6 Ways to Feng Shui Your Home This Spring

6 Ways to Feng Shui Your Home This Spring

Have you been looking for ways to make your home more spacious, functional, and peaceful? The ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui may just hold the keys to your future sanity. Feng Shui is the practice of arranging furniture and other domestic elements to promote a positive energy flow around the home. There are certain placements and rules to follow that will make your home look and feel better. Here are six ways to Feng Shui your home this spring.

1 Make Your Entryway Bright & Clutter-Free

In Feng Shui, the foyer and entrance of your home are pivotal to your home's energy flow. Your entryway should be uncluttered and bright so that it can invite enough Qi, or energy, inside. If you have a lot of furniture blocking its path or you have lighting fixtures that are dim or missing, you can enhance the energy flow of your home by making the space brighter and easier to maneuver around.

  • Pro Tip: Need space for hats, gloves, and knick-knacks? We understand the foyer can be a chaotic drop-off zone for school bags, purses, keys, and more. This is why it’s important to invest in storage solutions like key holders, hall trees, and storage baskets to keep your essentials organized. This produces a much cleaner look that reduces stress and helps everyone find their belongings quickly.

2 Use Houseplants

Having plants indoors is a critical element of Feng Shui. According to this principle, houseplants promote good energy flow and reduce stress. Interestingly enough, scientific studies also show that plants indoors reduce people's stress and boost productivity in offices. In Feng Shui, the color green also promotes wellness and health. Since plants are also known to filter the air of impurities like benzene and formaldehyde, you don’t even need to be a believer in Feng Shui to get these benefits.

3 Balance the Five Elements

When you decorate your home, create a balanced color scape using the five elements of Feng Shui. Depending on what type of energy you want to promote, here are the colors you can use. Integrating a color balance can be as easy as adding some solid colored throw blankets or throw pillows to a couch to get the results you want. Here is a breakdown of what each element brings:

  • Wood- blue and green: This energy is related to growth, health, and internal change. Use more of this color to stimulate movement in your life.
  • Fire- red: This energy is associated with life and blood, which promotes more activity and alleviates sadness. It’s also good energy to boost feelings of passion and love.
  • Earth - yellow: Earth energy is associated with hope, happiness, and higher mental activity. It’s also a stable and nurturing energy to promote focus.
  • Metal - white, beige, and silver: Metal energy promotes focus, purity, and carefulness. Put it in rooms where you need to study and focus on big ideas, like the office or a music room.
  • Water - dark blue and black: In Feng Shui, water symbolizes abundance, so if you want blessings and money to flow, add more water energy colors into the room.

4 Free All Walking Paths

Since the front door is the gateway for energy to enter the house, you have to make sure that all this energy can flow throughout your home. This means you should imagine all the conduits of your home like an organism. In this system, hallways are places where energy can flow — or be blocked. To promote as much energy as possible, free all paths so that you can move around the house easily. If you don’t believe in energy flow — that’s fine, too. Reducing clutter and making your home easy to navigate also aligns with general housekeeping tips and reduces stress. To eliminate clutter, go through all your belongings and find out what you use and what you can donate to charity. You'll be surprised at how much clothing and items that you don't need are taking up space!

5 Keep Things Clean

Each room in the home has a purpose, and when you keep them clean and organized, you can enhance their function. Feng Shui highly prioritizes keeping places like the kitchen and dining table clean because they are places where nourishing food is made and consumed. These are also places where people congregate. Keeping them clean will improve your mood and also keep your family healthier. If you need help keeping clutter at bay, get some canvas storage bins in strategic places like closets and bedrooms where items can be neatly tossed away. It's also important to go through your kitchen and dining room and get rid of any clutter that isn't associated with cooking and dining.

6 Use Mirrors Strategically

According to Feng Shui, mirrors reflect energy, so they need to be used strategically. Don’t have them facing doors or beds, as they can “bounce” energy out of the room or on places of rest. For example, mirrors are highly encouraged in eating areas but not in the kitchen. When placed in the right spots, mirrors can also make your home look bigger. Mirrors are excellent for hallways, offices, and living rooms, but be careful to not have them directly face sofas or chairs. Having a mirror in between couches, however, is completely fine according to this principle.

Feng Shui will make your home feel more harmonious and peaceful. Even if you don't believe in Qi, this principle offers viable organizational advice that can help you arrange your home in peaceful ways.

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