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Create Feng Shui Harmony
Are you about to redesign or build a new house? Have you ever considered a healthy home as part of your design requirements?
A healthy home is not just using eco-friendly building materials but building a home that is in harmony with the environment and the elements.
The Chinese practiced and applied the ancient art of Feng Shui to achieve this harmony. Read on and apply feng shui for the house - whether old or new.
Feng Shui for House
The Chinese believed that by applying Feng Shui, you can tweak and change bad designs and elements in your house to achieve harmony.
Feng Shui is the concept of "chi,” the yin and yang and life energy. Applying Feng Shui will help promote a healthy flow of this energy.
Ideally, to get the correct Feng Shui advice, a Feng Shui master will use your date and time of birth as part of the study. He then calculates the most appropriate changes to be made on your house interior.
This can be expensive but if you can afford it, you may not have access to a good Feng Shui master.
To help you with this dilemma, I have summarized several general Feng Shui for house tips and suggestions, when designing or remodeling your house.
Good Feng Shui Home Includes The Common Area
Do not discount the importance of the following common areas. They are the key to your good Feng Shui success and merits the same level of importance as the living or bedroom areas.
In most Asian houses, shoes are placed outside before one enters a house. These shoes can sometimes clutter the pathway that leads to the main door. Remove these shoes or any other objects as it prevents good chi from entering your home.
Front Door in Feng Shui
The front door in Feng Shui is considered an important element for health and prosperity. It must not align and face your back door as chi will enter and leave your house immediately. Likewise, the front window should not open or face your back window. If you can't avoid this in your house layout, then put furniture or a large screen to block the alignment.
A vacant room must not be kept closed and empty all the time. Open it occasionally to allow the flow of good chi.
Windows must be open daily to bring in fresh air and sunshine, and along with it, good chi.
House Plants Feng Shui
Houseplants are good as it helps to energize your home. But avoid plants with thorns and dying plants as they bring bad chi.
Feng Shui Bedroom Tips
Bedrooms are the most important rooms in your house since you spent at least a third of your life in these rooms. Some feng shui bedroom tips to remember are:
- The bed should not be placed below an exposed beam or rafters as it symbolizes having a pressure over you. Reposition your bed but if you have a high ceiling and you prefer the existing bed alignment/position, then do a false ceiling to cover this beam.
- Garage and storerooms have stagnant chi, so do not position your bedroom above them. Likewise, the bedroom must not be above a cooking area.
- It is inauspicious to locate the master bedroom near the house's main entrance door. If you cannot avoid this, introduce a buffer zone such as a small sitting area
- A spectacular view from your bedroom is a great idea. Unfortunately, in Chinese Feng Shui this is not healthy as it gives too much energy for the bedroom. Instead, design your living and dining rooms to enjoy this vista
- A bedroom must not have direct access to a bathroom. Buffer it with a dressing room or corridor
- Do not place your bed too close to a window or facing a door. This will cause energy to drain away. If you need your bed to be near a window, then separate it with a table or chair. Ideally, the bed should be located diagonally to the window. If it is near a door, the door must open such that the bed head is not immediately in the line of sight
- For attic bedroom, aligned the bed to be parallel with the roof slope when lying on the bed. There must be no exposed roof beam or rafters over the bed area. If there are any, do a false ceiling to cover this beam.
- Don't place a dressing table opposite a door
- The bedroom should have only one entrance. If it adjoins another room, that room should have slow-moving chi such as a bedroom-sitting room or dressing room.
- Paint your bedroom walls and doors with light colors. Use strong colors only as accent colors
- Lights from morning sun are beneficial in the bedroom but not to shine directly onto the bed
Mirror Placement Feng Shui
- Avoid having a mirror in the bedroom as it is inauspicious. If required, position the mirror such that it will not reflect your bed view from the entrance door. Avoid placing the mirror in front of your bed (a common feature in most hotels). Mirror in the bathroom and inside the closet door is acceptable. You can take advantage of the ‘deflection characteristic’ of the mirror to deflect chi from places like in 'dead-end' part of your house
Feng Shui for Dining Room
The dining room is a place for family members, relatives, and friends to eat, meet and enjoy each other's company. It is a room with strong family relationships and must represent good harmony. Follow these tips to tweak the Feng Shui dining room layout for a harmonious design.
Feng Shui Dining Table
The best location for the dining table or dining room is east of the kitchen. If it is not possible, then it should be south of the kitchen.
A Feng Shui dining table is octagonal in shape. The next choice will be a circular dining table, as these designs will improve the chi flow between family members. The square table is acceptable provided it has the correct Feng Shui dimension.
A rectangular table should be your last choice but if desired, then it is not too long and is the correct Feng Shui dimension. Otherwise, it will exaggerate the hierarchical relationship for people seating on that table.
Entrance to Dining Room
Where possible, have two entrances to the dining room. One entrance is from the kitchen and another from the living room. The dining room must not be in isolation to the rest of the house. It must be an extension of another room such as the living room.
Feng Shui for Living Room
A living room is for family and friends to get together and is the first room for guests when they enter your house. Hence, it is important to have a good Feng Shui for the living room, for harmony and prosperity.
Living Room Shape
The living room must be of sufficient size with enough spaces in between furniture for chi to flow. The shape should also be regular.
Living Room Location
It must be located in the outer half of the house and not at a higher level than a dining room.
