Feng shui is a traditional Chinese lifestyle practice developed more than 5000 years ago that can offer many benefits to a home’s occupants. Not only does it promote harmony based on your environment’s layout, but feng shui also links the energy of the five elements or virtues, channelling it into chi. Lines that are in harmony keep a home’s chi flowing freely. The circulation of chi has a positive energy signature that impacts and improves the daily life of people who live in a given place. Chi is constantly in motion and travels through nature according to how space is configured. When chi encounters an anomaly, it breaks apart. This phenomenon extends to home interiors. While feng shui is a complex and abstract discipline, some fundamental rules exist to help promote chi on the basis of a harmonious home layout.
The interaction of yin and yang is one of feng shui’s guiding principles. Yin is associated with femininity and emotions, while yang denotes masculinity and impulsiveness. The goal is to establish a balance between these opposites by combining them to create a coherent and harmonious whole.
The living room must be inviting and encourage relaxation. Since this is the room where you enjoy many activities, it’s the perfect space in which to activate chi. Remember to keep the living room as neat and uncluttered as possible.Say “yes” to:* Comfortable furniture with rounded corners.* Placing the sofa near to and facing the front door, if possible. The flow of chi is at its peak in this zone.* Laying out chairs around the coffee table to promote communication and maximize the flow of chi.* Keeping the room well-lit to prevent stagnant chi in dark corners.Say “no” to:* Placing furniture with the back to a window or a door.* Bulky furniture that makes it difficult to get around and blocks the flow of chi.* An overly elaborate décor.* Insufficient lighting. A lack of brightness can cause anxiety and stress.* Cacti or plants with very pointed leaves, as these disrupt the flow of chi
As this is a yin room with very high negative energy, it must be purified.Say “yes” to:* Using plants to filter the bathroom’s energy. They’ll also absorb excess moisture and prevent chi from becoming stagnant.* Neutral and soothing colours such as blue, grey, white and green.* Sea salts, which are known for their ability to absorb bad vibes.Say “no” to:* Clutter around the mirror, such as random beauty care accessories or decorative items. Clutter makes the flow of positive energy more difficult.* An open toilet seat, as the water’s conductivity can leach away chi.
The front hall is where chi enters your home. For this reason, your front hall should always be as clean, tidy and uncluttered as possible. As soon as visitors cross your home’s threshold, they will base their first impression on the appearance of this room. And, if the room makes a so-so impression on them, this negative view could leave bad energy in its wake.Say “yes” to:* A well-lit front hall. Choosing a door with a large glass pane makes the maximum amount of natural light available.* Keeping the space as uncluttered as possible for the sake of convenience and to promote an inflow of chi. The key is to set up functional feng shui right from the get-go.Say “no” to:* Using the staircase banister as a makeshift coat rack.* Piling too many garments on a free-standing coat rack.* Leaving stray shoes on the floor.
One of the rooms most conducive to feng shui is the bedroom. After all, you spend almost a third of your life there, and it’s also where you kick back, relax and recharge. Ideally, try to position your headboard north or west, as these directions promote rest and relaxation.Say “yes” to:* Soft hues and subdued accent lighting.* Diffusing essential oils like lavender, which relieves stress, or ylang-ylang, which has aphrodisiac properties.* Creating a cozy setting with a soft blanket and pillows designed for optimal support during sleep.Say “no” to:* Electronic devices, as they emit waves that may disturb sleep.* Painting walls red because, when red is used liberally, it releases an enormous amount of energy that interferes with the sleep cycle trigger.* Storing knickknacks under the bed. Instead, store sleep-related items there, such as sheets, blankets, pillows, pajamas and so forth.* Positioning the bed so that your back is to the door of the room. Feng shui is optimal when you can see the room’s door.
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