How To ‘Feng Shui’ Your Home In 10 Steps

Casey Wang
December 8, 2017

SENIOR PROPERTY CONSULTANT

The Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui, translated as “wind” and “water,” has been guiding people when it comes to aligning their dwelling to be in harmony with the surrounding environment for thousands of years.

Whether you’re a first-time homeowner, renter or investor, you can channel positive energy in a few simple steps.

What is ‘Feng Shui’?

Thousands of years ago, the ancient Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui was used by emperors to locate favourable sites for cities, palaces and even grave sites. Ordinary citizens also followed the teachings of Feng Shui to dictate how they should arrange their dwellings, influencing our modern interpretation of “Intuitive/Modern Feng Shui.”

At its core, Feng Shui is about the concept of ‘chi’, a life force or energy flow, in your home.

Why should I ‘Feng Shui’ my property?

According to the principles of Feng Shui, you can channel chi to bring wealth, good health, happiness and fortune into your life by organising the physical space around you.

With moving to a new house ranking as one of the most stressful times in many Australian’s lives, practicing the art of Feng Shui is a useful tool to redirect your stress into something soothing and fruitful.

Plus, some homebuyers will even pay a higher price if a property has ‘good Feng Shui.’

10 steps to ‘Feng Shui’ your home

  1. Bring balance to your bedroom

The “Commanding Position” concept suggests you position your bed where you can clearly see the door, however not in line with it. By doing this you’ll add sense of security as you can see avoid when others enter your room.

For those in a relationship, equal size lamps and bedside tables are said to affirm equality in your relationship.

  1. Take note of nature inside and outside your home

Location matters when it comes to Feng Shui, just as it does for property values. Mountains and rivers behind your home are said to give good fortune and financial security. Trees and shrubs outside your home can also protect you from busy, overwhelming energy coming from the street.

You can even follow Feng Shui to encourage more potential buyers when you’re selling your property by having wide front steps and large house numbers.

Having natural elements within your home is important too. Plants can purify the air by absorbing toxins and electrical pollutants and having running water can act as a fount of positive chi.

  1. Decorate to destress

By incorporating the five Feng Shui elements of water, wood, fire, earth and metal into rooms of your home you can create balance and comfort.

For example, to attract prosperity you would use elements of water and wood in the southeast area of your home. For better health, place lush plants or wooden furniture in the East of your home.

  1. Let the right light in

In Feng Shui, light is the sun of the room. When considering the lighting scheme for each room, you should be mindful that a room is bright enough to bring balance to the chi of the room. If a room is too dim that can create unbalance in the yin and yang and consequently people’s attitudes.

  1. Office spaces can benefit from Feng Shui too

Manager’s offices should be in tranquil places away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the office, with the desk hidden from other workers to aid concentration. There can be a flow on effect of fortune and prosperity throughout the company based on the setup of the manager’s office.

  1. Keep your creativity at your desk

Place your desk where you can see the room and the door, again enforcing the “Commanding Position.” Control the desire to daydream and ensure those creative ideas don’t escape by not placing your desk in front of a window. Instead, position it so you can glance at one when need be.

  1. Don’t hold off on repairs

‘To-do’ list jobs such as fixing dripping taps, squeaky doors and chipped paint can all impact the vitality of your home. As you work through your fix it lists, you’ll be improving the positive chi throughout your home (and bringing yourself and your family a sense of relief).

  1. Avoid those straight lines

The creation of harsh straight lines, also known as the “poison arrow,” can leak positive energy and create a negative, unfriendly feeling in the home. By softening and interrupting straight lines you can contain the positive energy you create.

  1. Create a fountain of prosperity (literally)

Water is strongly associated with wealth in the art of Feng Shui. Flowing water is said to attract cash flow, so by having an indoor fountain you can welcome wealth while also diffusing negative ions in the air.

  1. Keep check of your home’s chi

Maintaining ‘good Feng Shui’ can be a refreshing process that can help you refocus on the purpose and energy of spaces throughout your home. Try these Feng Shui health checks and common cures to ensure you maintain positive chi and calming energy.

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