So, does Feng Shui work for anyone in the traditional sense? The idea that we organize rooms in our house to promote some sort of spiritual harmony may not sit right with a lot of people, but it is certainly a great way to get your rooms in the house de-cluttered!
Feng Shui is an ancient practice used to restore balance to your home, but all it seems to be good at is rearranging the kitchen worktop and TV stand! So can we apply some of the Feng Shui principles to our homes not just in the hope that they will give us a sense of harmony, but can we use them as a handy starting point when it comes to designing a great home?
Changing The Bathroom
Generally, as a rule, bathrooms have a bad reputation in Feng Shui. This is because bathrooms flush away the positive energy of your home. Now if you believe this, you may find that you are stressed in the bathroom a lot, but it’s a relaxation station for most people! To have good Feng Shui in the bathroom means hanging mirrors so you can “attract abundance,” but it’s also dependent on where in your house the bathroom is.
If your bathroom is facing in a specific direction, then you should things like crystal balls, which isn’t a particularly stylish addition to the bathroom (unless you are planning on having a psychic-themed bathroom). The principle of having a bathroom that is full of “good” Feng Shui is to have it fresh, airy, and decluttered. So if you’re planning on installing new showers, traditional freestanding bathtubs, or any new sink units, you can place them anywhere you want, which is great. But don’t bother with the crystal ball; it looks odd hung up in the middle of a brand new bathroom.
Making The Bedroom Relaxing
The whole idea behind Feng Shui in the bedroom is to create a flow of nourishing energy. Most people use it as a nice place to relax and watch some TV before going to sleep. But what are the principles of Feng Shui for this room for rest? The first one is to get rid of any electronic items, which, to be fair, is going to help you get a lot more sleep.
When arranging your bed, it needs to be approachable from both sides and has bedside tables for each side. Again, these are great ideas for a nice bedroom set up. Colors are a big thing with Feng Shui, and they say that light colors are best for a bedroom, and while this leaves it open to interpretation, it seems that the lighter ones are great for a relaxing environment anyway. Dark and harsh colors are too distracting for a truly relaxing night’s sleep. So, keep it light and airy.
Upgrading Your Home Office
If you work at home, it makes a lot of sense to have your office as far away from the rest of the house as possible, and this is one of the fundamental principles of Feng Shui for a home office anyway. They say that you should decorate your office with productivity and success in mind, which would be inspirational memorabilia, which again, you would think about doing anyway. Another key principle is being careful not to face a wall while working at your desk or table, so you should make the walls disappear by using art. Again, this is a great principle to apply to your home office, because it can give you more inspiration, so maybe you want to think about putting a piece of art above your desk. Maybe something that is continually inspiring.
The other thing to bring up in terms of your desk is to have it in a “commanding position,” which means that you don’t have your back to the door. If you’ve picked a small room anyway, when you enter the room you would automatically pick the corner the furthest away from the door because it leaves you more space to play within the office. And this makes perfect sense when it comes to setting up a space for work; you need to work in an environment that’s not cramped!
All in all, the fundamental principles of Feng Shui aren’t that dissimilar from common sense (but don’t tell Feng Shui practitioners this)! The idea behind Feng Shui is to have harmony in your home, and this means reducing the clutter, having the place light and airy and full of space, so if you can follow these principles of Feng Shui in the loosest sense possible, you are going to have a lovely home that you can relax and work in.