When you build or bought your last home, was the process smooth and seamless? Were there zero bumps along the way? Did you feel full of zen and relaxation and ready to seize the next project that comes your way? If so, give us a call- we’d love to hear from you as you’re a bit of an anomaly. For the rest of our audience that saw a fair amount of stress during the process, rest assured that that was quite normal. It’s half the fun in our mind, determining how to solve whatever puzzles may come our way. But now that your house is standing, and hopefully habitable, it’s time to decorate the inside.
The Australian Heritage Homes blog has shared articles in the past with our tips and tricks to make your home special and personal. Today, we’re tackling a specific niche—the niche of feng shui. It’s probably a term that you’ve heard a time or two, but maybe you’ve wondered what it means—feng shui is, by definition, “a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy (qi), and whose favorable or unfavorable effects are taken into account when siting and designing buildings.” If we’re simplifying this, it might be easier to state that feng shui is the art of arranging your furniture and décor for the maximum amount of positive energy. There is an extensive science behind it, but today, let’s tackle the basics:
Clean up your clutter. There are a lot of great books out in the market these days about the magic of minimalism. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up is one that we’d particularly recommend. If reading a book is not your style, then just keep the following in mind—are there pieces of furniture, décor or belongings that are laying around, that you no longer use? Have you not used them for a while? If so, it may be time to get rid of them and clean up your space. When your space is clear of clutter, you’re automatically far less stressed.
Invest in good lighting, leverage natural lightening wherever you can. Light is good for every facet of your health, especially your emotions. If you’re not lucky enough to have an abundance of natural lighting (via large windows), then we recommend investing in lighting fixtures. These will really open up the space and make it seem far larger.
Add plant life to social areas. Living, breathing, plants provide a great dynamic to most spaces, but especially those filled with people on a regular basis. Plants are an important part of many feng shui principles, maximizing the amount of positive energy around both regular inhabitants of your house, as well as guests.
There are many additional and more complex principles that make up the study of feng shui. We hope that you enjoyed today’s crash course in beginner logic. Questions? Comments? Don’t hesitate to reach out to the AHH team.