you walk into a room is dictated by the way the elements are used (knowingly or not) in decorating the room.

Take a look at these photos and notice whether you feel differently when you look at each one.  If you do, you’re experiencing the power of Feng Shui.  What you’re reacting to at the most basic level is the arrangement of the elements.  Shape, color, and placement of the elements create energy which then makes a room feel warm or cool, comfortable or uncomfortable.

First photo – There’s a lot of  water and metal energy here and it creates a cool, modern feel.  Looking closely, here is the breakdown of energy:               

  1. Water energy is created by the curvy shape of the chairs and their blue color.
  2. Metal energy is created by the metal floor lamp, the white color of the shade, and the plant on the table.
  3. Earth energy is created by the shape of the table and the beige color of the carpet.
  4. Fire energy is created by the red color in the wall art and the magazine.
  5. Wood energy is created by the rectangular shape of the wall art and in the table.

Second photo – Lots of fire energy here in the color of the chairs, the accessory on the table, and the wall art.  Does the space feel warm and inviting?  Fire energy creates warmth.

Third photo – The most basic level of energy, yin and yang, is displayed here.  White is yin energy and black is yang energy.  When black and white are used together they create a formal and rigid feeling.   This rigid feeling is alleviated by the shape of the wall art.  Even though the art is without color, it feels vibrant, doesn’t it?  It’s because of the shape.  This is the most vibrant part of the space.

Here is a helpful guide for you to identify the five elements in your environment:

The Five Elements and their Characteristics

Element Quality Color Shape
Water Flows, falls Black, Blue Wavy
Earth Compacts Yellow, Brown Square, Cubic
Wood Grows upward Green, Turqouise Rectangular
Metal Contracts White, Gold, Silver Round, Spherical
Fire Radiates Red, Orange, Purple Triangular

And for more information, see my post “Feng Shui 101 – the Five Elements.”

Easy Feng Shui Design Tips for a Small Space

In small environments use color and furniture arrangement to keep the space open and energy flowing.   Using the same colors throughout, but in different shades you can create a harmonious space with great Feng Shui.  Using the tips below will help your space feel open and in balance.

1- Think of the whole space as your palette rather than room by room.  Use one neutral color thoroughout the space and add color with accessories.  I recommend Benjamin Moore’s Barely Beige as a great neutral palette for walls.

2- Each room should relate to each other.  Use the same two or three accent colors in each room. Base your accent colors on one pair of complimentay colors.  Here’s an example:  brown, beige, red, and green.  You can slightly use different shades of these colors in different rooms and throw in another color in a room if you want, keeping the same palette and just adding to it.

Complimentary colors are:

 Red & Green  /  Yellow & Purple  /  Blue & Orange

3- Neutral-colored furniture is best for small spaces.  Add vibrancy in a room by using one piece of furniture with color.  For example, if your palette is beige, brown, blue and orange, a good addition to the décor could be a blue chair or an animal-print ottoman.

4- Mirrors are a great way to open up the space.  They are particularly beneficial placed on walls opposite windows so they can reflect the outside.

5- Use size-appropriate furniture for a small space.  Big, bulky, and heavy furniture is inappropriate.  Use lightweight, clean lines, and multifunctional pieces.  To see how a piece of furniture fits in the room before you buy it, use masking tape to outline the furniture on the floor.

6- Add coziness with soft drapery panels, pillows on couches, throw blankets and small area rugs.

7- If you don’t have a foyer by your front door create one by placing a rectangular or circular area rug in front of the door and a console table on the wall closest to the front door with a square or rectangular-shaped piece of art above it.  (A mirror would work well too).

The Five Best Feng Shui Tips Ever

Feng Shui is about balance and flow in an environment.  Balance refers to balancing your environment using furniture, color, lighting, and accessories.  Flow means energy flow – allowing energy to flow easily throughout your environment like a gentle waterway.  Having too much stuff in your environment or blocking energy flow can make you feel blocked in your life.  As a certified Feng Shui consultant, I ensure that my clients follow these basic Feng Shui principles before we do anything else.

 1. Your front door is considered the mouth of your home and a focal point.  Keep your front door clean and keep the front porch free of clutter.  Replace your door mat if it is worn out. Thick door mats with vibrant designs or colors add soul and uplift your energy. Place potted flowers or greenery on each side of the front door to create an inviting feeling.

 2.  Clear your clutter.  It not only gives you an immediate energy boost, but it alleviates stagnation in your life.  Anywhere that clutter accumulates over a period of time results in causing you to feel stuck – professionally, emotionally, or financially.  Keep your closets organized and discard things that you don’t need or haven’t used in a couple years or more.

