New apartment? College dorm? Just bought a house and you’re confused on how to decorate? Whatever the case may be, anyone who’s just starting out with decorating their new living space is going to need to know the basics of feng shui. Feng shui is an ancient Chinese method of decorating that follows guidelines guaranteed to make your space as livable as possible. Feng shui focuses on the correct flow of energy with different decorating procedures based on what kind of room you’re decorating, what kind of vibe you’re going for and what you’ll use your room for. After all, you wouldn’t decorate a bedroom with the same intentions as you would your dining room, right? Follow these basic feng shui guidelines for a comfortable, productive living space!
Clear Your Clutter
Nothing is worse for the feng shui of your home than that pile of untouched clutter that’s been sitting there for ages with no use. Clutter blocks the flow of energy and worsens the vibe your home has in general -- just about everyone is familiar with the feeling of annoyance that comes with looking at a pile of clutter, so take the time out of your day to improve your home’s feng shui by clearing out your clutter. Your home will instantly seem cleaner, more inviting and more comfortable by this simple step!
Rearrange Your Furniture
Considering the position of your furniture is integral to feng shui. Your furniture is typically the largest portion of any room and as a result, it’s the biggest influencer for the feng shui of any given room. For example, sofas should be placed as far from the entry point in the room as possible, preferably with the back of the sofa directly located on a wall. This is the most comfortable position for a large piece of furniture, however, when placing your seating, make sure that your seating arrangement is conducive to conversation! Similarly, the optimal placement for your bed is where you can easily see the door to your bedroom. This allows for a good flow of energy when you wake up in the morning.
Use Art to Change the Mood
Art is a huge part of the mood in your home and feng shui has some great guidelines for art selections, too. The art in your home should reflect what you want out of life as well as the tone you want to set for that room. For example, if you’re struggling with anxiety or paranoia, hanging up Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” isn’t going to help any with your mood. Try hanging up art that depicts images you personally find relaxing instead! Likewise, if you’re single and looking, you might not want to hang up images of lone rangers -- instead, try hanging up art that depicts pairs and couples.
Put the TV Away
Electronics are said to carry negative energy via electromagnetic radiation, according to feng shui. You can combat that negative energy by storing your electronics away from view. Entertainment centers with closed doors that will hide your gaming consoles, TV, DVD players and anything else you might use is ideal, but if you don’t have any furniture that will do the job for you, you can help combat negative energy by at least hiding your cables and tucking smaller electronics away. This is particularly important in the bedroom as electronics have been proven to disturb sleep, so place your alarm clock at least three feet away from your bed, keep your bedroom television behind the doors of an armoire or cabinet and call it a night!
Hide Away Your Cleaning SuppliesBecause of the nature of their purpose, cleaning products are said to hold negative energy. Since they’re used to dispel the negative energy away from your home (in the form of dust, dirt, grease and whatever nastiness you might be forced to clean out), all cleaning tools and products hold some kind of negative energy. Feng shui recommends combatting this negative energy by keeping your cleaning products stored outside. If you’ve got a shed or a garage, now would be the time to use it, but if that’s not feasible, feng shui dictates that you can combat the negative energy of cleaning tools by storing them upside down, redirecting the energy away from your living space.