Furniture in Living Room
Chairs must not face front door or windows, or placed with their back to them. This is to allow chi to wander throughout the room.
Do not place chairs directly under ceiling beams or facing sharp corners of columns or wall junctions as this will have a ‘sharp arrow’ pointing at them, which is inauspicious.
Arrange the furniture in a regular pattern. The octagonal pattern is highly recommended. Avoid the L-shaped arrangement.
Kitchen Feng Shui
Your kitchen will have fire and water and these two elements are in constant conflict. It has the metal element in the form of cooking utensils. All these elements must be harmonized to have good kitchen Feng Shui since the kitchen is the heart of your home.
- The kitchen must be located at the center of your house as the center represents Earth. Otherwise, it should be away from the main entrance or entrance hall, which represents the South (Fireside) of the house. This will conflict with the Water element, which represents the kitchen. Avoid the Northside (Waterside) as Water is in conflict with Fire (associated with cooking). If North is your only choice, have west-facing windows in your kitchen. The West (Metal) is neutral for a good compromised location for your kitchen
- The kitchen should be away from the bathroom and if this is not possible, separate them with storage space or passageway. In a double-story building, toilets should not be above the cooking area
- The cooking area should be on the Southside (Fire) of the kitchen room
- If you have a family dining or informal dining area in your kitchen, separate the table from the food preparation area and the cooking area. Ideally, it should be to the east or south of the cooking area
- Avoid the cooking area and water area to be in the same alignment. Your kitchen sink must not be on the same countertop with your cooking area. An exception to this is the fridge.
Feng Shui for Bathroom and Laundry Room
- Bathroom and laundry belong to the north (Water) side of the house as it uses a lot of water
- Whenever possible, all bathrooms should have direct openings to the outside air. Mechanized ventilation with an extraction fan is not an ideal option.
- Do not have plants in bathrooms as it hinders the flow of chi unless the bathroom has plenty of sunlight coming in
- Always have the toilet bowl lid down all the time when not in use
- Keep bathroom windows open whenever possible but keep the bathroom door closed all the time
Feng Shui for Study Room and Workroom
The best location for study or workroom is on the north (Water) side of your house. This also applies to a home office. The water element is associated with communication and is, therefore, an ideal place for study or work.
Place your study table at an angle to the window to reduce glare, which is considered a bad chi.
The staircase must not face a door, as it will break the flow of chi in your house. Design your staircase to be at the right angle to the door instead. If possible, put it in a location that is out of sight from the main entrance.
It must not be in the middle of the house. If this is not possible, then turn the last thread at an angle to the main entrance. Otherwise, you can either place a screen to 'hide' the view from the main entrance. Alternatively, place a mirror on the intermediate landing.
Feng Shui Tips
Feng Shui consultation can be expensive but if you are serious about getting results tailored to your personal reading, then it will be money well spent.
If you are looking for an outline and basic guideline, then the above Feng Shui tips should give you a good start.
Good luck with your new adventure, and may there be prosperity and harmony in your life.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2012 Mazlan A
Mazlan A (author) from Malaysia on October 27, 2015:
Hi Anu. You can try this article at westernschooloffengshui.com/2008/05/q-a-feng-shui-and-guns/
Hope it will helps with your query.
Anu on October 13, 2015:
Very nicely explained article... well done .... plz keep posting more detailed articles that any lay-man can use to make changes in there home.
Coud you plz help me to know where i can keep decorative metal shells (artillery gun shells) in home that they would benefit every one in home.
Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on June 25, 2015:
My pleasure, Greatstuff. That's good to know. They're growing but no flowers yet. Maybe real soon.
Mazlan A (author) from Malaysia on June 25, 2015:
Hi Kristen. Plants at patio or at the entrance will also help to enhance the chi flow, provided the plants are healthy :)
Thanks for the visit and the vote.
Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on June 21, 2015:
Great tips. I'm new to feng sui and need to get a photo someday for my money wall to make it complete. I don't have indoor plants, but will my three container patio plants work? Voted up!
Luke Yan on August 29, 2014:
Quite Resourceful! thank you for sharing, this might help us a lot on our field job as an Interior Designer @ www.id-ind.com
Mazlan A (author) from Malaysia on September 19, 2012:
@lindacee , thanks and I hope you can realign and bring in the positive chi to your home. Thanks for reading
Linda Chechar from Arizona on September 15, 2012:
Super feng shui tips! I really need to get the positive chi flowing, so your informative Hub will be a great help. Excellent information.
Mazlan A (author) from Malaysia on September 14, 2012:
@daisyjae, Feng Shui is a complex study and personalised reading by a feng shui master is always recommended. However, it is good for us to know in general what is good and what is bad. This knowledge will help us make decision without having to pay for expert consultation every time we encounter some issues. Thanks for dropping by.
@leahlefler, Thanks for sharing. Most Asian homes are designed with window openings directly to the outside so we are lucky! Thanks for sharing your views.
@Om, I have read your Feng Shui articles and they are great. Thanks for the compliments.
Om Paramapoonya on September 14, 2012:
These are nice tips. I'm a feng shui geek myself so I always enjoy reading about feng shui. Great job!
Leah Lefler from Western New York on September 14, 2012:
I love the clean look and flow of Feng Shui. It is so clean and energetic - We have two bathrooms without windows or real ventilation (they do have fans, but a window would be SO much better)!
daisyjae from Canada on September 13, 2012:
Interesting stuff. I love Feng shui and am always wanting to learn more.