You will probably have heard of Feng Shui, but may not know exactly what it is or how to put it into practice. Many people think that Feng Shui is complicated, when in fact it is a fairly simple concept, and doesn’t take long at all to put into action.
What is Feng Shui?
In English, Feng Shui literally means ‘wind water’; it is an ancient Chinese practice designed to bring peace and harmony in your surroundings. The practice is based on the principle that humans are connected to the universe through a shared energy, and so your surroundings represent what is inside of you. In Feng Shui, energy is called ‘chi’, and it is important to help the flow of chi in a space be as easy and as natural as possible.
The practice has become ever more popular in Western culture as time has gone on, and is now observed by many people when considering the design of their home. There are many different aspects to Feng Shui, and we will cover these in a series of posts over the coming weeks. It may seem daunting at first, but there are some quick and easy ways that you can incorporate Feng Shui into your life right now. Here are our tips to get started.
Clear the clutter
They say that a cluttered space is the sign of a cluttered mind, and so one of the first and most important steps in introducing Feng Shui into your life is to clear that clutter.
Tackle one room at a time, focusing on items that are taking up space and look as though they don’t have a place. Once you’ve cleared the surface clutter, start on the cupboards and drawers; we all have those places that we just dump things that don’t have another place, but we don’t ever actually use. Try to be as strict as possible when you’re clearing; it’s tempting to hold onto things out of sentimentality, but try to only hold on to a few keepsakes, and get rid of the things that don’t have any use to you.
Once you’ve cleared the clutter, not only will you feel instantly lighter and calmer in your surroundings, but you will also have a clean, blank slate to work with so that you can put more Feng Shui principles into action.
Let there be light
Good, strong light is important to create Feng Shui energy throughout your home. We all feel happier and more energetic when it’s light, so get as much of it as possible into your home. Natural light is the best, so make the most of windows, and keep the rooms you use the most brightly lit with full spectrum light bulbs, which imitate natural sunlight.
Be careful of colour
Colour is a very important aspect of Feng Shui, and something we will go into more detail about in a separate post. However, here is a quick introduction.
Colour can have a big impact on our energy and emotions. Rich, bright and vibrant colours energise us; red is one of the most energising colours, and it is actually considered lucky in Feng Shui, so try to incorporate this into the decoration of your living spaces. Orange is a social colour, so try use this in your living and dining rooms, along with yellow, which is considered one of the most cheerful and uplifting shades.
Bring nature to you
One of the essential principles of Feng Shui is our connection to nature and the universe, so it makes sense that embracing the natural world in your living space brings good energy into your life.
Bring nature to you by placing some potted plants and maybe even a water feature around your living space. Growing plants helps breathe life into your space, and the current of the water simulates the flow of energy around the area.
These quick and simple tips will help you get started with Feng Shui and help create some natural energy in your living space. In the next article in the Feng Shui series, we will discuss the main principles of Feng Shui in more detail, and how you can balance the Five Elements in your living space.