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6 Feng shui tips to create balance in your home

Find out how these feng shui tips can change the energy flow in your home

Do you feel tired and lack energy regularly? Your home’s feng shui (or lack thereof) could be to blame.

Feng shui is the ancient Chinese art of balancing the flow of energy in spaces like the home, to encourage a positive environment and lifestyle. To make a few feng shui-friendly changes in your house, consider the following elements.

6 feng shui tips to implement in your home

1. Plenty of natural light

Lighting is very important in feng shui as it is one of the strongest manifestations of energy. Natural light promotes a positive flow, so keep curtains and blinds open throughout the day and use lamps to fill dark spaces.

Candles are great for creating a calm and sensual energy in the bedroom. Good quality air is also important, so open windows to allow fresh air to flow throughout the house.

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2. Creating space and minimise clutter

The kitchen is the centre of good feng shui. It’s vital to create balance here because all five elements of feng shui are present in one room – fire (oven), water (sink), metal (appliances), wood (cabinetry) and earth (food). Ideally, stoves should not be backed against the wall; install yours on an island instead. Use each burner on your stovetop evenly and avoid having your sink and stove directly across from one another as water and fire elements repel each other.

The main entrance to your home is the entry point for all energy, so you want it to be welcoming to encourage a positive flow to other parts of the house. At the front door, create an inviting area with a side table and lamp, a vase full of flowers or even a vibrant rug.

When arranging your living room furniture, try to create a warm and inviting environment for conversation by placing your couch and tables in a circle. Add mirrors and plants to help the energy bounce around all corners of the room. Avoid sharp edges, which promote a negative energy.

In the bedroom, you want to feel relaxed. Do this by keeping clutter to a bare minimum and above all, no TV’s.

3. Promote balance with colour

Colours are another important way of encouraging positive energy throughout your space, but red is quite an auspicious colour as it represents prosperity. But before you paint everything red, remember that feng shui is all about balance; too much red brings chaos, but just the right amount can appropriately dial up the energy.

Green encourages wealth, so consider painting your front door in either of these colours. Yellow is perfect for the kitchen as it encourages a high energy flow at the heart of your home.

4. Ditch the old and ensure everything functions well

Make sure everything in your home is running properly and efficiently. Fix anything that is broken and throw out anything beyond repair. Drains are thought to be where negative energy leaves the home, so you’ll want to ensure yours are unclogged at all times.

If you have a piece of exercise equipment that continues to take up space and gather dust, consider that it may be contributing to the stagnant energy of your home, even if it is just in your garage.

Remove any unnecessary clutter – have only what you need and want; don’t hoard old treasures that don’t add value to your life or no longer hold any significance to you.

5. Consider your furniture placement

Where furniture is placed in the home is vital for ensuring a good energy flow. So here are two pro tips to help you figure out where to place everything:

  1. Your desk should face the door of your office
  2. In the bedroom there should be room to walk around either side of your bed and bedside tables should be placed on either side
  3. Mirrors should not face your bed or the main door

6. Add a good luck charms

Fish are considered a symbol of prosperity, so welcome a goldfish into your home (preferably in your living room rather than your bedroom or bathroom). If you want to take it one step further, you can get a multiple of three fish which brings good luck, or two fish if one is black, to represent the balance of yin and yang.

Houseplants will also promote good energy. Plants have also been proven to improve health and wellbeing and in the context of feng shui, are always a positive addition to your home so long as they are healthy. The peace lily, jade plant, and money tree plant are all considered to be very lucky forms of foliage to have in your space.

Photography: Are Media Syndication


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