Chances are at some point you’ve probably heard of Feng Shui at some point.  Yet, Feng Shui is more than what you may think it is.  At its core, it’s all about making your home thrive with positive energy flowing through each room.  By definition, Feng shui means wind and water.

The Chinese believe that energy is directly affected by its layout.  Energy, which they refer to as “chi,”  can affect the overall well-being of your home and its inhabitants. The concept can be a bit much to comprehend at first glance. So, to help simplify the idea of designing your home with Feng Shui, here are the basic elements of implementing this method of design into your home.

Get Rid of Clutter

Decluttering your home is not only Feng Shui approved, but it’s also one of the best things you can do for your overall state of mind. Clutter distracts from your home’s layout comma and can detract from the overall look and feel.  The Chinese strongly believe that your home is a reflection of your overall inner peace and physical health. 

So, if your home is full of clutter, it may be an indication that your mind is in the same state. If you have plenty of things lying around, go throughout your home and get rid of any unnecessary objects that you can purge, or put away neatly.

Use Colors

Colors are believed to have a strong impact on your home’s look and feel. Feng Shui experts suggest shying away from dark colors, which could encourage a gloomy or angry environment. On the other hand, too many light colors, like white, can wash out a room, and give it the impression of feeling lifeless, and even cold.

Don’t be afraid to play around with different splashes of color and have fun with it. Above all, ask yourself how a certain color makes you feel emotionally when you look at it. If it’s anything less than happy, then you might want to consider a different shade.

Incorporate Natural Light

There’s nothing wrong with artificial light in and of itself. However, your home should have plenty of natural light entering it in order to welcome the benefits of the sun. Too much darkness can create negative patches of energy, and even block creativity. Letting as much light as possible into your living space is believed to encourage happiness and a creative atmosphere. Above all, it’s a practical way to light your house as opposed to artificial lighting. If you can avoid turning on the lights, why not?

Position Your Furniture Accordingly

As you get deeper into Feng Shui, the more you start to appreciate the importance of the placement of furniture. Nothing should be asymmetrical, or too heavy on one side more than the other. The more balanced you can give your home visually, the more balance you will create internally.

Ailani Koda