Feng shui focuses on chi, the energy that flows around all living things. Its concepts spring from the ancient Chinese text, “I Ching.” The home should be kept free of litter and chaos so that chi can flow freely between objects and around furniture.
Free-flowing feng shui involves the positioning of shapes, textures, furniture and colors. Here are a few quick feng shui tips for the different rooms of the house:
1. Living room — Metal items, such as TV sets and computers should not be the central focus of the room. If there is a fireplace, arrange the furniture around it, but in a way so that occupants can see the door. If the furniture’s back is to the door, place a mirror on the wall so that the door is visible. Arrange the furniture in a circular or octagonal pattern, and keep the coffee table free of clutter. Use plants, mirrors or lamps in the corners of the room to invite the flow of chi.
2. Dining Room — It is thought that a crystal or chandelier over the dining room table can improve digestion and help balance out eating disorders. Heavy dark furniture is not recommended because it can hold onto unpleasant memories soaked up from the room. Too many photographs can kidnap thoughts and conversation back to the past. The table can hold a bowl of fresh fruit or a living plant. Guests’ chairs should face the door.
3. Bedroom – Candles can variate the level of lighting. Hang wind chimes in the center of the room if the person is prone to depression or fatigue. Remove active metal objects from the room such as TV sets, VCRs, exercise machines and computers. Hang pictures that hint of positive things you’d like to do (but nothing melancholy). Arrange the bed so that you can see the door from it, but do not lie with your head towards the door.
Move the bed so that it does not lie under the energy-sucking toilet if the bedroom lies beneath a bathroom. Add a small water fountain (found in the gift section of department stores) to diffuse the fire element if the bedroom lies over the kitchen. Try to avoid pictures of water because it represents stagnant energy and can lead to insomnia. In a child’s bedroom, calm the environment down with blues and grays if the child is active. If the child is prone to moodiness, opt for soft colors such as lemon and melon to keep their spirits buoyant.
4. Kitchen — The kitchen, which is nourishment central for the entire home, balances itself out with fire from the oven and running water from the faucet. To “liven” things up, place a bowl of fresh fruit on the table and a live plant on the windowsill. Potted herbs, such as lavender, can offer tranquility. Burning herbs can purify the atmosphere after quarrels and disputes. Colors such as white and yellow (lemon to bright) are harmonious choices for the kitchen.
5. Bathroom — The toilet contains standing water. Keep the lid shut when not in use. Place a smooth stone or bowl of stones on top of the toilet tank. Bathroom leaks should be fixed right away to hamper escaping energy. Wind chimes in the bathroom window invite harmonious chi.
Also, place plants in front of sharp edges because they can symbolize arrows or daggers. Wooded plants, such as bamboo and palm are just as beneficial as leafy plants. Remove dead leaves and dying plants immediately, as they detract from the flow of living energy.