In our series on using feng shui in home decorating , we’ve discussed the 5 elements of feng shui decorating , color usage in feng shui decorating, and feng shui bedroom design tips . While all of these things are vital to the overall “success” you are trying to achieve with this interior design style, you have to remember the basics of Feng Shui. Before you even think of beginning the “fun” part of choosing colors, accessories and things like that – you must clear the clutter and map out your home!
Creating a Feng Shui Home
Is your house a “Home SWEET Home?” If it‘s not, you can use the principles of feng shui to create a strong center in your home. Start with one room and work your way around the entire house.
Ditch the Clutter Once & For All
The first thing to do when remodeling your home is to remove all the clutter. And, everyone has clutter. What about that closet you have given up to the dust bunnies? Where do old lawn tools go to die? It’s probably somewhere in your garage.
Hold a yard sale or a swap meet to get rid of stuff you don’t need any more. Donate clothing in good condition to the local charity. Much of the extra stuff contributes to your energy not flowing throughout the house as it should.
Map it Out
Next, create a bagua or energy map of your home. There are four cardinal points (North, South, East and West) and each one can be further divided (NE, NW, SE and SW). You now have eight distinct areas in your home. Each area has a governing element and colors recommended for your use.
Feng shui is applied not only to building harmony and releasing energy in your home but also to cures. Even a home needs to be cured now and then. Have you ever walked into a place and felt depressed or sad? Something is wrong with the energy in that place, according to feng shui theory. Feng shui cures extend to using crystals, essential oils and representations of the five elements to cleanse and bring your home back to a stable energy level.
Know Thy Neighbors (Family Members)
Learn everyone’s governing element. Using the Chinese New Year, determine what element works best for each member of your household. This element can be used more in your bedroom and that of your children. The décor will speak harmony in everyone’s private space.
Each feng shui color has an element associated with it. In the common areas, bring all of the elements together in balance through furniture, artwork, flowers and other features. Using miniature fountains is a great way to bring water into the picture.
Everything In It’s Place
Where everything in your room is placed is also important. You want the energy to flow unhindered. Resist blocking natural doorways with furniture. Avoid re-cluttering your home with a lot of furniture or accents. Less is more. Simple changes make a big difference in a feng shui home.
A feng shui expert can give you direction as to how much of one color to use in any given space. It is your job to be open to the changes suggested to create positive energy in your home.