Feng Shui Tips for Beginners
While Feng Shui might seem like a complicated form of interior design, there’s a lot of it that falls within the conventional wisdom that we all have inside. Simply put, Feng Shui is a way of harmonizing your space, and the Qi (or energy) that flows through it. If you’ve always been intrigued by this but worried about whether you could pull it off, follow these basic principals and you’ll be able to grasp the basics of good Feng Shui.
1.Keep the Doors Within Sight
Whether it’s your office, living room, or bedroom, the position of the door in relation to where you’ll be sitting or sleeping is an important element of Feng Shui. Having your back to the door while sitting at your desk or on a sofa gives an unsettling feeling of vulnerability. In your home and office, you should always be in what is called the “command position.” The command position makes you feel secure by giving you the best visual control over a space. When placing furniture, a suitable place would be anywhere that gives you a full view of the entrance without being in direct line to it.
2. Decorate with Different Elements
Feng Shui makes use of different elements to help harmonize space, such as plants, fountains, and other earthy materials such as copper or stone Plants will help purify the air, so large and easy to care for plants like the areca palm are a good choice. Crystal balls are also commonly used in to help clear energy in the home, and can be hung in corners or above windows. You can also create the same refreshed feeling that waterfalls and oceans give by using a fountain or humidifier in your home.
3. Be Mindful of Bed Placement
The bed and bedroom is where we begin and end each day, and where we replenish our energy overnight, and thus holds a lot of significance in the home. Good bedroom Feng Shui is making sure energy doesn’t become obstructed and can circulate easily, giving you a better night's sleep. To accomplish this, you’ll want to keep any clutter out from under the bed, and make sure the foot of the bed is not parallel with a door. Placing the head of the bed in front or under a window is also considered bad Feng Shui, as it allows the Qi to escape while we sleep.
4. Be Careful With Mirrors
Whatever is reflected in mirror in your home will have double the influence and effect on a space. When placing mirrors, make sure that whatever is being reflected in them is pleasant, such as a window, artwork, or plants. If clutter or something like the TV is being reflected in the mirror, they will start to dominate that space.
Another tip for mirrors is to never place one opposite your bed. This leads to a restless sleep, and can feel creepy catching a glimpse of your reflection in the middle of the night.