What is Feng Shui?
This ancient Chinese practice is based on the theory that the way we place things in a space affects the “flow” or “energy” in the space, and therefore the people in it. Good Feng Shui brings good energy or fortune. At the very least it can help your home feel comfortable and welcoming. Why not give it a go? Here are some tips on how to bring good Feng Shui to your home and life.
The sofa should be up against a wall, furthest from the door. If you have no wall to use, put a console table behind the sofa. Arrange chairs so people can sit and have a conversation comfortably.
It should be easy to move through the room without dodging or tripping over furniture. Circular or oval coffee tables are preferred, as there are no harsh angles pointing at anyone. But in general the room should have a balance of different shapes: Squares represent earth, rectangles symbolise wood, triangles mean fire, and round or oval items represent metal.
Rectangular or square tables are OK in the dining room since no one will be sitting at the points. But if you prefer a round or oval table – that’s even better. Ensure the table is not too big or small for the room. Guests should be able to move around and pull their chairs out comfortably.
A big mirror reflecting the table brings good fortune as it doubles the feast on the table.
A dining room that attracts clutter or just doesn’t get used is bad Feng Shui. If you never eat in there, re-purpose it for crafts, homework or games.
It’s good Feng Shui to have your cabinets reach right to the ceiling. You know how if you have a space up there, it gets dusty and grimy? Well it turns out it attracts stagnant energy too! To change the energy up there, add lights, plants (real or realistic-looking) or some objects that you love.
A bedroom should have a good balance of feminine and masculine features. A heavy solid timber bed could be balanced out by pretty soft pillows and covers.
The head of the bed should be on the wall farthest from the door but not directly across from it. Avoid the “coffin position” where your feet point straight out the door. If there’s no other option, then put something at the end of the bed, higher than the mattress, like a bench or screen. You must still be able to see the door while lying in bed – you could use a freestanding mirror.
In adults’ bedrooms the side of the bed should not be up against a wall, as this is unbalanced. Particularly if you are single, leave space on both sides for beneficial energy. Symmetry is important in the bedroom so use matching lamps and nightstands.
TVs should not be in bedrooms, because they tend to dominate, and disrupt the calming energy. If you must have one, cover it when it’s not being used. Minimise electricity in the room by leaving phones and computers in another room.
Water represents fortune. Place a fountain near your front door – it can be inside or outside but the water should be flowing towards the centre of your home, allowing wealth to pour into your life. Also, since the bathroom is where water flows out of the home, keep the toilet lid down and the bathroom door closed.
A large window opposite a doorway will cause all the good energy to flow out. To counteract this, place a plant or reflective item in front of the window. This could be a pretty mirrored bowl or vase, or even a crystal hanging in the window.
A fireplace is said to send energy out of the home so put a mirror above the mantel to bounce the energy back in. Mirrors are important in Feng Shui as they can enhance natural light, and recirculate energy.
Clutter and overcrowding is not good for Feng Shui. But this doesn’t mean going minimalist. Surround yourself with beauty, and items that have meaning for you. Put favourite items in prominent positions: if they bring you joy, you will send joy back into the space.