The aim of Feng Shui is the harmony between our surroundings and us. Feng Shui means ‘Air and Water’. According to Chinese philosophy, living by the rules of Feng Shui is the way to tame the ‘ghosts of air and water’. Feng Shui makes your home a harmonious and comfortable place.
What kind of shapes and materials does Feng Shui recommend? Where to use which color and where not in order to stimulate our life energy ‘Chi’?
Here are some examples for furnishing, tips for decoration and colors for each room to help you create a positive Feng Shui in your house.
The kitchen in Feng Shui is the room of transformation. It’s the place where we unite different ingredients. Raw ingredients combine to create a complete meal.
According to Feng Shui, knives should never be kept outside. Store them in a drawer or a knife block. Get a cutting board made of stone or granite. Use wooden accessories and place pots with fresh herbs at your window or near the stove. Always prefer closeable cupboards to open racks. All this increases the functionality of your kitchen.
While cooking, you should not stand with your back to the kitchen door. Do not place the stove directly under a window. Feng Shui says you should not place your dishwasher or kitchen sink next to the stove. This is because main elements fire and water should not be together. It also creates tension and disharmony within the home.
For a nice and communicative atmosphere, Feng Shui recommends round dining tables. Round tables take more space than quadratic ones, but they facilitate better communication over a meal.
If possible, place your dining table in a way so that as few persons as possible sit with their back to the kitchen door.
White- and cream-colored furniture forms a good base for a Feng Shui kitchen.
The living room is the place where all family members come together. We also welcome our friends and guests there. It’s a place of silence and relaxation, but also a place for chit-chats and entertainment. To feel particularly well, your living room should offer harmony and positive atmosphere.
Feng Shui suggests that the middle of our living room should offer space and should be accentuated. For this, you should use a nice round carpet. The color of the carpet should match that of your sofa and accessories. Additionally, you can hang a big round lamp on the ceiling. This will accentuate the center of the room, which affects our inner peace positively.
Place your sofa in front of a wall. You should have a nice and wide view of the room. Go for white color and warm earth tones in your living room. These colors bring comfort and coziness. Choose accessories in bright green or lilac color in spring and summer. In fall and winter, choose red-, orange- and purple colored accessories.
We spend the most part of the day in our bedroom. Therefore, our bedroom should be cozy and relaxed. Feng Shui recommends soothing colors for the bedroom. You should also pay attention to the position of your bed.
Feng Shui recommends that the head of your bed should be in front of a solid wall. Never place your bed beneath a window. Ideally, you should be able to see from your bed both the bedroom door and the window. Subconsciously, this creates a feeling of safety within us. Racks and big paintings hanging over your bed can affect your sleep negatively. Also, avoid TV and other electronic devices such as radio alarm clocks in the bedroom.
In Feng Shui, mirrors are considered to spread a restless atmosphere. If possible, avoid mirrors and metallic bed frames.
White and soft brownish colors combined with blue and grey bring peace and relaxation in your bedroom. Avoid dark colors and space-consuming furniture with edgy shapes. Cold-colored bedrooms create a feel-good atmosphere and bring a deep and relaxing sleep.
Bathroom is associated with wellness and relaxation.
The bathroom should be a separate room and not included in the bedroom. Ideally, the light comes from a window. If your bathroom has no window, choose light bulbs that emit soft orange-colored light.
The toilet seat should not be opposite the door. In the best case, you look at the bathroom door from the tub. Place plants in bright green color; you can also use artificial plants. Try to store your cosmetics and towels in closed cupboards.
Feng Shui believes that bathrooms are unfavorable for energy because toilet, lavatory, shower and tub all have openings, which bring about ‘energy leak’. Balance this energy loss with cream-, beige- or terracotta colored accessories. Terracotta and yellow colors are ideal to stabilize the energy. To avoid more energy loss, keep the bathroom door closed.
Avoid the color red in your bathroom. Red is the color of the element fire and opposes element water, which dominates in bathrooms. Accessories in bright green color create an atmosphere of freshness and harmony. Scents in form of aromatic candles or air fresheners support the harmonic atmosphere. Go for natural essences such as lemon-, orange and lavender oil.