Dive into the ins and outs of Feng Shui and how it can provide a positive effect on your home and life in this helpful beginner’s guide.
Feng Shui (pronounced fung-shway) is an ancient Chinese philosophical system that is about harmonising everyone with the surrounding environment, while catering to the balance of energies (known as Qi).
Through the thoughtful placement of Feng Shui elements in our home, it is said we can gather positive energy to assure health and good fortune and at the same time, channel out negative energy to create harmony.
While Feng Shui can be a complex practice, there are some basic principles to follow that can enrich, nourish and enhance your life without completely redesigning your home.
Let’s take a look at the basic principles and then the main areas of the home that are responsible for good Feng Shui energy.
Basic Principles of Feng Shui are seen right here inside the Northwestern Display Home by Plunkett Homes in Hammond Park.
The Basic Principles of Feng Shui
A good Feng Shui house is all about being nourished by fresh, clear and free flowing energy. There should be no stagnant, old or blocked energy anywhere in the home.
What we are aiming for with a ‘good’ Feng Shui home, is having everything around us in constant flow and in constant change. Thoughtful space-planning therefore is crucial in interior designing with Feng Shui.
Take a look at these 4 easy to remember principles to help you aim for a home with fresh, clear and free flowing energy:
- Clutter. This is considered an instant negative. If your space is visually cluttered, it may cause ‘emotional’ clutter, which can create wasted energy on worrying about a situation that can lead to exhaustion or a feeling of being drained. Think with the principles of minimalism and simplicity in mind to combat this negative.
- Colour. Aim to match the colour to the situation and space. With so many colours to choose from that have their own symbolic meaning, choose one that will convey the mood you are trying to reflect. More on colours later.
- Energy and Flow. This is as simple as the ‘blocks’ put in front of you. Bold feature walls, obstacles in a pathway or harsh black on white can block your energy and thoughts. Eliminate these blocks by maintaining a feeling of softness and giving the illusion of flowing space, energy and flow.
- Light. Introducing natural light into your space adds to the quality of the mood within your home while cutting costs on your energy bills. Open your home with vast windows and invite the outdoors in, to create a calm and harmonic relationship with nature.
Don’t forget about the outside too. A good Feng Shui garden must respect nature and be in harmony with it. Photo credit: balconygardenweb.com
Top Areas in the Home That Need Feng Shui
In order to create good Feng Shui in your home, start small and try not to get overwhelmed with all the amount of Feng Shui advice out there.
First and foremost, you have to trust your senses and go at your own pace. After all, it is your house, and it is best to feel empowered and strong when you do any changes in your house. This is what makes it good Feng Shui!
1. Outside Garden
A good Feng Shui house has no “Sha Chi” (attacking) or “Si Chi” (low) energy around it. Study the outside of your house and in your backyard with fresh eyes.
Do you live in a cul-de-sac or a T-junction house, or close to a main road? Is your backyard sloped? Is there a lot of sand in your yard and not enough grass? Spot out what challenges need to be taken care of so you can create a beautiful garden, no matter how small, to help attract beneficial Feng Shui energy to your home. If you can, adding a water fountain will help with meditation too.
A beautiful backyard garden, no matter how small, gives beneficial Feng Shui energy. As seen outside the Shiraz Display Home by Plunkett Homes in Millbridge.
2. Main Entry to the Home
A good Feng Shui house has a main entry that is designed to welcome, strengthen and channel the incoming Feng Shui energy throughout the whole house. This nourishes your house and creates good energy.
Stand back and look at your main entry from the outside. What is the first thing you see as you enter your house? Where do you feel the energy (your attention) goes straight away? Does it go straight to the front master bedroom that can be seen from the outside, or an odd mirror that reflects off the front door? Asking these questions from an outsider perspective will help you notice things you may have not noticed before.
Stand outside and look at your house. Can you see anything that detracts your attention from the main entry where good flow needs to go in freely? Good Feng Shui seen outside the Cottesloe Beach Display Home by Plunkett Homes in Alkimos.
3. Energy Flow to the Front Door
A good Feng Shui house has a smooth, strong and clear energy flow to its front door. To make sure it has good flow, check to see if the “Chi”, or Feng Shui energy flow is blocked on its way to the door.
Is there a big tree, a standing lamp, old pots or shoes at the front door that might block the flow to your entry? Or if there aren’t any obstacles, do you need a better Feng Shui colour to perhaps promote good flow?
In this entry to the front door, obstacles are out of the way main way for flow of energy. All that may be missing, however, is a touch of green to bring nature into this space. Perhaps some fresh flowers or a living plant may do the trick. As seen in the Newtown Beach Display Home by Plunkett Homes in Vasse.
4. Strong Feng Shui Trinity
A good Feng Shui house has Feng Shui anchored around its main energy centers – the bedroom, the kitchen and the bathroom. The quality of Feng Shui energy in your house mainly depends on the strength of these three energy centres.
In knowing this, pay special attention to the bedroom, kitchen and bathroom, laying a strong Feng Shui foundation in each, as high quality energy flows through these areas.
Good Feng Shui is seen in this master bedroom, where the outside energy flows in, netural greys are complimented by pops of happy yellow on the wallpaper and nourishing green in the ensuite. As seen in the Vermont Display Home by Plunkett Homes in Clarkson.
5. Best Feng Shui Colours
The right Feng Shui use of colours can do wonders and because we respond to colour in different ways, it’s best to be quite thoughtful when selecting what colour will help bring the desired Feng Shui energies into your home to create harmony and balance.
The colour green is said to be very nourishing in Feng Shui to your health, while bringing in nature to your home. As seen in the Riviera Display Home by Plunkett Homes in Wandi.
Popular colours to consider:
- Yellow – cozy and happy, welcoming Feng Shui energy into your kitchen, living room or children’s rooms.
- Red – joy and excitement. The Chinese consider it to be luck and happiness, while in the West we consider it to mean love, romance, courage and passion. Consider using it in sparingly in your living room or master bedroom.
- Green – colour of renewal, fresh energy and regeneration. Very nourishing to your health and brings in nature. Works lovely in the kitchen, ensuite tiles or as an accent splashback.
- Orange – A nice alternative to red, a ‘social’ colour that promotes lively conversations in your open plan, reminding some of the warm glow of log fires.
- White – purity, innocence and freshness, white is a good Feng Shui colour that helps create good light in a space and the illusion of less.
- Blue – a magnificent Feng Shui colour that gives endless variety of shades and tones to choose from. It promotes serenity, calmness and is very soothing on the eyes.
- Black - the Feng Shui colour of deep water and the universal void, black adds depth, strength and definition to any space. You can use it to bring a stronger energy into your space, from the main entry to your kitchen. Popular areas are the shower tiles, or an accent wall in a sizable home theatre.
- Purple – very high ‘vibration’ royal colour, it’s best to bring into your home through décor like pillows and art. The best use of purple can be used in a healing room or meditation space.
What about the colour grey? Considered a detached and neutral colour, grey can bring beautiful energy into your space so long as you choose the tone wisely. Grey tones seen mixed with light browns in the North Hampon’s Display Home by Plunkett Homes, located in Australind.
Remember, even after creating a strong Feng Shui foundation, the work still continues, as energy needs to be kept fresh and flowing every day. Be very mindful about avoiding negative energy zones by space clearing at least once a week.
A clutter-free design approach is the best way to go for plenty of good light, fresh air, clean space and promoting happy, meaningful energy in your home.
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