Feng Shui is a pseudoscientific traditional practice that originated in ancient China. Feng Shui translates to wind-water in English. Together, wind and water represent the flow of life that one should aspire to have in one’s home. Feng Shui is supposed to govern the spatial arrangement orientation of your furniture and décor in relation to the flow of energy (Chi). Feng Shui aims to maximize the flow of “qi” (energy or life force) in the environment so that your life feels both energized and balanced.
- The entryway sets the atmosphere for your home so make sure it is organised and clutter-free.
- For lighting, try to have light sources at a variety of heights for example a ceiling light as well as a lamp so the area is well-lit.
- You don’t want a mirror in front of your entryway as when chi enters the home, it bounces off the mirror and goes back outside. Mirrors reflect energy, so place them in the home where you want to increase energy flow.
A Feng Shui bedroom is peaceful and promotes better sleep. The bedroom is the most important room to Feng Shui as it is where we rest, recharge and spend many hours.
- In Feng Shui, the commanding position is one of the most important principles. This is the position of important pieces of furniture (bed,desk,stove-The bed represents ‘you’ The desk represents ‘career‘ The stove represents ‘wealth‘) (of course it is not possible to move your stove). If your bed is in the commanding position, it means that your bed is facing the door however it should not be directly in line with the door. According to Feng Shui, having a view of the door from bed without being too close to it gives a sense of safety and is favourable for relaxation and sleep.
- Place your headboard against a solid wall. Your headboard should not be underneath the window and if possible should not be underneath a sloped ceiling. This position is to reduce the movement of Qi or energy above your head, so you will have a restful night’s sleep.
- The three sides of the bed not against a wall. Your bed should be accessible from each side.
- Declutter what is under your bed so Qi (life force energy) can flow freely all around and heal you while you’re sleeping.
- Ensure your bed has a bedside table on either side. Not every bedroom has space for two nightstands however for good Feng Shui, symmetry is important.
- Do not keep many books in your bedroom. Try to only have books you are currently reading in your bedroom. Separate your workspace and rest areas. If you associate your bedroom with work, it will not be an area of tranquility.
- Maximise air flow with adjustable blinds
- A Feng Shui bedroom should not have a mirror. As mirrors reflect light, it makes the energies of the bedroom very active, or yang. This may cause a delay in going to sleep as the bedroom’s energies must become more still, or yin. Active energy may result in restlessness and amplify worries.
Green house plants connect us to nature. In Feng Shui, plants represent life energy. Plants add freshness and vitality to your home.
Choose soothing, neutral tones. Warm colours reminiscent of skin tones, such as cream, peach, beige, yellow, coral, tan, or cocoa, are ideal on bedroom walls. Too many colours interfere with relaxation.
Reduce clutter and letting go of what is not necessary to you. In Feng Shui, clutter is believed to take up valuable space that new incoming energy needs. Cleaning your workspace each day will make you feel less stressed and create a sense of order. Free the most frequent routes in your home from tripping hazards.
Three doors in close proximity is not considered good Feng Shui, especially if they touch each other when opened. Several doors cramped together is chaotic.
- Windows are the Feng Shui ‘eyes’ of the home. Wide, spacious windows support vitality, objectivity and creativity. Windows invite fresh air into your space and the view from any window is important.
- It is unfavourable to have too many windows in the bedroom. windows. Low windows or floor-to-ceiling windows are also discouraged.
- Positioning a small bed next to a window is bad Feng Shui. According to Feng Shui, it is good to have more windows in the kitchen or bathroom.
- It is best to not have too many windows at the back of the house as it weakens the home’s energy.