Your home should be a space where you can unwind, be yourself, and find peace. A lot of that has to do with your personal circumstances and style – but there is something to be said for setting up a space intentionally to help promote calm and peacefulness.
I’ll fully admit that that may look different to each person; for example, you could find peace in a minimalistic environment, while you’re friend or even partner feels more comforted with their belongings surrounding them and tidily arranged.
A lot of that, obviously, has to do with personal preference, but regardless of your personal style and home setup, there are steps you can take to promote a relaxing atmosphere by arranging your furniture in a way that encourages qi (energy). But how? Well, start with the basics.
Clear the Clutter
Whether or not you’ve jumped on the KonMari train, there’s still something to be said for understanding that a cluttered space leads to a cluttered mind. It’s difficult to relax in a space that is cluttered and unorganized. So whether or not you subscribe to the ‘spark joy’ method, you should still take some time and get rid of unnecessary clutter and rid your space of items that are not useful or are just taking up space. Consider it starting with a blank slate.
Consider Light and Air Flow
Feng Shui attributes a lot of energy power to the ability to utilize natural light and clean air flow. Whenever possible, avoid blocking windows and open them if possible to let in fresh air. If that’s not possible, consider incorporating air-purifying plants or even purchasing an air purifier. Avoid blocking your natural light sources with heavy curtains or drapery – allow the external elements to bring energy to your home.
There are 5 natural elements that Feng Shui utilizes to bring good peace and energy into your home. How you utilize them in relation to your space, each other, and even the areas inside your home helps promote particular energies. Being mindful of those relationships can help adjust the energy in your home.
Wood: creative inspiration, motivation, passion
Represented by plants, trees, green objects.
Direction: East and southeast
Fire: energy, passion, expansion, transformation
Represented by candles, or red, orange or yellow objects.
Water: money, career, and release
Represented by water features, aquariums, crystals, artwork, or blue objects.
Metal: brings all energies together, stimulates strength and intellectual abilities.
Represented by white, silver, gray, black and metal objects.
Direction: West and Northwest
Earth: grounding and safety, security and comfort.
Represented by rock features, pottery, thick rugs, old books and muted colors.
Season: End of summer
Direction: center, northeast and southwest.
Be Conscious of Your Energy
Understanding that you have the power to alter the energy in your space can help you alter the way you approach your life and your home. It’s also important to be mindful of the energy that you bring into your home and work to maintain the balance that you’re working towards.
How do YOU utilize feng shui to bring good energies to your life?