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Simple Feng Shui Tips for Home Interior Designs

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Simple Feng Shui Tips for Home Interior Designs

Simple Feng Shui Tips for Home Interior Designs

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.

Ancient Practice

The Chinese have practiced and applied the ancient art of Feng Shui to achieve this harmony for centuries. If you want to create Feng Shui harmony, which can attract health and wealth in your house, whether old or new, then check out the following simple but top tips on how to do so.

For good Feng Shui, always keep the pathway and front porch clear of clutter. Remove obstacles and broken objects to allow chi and good vibes to flow into your home

For good Feng Shui, always keep the pathway and front porch clear of clutter. Remove obstacles and broken objects to allow chi and good vibes to flow into your home

Use Feng Shui in Every Room at Home

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 flow. Applying Feng Shui will help promote a healthy flow of this energy.

Feng Shui Home Decorating

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 using the Bagua Map the changes to be made for the most appropriate feng shui home decorating ideas.

This can be expensive and even if you can afford it, you may not have access to a good Feng Shui master.

So, to help you with this dilemma, I have summarized several simple ways to apply Feng Shui; tips that you can apply 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 area, bedrooms, or other living spaces.

Pathway

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. It is also easier to move around.

Most houseplants are good for Feng Shui provided they are given proper care. The dead plant must be removed as it represents negative symbolism.

Most houseplants are good for Feng Shui provided they are given proper care. The dead plant must be removed as it represents negative symbolism.

Front Door in Feng Shui

The front door in Feng Shui is considered an important element for good 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.

Ventilation

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. Dirty windows will bring bad chi, so clean it often.

Add House Plants for Feng Shui

Houseplants are good as they help 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 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.
  • Remove clutter and let go of unwanted stuff to make the home clean for good energy to enter.
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The best Feng Shui bedroom (or other sleeping space) colors are the lighter shade of your favorite colors. If you like pink, use the pastel shade as it is supposed to attract love!

The best Feng Shui bedroom (or other sleeping space) colors are the lighter shade of your favorite colors. If you like pink, use the pastel shade as it is supposed to attract love!

  • 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 to 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 the attic bedroom, align 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 the morning sun are beneficial in the bedroom but avoid having them shine directly onto your bed.

Feng Shui Mirror Placement

  • 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). Mirrors in the bathroom and inside the closet door are acceptable. You can take advantage of the ‘deflection characteristic’ of the mirror to deflect chi from places like in the 'dead-end' part of your house
Follow the correct Feng Shui mirror placement rules to multiply the good chi in the area; one of the life force essences for success.

Follow the correct Feng Shui mirror placement rules to multiply the good chi in the area; one of the life force essences for success.

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 must not be too long and is of the correct Feng Shui dimension. Otherwise, it will exaggerate the hierarchical relationship for people seated at 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 the front door or windows or be 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 metal elements in the form of cooking utensils. All these elements must be harmonized to have a 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 the earth element. 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 the fire element (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 as your cooking area. An exception to this is the fridge.
  • Fill up the space above your kitchen cabinets to remove negative chi and even dust, and to get the best flow of positive chi.

If you want to know more about how to create balance using the five elements in Feng Shui, check Wikipedia Wuxing.

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.

Feng Shui Home Office

One of the most important feng shui rules for a home office is desk placement so as to have a 'commanding position' for a positive flow of good active chi energy to attract wealth and good mental health:

  • Place the desk with solid support behind such as a wall, not in a straight line with the door but diagonally opposite it.
  • You are not facing a wall
  • No beam above your desk and chair.
  • The office color for success is green.
  • Ideally, have a single chair only.

Staircase Design

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. Stairwell must also be well lit.

Feng Shui Items for Home

There are several Feng Shui items that can bring good luck and fortune to your home. Here are some of the simple ones that can be easily bought and blend in with your home decor.

  • Fresh flowers such as peony, daffodil, rose, and chrysanthemum.
  • Incense such as sandalwood, sage, and frankincense.
  • Fruits such as peaches, pomegranates, apples, oranges, and grapes.
  • Feng Shui tortoises represent wisdom, endurance, and long life
  • Lucky bamboo: Use only the straight, upright stems and not the curly type.
  • Koi fish: If you can't have live fish, paintings are also good. Alternatively, have a fish tank or aquarium and keep goldfish.
  • Paintings of water and mountains.
  • Add green plants such as the jade plant that has thick and broad leaves. Adding plants will introduce the wood element into your home.

Feng Shui Top 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 guidelines, then the above beginner's guide to Feng Shui should give you a good start.

Good luck with your new adventure in building a harmonious home.

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

Comments

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.

Thanks.........

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.

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