Feng Shui, what is it and how to apply it to your home

As you may have noticed with my trip to Asia and China especially I have been very inspired by all things Asian.

Feng Shui is an ancient art and and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China. Feng means wind and shui means water. In Chinese culture wind and water are associated with good health, so good feng shui came to mean good fortune, while bad feng shui means bad luck, or misfortune.

Feng Shui for your house & home can be easy when you start with the house basics so here are a couple tips to help start the good fortune in your home.

  1. A marble table in the house is not good for the career since it attracts work stress. A red sofa set too is often said to give rise to work obstacles and troubles. Replace that marble table with a wooden one, and that red sofa with any other color.
  2. Have enough lighting in the rooms because light is an important source of energy. In dull spaces where natural light from the window is limited, paint the walls with yellow, which represents sunlight.
  3. The bed should be placed next to a wall. You must not also sleep in a way where your feet are pointed towards the door, as this has negative connotation. A mirror where you can see yourself in as you are lying in bed has to be removed, or covered with a blanket as you sleep.
  4. The doorway should not be obstructed with anything, such as shoes and other items. A clear entrance allows the positive energy to freely enter the room. It is also advised that the seating is so arranged that anyone inside the room will be able to see the door.
  5. Placing mirrors in the room help positive energy dart through the area. They amplify the amount of light inside the room. Mirrors also make the room appear much larger than it actually is, giving a cozy vibe.
  6. Plants represent nature, and having your self surrounded by them evokes the healing and nurturing vibrations of nature right into your room. However, dying or dead plants attract negative energy, so take them out immediately.
  7. Make sure that there is no refrigerator, washing machine, dishwasher and even sink placed opposite the stove. Fire and water clash; this might stir up negative energies that may cause the family members to have disagreements with one another.
  8. Never allow your children to sleep on the floor because it may cause them to get sick often. Ideally, positive energy flowing underneath the bed is beneficial. So it is advised for your children to sleep in beds with space beneath them. However, it is not recommended for them to use double bunk beds because the child sleeping beneath will get sickly.
  9. The flowing of positive energy is generally interrupted by disorder or clutter in the room. Positive energy should be allowed to flow freely in the room, and from one space to the other. Clutter has to be removed especially from the center of your house, which is considered the heart of the house.
  10. Keep your bathroom clean and the bathroom door closed at all times since you don’t want the negative energy inside it flow outside. You might also want to close all doors in the home as you sleep as it helps provide health domestic relationships and promotes health.

For beginners, feng shui does not have to mean using particular tools to come up with a harmonious home. Sticking to the basic aspects is enough to attract the right energies into your home.

Define the Bagua, or the feng shui energy map of your house, by using one of the two main feng shui methods – the classical school bagua or the BTB grid. You can find many online but here is an example of one.

Sorrento Living Feng Shui Bagua Map

Get the Basics of 5 Feng Shui Elements in order to create balance and vibrant energy in all areas of your home. For example, if you are working on attracting more prosperity, you will introduce the feng shui elements of Wood and Water. If your need to improve your health, you will place lush wood feng shui element items, such as plants or pieces of wood furniture
WOOD: Green, Brown
FIRE: Red, Strong Yellow, Orange, Purple, Pink
EARTH: Light Yellow, Sandy/Earthy, Light Brown
METAL: White, Gray
WATER: Blue, Black

Find Out Your Feng Shui Birth Element and create a home to nourish and support your energy.

Sorrento Living Feng Shui Birth Element

Keep in mind, the key to good Feng Shui is balance, harmony and inner-peace – yours!