Adding Feng Shui To Your Home

Living Plants

Live plants have their own chi and will draw chi to them. The best places for plants are in the kitchen (between hot and cold appliances to create balance), in the dining room (to draw abundance), and in the family room (to promote health, life, and connection).

Not everyone has a green thumb... and that's okay. Silk will be the next best thing.

Place Photos Wisely

Family pictures don't belong in the bedroom because it's the most intimate room in the house and should be reserved for you and your partner. Pictures of children, relatives, and friends may cause you to think about your obligations — and that doesn't allow the mind (or body) to rest. So keep only pictures of you and your spouse or partner in the bedroom, and put other pictures in the dining or family rooms.

Make Your Bedroom Restful

According to feng shui, the bedroom is one of the most important rooms in the home. It's where we seek peace, restoration, and balance. It's also the place of dreams. Use sensual fabrics and fluffy pillows to promote relaxation and don't store things under your bed — say bye bye to shoes, suitcases, books, pictures, and files — they are too energizing.

Stop Runaway Chi

If you open the front door and there's a direct line to the back door or a window, that's runaway chi. You can't benefit from positive energy that flow through your front door if they flow right out the back door. You can stop runaway chi by placing furniture or some other objects in or near the questionable path and by using rugs to impede energy flow.

Seek Balance

Make sure you have something representing the five elements — wood, earth, metal, fire, and water — in every room. The goal is to stay grounded, centered, and balanced in your life and your environment. For example, place a wooden bowl filled with stone pebbles alongside a candle and a vase of flowers. Or try to incorporate colors that symbolize the five elements: Black = water, Green = wood, Red = fire, Yellow, tan, and brown = earth, White = metal.

Open The Front Door

Energy flows through the front door. An open and inviting pathway allows positive energy to flow into your home, whereas energy can stagnate if the entryway is closed off. Want opportunity to come knocking? Place a red-flowering plant outside or put some red accent colors on or around your front door. Red attracts energy, fortune, and luck!

Bring The Outdoors In

Nature creates a sense of peace. In fact, research shows that viewing nature reduces anger and anxiety and enhances feelings of pleasure. So flood your home with natural light, open windows and doors to let fresh air inside, and bring plants indoors. Decorate with bamboo, wood, or wicker, and use stones and rocks to add texture. You can also adorn the walls with paintings of nature and its serenity.

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