Feng Shui can be a daunting subject for those who have little experience. However, you don’t have to be a feng shui professional to effectively implement some of the principles in your home. So what’s it all about? Well feng shui at its core is an ancient Chinese philosophy which focuses on finding the balance and harmony of energy within your home.
Since the 1970s, this age-old philosophy has made its way around the world, always adapting to the changing architecture and design trends of modern homes. More commonly in the Western world, feng shui now focuses on the arrangement of furniture to allow for optimal energy flow.
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The main things to focus on when incorporating feng shui principles into your home are color, shape, and décor. materials these elements are used with the idea that the right combination in a room or space can create an optimal flow of energy for the specific space you are working on.
The front door and entrance area can be the most impactful when it comes to the flow of energy or chi. this is the path where most of the energy enters and leaves the home. therefore, the furnishings, colors and materials used in this area must be perfect to create optimal potential for the energy pathways to travel.
We found that the best way to ensure this energy flows efficiently is to imagine water flooding your home through the front door. we know this is not the most peaceful of thoughts, but bear with us. imagine said water as a physical representative of chi or energy. this imaginary water must be able to travel freely to every room in the house, having a clear path with no obstructions, harsh lines, or bulky furniture. get rid of that entryway dresser you hit your hip with every time you get home from work!
We’re not saying your entry should be empty and unfurnished. in fact, it is important to have some storage by the front door. Keeping things organized, like your keys and mail, can have a big impact when it comes to how you feel entering or leaving your home.
a mistake that is commonly made when it comes to the decoration of the entrance is to place a mirror in front of the door. We know that in most cases mirrors can be a fantastic way to bounce what can be a limited natural light source into your room. however, when it comes to feng shui, this can have major drawbacks. Placing a mirror in front of your entrance can, in fact, bounce that energy we’re looking for right out of the door you just walked through. instead, a mirror should be placed perpendicular to the front door, for example above a sideboard.
The front door itself can have a huge impact on the flow of energy in the home. it can also have a pretty big impact on you personally when it comes to retaining positive energy. Be sure to check your front door regularly for things like cracks, peeling paint, or sticky locks. Fixing these little problems can make a big difference to you and your home.
colors & elements
paint colors for walls, accessories & furniture plays a very important role in feng shui. Certain colors are known to promote and activate different types of energy and elements within the home. this is where a compass comes in handy. according to feng shui, the recommended color for the entrance will be different depending on the direction in which the house faces.
Note that this color does not necessarily have to be painted on all the walls, we are in no way suggesting that you paint your entire entrance black, for example. Incorporating the suggested color using accessories can be just as effective.
The element that rules the south of the feng shui map is fire. this element is representative of powerful & vibrant energy that can have an impact on fame and reputation. If your entryway is on the south side of your house, you should try implementing some vibrant colors of the red variety. these can be anywhere from a dark burgundy to a light pink, depending on what suits your style. You can also help activate this element by placing some candles on your dresser and making sure you have warm lighting options like a table lamp or wall sconces.
- west & north/west
If you find that your entryway is on the west side of your home, you should focus on incorporating colors and materials that represent the metallic element. activating this item correctly can have a positive effect on descendants/legacy and travel. White, silver and gold, whether in paint or accessory form, can be incredibly effective in activating the right energy in this area. Consider keeping things light and airy with white walls and metal fixtures.
The most prominent element that governs the north of the map is water. this is the element responsible for fostering professional success. this element can be represented with both blue and black. Although it can be difficult to implement the color black in your home, especially if you have a more traditional or farmhouse decorating style, there are many ways to activate this element effectively. consider some black accessories like your mirror frame or coat racks. If you still find it difficult to use black in your entryway, deep blue colors can also have the same effect.
- north/east & south/west
Prominent in both areas is the earth element. this element can be activated effectively using browns and yellows, as well as blush pinks and blues. however, keep in mind that you should try to choose a more earthy and warm yellow, such as ocher or gold, as a brighter shade would be better suited to activating the fire element.
with south/west affecting relationships and north/east promoting awareness, these areas have different requirements to activate the correct energy, despite both having the earth element as a prominent factor. for example, if your entrance is located in the south/west, you should consider placing items in pairs to activate the energy of rapport, while the north/east should have items or artwork that represent stillness or contemplation.
- this & south/east
ruling the east & south/east is the wood element. this item, unsurprisingly, can be activated with green & brown, whether with paint, plants or accessories. a wood entryway sideboard is a fantastic option if your space is east or south/east. If you’re thinking of putting some houseplants in your entryway, you should stick to ones with rounded leaves, like a fiddle-leaf fig or jade plant.
Overall, we can’t stress enough how important it is not to stress about getting the feng shui perfect for your entryway or home in general. after all, maintaining a good energy balance is the goal, and stress does just the opposite! get yourself a compass, think about the functionality of your space, and finally how you can incorporate some of the key elements of feng shui into your home.