10 Feng Shui Decorating Do’s and Don’ts

10 Feng Shui Decorating Do’s and Don’ts

The beautiful art of Feng Shui, in Chinese culture, is “a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy (chi), and whose favorable or unfavorable effects are taken into account when siting and designing buildings”. From this definition, it is clear that Feng Shui is strongly connected to interior design and decorating choices in your home. It is essential that you welcome your family and friends into a friendly and positive environment when they enter your house, so you really should take the ambiance into consideration when making decorating arrangements. Nevertheless, Feng Shui has some pretty strict rules that should be followed in order to maintain peace, harmony and great energy in your “temple”. To help you get started, we have made a list of 10 Feng Shui decorating do’s and don’ts that you might find helpful. Keep those good vibes rolling and have fun decorating!

1. Plants – DO

Some of the best bringers of positive energy in a home are plants. Houseplants that are well taken care of will support the healthy flow of energy in your house. Make sure that your plants are always fresh and well-watered so they can promote the prosperity you long for. Aside from ordinary plants, you can consider placing blossoming flowers around the house wherever you feel necessary.

2. Balance – DO

In order to achieve a spiritual balance, you have to work your way from the outside in. This means that the decorations in your house should match and create symmetry in the room. For instance, you can purchase matching lamps and place them in diagonal corners in your living room. Another boost of positive energy can come from having pieces in pairs. This will also promote love and compassion.

3. Soft Lighting – DO

Soft, warm and welcoming lights are the key to a harmonious home. At all costs, try to avoid strong, white lights, as they can tire your eyes and even cause headaches at one point. Soft lighting will help in creating the ideal ambiance for positive energy to flow free. For some added romance, consider lighting candles every now and then.

4. Adequate Art – DO

When choosing pieces of art for various rooms in your home, it is always best to think the decision through from beginning to end. This means that you should match artworks with their designated rooms and the feeling you want to convey in them. For instance, your living room should have welcoming pieces of art to greet your guests properly. On the other hand, a home office should thrive with bright colors that keep you going when you have to work.

5. Clean Up Clutter – DO

One of the biggest no-nos for a peaceful home that follows Feng Shui principles is clutter. You need to stop gathering all of those knick-knacks and useless objects that block the flow of energy. We know how hard it may be to say good-bye to all sorts of stuff that you have kept for years and moved from place to place, but it really is time to move on. The best way to gain a fresh start is to clean up all of that clutter and allow new beginnings to commence. You can recycle or donate any objects that are no longer of use to you.

6. Face to Face Mirrors – DON’T

Whatever you do, never take two huge mirrors and place them face to face. As Mind Body Green explains in an article, “two mirrors facing one another on opposite walls create a vortex of energy bouncing between the two that is challenging, stuck and very aggressive”. In addition to this, placing two mirrors one in front of the other really goes pass the initial purpose of a mirror anyway. Stick to one mirror in a suitable place (avoid the bedroom).

7. Furniture Overload – DON’T

Stop packing up your rooms with useless furniture! Allow your spaces to breathe and choose a few essential pieces instead of piling nightstands, bookshelves and other nonsense everywhere. Let’s be honest, you really do not need more than two or three pieces of furniture in a room, so why clutter? Aside from allowing positive energy to flow, you will also be saving space and creating a pleasant and environment you can breathe easily in.

8. Dry Plants – DON’T

Even though fresh plants are highly recommended for promoting positive energy, dry plants do exactly the opposite. Dry and dead plants are the cause of stagnant energy that will also affect your lifestyle. The collocation “dead plants” itself mirrors the idea of lifelessness, which you do not want to be living around. The same situation goes for flowers; keep them away as much as you can!

9. Negative Energy Artwork – DON’T

While using artwork to decorate your house is recommended, dark and dreary pieces are certainly not. Works of art that express anger, violence, depression, loss or any other negative feelings will have the same impact on the harmony you are trying to create in your home. You must be aware that you will be passing by this piece of art every day, so you have to realize what impact it will have on your mind in the long run. Like we said before, use positive, bright and inviting pieces that motivate you and offer pleasant feelings.

10. Dark Hallways – DON’T

Who wants their hallways to be dark and scary anyway? The best option for long hallways is to keep them well-lighted with the soft lighting tips we mentioned above. By doing this, you will be creating a guided path and a sense of security. Never allow your hallways to be completely black and void of light; you might be feeling a little awkward yourself when you get up in the middle of the night to drink a glass of water. Light is the key not only to Feng Shui, but also to a peace of mind.

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