Home is our place to relax and unwind after a long day. Where we can leave the stress of our everyday lives at the door. Create a home that encourages a feeling of calmness and mindfulness using Feng Shui principles.
Originally developed over 3,000 years ago in China, Feng Shui has four key principles that help you establish a space that is functional yet serene. The ancient art comes from observations of nature; Feng translates to “wind” and shui means “water” in Chinese.
By consciously creating a space using the tenants of Feng Shui will help you find relaxation at the end of each day. Here are our guide for finding Feng Shui in your home.
The Commanding Position
This pillar of Feng Shui practice involves the position of you and your furniture within a space. The placement of each piece can add or inhibit the flow of energy in the room. To create a Feng Shui-friendly space, place the main furniture piece of the room in view of the door. If your back is turned to the entrance, the flow of energy will be stifled. Do not directly line the piece up with the entrance, either.
The Feng Shui Bugua Map
This map serves as a tool in Feng Shui and consists of eight areas. Depending on the version of the guide you use, the sections include fame, love, creativity, helpful people, career, spiritual growth, health and money. Your home’s adherence to the bugua is dependent on the layout of the space and the floorplan. For more information about the way to apply the bugua to your home, click here.
The Five Elements
In Feng Shui teachings, masters searched for the source of energy flow in our lives and in our spaces. Chi, which is the universal energy, is tied to our person energies. It is believed that the natural elements are the link between these energies, and allow for proper flow. Incorporating these elements in our spaces is meant to replicate the power of Chi and promote our health and vitality.
The elements are wood, fire, earth, metal and water, with each providing unique properties and energy to the space. These qualities are represented through colors, sounds, bodily organs, compass directions, plants, favors, etc. Click here for more information about the role of the natural elements in your space.
Now that we have all this knowledge about the foundation of Feng Shui, let’s put it into practice.
Find Feng Shui in Your Space
Keep it Simple
Feng Shui emphasizes the importance of a clean, neutral space to remove chaos from your life through your surroundings. Each room has been carefully crafted through a lens of minimalist design to remain peaceful and focus on function.
Welcoming and comfortable win out over elegant, opulent and sterile when it comes to creating flow in your home. When creating each space, think about its contribution to the flow of energy. Keep things minimal and cohesive in your home. This removal of chaos in your space will keep you comfortable.
Create a Gathering Spot
By arranging a seating area (especially in big, open living spaces), you’re creating a place that’s the obvious gathering spot in the room. While most homes would have a television in this area, Feng Shui principles would not have the TV as the focal point of the room or seating arrangement, since the room’s design should promote conversation.
Mix Earth and Metal
You can bring industrial style that is modern and trendy in 2020 into your Feng Shui-friendly space by honoring the art’s principle of incorporating the five elements.
Stained wood tabletops, shelves and chairs, combined with a muted floral couch, for instance, create an earthy feel. Be sure that the primary piece of furniture gives you a view of the door, with your back “protected” from behind by a solid wall, a high-back chair or a large plant. To add subtle contrast, incorporate metal (via accessories, lighting and other decorative touches).
Declutter the Space
In your living space, put the TV, cables, wires and electrical components into a cabinet, hidden away when you’re not using them. Be thoughtful with placement of throw pillows to not overwhelm your sofa with textiles. Use minimalism when adding decorative objects and accessories.
In your bedroom, keep the floors clean and remove unnecessary pieces. Let the bed be the focal point of the room to promote calmness in your space of slumber.
Choose Neutral Tones
In Feng Shui, the living room should be sort of a “middle ground” where relationships are formed, so best keep it neutral. Using about three to five colors throughout the home is a good rule of thumb. Only one of those colors should be bold and lively, which helps stimulate conversation.
Bring the ancient art of Feng Shui into your modern home to promote prosperity and relaxation throughout your life. It will help bring peace to your mind at the end of each day. If you try this style in your home, share it with us by using #MyAshleyHome on Instagram. For more inspiration to find your perfect space, you can also browse our Pinterest boards.