 3.  Allow fresh air to circulate throughout your home when weather permits. Turn on fans occasionally to circulate air.  Don’t let air stagnate.  The very best Feng Shui tip is simply accomplished by allowing energy to circulate.  Open floor plans allow for this easier than compartmentalized plans. Also – dust, sweep, vacuüm, and clean your home regularly.

 4.  To add balance and warmth to dark rooms use vibrant fire colors in pillows, artwork, area rugs, and accessories.  Fire colors are red, gold, orange, and yellow, and will energize your space.  Dark areas are perfect areas to put mirrors to reflect light and create energy.

 5.  Remove all furniture, artwork, or accessories that you don’t love, or at least like a lot.  Just because it is a family heirloom, give yourself permission to give it away or “store” it if it doesn’t make you smile!

Feng Shui Can Create Tangible Results Every Time

Do you think of Feng Shui as a vehicle to bring better things into your life?  Have you used Feng Shui in the hope of finding more money, a new love interest or better health?  Feng Shui may indeed be able to effect positive changes in your life but unfortunately there’s no scientific evidence of its results.  One can easily pose the question, “Did I get a promotion because of a Feng Shui cure I implemented or was it just a coincidence?”  Feng Shui is a metaphysical study and because its efficacy can’t be qualified, many people dismiss it or think of it as a “wu-wu” or new-age practice. 

There is a way to use Feng Shui which presents tangible, direct results using one of the original precepts of Feng Shui  – balancing energy.  Rather than focusing on putting special Feng Shui cures or symbols in certain locations as widely practiced, using Feng Shui to balance energy is practical and results-oriented.  In essence, it’s a paradigm shift from hoping that you can effect a change in your life circumstances to feeling a tangible change in your immediate environment.

Using Feng Shui to balance energy is also a holistic and subtle way of effecting positive changes.  Feeling comfortable at home supports your health.  Less stress can make you open to more opportunity and inspiration.  When you feel uncomfortable in an environment it most likely means that the energy is unbalanced.  Most of us know when we feel good or not-so-good in certain spaces, but we may not know all the reasons why.  Feng Shui principals regarding yin and yang, the five elements, placement and form explain why.  That is the essence of authentic Feng Shui.

Energy causes an environment to feel comfortable or uncomfortable.  For example, if a room feels cold and sterile, the energy is out of balance.  The correct elements are needed to bring the room into balance.  A room that is dark and feels stifling needs balancing to create vibrancy and spaciousness.  Rearranging your home changes its energy.  By quantifying room usage, the innate energy in the room, and the elements that are lacking or in surplus, a room can be re-arranged to feel completely different. 

You’ll feel a palpable change in energy in a space after redesigning it with Feng Shui. 

Using Feng Shui to correct energy imbalances in a space is practical and doesn’t rely on special Feng Shui cures.  Making a space more balanced and comfortable so that it positively affects your ability to relax makes sense.  A cozy room benefits your mind, body and spirit.  Using Feng Shui in this way can arguably help you make more money, find a new love interest, or increase your health.  These outcomes can result from the balanced, comfortable energy you feel in your environment which is different from using symbols and cures that people associate with Feng Shui.  When you move your stuff around, you are creating a tangible energy change and are tapping into the power of authentic Feng Shui.

Feng Shui adds balance to your life.

If you’re conscious of living in harmony with your enviroment and enjoying a healthy, balanced livestyle odds are you’ve heard of Feng Shui.  Using Feng Shui principles in your home will help you feel comfortable, relaxed, and balanced.  Feng Shui not only helps you feel great but applying the principles at your home or office will help create a balanced and comfortable space.

The ancient Chinese, originators of Feng Shui over 6,000 years ago, developed systems of arranging their homes to harness the most powerful energy flow for success in their lives. For example, such choices as location of your house, its orientation on the lot, floor plan, wall color, furniture arrangement, and accessories directly affect the energy flow of your space; thus, they will either support you or cause discomfort and stress.

When an environment has “bad Feng Shui” it makes you feel uncomfortable or uneasy. When a space has “good Feng Shui,” the environment appeals to the senses and feels comfortable, balanced and inviting.

Here are five tips for creating a healthy,  balanced home:

  1. Trees and plants in the yard should be healthy and well cared for.  The front yard should be maintained in good order, clean and neat.
  2. There should be a clear, clean, obvious pathway winding to the front door.
  3. The right balance of natural light in a room is an important first step in creating a well-balanced and healthy room.
  4. Energy should be encouraged to circulate slowly throughout the house.  Stagnant energy is not healthful.  Clutter, too much furniture, or furniture that is too large for a room will obstruct energy flow.  Energy needs clear pathways so it can meander through every room of the house.
  5. Generally, less is more in accessorizing and decorating your home.

And rest assured, a space can always become more balanced using Feng Shui.