Hi everyone, this is Alex wishing you a happy Yoga Month! This month's relaxing theme has also inspired me to give you some zen inspired design tips, specifically about Feng Shui. We'll start with the basics - Feng Shui is the study of how people, construction and environment interact with each other. Creating correct Feng Shui in our homes is said to affect our goals and experiences in life. That's some powerful stuff right there! Here are a few fun and easy Feng Shui tips we can use in our homes while we are making our homes comfortable for fall and gracefully saying "goodbye" to summer.
INVITE POSITIVITY IN
Your foyer is considered a place that invites occurrences into your life. It is recommended that you put a fresh door mat in and items that will "greet" people who walk into your home. This includes doing things like adding vibrant pots of flowers, painting the door one of your favorite colors and getting rid of dirty or broken items near the area.
BE IN A POSITION OF POWER
Put the pieces of your furniture that you use most often, like your bed or desk, in a position where you can see who is entering the room but not directly in line with the doorway. This is said to make you feel more empowered, because you can easily see what is going on within the room. Frequently used pieces of furniture should also be put in areas where they will not be under large objects, like beams, fans or chandeliers. This is because our subconscious views these pieces as heavy objects that could fall on and harm us. If you are unable to take furniture totally out from under beams, you could cover beams with something like fabric.
KEEP IT CLEAN, CLEAR AND CALM
Having lots of things around us drags us down and we feel better when things are clear. Less is more in our home and clearing it promotes positivity. Things that are rotting or broken in our homes also need to be taken care of in order to promote comfort and positivity within our space. Some of this nastiness can also just be toxic and make us sick if it's not addressed.
LIVE IN LOVE
Get rid of things you feel like you have to keep if you don't enjoy those things any more. Make your space reflect you in the "now" and surround yourself with things you love and things that make you feel happy. You should also change up color schemes to reflect your current tastes.
PLANT SOME POSITIVITY INSIDE
It's important to bring natural things into our homes by incorporating things like plants. This is because we as a species were originally meant to live outside for thousands of years. Bringing natural elements into our homes reorients our energy and makes us feel complete.
IDENTIFY AREAS THAT NEED SOME LOVE
You can usually tell which areas need some Feng Shui implemented by how you feel in these areas. Most people tend to focus their attention on caring for spaces that they spend the most time in, like their bedrooms or living rooms. Areas like the basement, garage or laundry room often go neglected, but the house is an interconnected being. This means that neglected rooms will spread negativity to the other areas in the home if they are not taken care of. To enhance these spaces make sure they are inviting, that your furniture and home decor are in powerful positions, clutter is removed, things you love are in the neglected spaces and try to incorporate natural elements.
Want to learn more? Check our blog about the psychology of a happier home and how interior designers can make your home happier!