The art and science of Feng Shui provides guidelines for assessing how healthy the energy (or “qi”) is in your environment. Certain areas of your home have a bigger influence than others in determining whether or not you have good Feng Shui. When your home has good Feng Shui, it supports your health, wealth, and relationships. When it doesn’t, you may experience struggles or what’s commonly referred to as “bad luck.” Of course your home is the sum of its parts and every area has some impact — even small areas like the top shelf of your closet!
First – The Front Door Why? In Feng Shui, qi is the life force that fills your home. All exterior doors and windows are qi mouths, allowing energy into your home. The front door is the most important qi mouth and the direction your door faces determines the quality of qi your home receives.
- The door is best placed facing forward and not sideways. It can easily receive qi when facing forward. A front door facing sideways is kind of like having your face on sideways – it’s awkward and strained.
- A winding pathway leading up to the door rather than a straight path is preferable. Winding paths allow qi to meander to the door rather than rush toward it. If you’ve got a long, straight path you can place potted plants or bushes alongside of it to help slow down the qi.
- If the direction of traffic flows towards you, a fence or landscaping can prevent qi from rushing toward your front door. When qi rushes at your door it can cause conflict in your home.
- Keep the front porch free of debris and in good condition.
- Place your bed against a solid wall. If you can’t do this because of windows, if you have a solid headboard it’ll help guard you from the energy coming in from the windows and you’ll sleep better.
- Don’t place your bed on the same wall as a toilet or in line with a toilet.
- Place your bed flush against a wall rather than placing it diagonally. If the floor plan doesn’t allow this, put a wall screen behind you to give you support.
- Place your bed facing the bedroom door if practical.
- If your bed is in line with a door such as the bedroom door or bathroom door, keep the door closed when you want to relax so you’re not hit with qi.
- Avoid placing sharp corners or objects pointing toward your bed.
- Place a nightstand on each side of your bed. (They don’t have to match).
- If your bed doesn’t have a footboard, place a bench at the foot of your bed.
Third – The Foyer Why? This is generally where qi first enters your home. The foyer sets the tone for the rest of your home.
- If your front door opens directly to a living area, create a virtual-foyer by using an area rug (consider a circular one), and a console or buffet table next to the door. The purpose is to slow down qi from rushing into your space.
- Avoid clutter. It’s best not to keep your shoes by the front door but if you do, ensure that they’re tastefully organized and not in obvious view.
- Be mindful of the artwork you see upon entering and ensure it’s something that lifts your spirits.
- Generally, a mirror is appropriate in this area.
- Ensure there’s abundant lighting.