Feng Shui and Your Living Space: A Primer

Feng shui is an ancient practice that can be traced as far back as 3,000 BC. Culled from the words “Feng”, meaning wind, and “shui”, denoting water, this age old method of construction has garnered a lot of recognition over the past several years. Stemming from the belief that how we commune with nature plays a key role in imbuing luck and good fortune, feng shui was originally reserved for the Chinese Imperial Courts.

Over the years, the art of feng shui has grown in popularity throughout the Western world. In fact, many modern homes today have more than a hint of feng shui in them.

This art teaches us the proper ways to arrange our space to strike a perfect balance with our surroundings. While many are still skeptics on whether or not these principles actually work, there are those who affirm that these teachings have dramatically improved their way of life.

To get started welcoming good luck and peace into your home, here are a few simple feng shui tips that you need to keep in mind.

  1. De-clutter your home – in order to invite positive energy, or “chi”, into your home, you need to keep it clean and appealing. A cluttered home blocks good chi, and can affect the quality of light and air in your home, which is bad luck. If possible, keep your windows open to allow natural light to pass through. In the feng shui world Bagua, or the BTB, can assist homeowners in identifying which specific parts of your home can affect the flow of positive fortune into your home. This focus on clean and clutter free will also maintain the best conditions for pest and bed bug prevention.
  2. Decorate with the right elements– there are 5 important elements in this practice; wood, water, fire, earth, an
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    d wind. Individually, these elements attract different kinds of good and bad energies. If you are aiming for money, then incorporate wood and water on the Southeast corner of your home. For vibrant health, place wooden furnishings or green plants on the Eastern side of your property.

  3. Know your providential directions–there are three spaces in your house that are influential in the overall health and wellbeing of your loved ones. This triumvirate of rooms includes the bedroom, bathroom and the kitchen. As such, these areas need to be properly maintained and designed with the right elements. Here are just a few examples of how you can re-arrange your home in accordance with the principles of feng shui:
    • Compensate for the lack of natural lighting in the home by painting the walls a sunny hue of yellow.
    • Always position your bed beside a wall and never place a mirror in a spot where you can see yourself in bed.
    • Keep doorways clear of any clutter, which represents obstacles in life.
    • Do not place your stove or oven opposite your washers or refrigerator as they signify the conflicting elements of fire and water.

Feng shui is a way for us to improve our home and lifestyle, but at the end of the day, it is what you do as a person that will dictate your fate. A clean home, free of clutter and pests is an essential element for everyone to feel at ease.

Barbara loves to write about anything related to home improvement and design. Professionally she is a part time writer for, where she focuses on innovative solutions like bed bugs freeze treatment.

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