The goal of feng shui decorating tips is to assist you to have great energy flowing through your home so that you will be relaxed and happy and able to manifest your desires more easily as well as creating something that is please to your eyes. So you will feel happy, healthy & energized.
Whatever your decorating style is, you will use the principles of feng shui combined with your sensibilities to create a wonderful space.
Always Start With Removing Clutter
In feng shui we always start with removing clutter from the space. You won’t be able to apply feng shui if you have a Missy space. Either discard the excess or simply find ways to store it or do a combination of both.
Having a clean space is important too. Fresh, clean air is very important to good energy within your home. When your home is clean, fresh and free of dust and clutter you can then begin to apply feng shui principles to your home.
Bagua -Energy Map -Principle
Bagua is one of the main feng shui tools used to analyze the feng shui energy in any given space. Translated from Chinese, bagua literally means 8 areas.
So, for the purpose of successfully apply feng shui in your home or office, you need to define the bagua, or the feng shui energy map, of your space.
There are two very different ways of applying the principle of feng shui bagua: the classical school and the BTB/Western school. It’s important to keep in mind not to apply both baguas at the same time, as this can lead to a lot of confusion as well as weak results. The best recommendation is to learn the basics of each school, then pick the one that feels more comfortable & natural to you.
- The Classical Bagua
In order to define the Classical or Traditional feng shui bagua of your home or office, you need to first take the compass reading of your front door.
- The BTB/Western Bagua
The Western feng shui school bagua consists of the same nine areas as the classical feng shui school bagua. However, in this feng shui school, the compass directions are not taken into consideration. Instead, in the Western school, the bagua is defined by aligning the lower end of the basic bagua grid with the wall of the front door of your home or office.
Determining the Center of Your Bagua
In both the Classic and the Western schools, the house center is important. In a happy household, the heart (the center of the bagua) is always a healthy and high vibrant space.
Feng Shui Decorating Tips:
Create eye appeal and great chi
Each area of your bagua map must be enlivened with the corresponding elements. The five elements of feng shui correspond to nature. They are Water, Fire, Wood, Metal and Earth.
You will match the elements to your space based on the bagua map which clearly tells you the element associated with the section. Then you will be sure to include these elements when decorating each section. You will use things such as baskets to represent wood, Terra gotta pots to represent earth, water fountains to represent water, tin decorations can represent metal, and you might use a candle for the fire element.
Balance the Yin and Yang
There are many principals for each individual room of the home and its best to keep in mind yin and yang when decorating your home. Balancing the Yin and Yang is common sense.
Yin is the female energy and is quiet, feminine and passive. So consider when decorating your bedroom you will want a quiet yin energy so that sleep will come easily. This also means no high energy yang like t.v.’s and computers in the bedroom.
The living room is a yang male space. This is where the family meets and talks and plays together. So anything that will increase the energy in this room is good, like plants, aquariums, your television, or some music.
A few feng shui decorating tips to be aware of is if you have heavy dark furniture in a room, the colors in the room should be light to balance the dark colors. If you have dark colors on the wall, then if the window coverings are in neutral it will create a balance of the yin and yang.
One Room at a Time
Each one of the rooms in the home will have its own individual feng shui decorating tips and furniture placement.
When applying feng shui decorating tips, you will be curing one room at a time. It can’t all be done at once. Do one room and sit back and observe what you’ve done. “Let it be” for a while before you start another room. By doing one room at a time you will be letting the energies all come together and begin working together.
Lamps, Plants and Furniture Placement
Lamps will raise the chi in your home and act as a cure. They will also create better chi in your home because of their very nature of being source of energy. However, using lights that hurt the eye are not good feng shui. But instead lamps that give a soft glow is what you will want to have in your home. A pedestal lamp can direct chi up and sometimes its important to do this, like when there is a bathroom on the floor above you. You will want to direct the chi up so that the bathroom chi doesn’t come down into your space.
A perfect feng shui decorating tip is that plants are amazing as they will bring energy to a home and pass it on to you. But they must be nourished and kept in great condition. If a plant is dying and it cannot be saved, then it has to be removed from the home since you don’t want the representative symbol of death to be in your home.
Placement of furniture is paramount as a feng shui decorating tip.
Mirrors, Colors and The Front Door
Mirrors are powerful instruments that can enhance your space or wreak havoc if used improperly. The different kinds of mirrors need to be understood as well as how to use them for your highest good. Mirrors can act as a cure, they can multiply the beauty and good luck of a space and open up a small space so that energy can flow more freely.
Be sure to reflect only the positive
Feng shui mirror placement means you will be placing your mirrors so that beauty is reflected in them which will enhance your positive energy and emotions. Remember that mirrors represent the water element and therefore the expansion of wealth.
If they are in view of something unattractive or negative, they will reflect this energy back. At the same time they will reflect back beauty and good chi as well. So be careful where you place a mirror.
Place your mirrors so that beauty is reflected in them. Having them reflect some beauty from outside is a good use of mirrors.
The flat bagua mirror is also used for protection. The best way to use it is to hang it in a window facing out. This will keep evil away from your home.
The Life Journey and Career section of the bagua map is governed by the water element. So this is an ideal section of the bagua map to place a mirror.
Other sections of the bagua map that would work well with mirrors are the Wealth and Prosperity and Family and Health sections since they are governed by wood and water is nourishing to wood, which is why we water our plants, to nourish them.
A mirror should not face the door directly, which can reflect energy back out the door or create a sense of disorientation. Place mirrors to the sides of the door instead.
Build a Strong Feng Shui Front Door
Front door is where energy/chi enters from. The area outside and inside the door must have proper feng shui principles applied. Front door is where the chi is stabilized before it enters your home. Most people aren’t taught to take special care with the front door, but this is an essential feng shui decorating tip and it must be adhered to.
The stronger, healthier, and more balanced the front door is, the better the quality of energy available for those who live in the house. As a general goal, your front door should be as inviting, welcoming, and attractive as possible.
Ensure an unobstructed, open flow of energy to the front door. This means there are no recycling bins, cracked old pots with dead plants, or any other items blocking the flow of feng shui energy to your front door. Also, ensure a clear and flowing path to the front door. The most feng shui flow of energy to the front door is via a smooth and meandering path resembling water flow, rather than a geometric or sharply angled path.
If you display love and care for your home using fung shui principles and tips, it will help you attract the same quality of energy into your home.
Take your time to learn fung shui tips and principles, apply them for your space one at a time and enjoy the results
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