Mark Brandon is a home inspection and home improvement enthusiast. He is a contributor to various home improvement websites, and is the lead content curator for Safe and Sound Property Inspections. In this article, he shares Feng Shui strategies that can be great for your homes.
We are already in the second half of 2015, but it’s never too late to do some changes in your home’s decorations to welcome wealth, happiness and harmony into your home this year of the Wooden Sheep. And what better way to do this than through Feng Shui, right?
What exactly is Feng Shui?
This is the art and science of organizing space to maximize good ‘chi’ or the positive energy. Feng Shui is based on the idea that the home is a reflection of what is happening inside us, so its purpose is to create a harmonious environment that not only boosts positive energy but also leads to a better life in general.
Although the process is a bit complex, especially for the higher Feng Shui levels, you can always start off with the basics. So, provided here are some tips for your next home interior design.
Get Rid of All the Clutter
This is one of the fundamentals of a harmonious home, whether or not you are into Feng Shui. Come to think of it, how could a home be conducive for living if it is not clutter-free? The clutter does not only block the flow of positive energy, but it also gives you a constrictive feeling. Thus, keep only the bare essentials so that your home can easily “breathe.” Also, repair or replace anything that is damaged or broken. Items that bring bad memories should also be disposed.
Welcome Positive Energy…Literally!
Although the front door may not technically be an indoor structure, it is the main entryway into your home. Nothing should be blocking the way. Dead plants should be cut and any damages should be repaired. According to Feng Shui, the path leading to the entry should be curved and not straight, so that the good chi flows in and the bad energy stays out.
Additionally, you may also want to have an accent door. A blue door promotes relaxation, red is for prosperity, brown for stability, and green is for growth. Thinking of a rainbow-colored door? Well, as long as it fits your personality and home style, then you may go for it. The important thing is, it should be painted well and evenly, and should always stay clean and welcoming and most of all keeps you safe.
Keep Distractions Away
Feng Shui does not really demand a specific item to be placed in your home, because it’s all about what you like and what best reflects who you are. So, do not surround yourself with items that distract, bother or make you feel uncomfortable. For instance, you may have a painting that you are not really fond of, but you have been holding on to it because it was given by a friend. If it is not really your style and does not honor who you truly are, then it would be best to take it down. Just keep the things that uplift your spirit and bring back fond memories.
Let Good Air and Light In
Whenever possible, open your windows to let in fresh air. The use of natural air purifiers or ventilations will also promote good indoor air quality, which in turn promotes a healthier environment. Also, let natural lighting in during the day and ensure that your home is well lit during the night, because this eliminates bad chi.
One way to enhance lighting is to hang a mirror in a spot that is hit by sunlight. Also, this is believed to reflect positive energy and somehow doubles the potency! Additionally, it creates an illusion of a wider space; thus, freeing you from a constrictive feeling. Nonetheless, hanging a mirror on your front door is not advisable as this tends to reflect positive energy away from the house.
Relish Nature’s Goodness
Even a small potted plant on your side table can promote an uplifting ambiance. Plants and flowers should not be confined only in the garden; invite them in! You can try potted plants or simply place a vase of flowers on the center table. Also, lemons and oranges are a great display around the house, because these are believed to draw in good luck.
Be Creative with Colors
Colors are an important aspect in Feng Shui as these have their own representation. Aside from the ones mentioned earlier, yellow symbolizes power, purple for luck, and many more. No color fits all, but Feng Shui suggests to employ at least a combination of three colors. More than that will make it a bit congested. Also, choose lighter shades for your bedroom to promote relaxation, while you can go bolder with your choices for the living room. Aside from keeping things natural as much as possible, bottom line is, whatever color you choose should be something you like and fits your own personality.
Pick Your Good Luck Charm
Whenever people hear Feng Shui, they almost immediately associate it with lucky charms and statues such as the Buddha or the Feng Shui tortoise. However, there is more to these than just inviting luck inside your home. For example, the tortoise is considered to be among the guardians of Feng Shui, along with the tiger, dragon and phoenix. Nonetheless, one does not need to have any of these statues. The idea here is to have something that is equally positive and works well for you. For example, if a certain piece of butterfly painting uplifts you and creates a positive mood, then that should not be kept in your basement but display it where you can see it every day.
These are some of the Feng Shui tips to keep in mind if you plan on doing some changes in the interior design of your home. Take note, however, that not everything works for everyone. For example, if you’re selling your home and expected to have a home inspection for the buyer, they might not appreciate this. It’s all about keeping your home clean, simple and organized in ways that work best for you and others.
Mark Brandon is a DIY builder with many experiences in home renovation and home inspection. He is the lead content curator for Safe and Sound Property Inspections and a contributor to other home improvement and home inspection sites. You can catch him via Twitter: @DIYMarkBrandon