As we enter into a new year, many of us may be looking to bring positive energy into our lives. In the spirit of Chinese New Year, the concept of feng shui is a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy. In English, the term literally means “wind-water”. Here are some tips for incorporating feng shui into the design of your home:
Sofas should be placed against a solid wall that is the farthest from the entry with a clear sight line of the front door. Float it a few inches from the wall. If you don’t have a wall that works, put a console behind it, with a tall lamp or two, which helps you feel secure. To feel protected, add a mirror opposite the sofa so you can see behind you.
Position other seating around the sofa that creates an inviting environment. Accent chairs should be close, but leave enough room to place a small table so each seat has a surface to place a drink.
Circular or oval coffee tables allow energy flow more easily. There shouldn’t be sharp angles pointing at your guests.
In feng shui, two like items represent love and nurturing. Use pairs of vases, candlesticks and artwork when accessorizing. Use a mix of other shapes with accessories and art. Triangles represent fire, rectangles, wood and squares represent earth.. Round and oval items represent metal. Fireplaces draw energy out of the home, but by placing a circular mirror on the mantle, it will help bring energy back into the room.
Choose a table that is either oval or round. Round tables provide conversations and represents heaven. The dining table should be in the center of the room so that everyone can gather around it comfortably. If you currently have a rectangular or square table, place some round decor as a centerpiece to stimulate chi (flow of energy). The chairs should be in even numbers and chairs should be comfortable with arm and back support. The host/hostess shouldn’t have his or her back to the entry; when you face the door, you prevent unexpected surprises. Pale paint colors help promote calmness and relaxation that aid proper digestion for good health.
The head of the bed should be placed on the wall farthest from the door but not directly across from it. A sidewall is another option but you should have a clear view of the door.
Your bedroom should be your sanctuary and a place where you feel safe and cozy. Use soft, high quality bedding and create symmetry with a nightstand on each side of the bed with table lamps. When your eye is drawn up, it’s said to elevate your mood. Add a beautiful ceiling fixture or paint your ceiling in a color you love.