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What is Feng Shui? How To Feng Shui Your Home

What is Feng Shui?

Feng shui is the ancient Chinese science of aligning buildings and homes with the surrounding environment - to ensure peace, prosperity and success. Feng shui is increasingly being accepted by many Western Interior designers as an intricate component of any Asian decor project.

But you don't need to hire a feng shui practitioner, or a professional interior design to introduce the concepts and philosophies of feng shui into your home - and we will provide you with many easy ways to to use feng shui in your home, kitchen, living room, bedroom and office.

By understanding the basic principles and concepts of feng shui, you can introduce feng shui into your home through the use of colors. mirrors and fountains and the positioning of furniture in the different rooms in your home. Feng shui also places a strong emphasis on the values of eco-consciousness and living in tune with the natural environment - values that seem to complement present day interior design trends including clutter free, minimalist aesthetics, sustainable design and architecture. In addition, feng shui is compatible with our current focus on holistic medicine, health and well-being and positive living. Feng shui offers the promise of a healthier, more positive life by manipulating and realigning the furniture, belonging and environment of a home of office.

What used to be limited to traditional Chinese and spiritual New Age thinkers, is now becoming more commonplace in everyday interior design. Feng shui (pronounced ‘fung-shway’) literally translated means wind-water, two of the natural elements that are considered essential to life on earth, and also considered to be carriers of chi - the essential life force which controls and exists in everything . Feng shui is focused on boosting and sustaining levels of chi by balancing the five elements that make up our physical environment - wood, metal, earth, water and fire. The basic concept behind feng shui - which is based on Taoist philosophy - is that by aligning your home or office environment to match who you truly are, and you want to be you can streamline the energy flow in your home. By forging a healthy relationship between your home and its natural environment. feng shui practitioners believe you pave the way for a happy and productive life.

What is the history of Feng Shui?

Feng shui has been in use for more than 3000 years, initially used to plan, and design the layout of burial grounds. Feng shui states that our homes, the land they are built on, and the furniture and belonging inside them are alive with energy, and blockages of this energy can impact how we perform and the way we feel. Feng shui experts determine the optimal way to place and arrange objects within the home, and in the case of new construction, home and building itself, so that that chi energy flows freely. Believing that the arrangement of furniture and belongings in the home can lead to everything from a good night sleep to increased creativity and financial success.

How can I use Feng Shui in my home? How to Feng Shui your bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and family room?

Feng Shui In The Office

Placing your office desk diagonally opposite the door you will heightened your concentration and reduce distractions. Painting your office the color red will increase your sense of power.

Feng Shui In The Home

Follow these key concept to enhance the flow of chi in your home; maximizing natural light, reduce clutter, introducing mirrors, water, fountains and plants into your home. Use using symbolic feng shui objects and motifs including the tortoise, the money frog, and the lucky bamboo plant will attract prosperity and joy. Keep the center of your home and the center of each room open fresh and clean, this is considered the heart of your home and the yin-yang point from where chi emerges.

Feng Shui And Your Front Door

Feng shui experts believe that your front door or main entry way is the biggest absorber of chi life energy, so paint your front door bright red and if possible have it facing a southern direction for enhanced success and prosperity.

Feng Shui In The Kitchen

Feng shui experts believe that the kitchen determines the health and happiness of the home. So keep the kitchen clean using with warm paint colors, and do not have a bathroom facing it.

Feng Shui And Color

What are the best paint colors for feng shui? Feng shui follows an ancient pattern of colors. Specific colors determine your mood, your state of mind and general mental health, and by changing those colors you can control your mood and energy. Earth tones and colors will ground you, fire tones will energize you and blue, teal and watery colors will relax and soothe your emotions and lead to harmony.

Feng Shui In The Bedroom

Use the concepts of feng shui in your bedroom with the position of your bed, never sleep with your feet pointing to a the door, plus mirrors should never face the bed and aquariums should not be placed in a bedroom.

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