As humans, we have such a deep connection to our homes and the energy that flows through them. A key component of our holistic wellbeing comes down to our everyday environment, and the home has a massive impact on how we feel and function, whether we are conscious of it or not.
Using basic principles of Feng Shui, you can create harmony within your living spaces to enhance your sense of balance and positive vibes in everyday life. Feng Shui is a traditional Chinese practice that considers spatial arrangement of your homes physical structure and object placement to create a balance with the natural world and enhance the flow of energy throughout your space.
The aim of achieving positive energy flow throughout the home goes beyond aesthetic appeal. Feng Shui places great importance on considering all natural elements when designing your home and placement of its contents (fire, water, wood, metal, and Earth). It encourages you to introduce these elements into your home to create balance, literally or symbolically. If you have too much of one element in particular, it is thought to bring an imbalance to your environment, and negatively affect your moods, temperament and relationships.
Whilst it would be ideal to have an awareness of Feng Shui principles if you were building your home, that is not realistic for most of us, who cannot actually change the physical structure of our home if it goes against Feng Shui. However, there are ways to incorporate Feng Shui into your existing space to help enhance the energy flow and reap those feel-good vibes.
Let’s take a look below at 6 practical ways to incorporate Feng Shui into your home to enhance your overall wellbeing.
1. Free Your Space of Clutter
If there is physical clutter in your living space, it can result in mental clutter as well. In Feng Shui, clutter acts as an energetic blocker, weighing you down emotionally and having a negative effect on your mental clarity and functioning. According to Feng Shui principles, clutter can mean that there is no space left for positive things to evolve in our lives, and leaves us generally feeling frazzled and disorganised a lot of the time.
2. Ensure You Incorporate Natural Elements
As mentioned, Feng Shui places great importance on balancing the energy flow throughout your home using the five natural elements of fire, water, wood, metal, and Earth. Ideally, you should try to incorporate all of these elements into your living spaces in various forms, ensuring that one element does not dominate and disrupt the balance.
This can be done quite literally, by bringing in candles (fire), a fish tank (water), natural wooden furniture (wood), decorative metal pendant lights (metal) and crystals (Earth).
Or, also think outside the box as to how these elements may be represented symbolically. Painting walls element colours is a great way to bring them into your space and create the energy you need to feel balanced in your home. Think blue for water, beige for Earth, or red for fire. Also think of how different décor might represent a particular element. For example, beautiful handmade clay pottery can represent Earth, or a mirror or blue rug can represent water.
It is worth noting that different people may tend to gravitate towards one or two elements more than others, and this is perfectly fine, as long as they do not completely overtake all other elements that are required to provide you with balance. Just have a think about whether you gravitate towards a particular element because you feel you need more of it in your life, or if it might actually be dominating your space and causing an imbalance in your surroundings, translating to emotional imbalance in other areas of your life like your moods, temperament, and relationships.
3. Maximise Positive Vibes with Mirrors
Mirrors are a key component in Feng Shui as they can solve a number of physical and symbolic blockages in your home and your energetic disposition.
If your home is small, low on natural light, or is closed off or divided up by walls, mirrors can be a great solution to open up the space and create the visual illusion of better flow, and reflect more natural light. Creating the opportunity with mirrors to open up a closed off or dark physical space also allows a more positive, joyful energy to influence you and your mood day in, day out.
The number one rule when hanging a mirror is to ensure that it reflects a beautiful or positive view rather than a negative one. For example, ensure that the reflection won’t be one of clutter or a space that may spark a stress response when you look at it, such as your work desk if you work from home, or your laundry with piles of washing building up. Opt for the reflection of your beautiful garden out a window, or a source of natural light in your home.
4. Ensure You Represent Everyone Living in Your Home
A big part of ensuring that the energy in your home flows well is to consider each individual that lives there, and ensure they are represented in the way that spaces look and feel. For example, a husband and wife will want to ensure that décor represents both the masculine and feminine energies equally, so that one does not dominate the other. If you have a lot of wooden furniture for example (masculine energy), try to balance that out with softer features like sheer curtains, rugs, throws and cushions.
Another example might be ensuring that adults and children are represented equally as well. Ensure there are playful elements to the way your spaces are designed to encourage both the adults and children within the home to connect and grow with each other through play and intrigue. Having a dedicated play space is almost a necessity for a family with children, but also playing with pops of colour in décor, and adding features like fairy lights, wall stickers or wallpaper with a calming yet whimsical design can evoke feelings of playfulness and imagination for the whole family.
Also consider the types of spaces you have and what you ideally want from them. If one of your key values is connection, consider placing distractions like a television out of sight in a cabinet, so that they are used when you want to use them, but they don’t dominate the space and cause a disconnect between you and those you live with all the time.
5. Be Conscious of What You Bring into Your Home
An important Feng Shui principle is that our home mirrors what is happening within us. It is important that our home environment is reflective of who we are as individuals, and who we want to grow into. Our home’s energy should always be reflective of our own high vibration internal energy, and the aim of Feng Shui placement is to align our internal world with our external. Your surroundings should feel beautiful and meaningful to you, and what that looks like will differ for everyone. Feng Shui is about following principles and figuring out how they can be meaningful for you and align with your values, not feeling restricted or like you must follow a stringent set of rules.
The underlying belief in Feng Shui is that everything has an energy, whether that be an object, a relationship, or a habit. Becoming more aware of the energies you are bringing through your front door is important to shaping the life that you are working towards. Ensure that the objects you bring into your home are those that you truly resonate with and love, or that you truly require. Ensure that the people you allow in are there for the purest of intentions, and that they work with you to create a mutually respectful and nurturing environment. Ensure that the habits you have are those that will help you to grow into the version of yourself that you aspire to be.
6. Remove Any Blockages- Physically or Symbolically
A basic Feng Shui principle when arranging furniture and décor is to ensure that your space flows freely and allows you to walk through it without bumping into anything or having to walk ‘the long way’ around a piece of furniture. For obvious reasons, ease of movement around your home is a metaphor for being able to walk through life and overcome obstacles in a similar way. If you are constantly jolted and blocked trying to navigate your living room, chances are that frustration is going to carry over into other parts of your life too. So, make sure that your walkways are clear and open, and flow as freely as possible.
Another Feng Shui principle for opening up lines of positive communication is to ensure that seating in your home is placed for conversation to happen comfortably and naturally. Think about where your lounge chairs are placed and whether they are too far away from each other to promote easy conversations. Having a round dining room table is also a great way to encourage dinnertime chatter and building stronger connections through closer proximity and more eye contact.
As an end note, it is worth acknowledging that in Feng Shui, there is no expectation that you will conduct a complete overhaul of your home in a day, week, month, or even a year. Feng Shui is a long-term, fluid process that can change as you and your needs do. What’s important is to have an awareness of your space, and how that impacts your internal energy and wellbeing, with the continual intention of creating harmony in everyday life.