When I first heard about feng shui I basically wrote it off as being some absurd and mythical concept. The more I researched it, the more I learned that it is really based off of common sense and how your surroundings make you feel. Feng shui is a Chinese system of laws that help you arrange a space so that energy, or chi, can properly flow. With these simple concepts applied you can make any space a place where you can relax and unwind.
What you would like your home to smell like is not one of the first things you might think of when trying to give your house a little facelift. Scent is really one of the most powerful tools you can use in creating a serene home. It is also one of the first things you might notice when entering somewhere new. Lighting a candle or some incense are great tools in accomplishing this. Essential oils are another wonderful and natural way to fulfill this.
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of proper lighting! My very favorite thing to do is utilize natural light. Growing up the first thing we would do every morning was open every pair of blinds in the entire house and let that sun shine! If privacy is an issue there are great options for sheer window coverings that can give you plenty of light without compromising your personal space.
Yin and Yang
The concept of yin and yang is where I sort of was hesitant with the whole feng shui thing, that is until I realized what it was. Yin and yang is really another way of saying that you need balance in your space. I believe one of the very easiest ways to accomplish this is through incorporating both masculine and feminine elements. Do not be afraid to use sparkly crystal and reclaimed wood in the same room. Balance out that feminine floral throw pillow with some masculine houndstooth.
If you do not feel safe in your home you are going to have a very difficult time relaxing. A major factor in keeping that secure feeling is through furniture placement. I am the type of person who has a very hard time sitting with my back to the door. I like knowing what is going on around me and who might walk through that door. If your room does not allow you to have the furniture facing the doorway or entrance try adding mirrors in order to better see around the entire space. Another part of safety is keeping away risky situations. As nice as that heavy piece of artwork sitting precariously on a shelf might look hanging above your headboard, are you really going to be able to sleep well knowing that said item could easily fall? Didn’t think so.
Part of feng shui is letting the chi flow! The chi is not going to flow if there is clutter everywhere. Nothing adds stress to my life like when my home becomes a cluttered mess. Learn to simplify your life and get rid of those things that really are not necessary. Doing a little spring cleaning not only will make you feel better about your home, but if you are able to donate some of the things you don’t use to those in need you will be able to make the day of someone else. This isn’t saying that you can’t still fill your house with beautiful things, but as with everything, do not forget moderation.