Are you looking for ways to spruce up your home this spring? Have you heard of the practice of feng shui, but don’t know where to start? This ancient Chinese art is based on the notion that energy flows through the home, and can be influenced by how we position our furniture and decorations. Read on to learn more about how to apply these principles in your own home.
Letting Go of Clutter
One of the most essential rules when it comes to feng shui is letting go of clutter. Clutter can block the flow of energy and prevent positive changes from taking place in your life. Take some time this spring to really evaluate what items are necessary for your home and which ones are just collecting dust. I use four categories to help me determine where an item should go: Trash, Donate, Sell or Keep/Re-home.
Incorporating Natural Elements
Another important part of creating a balanced energy flow is incorporating natural elements into interior designs. Fresh flowers, plants, and even water features can add life and vitality to any room in the house. Natural elements also help absorb negative energy while promoting relaxation—perfect for busy moms who need a few moments of peace! You can also try adding elements such as rocks or crystals if you’re looking for a more subtle approach to feng shui design. The five elements of Earth, Water, Fire, Metal and Wood each have distinct meanings that can help you combine them for the best flow of energy in your home.
Choosing Colors Wisely
The colors used throughout a space directly influence its atmosphere as well. When choosing paint colors or fabrics, aim for hues that promote harmony and serenity rather than chaos or restlessness. Soft blues, greens, greys, and earthy tones create feelings of peace while vibrant pinks, yellows, and oranges energize a room with enthusiasm. Don’t forget about neutrals either! Neutral tones such as white, cream, beige, or taupe make perfect backdrops for any design scheme while still allowing plenty of room for personal expression through accessories like artwork or bedding sets.
When you are determining where to place furniture, remember feng shui principle, commanding position.
“[Commanding position] translates to the spot in a room that allows for the best flow of energy. In feng shui, that position is diagonal from the door and furthest away from it” (source) Using this principle can help you consider the flow of energy in a space and how there are spiritual elements to you and to the spaces you fill.
In conclusion, Feng shui principles offer an easy way to refresh your home without completely overhauling its layout or aesthetic design. With just a few simple adjustments—such as eliminating clutter, adding natural elements, selecting colors wisely and arranging furniture intentionally—you can create an environment that’s conducive to positive energy flow while still expressing your personal style! So this spring season why not give feng shui principles a shot? Who knows—you may find yourself pleasantly surprised at the transformation!