Create a Feng Shui Home
Learn the feng shui dos and don'ts for each room of your home.
By: Stephanie McWilliams
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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