In recent years, many interior design projects have followed this ancient Chinese philosophy to distribute, arrange and decorate a space. But what is Feng Shui? And, more importantly, how can we use it to our advantage?
DEFINITION OF FENG SHUI
This Far Eastern philosophy is based on a conscious search for balanced energies in the spaces that we inhabit, such as our home or workplace, so that they may exert a positive influence on us. Feng Shui’s objective is to care for the home so that, in turn, it cares for us. So, if you’d like to boost your energy levels, pay close attention to certain aspects such as decoration and colours or the distribution and orientation of your furniture.
Discover the key principles of Feng Shui and turn your home into a place full of good vibes, harmony and prosperity:
1. Tidiness as a key rule of Feng Shui
Keeping your rooms clean and tidy is fundamental. Get rid of anything you no longer need and don’t accumulate belongings for the sake of it. A sense of clarity at home has a huge influence over our lives in general and helps us to stick to a plan, thereby reducing stress and anxiety.
2. The entrance: it all has to start somewhere in Feng Shui decoration
The entrance (and exit) to a place as important as your home must promote positive energy. Decorate it to your taste with flowers, photos or carpets and avoid mirrors, which many may find surprising. If space allows, place a shoe rack here to store footwear and to prevent outside worries, problems or negative energy from entering.
3. The kitchen is the source
In Feng Shui, the heart of the home is the kitchen. This is where nutrition and vitality originate and where we should concentrate our most motivating powers to start the day and our most optimistic energy as we end it.
Balance decoration (just the right amount of everything) and colours (combine white with other, more daring tones). A key Feng Shui rule for the kitchen is to place the stove facing the door so that it can always be seen while cooking.
4. A living room with positive energy and natural decoration
The living room is one of the most heavily used by the whole family – for relaxing, receiving guests, chatting or working. That’s why it needs to include elements that attract positivity such as, according to this philosophy, natural light and ventilation.
You can also include plants and fine materials such as hardwoods or natural textiles. Avoid placing sofas with their backs to the door or furniture with sharp corners.
5. Rest, sleep and dream
Our daily vitality and energy greatly depend on how much we rest overnight, making it important to create a space where dreams can flow.
To create a sense of safety and stability, place the bed as far as possible from the door, accompanied by a headboard and bedside tables with lamps.
And, above all, despite how difficult this may be nowadays, avoid the presence of technology such as televisions, tablets or mobile phones.
6. Bathroom: Energy traffic
The presence of drains and moving water make this room a clear energy outflow under Feng Shui. To avoid good vibes escaping from the home, always keep the lid of the toilet down and the door closed.
And to create balanced energy, choose furniture and other decorative objects made from wood.
7. Protect your home from the outside
Feng Shui can also be applied to your terrace or garden. Put up fencing or plant any kind of vegetation to envelop and protect your home from outside. Let the sun’s rays shine in without restriction.
According to this philosophy, water brings prosperity, so try to incorporate a water feature into this space.