Few things are as exciting, or as intimidating as, decorating a new home. While each empty room can represent a wealth of possibilities to create and define your own space, choosing what and how to best place furniture and other items can turn into a frustrating headache. The ancient practice of Feng Shui can help reduce this stress by guiding you in your decorating decisions. Since its inception in China in 4000 BC, Feng Shui has helped countless people orient their households in such a way as to promote harmony and contentment. If you’re interested in turning your household into an oasis away from the stressors of modern living, here are four Feng Shui tips for decorating your new home.
Make Use of Water Features
The elements play a critical role in the proper application of Feng Shui. Even the phrase itself makes reference to the harmony present in nature, as the translation into English means “wind-water.” For thousands of years, practitioners of Feng Shui have understood the important role water plays for all living things. As a result, it is often used as a symbol of wealth. Placing a fountain or other water feature near the entry of a home, either inside or out, can help wealth and opportunity flow into your life. It can also prove to be a relaxing addition after a long day.
Use the Front Door
It’s not an uncommon practice; after coming home from work or running errands, to park the car in the garage and then enter your home through a side door. And while it may seem somewhat counterproductive to spend the extra time to walk around the house and use the front door, using the main entrance to your home is a tenant of correct Feng Shui. It is believed that using any entrance other than the front door can limit the amount of positive energy in your home and your life. Be sure to take the time to use your front door as often as possible, and you’ll find that this easy tip will become a normal part of your routine.
Make Use of the Space Above Cabinets
The concept of “chi”, or energy, is an important one in Feng Shui. The positive and negative flows of chi can have important consequences within your life, both good and bad. To maximize your positive chi try placing plants and lighting above your kitchen cabinets. This normally empty space will have a much more comforting, natural appearance and bring the kitchen to life.
Know Where to Place Your Bed
While you may spend more time in other parts of the house, few pieces of furniture are more important than your bed. No matter the stresses of the day, a comfortable bed can help you recharge your batteries and leave you feeling refreshed. Therefore, proper placement of your bed within the room is critical. Feng Shui suggests that placing your bed in a commanding position will bring positive energy to your bedroom. To do so, place your bed facing the door so that when you are lying down your body is not in line with the door. If that’s not possible, place a mirror so that you can see the door from your bed. It will bring extra light to your room and help you feel ready to take on whatever life brings your way.