Here are some tips to use this ancient philosophy in order to feel better in your home.
The first principle is to get rid of useless and unecessary items, and make a clean sweep, keeping only objects or equipment that function properly. Throw away broken appliances, old books and dated magazines, broken crockery, and unnecessary linen and clothing. Take care to regularly empty your baskets and bins and to disconnect devices as soon as possible. This allows a smooth flow of chi. Dust and dirt are not compatible with Feng Shui. So avoid keeping faded flowers in your home and avoid angular and sharp plants.
Now it’s time to play the home harmonization card. When you start to rearrange or purchase new furniture and new accessories, keep in mind that materials and colors should match. Another important point (and probably the best known of Feng Shui principles) is to never put a bed in front of or under a beam. Don’t choose sheets with patterns that are too heavy, including stripes that can make your bed feel like a prison! Doors and flow areas must be left free.
Always choose soft shapes, preferably rounded, to facilitate the flow of chi. As for colors, it’s ideal to combine soft and tender shades (yin) with the most vivid hues (yang), so you can find the right balance of relaxation and energy. The light will reinforce this result if you take your time to define the atmosphere that suits each room. Natural light is preferable. When it fills the room, it promotes the flow of chi and brings energy. All artificial light sources must be balanced and warm.
IN A NUTSHELL:
- Avoid aggression! Don’t choose sharp or aggressive lines or cold materials.
- Organize your home, to avoid hampering the smooth flow of chi.
- Harmony is also a matter of taste. Take care to set the right one, this is the best way to feel well at home.