Would you believe it if we told you that you can reinvigorate your life just by applying some feng shui design principles? According to the ancient Chinese art of feng shui, it is possible to do this just by moving things around.
Feng shui is an ancient method of constructing and optimising the flow of Qi (natural energy) in your home. But it is not limited to construction alone.
Feng shui design principles also involve architecture, urban planning and interior design as well. Essentially, feng shui helps us to make the most ideal arrangement in any space. And when balance and harmony are aligned, only then would it bring good luck and abundance into our homes.
16 Feng Shui Design Principles
1. Feng shui for your front door
Your front door is one of the most important and impactful areas of your home. This is because the front door is considered the “mouth of chi.”
It’s an entry point, an opening into your home. So sweep the entryway, polish the hardware, wash the front door, remove any cobwebs, add live plants and /or flowers, add a welcome mat, and make sure the light fixtures work properly.
But the most important is to open your front door at least once daily to allow fresh, new energy to enter your home.
2. Feng shui for your kitchen
Kitchens are seen as a symbol of prosperity. Therefore your stove is the central focus in your kitchen. Be sure to place it strategically so that you do not have your back to the door or entryway to your kitchen.
If you are unable to make this work, hang a mirror behind your stove so that you can have a view of the door.
3. Feng shui for your bedroom
The bedroom is the one place for privacy, peace, protection and intimacy. So try to ensure that your main bedroom is far away from a noisy street.
Use soft, earthy, and tranquil colours as those are considered ideal for the bedroom. Also, to set an environment for a good night's sleep and connection with your partner in the bedroom, do keep the television and electronics out.
4. Feng shui for your bathroom
Toilets in Feng Shui tend to represent a draining of energy. This could mean a draining of health, wealth or some area in your life. But because we certainly cannot live without toilets, it is best to keep bathroom doors, sink drain, bathtub drain and toilet lid closed or covered.
You can also hang a full-length feng shui mirror to draw the energy up and out of the drain. Plants are a great idea too, as they are considered wood elements and can soak up water, thus keeping the good energy in the room.
5. Feng shui for your living room
The living room is often seen as the heart of the house where families gather. In fact in feng shui, the living room is where all the other energies of the home originate. So try not to place any sofas with its back facing the door as this can create arguments and a lack of merriment. Instead, push it against a wall. You can keep the living room full of good and harmonious energy by adopting an open layout, as well as keeping it clean and clutter-free.
6. Feng shui for your home office
If you have the space for a small home office, it is still possible to use feng shui design principles to maximize your chances for success. Always place your desk in the correct “command” position with a solid wall behind it. Ensure that your home office gets a nice balance of elements and natural light. The colour gold is said to be a wealth colour in feng shui, so be sure to incorporate some gold elements in the room.
7. Why a commanding position is important in feng shui
Sleeping or working directly in line with the door will expose you to a lot of chi, which is probably the root of your stress, irritability, health problems, and feeling overwhelmed.
By applying feng shui design principles like the command position in every room would put you in visual command of the space. It symbolically allows you to face life straight on and removes you from these negative influences.
8. Bright and open spaces in feng shui
The idea is to always create open spaces because this is where opportunities manifest. When there’s no bright hall, opportunities are marginalized and growth is stagnated. Good chi can only flow in a clear and open space.
9. Feng shui crystals
Feng Shui crystals are known to bring good energy into any space.
The most effective, affordable and versatile to use is clear quartz. It’s clearing, protecting and strengthening energy fields and can attract love, happiness and abundance of light. It's clear and transparent colour would fit in with just about any feng shui design principles.
10. Plants in feng shui
Fresh flower blooms and real plants bring in vibrant chi. Artificial plants no doubt are more convenient but they are actually not the best choice. However, if there is no way to go about it, always make sure to clean the dust off the leaves regularly. You want to ensure that no bad energy gets blocked. It is also important to remove wilted flowers and dying plants as they symbolize mental or physical fatigue.
11. Water fountains in feng shui
Having indoor fountains is great because the sound of running water is relaxing and creates a soothing atmosphere.
To symbolise the flow of energy into the house, place an energetic fountain near the front door. The flowing energy of the water symbolizes cash, which helps more of it coming your way.
12. Using wealth colours in feng shui design principles
In feng shui, the main wealth colour is gold. So when applying gold items with feng shui design principles it can be any decor – mirrors, frames, lamp bases, trays, coffee tables, etc. To you, the colour gold might seem outdated and tacky especially next to chrome. But with a little inspiration, you can incorporate gold into modern homes. And if gold is not your thing you can always try purple.
13. Feng shui images
We all know that paintings and images can be very powerful and they can be used in place of real objects that are not in your home. For example, you might not want plants or a running fountain in your space. Instead, you can always choose a painting that shows an abundance of energy, something fresh and lush. No constant care needed at all! Alternatively, you can also use images of clear moving water as a wealth feng shui cure.
14. Mirrors in feng shui
Mirrors are feng shui wealth magnets for so many reasons. They bring in more light, joy and energy into any space which translates to pathways for new and joyful opportunities. Choose mirrors with a golden framing of course so that it can serve double duty as a wealth feng shui cure.
15. Wealth cure elements in feng shui
There are a variety of popular classical feng shui money cures that can work for you as wealth magnets. The top 5 classical feng shui wealth cures include the laughing Buddha, Arowana fish figurines, the money frog, the wealth vase and various hangings or deco made with Chinese coins.
16. Beware the Killing Breath or "poison arrows"
"Poison arrows" are created any sharp pointed object, structures, pathways, sharp corners, pointed roof angles, tall buildings, electrical towers, crosses or overhead beams that are pointed towards your home.
They channel negative energy such as ill fortune, bad health, monetary loss and other negative events.
Not to worry. There are a couple of ways to remedy this:
- Use a wall, a group of trees or hedge to block the view
- Disperse sha chi with a water fountain that sprays water into the air. This works great for north and southeast poison arrows.
- Hang a multi-faceted crystal ball between the front door and object.
- Hang a five-rod metal wind chime between the front door and poison arrow. This is supposed to suppress bad luck.
- Aim bright lights (fire element) at the afflicting object. Just be careful not to shine onto oncoming traffic or into neighbours' homes.