Simple Feng Shui
Eight Quick Ways to Redecorate for
By Susie Cortright
The ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui is making a comeback in the modern
world. But is it really possible to change your attitude just by rearranging
your living space?
Many people say yes. Feng Shui is an Asian philosophy that dates back some 5,000
years. Practitioners strive to find the proper arrangement of objects and
furniture that will best suit your personality and lifestyle.
The goal is to arrange a home in such a way as to maximize feelings of safety
and comfort, which will, in turn, positively affect your health, attitude, even
your level of success.
Traditional Feng Shui revolves around placement and symbolism. More contemporary
Feng Shui also considers a number of psychological factors, including the use of
color, aromatherapy, and air quality.
A Feng Shui consultant locates the various energy centers of your home, suggests
new arrangements, and may use crystals, mirrors, and chimes to achieve certain
Like anything that has been around for thousands of years, the practice of Feng
Shui has a number of variations. While the ancient art is complex, many of the
concepts appeal to
Before you call in a consultant, there are a few tricks you can try on your own.
1. Optimum Feng Shui occurs when the life force (or chi) is permitted to move
freely around the house. Clutter is an obstruction to this life force. Finding a
place for clutter may be first on your agenda.
2. People tend to feel uncomfortable, even unsafe, when their view is blocked.
Does your home have any seats that prevent you from seeing who is entering the
that block you from being part of what is taking place in another part of the
3. Feng Shui is about living in harmony with the earth. You can do this, in
part, by changing your decor to reflect the seasons and by bringing natural
elements inside. Plants, for example, can have a calming effect.
4. Annoying sounds, such as creaking doors and dripping faucets, can disrupt the
chi of your home.
5. Feng Shui in the Bedroom. Your bed should be positioned so that you have a
clear view of the doorway. Your headboard should touch the wall, many
practitioners say. And try not place the bed against the window.
Some Feng Shui experts point the head of the bed north to induce sound sleeping,
but different headboard positions produce different effects. For example, a
headboard pointing west can make one lazy, while a headboard pointing south is
said to worsen family arguments.
6. Feng Shui in the Kitchen. The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in
the home because of the link between food preparation and the nourishmentvof the
body and spirit. Feng Shui practitioners believe, for example, that the flavor
of food will change if the cook is startled, so they recommend placing a mirror
nearby so you can see who is entering while you are busy at the stove.
7. Feng Shui in the Family Room. Attract more light in the family sector of your
living space with crystals and mirrors. Position family room furniture so your
guests face either south or east when sitting, and make sure no seats position
your guests to stare at the wall.
8. Feng Shui in the Dining Room. Choose a round, oval, or octagonal dining room
table because angles on tables create shars (negative energy zones). Feng Shui
practitioners also say that these rounded tables create a more welcoming
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