Contrary to belief, there’s nothing supernatural about Feng Shui, it’s more of an ancient interior design manual, using the art of placement with a little charm.
There’s no magic.
It’s purely using energy vibrations, ergonomics and aesthetics in the best way possible to create a perfect space relating specifically to you as an individual.
The more your space can mirror your most open, energetic self, the more magnificent your home will be and the more you will gain from its synergy.
So lets get started.
The following 14 Feng Shui tips are geared towards better understanding the principles of this ancient art, and to fully reap from its many benefits.
1. The Feng Shui Compass (Pa Kua) And The Bagua
Decide whether to use the Pa Kua number/compass or the Bagua chart/map.
To begin, divide your home or office spaces into sections according to the Pa Kua (the Feng Shui compass) or Bagua (Feng Shui chart/map), and know your intention, meaning what you want to bring into your life.
Stand in the center of your space and determine each corner and sector of the room. With the sectors identified, use the enhancement tools to draw positive energy to that area and to balance forces.
2. Beware Of The The Killing Breath
The Killing Breath (or "poison arrows") is created by sharp pointed objects or structures and pathways: sharp corners, pointed roof angles, tall buildings, electrical towers, crosses or overhead beams.
They channel negative energy such as ill fortune, bad health, monetary loss, legal problems, missed opportunity or other negative events. The negative energy that emanates from poison arrows travels in straight lines and should therefore be obstructed.
3. Feng Shui For The Front Door And Entrance
Chi enters through the front door (considered as the mouth), so make sure it’s well-lit, easily accessible, obstruction-free and clean to allow the energy to flow right into your home and life.
Most importantly, it must be protected against poison arrows. If you plan renovations, these can be cured by changing the angle of the door. If it’s an existing feature, a screen of tall trees or foliage can block these arrows.
4. Feng Shui For The Kitchen
Kitchens are seen as a symbol of prosperity. If you can feed yourself well, you’re already abundant.
The stove is a central focus in a kitchen and should be strategically placed so don't have your back to the door when cooking. If that’s impossible, then hang a mirror behind the stove to give you a view of the door.
The chef's energy is imparted into the food, so also pay special attention to your mood when cooking.
5. Feng Shui For The Bedroom
Bedrooms are sanctuaries for privacy, peace, protection and intimacy so choose your main bedroom away from a noisy street.
Feng Shui bedroom colors are best in soothing, light and tranquil shades along with hints of natural greenery to uplift the space.
The best position for the bed is in a commanding position against a solid wall in the back corner of the room farthest from the door, but diagonally opposite from the door, so you can see who’s entering. This will allow you to feel stronger, calmer and in charge.
6. Feng Shui For The Bathroom
Toilets are a necessity — yet in Feng Shui they represent draining energy and can literally be a drain on health or wealth, or a drain on whichever area on the compass they’re located.
That said, keep bathroom doors closed, cover the sink drain, the bathtub drain, and keep the toilet lid closed. Hang full-length Feng Shui mirrors on each wall of the bathroom (inside or outside walls) to draw the energy up and out of the drain.
Plants are also a good idea as they are considered a wood element, which gives the water something to do, such as being soaked up.
7. Feng Shui For The Living Room
The living room is often considered the heart of the house so they're seen as a sacred Feng Shui energy spot from where all the other energies of the home originate.
Place the main sofa with its back against the wall with an eye on the door. Sofas with its back facing the door can create arguments and a lack of conviviality.
Always keep the living room energized by keeping it clean, open and clutter-free to ensure a healthy and harmonious home.
8. Feng Shui For The Office
A proper Feng Shui office will help you feel inspired, productive, and powerful, and will enhance your creativity, discipline and success.
The entrance therefore is vital to your success, and you should ensure to sit in a power position, meaning you can see the door when seated at your desk and everything else in the room.
Surround yourself with images and objects that keep you inspired and motivated — things that remind you of your past successes and achievements, and those still to come.
Choose furniture and accessories that resonate with your views of prosperity, abundance and success, thereby reflecting the transformation and growth you desire.
9. Feng Shui Commanding Position
Using the command position (in any room) puts you in visual command of the space, and allows you to face life directly — literally and symbolically.
Sleeping or working directly in line with the door also exposes you to excessive chi, which can contribute to stress, irritability, health problems, and feelings of overwhelm.
Use of the command position removes you from these negative influences and puts you in control of your space and of your life.
10. Feng Shui For The Bright Hall (Open Space)
In Feng Shui the bright hall is an open space in front of you when lying in bed or sitting behind a desk facing the door — one of the key elements of the command position.
The idea is to always create open spaces because this is where opportunities manifest. When there’s no bright hall, opportunities are marginalized and growth is stagnated.
11. Feng Shui Crystals
Feng Shui crystals are known to bring good energy into any space.
The most effective, affordable and versatile to use is clear quartz. It’s clearing, protecting and strengthening energy fields and can attract love, happiness, abundance of light, colourful rainbows and a deeply enchanting and optimistic inner world. Clear quartz transparent color works in any interior color scheme and with any decorating style.
12. Feng Shui Plants And Gardens
Using fresh flower blooms and natural plants bring vibrant chi. Avoid artificial ones, but if you really have to use them, make sure you clean the dust on the leaves regularly to ensure no bad energy gets blocked.
Wilted flowers and dying plants should be eliminated, as they symbolize mental or physical tiredness.
13. Feng Shui Water Fountain
Indoor fountains are very beneficial as the sound of running water is relaxing and creates a soothing atmosphere.
Place an energetic fountain near the front door as the flowing energy of the water symbolizes cash, which helps more of it coming your way.
14. Should You Get A Feng Shui Consultant?
It’s a good idea to contract a Feng Shui consultant or practitioner to ensure you have the energy points accurately identified in your home and that it gets utilised for maximum effect. They would know how to arrange objects and balance energies in your personal spaces to support your specific goals in life, and banish the old energy that keeps you stagnant.
Do some research online to find a good consultant in your area, one that can understand your style and personality.
Feng Shui can really help you move past your life’s obstacles or challenges with ease and grace.
Feng Shui keeps you energized, optimistic, confident, relaxed, focused and inspired. With a more balanced, Feng-shui inspired living or work space, you'll achieve your full potential, experience increased physical and spiritual enjoyment, better sleep, and improvement in overall health and happiness.
Do you use any Feng Shui based principle in your personal space? Share it with us in a comment!