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Create a Feng Shui Home

Learn the feng shui dos and don'ts for each room of your home.

Entryway

Dos:

  • Create an inviting and eye-catching entrance, both inside and out.
  • Include uplifting "greeters," such as a waterfall or piece of artwork.
  • Add bright and beautiful lighting so the pathway is safe and visible.
  • Place inspiring objects leading up to the door, like a meandering pathway and flowers.
  • Add plants, especially evergreens, which will stay lush all year.


Don'ts:

  • Pile up paperwork, trash or broken objects near the doorway, inside or out.
  • Walk into a wall or dead end. If necessary, add a mirror to help visually expand the space.
  • Have objects that get in your way or block the flow of energy moving into the home.
  • Leave broken steps or items in poor maintenance.
  • Let your garage door draw more attention than your home's entrance.

Kitchen

Dos:

  • Make sure you can see the entrance of the kitchen when you're cooking, either by installing the stove on an island or by hanging a mirror on your backsplash to reflect the room.
  • Keep drawers, cabinets and pantries clean and organized.
  • Add seating, regardless of the size of the room.
  • Add warm lighting, like incandescent or halogen, which makes you and the food seem much more appealing.
  • Keep your stove clean and be sure to use all the burners.


Don'ts:

  • Have clutter or unnecessary objects and appliances sitting on countertops or tables.
  • Keep old food, whether it's leftovers, dried foods, packages or cans.
  • Use fluorescent lights, as they're harsh and unappetizing.
  • Have sharp points or dangerous edges on cabinets, furniture and tables.
  • Keep knives visible; instead store them away in drawers or cabinets.

 

Dining Room

Dos:

  • Use rounded and oval tables.
  • Use white plates, as they allow the natural beauty of the food to be the focal point of the meal.
  • Incorporate soft, comfortable chairs that are of equal size.
  • Give each person and chair a pleasant view.
  • Add serene artwork or imagery of food.


Don'ts:

  • Have sharp, pointed edges on tables and chairs.
  • Use glass or metal tabletops, which are hard and unfriendly.
  • Hang intense or negative artwork.
  • Have low-hanging ceiling fans, which create an unsafe atmosphere.
  • Create cramped spaces, where people can't comfortably sit or move around the table easily.

Living Room

Dos:

  • Use beautiful, yet comfortable and safe furniture.
  • Arrange the furniture so the room is inviting and easily accessible.
  • Put the TV and other electrical equipment into a cabinet to be hidden from view when not in use.
  • Hang objects at the same height and create strong visual horizontal lines, especially when ceilings are extremely high.
  • Marry objects and face furniture together so they're in relationship to one another.


Don'ts:

  • Use uncomfortable furniture and seating.
  • Have too many decorative objects, unless they are organized together as a group.
  • Place too many pillows on the couch.
  • Use the TV as the focal point of the room or seating arrangement.
  • Have beams in the ceiling or sit directly beneath them for long periods of time.

 

Home Office

Dos:

  • Place your desk in the power spot, the area directly opposite the door.
  • Add sensual objects and artwork to inspire resourcefulness and productivity.
  • Bring in rounded shapes and move sharp-edged furniture out of the traffic flow.
  • Add healthy plants, which are beneficial to counter-balance the effects of electrical equipment.
  • Create a filing and storage system that is clearly labeled and easy to use.


Don'ts:

  • Sit in the line of energy coming in through the door.
  • Hang uninspiring or mismatched artwork.
  • Paint the room in drab colors.
  • Use broken or uncomfortable office chairs.
  • Pile up paperwork or create clutter and disorganization.
  • Sit with your back toward the office door. If you must, hang a mirror to see behind you.

Bedroom

Dos:

  • Sleep in the power spot, which is located directly opposite the door.
  • Add a solid headboard, ideally in a warm, friendly material such as wood or leather.
  • Replace bedding at least once a year to add a fresh, positive energy to the space.
  • Add romantic imagery or objects grouped in sets of two or pairs.
  • Use warm colors, flesh tones or red and pink to spice up the room and your romance.


Don'ts:

  • Sleep with your body in line with the path of energy entering through the bedroom door.
  • Have TVs, computers or exercise equipment, unless they're hidden away or in a storage cabinet.
  • Have an excess of mirrors, which can sometimes activate too much energy.
  • Use footboards, which prevent you from easily moving around the bed.
  • Place one side of the bed against a wall. There should be equal space on either side for two people to comfortably enter and exit.

 

Bathroom

Dos:

  • Create a beautiful, uplifting and organized space.
  • Add new linens, bath soaps, plants, soft lighting and other beautiful accessories.
  • Add a mirror to the door to help the bathroom visually disappear.
  • Put a divider between the bathroom and bedroom in master suites.
  • Add earth and fire elements.


Don'ts:

  • Leave the toilet seat up or drains uncovered when not in use.
  • Create clutter on the sink, countertop and tub edge or in the shower stall.
  • Hold on to old or unused bottles of shampoos, products, creams and potions.
  • Have the toilet in plain view. Try covering or screening it when possible.
  • Create a small, cramped area. Try adding mirrors to help expand the feeling of the space.

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