Feng Shui is a complex and ancient method of balancing the energies in a space in order to best affect the people within the space. It is based on the Taoist philosophy and the principles of Chi. Many interior designers have used the rules of Feng Shui simply to enhance the space in a home. It is commonly accepted that the implementing the fundamental rules of Feng Shui will assist with a homes’ flow and help to create a soothing and comfortable environment.
If you are looking to incorporate some Feng Shui into your home, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the plethora of rules involved. We understand! Feng Shui does have many rules that can be difficult to digest and put into practice. Here, we have put together a simplified, step-by-step guide to Feng Shui for you to easily take advantage of these home décor tips and bring good energy into your home.
Step 1: Declutter. To have the best energy in your home, it must be clean and organized inside and out. Get rid of or fix broken items, throw away all unneeded papers, store the necessary ones in an organized fashion, and get everything squeaky clean. Also, take stock of how energy moves through (and to) your home, and rearrange if necessary. When walking up to your house, there should be nothing blocking the path, and there should be plenty of room to get around in your home with no effort. All of this may seem like quite a chore, but it is such a relaxing feeling to have your home fresh and clean—and that is the very thing that you are hoping to achieve with Feng Shui!
Step 2: Lighting and Air. Make sure that your home has good sources of air and light. Open blinds and curtains, use decorative mirrors to help reflect light and brightness in dim areas, buy brighter light bulbs if necessary, even paint bold walls a bright neutral color. Open up your windows to let in the fresh air. Get an air filtration system if the air in your home if needed. Fans help move fresh air around in a pleasing way. Light fragrance from fresh flowers or candles can be a nice accent as well. As a bonus, many of these tips will incorporate elements from the Bagua map, below, into your home as well.
Step 3: Baqua. Incorporate the Feng Shui bagua map into your home. The bagua map is one of the main tools for evaluating the energy centers in your home, and assists with coordinating power colors and elements.Below is a simpler version.
How to use the map: The nine equal areas of the map represent the areas of life. This can be very helpful when you want to stimulate some aspect of your life. To find out which areas of your home line up on the bagua map, hold it while standing at your front door facing into your home. Either the Knowledge, Career, or Travel area will be relevant to your home’s entrance, depending on the location of your front door. You will want to incorporate these colors in the relevant areas of your home.
Step 4: Colors. Each color in the map and can be used to enhance the parts of life you wish. When you are deciding which colors to use, always consider which room of the home the color corresponds to and which rooms the color is appropriate for, as well as how the color feels to you. If you are trying to stimulate your mood and well-being, but cringe at all things yellow, then yellow would probably not be a good color for you to have around. Remember, the color doesn’t have to be painted on the walls. If the room is neutral, with accessories and other objects in the room in the desired colors, that can lend itself toward bringing your desired effect with color into the room. Below is a simple guide to what the feng shui colors represent.
1. Black: black is the color of elegance and power.
2. Blue: blue represents all things healing and calming.
3. Gray: gray represents neutral and quiet.
4. Green: green is a very natural, tranquil color.
5. Pink: pink signifies a calm sense of love and romance.
6. Purple: purple is the color of abundance and spirituality.
7. Red: red represents passion and activation.
8. White: white signifies innocence and purity, and openness.
9. Yellow: yellow is the color of happiness, and is uplifting and stimulating.
Here are two more colors and their Feng Shui meanings that are not in the map:
10. Brown: brown is stable and grounding.
11. Orange: orange is a cheerful, stimulating color.
Step 5: Elements. There are also five areas of the bagua map which have elements attached to them. These elements, combined with color in certain areas of the home, can really enhance your efforts! Below are the elements, their influence, and how you can incorporate them into your space.
1. Earth: it’s not a surprise that physical strength and a sense of order are marked by the earth elements. Use them to enhance a feeling of well-being, and to feel more balanced and centered. To add earth elements into your home, try a painting or image of a beautiful landscape, square and rectangular shapes, or objects in earth tones like brown or green. Stone sculptures or centerpieces will also add the the effect.
2. Fire: enthusiasm and leadership skills are maximized with the fire element and encourage intuition, expressiveness and bold action. There are many nice ways to warm up your space using the fire element, which includes candles and bringing in more natural sunlight; warm shades of red, pink and purple; electronic equipment and animal prints.
3. Metal: the characteristics of logic and mental clarity are affected by the element of metal. Analytical abilities, logic and focus are enhanced with metal. It’s easy to bring metal elements into your home. Of course, the easiest way is to bring metal into your home is to, well, bring actual metal into your home! Many Buddha statues are made from bronze or other metals and would bring additional calm and clarity. Also consider rocks and stones, round and oval shapes, and the colors of silver, gray, white, or pastel colors. This element can easily be combined with the water element, such as a tabletop fountain that has round rocks and stones in it in shades of gray.
4. Water: the flowing element of water represents emotion and freedom of spirit. If you want to boost your creativity, inspiration and learning capacity, try bringing the element of water into your space. Aquariums, fountains, even a birdbath in the back yard are great ways to bring water into your home. Barring those, add dark colors and/or the color black, wavy or free-form type shapes, and mirrors or other reflective surfaces. A good tip regarding water, though, is not to leave your toilet lid up. It is a Feng Shui belief that this drains both good energy and money out of your life.
5. Wood: wood sparks creativity and expansion in the areas of growth, strength and flexibility in life. Some objects to consider in order to add this element into your home are, of course, wood furniture or accessories, as well as flowers (fresh or silk), cotton or other natural fabrics, and potted plants or trees. Each of these items will add color as well, which is great, so be creative when choosing. Because houseplants are an easy way to add a natural element, they are an easy and wonderful addition to your home. Here is a great list of easy to care for houseplants. Also consider bamboo, as it is considered extremely lucky!
Now that everything is clean, bright, and fresh, and you have used the bagua map, elements and colors you like to enhance your life, you have the Feng Shui basics in place! As life changes, so will your wants and needs, which is sure to give you new ideas to change your room. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for future Feng Shui tips!