Feng Shui, from ancient China is a pseudoscience that works on the principle of energy. By understanding how energy (or qi, pronounced ‘chee’) flows through your home it aims to maximize prosperity, health and well-being for the inhabitants of the home. In this article, we at Scapers give you 5 important Feng Shui tips for your new home.
Feng Shui follows the concepts of ying & yang and the Five Elements. Yin refers to feminine energy and yang refers to masculine energy. According to Feng Shui in order for good energy to flow in a new home, these two must be kept in balance. While balancing ying & yang Feng Shui also takes into consideration the five elements (water, fire, wood, metal, and earth) and their interaction with each other and their surroundings. Feng Shui is highly technical and is best done with expert guidance. The below tips are just to get you started.
- Entrance: Your homes entrance is not just an entry path for you but also for all the energy in the house. The front door should therefore open inwards, pulling the energy (chee) with it into the house. The entrance also needs to be without obstruction, in order for the energy to flow easily and well. The main door always needs to look well maintained and inviting.
- Living Room: This space is used largely for social interactions and therefore needs to be warm, inviting and lively. Maintaining this will bring peace and happiness to the house. The main furniture piece in the living room is usually a couch. This should ideally be placed against a wall, with a gap of a few inches so the qi can flow easily. If you have more than one sofa, try not to place them directly in front of each other instead place one of them at an angle.
- Kitchen: This is the soul of the house that nourishes the family. A good kitchen represents health, abundance and even wealth. The gas stove should ideally be at least a foot away from the sink or the refrigerator. If you can’t place it in such a way, place a plant or a separation screen in between. The stove also shouldn’t face the main door, bedroom door or bathroom door.
- Bedroom: This room is a space for rest and a well-rested family will prosper in their work or personal lives. Similar to the couch in the living room, the head of the bed should be placed near a wall, with a bit of space for the qi to flow through. Try and place the bed on a wall opposite to the door of the room. This will give you a more restful sleep as the natural instinct for self-preservation ingrained in human beings will tempt you to keep looking behind to see someone has entered the room. Also try not to place your head directly below a window. This ensures you are not disturbed by qi coming from the outside.
- Bathroom: This is where energy drains from the house. Since there is a lot of water, it is important to balance out the presence of other elements as well. With a bit of care this area can be the focal point of rejuvenation in the house. Keep the drains and toilet lid closed when not in use. Hang some artwork in the bathroom. These should be images that indicate renewal and growth such as pictures of flowers and trees. You could also hang a Feng Shui crystal from the center of the ceiling. This it is believed will keep the qi flowing upwards.
Feng Shui is all about keeping your home as brightly lit as possible, using as much natural light as possible. Darker corners may be lit with artificial light especially in the evenings. Indoor plants help freshen up the house and control the flow of qi. For Feng Shui to work well the most important thing to remember is to keep your new home clutter-free and clean.