Everybody knows that when it comes to furniture, it’s critical to think about where the item is going to reside in your home. From colour schemes, the styles you’ve already have - there is a lot to consider. However, there’s a deeper, more spiritual level to consider - the ancient Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui. While many have heard of this system for styling your home to achieve a sense of inner harmony, few know how to achieve it. We’ve broken down five, easy to follow tips to set you well on your way to a more harmonious home.
Using the guide at Feng Shui Consultants you can work out your personal element. Many Feng Shui experts believe that you can then take this element and figure out which colours would work well for you. It’s worth noting that the element assigned to you isn’t always a direct indication of which colour you should opt for; rather, you should aim for colours that will help balance out the less desirable traits of your particular element. For example, if you’re the fire element, perhaps consider some green tones to help achieve a sense of balance and calm.
2) Your bed
If you don’t have the correct placement in your bedroom then you can say goodbye to inner peace. It’s advised that in order to promote security and, by extension a better night’s sleep, the bed should be diagonally across the room from the door, although not with your feet facing the door.
Having something sturdy behind your head is critical to this sense of safety too, but thankfully we have a wide range of beds that come equipped with superb, supportive headboards (some of which come with a lot of handy storage too!).
With self-employment and businesses run from home on the rise, more and more people will be finding themselves setting up a desk/workstation at home. Whether you go for a minimalist table style or a fully fledged one with drawers and all the modern features, you’ll want to ensure optimal placement for your workstation, particularly if you’re someone who finds themselves distracted easily when they should be working!
As with the bed, ideally a desk should be located diagonally across from the door in the most powerful area of the room. However the orientation of the desk is the truly important thing here; you don’t want to be facing either the wall or away from the door or window - facing the wall stunts creativity, while having your back to entrances to the room will encourage you to get distracted by checking them more frequently.
It’s also worth noting that while it may be tempting to fully embrace the working from home lifestyle and simply use your bed, this is a bad plan; studies have shown that people who restrict their use of their bed to only sleeping and not everyday activities like watching TV generally sleep better.
Needless to say, with so much precision going into the placement of your furniture, mess is simply a no go when it comes to Feng Shui. Whether it’s piles of magazines or dirty laundry heaped on the floor, there’s few bigger impediments to ordering your house effectively.
Mirrors are a staple home furnishing in any home, famed for their ability to make even the smallest, darkest room spacious and light. However, using the guidelines of Feng Shui, you may be surprised to hear that a mirror in the bedroom (or, indeed, any room intended primarily for relaxation) isn’t a good idea. As well doubling the sense of space in a room, it also doubles the energy of a room. At the very least, you won’t want a mirror directly facing you when in bed.