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What is Feng Shui?

Feng Shui is defined as “a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy (chi), and whose favorable or unfavorable effects should be taken into account when designing living areas”. It is an ancient practice supported by many more contemporary ideas, among which is environmental psychology. All of them have one thing in common: the belief that the space that surrounds us has an effect on our mood, happiness, and wellbeing. Regardless whether you are living in a large house or micro-apartment, there are ways to implement the guidelines of Feng Shui to create a more pleasant place to live in – and here are some of them.

Things to know before building/buying a house or buying/renting an apartment

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There are some things we can’t think of afterward and that need to be considered right away before you even buy/rent/build a house or an apartment. Here are two of the most important ones:

  • Location:

    Location always has a huge impact on the price and the popularity of a certain property. But did you know it can also affect how good you feel inside your new home? For example, some views generate stagnant energy. Those are obscured views surrounded by other buildings. It can also be unpleasant to live within view of a prison, cemetery, or industrial Noise is another relevant factor. This can be a problem when scouting for a property in a bigger city. However, many of the new apartments and other larger cities are designed and positioned with a healthy and modern lifestyle in mind, and the builders made sure they have unobstructed views to gardens, greenery or a relaxing city skyline.

  • Floorplan:

    Feng Shui has a lot of strict demands when it comes to the floor plan, but ultimately, the most important one is that the flow of the rooms feels natural for you. Some of the things you should pay attention to, though, are that the front door shouldn’t be aligned with any other door, the bedroom should be away from the front door, the bathroom shouldn’t be at the center of the house, and the kitchen shouldn’t face the bedroom.

Things you can change later

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Fortunately, even if you have made some mistakes with the previous two factors, there are things you can do to adapt your place to the rules of Feng Shui, and some of them are really effortless:

  • Let in as much natural light as you can. The larger the windows the better. If that is not an option for you, lose the curtains or install solar tubes.
  • Choose the right paint colors (bright for the kitchen, subdued for the bedroom, a water-inspired color for the bathroom, white for any room you don’t know what to do with).
  • Arrange the furniture throughout the rooms in a way that allows uninterrupted traffic.
  • Put the main piece of the furniture in a central position.
  • Avoid clutter, and stick to closed storage wherever you can.
  • Scatter fresh green plants throughout the space.
  • Use calming artwork that promotes positivity.

Important guidelines to follow

feng shui bedroomPhoto by Feng Shui Guide on flickr [CC BY 2.0]

There are some general guidelines that you should follow, regardless of whether you are designing your flat from scratch or you are trying to bring some order into your old home:

  • One of the biggest obstacles to energy flow in a room is overcrowding it with large furniture. The furniture pieces should be conducive to the space they occupy.
  • Each room has a different purpose, and everything, including the wall color and furniture arrangement, should be considered based on that purpose.
  • Each room has a different command position, depending on its purpose. This is the space around most furniture revolves (e.g., in the bedroom it is the bed, while in the dining room it is the table).
  • Always strive for balance and symmetry (e.g., twin bedside tables).

Your home is your retreat, and, therefore, it should be filled with positive energy and soothing vibes. The principles of Feng Shui can help you with that.

Simple Guide to a Feng Shui House or an Apartment was last modified: April 4th, 2019 by Amelia Atkins
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