What is Feng Shui?
The easiest definition I’ve found is in the the Cambridge British English Dictionary. Feng Shui is “an ancient Chinese belief that the way your house is built or the way that you arrange objects affects your success, health, and happiness.”
This philosophy is especially important in small spaces.
I know for sure that when I’m disorganized or my living space or office space is messy, I feel restless and have a difficult time concentrating on whatever task is at hand.
I’ve always been that way and it wasn’t until I started reading about the practice of Feng Shui that I recognized it as a solution to this dilemma!
Sometimes we think that we need more space and that will solve our problem or messiness or disorganization. That’s simply not the case.
“Less is more” is a valid theme for small space living.
So here are a few tips that help me and I hope will help you:
- Keep the room clear of clutter by putting things away in their proper places when you’ve finished using them. That’s the number one tip that keeps me sane!
- Use mirrors to reflect the things that you love and to bring more light into your space. Keep the mirrors clean, by the way, so the positive energy flows easily.
- If your space is an open loft or studio apartment, it’s beneficial to separate the various areas for working, relaxing and sleeping, for example. Area rugs are great for defining a living or dining space. Living plants are also good choices. A tall plant or two not only will define a space and offer privacy, living plants help improve air quality.
- Keep pathways clear of clutter, especially the entry. Good energy needs to flow throughout your home.
- Use one important piece of furniture or artwork as a focal point which will give the positive energy or chi, a place to rest.
- Try to incorporate the five elements of feng shui into your decor. The five elements are fire, water, wood, metal and earth. One simple way to do that is by using their corresponding colors in your decor.
Fire: reds, oranges, etc.
Water: shades of blue
Wood: greens or purples
Metal: silver, gray, black, white
Earth: shades of brown or beige
If you’d like to learn more about the peace and harmony you can achieve using feng shui, here are some sites you might want to visit:
- Feng Shui facts and information from Wikipedia
- Understanding the Principles of Feng Shui (from Dummies)
- Feng Shui at About.Com
Do you have a favorite feng shui practice? Please let us know in the comments and do include photos, if you like!
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