Literally translated, feng shui means "wind-water." This ancient Chinese practice harmonizes individuals with their surrounding environment using energy, or chi. Using the five elements—wood, earth, water, fire, metal—it creates balance with the natural world in our interior spaces.
Feng shui not only makes our homes healthier and more organized, it also places emphasis on physical and mental health, success, and healthy relationships. A positive energy flow is conducive to bringing these elements together, which is why the placement of furniture and elements in our home is important.
How to create feng shui in your home:
1. THE FRONT DOOR
The front door is a crucial element of feng shui as this is the "main portal." if you will, for energy to enter your home, and therefore it should be warm and welcoming. Also, avoid direct line-of-sight from the front door to the back door if possible. You want to slow down the path of energy and allow it to move around the whole house. If this is not an option in your home, add a patterned rug on the floor, artwork on the wall, or a round table. Alternatively, if you face a wall upon entering your home, if can feel like you're "hitting a wall" every time you walk in. Hang a mirror at eye level to open the space.
Clutter is an energetic anchor. It blocks energy from being able to move freely though our homes as well as our minds.
3. NATURAL LIGHT
Allow for plenty of natural light and air to enter your home. The combination will bring good energy and rejuvenating of your spirit and mind. If you don't have many windows, hang mirrors to reflect light and make the room appear bigger and brighter.
4. COMINE THE 5 ELEMENTS
Whether physically or symbolically, find ways to incorporate and combine the five elements into your decor. Some ideas for each element are:
FIRE: warm tones, fire place, candles
WATER: fountains, mirrors, aquariums, boats
EARTH: plants, ceramics, crystals, nature art
WOOD: plants, carvings, heirlooms
METAL: tools, games or toys, statues