What is Feng Shui?
The easiest definition I’ve found is in 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.”
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 6 tips that help me and I hope will help you:
1. 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!
2. 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.
3. 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, but living plants also help improve air quality.
4. Keep pathways clear of clutter, especially the entry. Good energy needs to flow throughout your home.
5. Use one important piece of furniture or artwork as a focal point which will give the positive energy or chi, a place to rest.
6. 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
My Go-To Book for Answers to Color Questions
This book is a beautifully illustrated 176-page guide to colors for pretty much everything in your home. You’ll find answers to all of your questions about the best color for your sofa or wall colors and what colors should you feature in your garden? What colors should you wear?
Add a little Feng Shui here & there in your home. How about a Money Toad?
Etsy has lots of fun accessories with a Feng Shui flair. One of the most popular accessories is the three-legged Money Toad or Money Frog. Here’s how Wikipedia describes this good luck feature:
The Jin Chan, also called Chan Chu or “Zhaocai Chan Chu”, is most commonly translated as “Money Toad” or “Money Frog”. It represents a popular Feng Shui charm for prosperity. This mythical creature is said to appear during the full moon, near houses or businesses that will soon receive good news.
Feng Shui Ideas for Living Rooms (Video)
This little four-minute video doesn’t really address how each slide demonstrates Feng Shui elements in each living room but while you’re watching it, see if you can spot some elements like colors that echo the five elements (Fire, Water, Wood, Metal, Earth) and how they relate to each other.
Some of the living rooms are large and some are small but each one has something to offer. For example, I like the acrylic or glass coffee tables that seem to disappear in the room making the room seem larger than it is.
Tip: I love watching videos like this more than once. Each time I see different perspectives and sometimes I’m looking for something special like ideas for decorating bookshelves or coffee tables or maybe I’m looking for wall colors or area rugs.
Here’s that video…enjoy!
Rules for Money Frog placement
- Place it in your money or wealth area which is typically the corner diagonally opposite of the front door.
- You can also have a second money frog closer to the front door but you must have it facing the inside of the house.
- Never put a money frog in the bathroom, bedroom or kitchen.
- Always have it placed upon a raised surface and never on the floor.
- Don’t place your money frog in the middle of the room or in a traffic path or under a window.
Are you ready to learn more?
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
You might want to read my post on Wabi Sabi Decorating in 2018. Wabi Sabi is a Japanese design philosophy that’s hugely popular now. It’s a fun read, too.
Do you have a favorite feng shui practice? Please let us know in the comments and do include photos if you like!
Thanks for stopping by!